Art is designed to make people feel…

It’s not meant to elicit a certain emotion, just ANY emotion. That’s why art has endured for millennia – because it makes people FEEL.

Art can be POWERFUL, like the Cristo Redentor statue in Rio De Janeiro…

And art can be WEAK, like anything Jim Carrey does.

It can be ridiculous…

And it can be poignant.

The only true tragedy is when art doesn’t make people feel ANYTHING…

And that can happen when that art gets misrepresented or misinterpreted – like it did recently in New Mexico.

The People Build The Wall

New Mexico has become a hotbed for illegal immigration, both in rhetoric and in practice…

Something I got to witness first hand when I, along with former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and a host of others, attended the “We Build The Wall” symposium back in July.

As you know, the “We The People Will Build The Wall” project is the FIRST   privately funded and constructed wall on the national border in US history.

The site they chose was the “Three Points,” where New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico all meet. This 25-foot high steel wall is impressive to behold. What makes it even better is the fact that it’s an international affair, as it’s guarded by border patrol from both Mexico and the United States on private land that stretches for half a mile.

The wall was built on this parcel of private land for a reason. According to border patrol agents, “this particular location sees on average about 100 illegal immigrants and over $100,000 in illicit drugs crossing the border every single night before this wall was created.”

One hundred grand EVERY NIGHT…

That’s crazy.

It was at this same event that we learned that President Trump was given permission by the Supreme Court to use $2.5 billion in defense funds for security on the southern border…

And that decision means that the money CAN be used for other wall projects in states like California, Arizona, and New Mexico – which is a victory for the Trump administration and a victory for America.

Yet, a few weeks later, an artist decided to install a project at the wall in order to show that Mexico and the United States needs unity more than division and separation.

An Artistic Response

The art installment, which has been TEN years in the making (meaning it was conceptualized under the Obama administration…you know, when deportations were at their HIGHEST) was of pink seesaws placed between the steel beams in the area between Juarez, Mexico, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Again, the concept of this art installation was to show that our two nations need unity more than separation. One of the goals the artist had in mind was to have a border patrol agent ride the seesaw with a Mexican soldier.

The message was meant to speak on issues of inequality, of separation, of balances – or basically all the different words that one would use when talking about trade balances, or labor balances, racial inequality, or inequalities of wealth and poverty.

As beautiful and heartfelt that message may be…

Sadly, the truth of what actually is taking place is not the same as what the artists are trying to protest.

Because at the same location, weeks before the symposium…

A flood of illegals was caught exploiting a small gap at the end of the government-built wall (see footage HERE) on the opposite side of the mountain from where the “We Build the Wall” project was just built.

This area is now the new, heavily-trafficked corridor where crossers are forced to go. The new wall has cut them off, and now they are being smuggled over the border by armed coyotes.

Art is great…

But it comes at a price. This artist, while likely having pure intentions, demonized those trying to stop bad elements from coming into our country.

The irony is that the artists are trying to bring unity…

While the American people are trying to bring peace.

And guess which side is actually succeeding.