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Gordian Knot

08/11/2022

In the fourth century BC in Greece, there was a legend that a rope-knot was so entwined and complicated that it was impossible to unwind.  That legend promised control of Asia to anybody who could undo the knot, which became known as Gordian’s Knot.  Along came Alexander the Great, who didn’t waste time trying to untie the knot.  He simply took out his sword and cut thru it.

America faces numerous policy problems, e.g., partisan bigotry, racial tension, drug abuse, gun abuse, Ukraine, abortion, inflation, election security, social media, and the list goes on . . .

My nomination for the Gordian’s Knot Policy Problem is . . . immigration.  It is a intractable problem that is so complex and so emotional that political parties cannot deal with it.

I’m a reasonably intelligent person, but I cannot make an atomic  bomb.  I also am not smart enough to untangle the problem of immigration.  How do you teach moths to stay away from the light?

Slamming the immigration door shut never made sense to me, as poor people will always follow opportunity for their families.

Building a wall never made sense to me.  It’s too easy to go around or under or over.

Wide-open borders also never made sense to me, as it would be too inviting to unsavory people.

Establishing huge, sophisticated in-processing centers for immigrant wannabees never made sense, as another Federal agency would immediately be too swamped to be effective.

So, what would Alexander the Great do?

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