Good Fences make Good Neighbors

The farmer’s aphorism in Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” still rings true: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Later, Carl Sandburg would be more blunt about the matter: Love your neighbor as yourself, but don’t take down the fence. Dan’s Papers Jun 20, 2015

“Mending Wall” – by Robert Frost

We just put up a beautiful, white, 6′ high, 63′ long privacy fence on the south side of our property. It looks great, especially compared to what our neighbor’s backyard looks like.

This beautiful fence means we get to look at our beautiful back yard and we don’t have to look at their weed-filled, junk-strewn mess. See, the concept is really easy. By a simple (but expensive!) fence we are happy and they are happy. Good fences make good neighbors.

And unlike Frost and his neighbor our fence is weather-resistant vinyl with posts sunk into holes filled with cement. It can withstand very high winds and is warranted for twenty years and if a tornado knocks it down or blows it up our homeowner’s insurance will replace it.

Much has been written about this poem by Frost.

“How a poem about a rural stone wall quickly became part of debates on nationalism, international borders, and immigration.” writes Austin Allen for the Poetry Foundation. His commentary is pretty thorough if you care to explore it further.

We wouldn’t be having any of this horrific border crisis if Trump was still president and the Republicans would get whole-heartedly behind his efforts to build the border fence.

Libs love to gloss over the difference between fences put up by nations. We and Israel and much of the free world put up fences to stem or stop illegal immigration from overrunning our welfare and support systems. Of course Biden and the dems want that to happen just like they love sky high gasoline prices as a means of forcing their will upon the people. Every undocumented democrat is just one more guaranteed illegal vote for them.

What the Libs conveniently gloss over is the fact that communist countries build fences to keep their people IN. People vote with their feet. Third world inhabitants want to come to America and Western Europe to take advantage of all the good things free enterprise and the rule of law has brought to us – that is roads, clean water, toilets, taxpayer-supported public education, hospitals, food, jobs, freedom and hope for a better future for themselves and their children.

Top commie Libs (i.e., the democratic leadership) all rich and prosperous from gaming the system and graft live in gated, walled compounds that protect them from their evil, disastrous policies they inflict on the rest of us.

Everyone, even Robert Frost, believes in good fences. Private property is one of the gigantic keys to individual happiness. That is why part of the American Dream is to own your own little slice of heaven here on earth. Be it ever so humble there’s no place like your own home. Extravagantly wealthy democrats love the fences around their own properties and those who choose to live in apartments don’t have to worry about noisy, inconsiderate neighbors as they always have strict, enforceable tenant rules to protect their own privacy and peace.

Another part of the American dream is to live and let live. But sight and noise pollution bothers everybody. That is why the Kennedy’s made sure there were none of their beloved windmills put up in Martha’s Vineyard. All Libs live by the motto: NIMBY and its corollary DGASAYBY (that is: Don’t give a shit about your backyard). But reasonable people can disagree about what is appropriate landowner policy. So if you paint your house and care for your lawn and trees but your neighbor does not value those things then you can simply put up a nice privacy fence and you’re both happy. Ah, the American way.

So even tho’ Frost expressed ambivalent feelings towards fences in his poem (and later comments he made about his poem) it still remains true that the one thing everyone remembers about “Mending Wall” is “Good fences make good neighbors.”

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