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Lawyers need to be creative.  We need to be able to craft and advance new arguments and theories founded upon old precedent.  in other words, we must value new ideas.

Over the weekend, two Republican Presidential candidates ventured into the area of new ideas and what they offered was just plain stupid.

First, my Governor, Chris Christie, proposed that in order to combat illegal immigration-which has emerged as THE issue in the Republican primary is very impressed by the fact that  “[a]t any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane.”  At the same time, Christie is very troubled by the fact that “we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.”

“We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in,” Christie said. Christie’s proposal?   “I’m going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, to come work for the government for three months at Immigration and Custom Enforcement and show these people.”   Now, I’m not sure if I should point out that Christie’s spokeswoman is a person named Samantha Smith.  She is the daughter of the aforementioned Fred Smith.  Yeah, OK, I think I just pointed that out.

The laughter died down a bit and Christie went on on Fox News Sunday to clarify: “I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous,” Christie said.

Oh. OK.  I feel reassured, Governor. People aren’t packages. We should just treat them as such. Let’s not be ridiculous.  Too harsh in my assessment?  Here is what one commentator said:“Unless FedEx has some enlightened corporate shipping policy that takes account of the humanity and dignity and aspirations of its envelopes and boxes, I’m sticking with my initial assessment: Mr. Christie is being idiotic.”

Dumb Proposal #2.
Well, maybe it wasn’t actually a concrete proposal but more of a musing or suggestion but GOP Presidential candidate and  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that building a wall or fence along the U.S. – Canadian border is an idea worth considering. Governor Scott Walker said that building a wall or fence along the U.S. – Canadian border is an idea worth considering.
No, Governor, it’s not.  It’s dumb.  We need candidates who can discern a novel idea from a stupid one.  Do I sound harsh? Don’t take my word or it. Another GOP candidate, Senator-Doctor Rand Paul  said of the Canadian border fence: “That’s a pretty dumb idea.”  In an interview with Boston Herald Radio, Paul said that building a wall between the U.S. and Canada is “sort of a ridiculous notion.”

Sort of.

       Artist’s conceptualization of the “Walker Wall”

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