The big boys are under tremendous pressure to jump headlong into the Fourth Industrial Revolution without considering the workers’ needs, and especially your need for a job. The elimination of many jobs is likely to come sooner than later. The working-classes will be hit the hardest by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And that means you—working-class white men without college educations at the heart of the Trump base.
You believe in the wall. It’s not your fault. You have to believe in something. And these days, there’s not much to believe in or trust. You are angry at the social and economic changes that are working against you. You regard the college educated with disgust and contempt, calling them liberals. You believe the wall will stop immigrants from taking your job. You believe the border wall will put a brick on the future. You believe a wall will stop the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
You live in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, or Wisconsin, or Indiana and you want the wall. You don’t share a border with Mexico. What is the wall going to do for you? Will the wall re-train you for the jobs of the Twenty-First Century? Will the wall pay for your health care? Will the wall give you a life better than the lives your parents had? Maybe you live on the Texas or Arizona border. Will the wall give you a job that pays enough for you to afford a home, or raise your family? What will the wall do for your children? Exactly, what is this wall going to do for you?
The wall is not going to give you a good life.
You need to get what you rightfully deserve. And it’s not a wall. Educating and re-training you for the jobs of the Twenty-First Century isn’t a privilege. It’s your right. You need more than a dead-end job. You need to be offered a way to thrive and grow. The money that would be spent for a wall could be used for your lifelong training to give you the chance to explore and have access to many different ways to make a living. You have a powerful voice that can be heard. Speak up and demand what is rightfully yours.
Otherwise, the wall will be your biggest nightmare. The big boys in business or in the White House do not have to pay the price for your wall. The Mexicans will not pay for your wall. You are going to pay for your wall. And your children will pay for your wall. Day and night, you are being bombarded with news about the wall. But you are a victim of cheap entertainment. And it’s not free. You will pay the price. And the price is more than you can afford. That my friends, is the proverbial writing on the wall.
Patricia Vaccarino has written award-winning film scripts, press materials, articles, speeches, Web content, marketing collateral, and books. She is currently working on a sequel to YONKERS Yonkers!
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