Triple Amputee Iraqi War veteran Brian Kolfage was sick and tired of waiting for the government to provide funds to build Trump's Wall along the Southern border, so he took matters into his own hands by starting a GoFundMe campaign to fund the Wall. The campaign's goal is ambitious--Kolfage wants to raise $1 Billion of the $5 billion that Trump says he wants to start the Wall. Kolfage's campaign relies on the voluntary contributions of those who want the Wall to pay for it. As such, it has zero chance of receiving significant money from the one half to two thirds of the population who either oppose to the Wall or who do not see it as a priority.
I am not going to go into an in depth discussion of the necessity or advisability of building a Wall on the Southern border in this article. I'll confess my prejudice though. I am one of those deadbeat liberals who has no intention of contributing to the Wall because I believe the threat on the border has been overhyped. (See also here.) After reading Amy Patrick's Facebook post I became concerned that the Wall would lead to flooding and other environmental problems and would cost far more to build and maintain than has been advertised. (See Patrick's LinkedIn page for her qualifications to assess the feasibility of the Wall). (See also "Why the Wall Won't Work" by the Cato Institute). There are also VERY significant problems involving eminent domain that I will write about in my next article. And finally, I believe border security can best be obtained through less drastic means. An in-depth discussion of the advisability of building the Wall may be a topic for a future article, but for the sake of THIS article I want to put these reservations aside and assume that the Wall is an absolute necessity to safeguard our national security.
Instead of discussing the advisability of the Wall, I want to discuss the likely effectiveness of Kolfage's GoFundMe campaign and propose a separate, complementary GoFundMe campaign that will entice leftwingers to donate to the Wall and provide a face-saving way for both Democrats and Republicans to end the government shutdown.