Most of what he said, he's said before. I'll try to post more on this later. But the comment that caught my attention most was one he made was in response to a question on illegal immigration.
Miller replied: "The first thing that has to be done is secure the border. . . East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could, we could."
Back in 1887, Woodrow Wilson published what many claim to be the seminal article on the field of public administration. He argued in it that we should borrow the civil service systems of Europe. But he knew there was a strong anti-Europe sentiment, so he made several references to being able to borrow good ideas from countries without also taking their negative features.
"We borrowed rice, but we do not eat it with chopsticks."I'm not sure Wilson is one of Joe Miller's heroes. And despite Wilson's reassurances, I would hope Miller could come up with a better role model than East Germany. Their guards' orders were shoot to kill.
And, "If we see a murderous fellow sharpening a knife cleverly, I can borrow his way of sharpening the knife without borrowing his probable intention to commit murder with it . . ."
[Note: I've cut out some after the question because it was about getting out to vote, not answering the question.]
And I have to admit that when I told my neighbor, who has a McAdams sign up, his response was to build a fence too. For the record, Wikipedia reports the East German border fence at 1,381 kilometres (858 miles) long and it ran from the Baltic Sea to Czechoslovakia. That doesn't include the Berlin wall since Berlin is well inside East Germany.
The US border with Mexico, again according to Wikipedia is 3,169 km (1,969 miles).
A fence along the border might slow things down a bit, but it won't stop illegal immigration. We need to help Mexico build its economy so coming to the US isn't necessary for a decent life. As it it, people risk their lives to get to the US and that won't stop with a border fence. And it's not like we don't have a role in Mexico's problems. Their horrendous drug wars result from our appetite for illegal drugs.
Besides, I'm not sure that the costs of staffing a 2,000 mile border tightly enough to keep out illegal aliens wouldn't come to more than the costs the US bears now - which we don't really know - for schooling and health of illegal aliens. But maybe we could hire cheap labor from Mexico to make it affordable. Besides, Miller also makes reducing the deficit his main priority. Building and staffing such a border isn't going to help there.
It's a long way from the Statue of Liberty as the symbol of the United States to an East German style barbed wire fence with mined no-man's land, guard towers, machine guns, and German shepherds. I know what that looked like. When I was a student in Göttingen, Germany, the border was just a few miles east of where I lived and we rode out there now and then. It wasn't pretty. But it certainly cut down the flow of people escaping to the West.