Opinion: Trump’s iron fist, banging incompetently and irrationally

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Boy, we really dodged a bullet on that one, huh?

A female doctor in a residency program at the top-flight Cleveland Clinic. A Syrian human rights activist who has lived here legally for 10 years, and who has three American children waiting for him here at home. A Clemson professor from Iran who has lived here for almost seven years. An Iraqi who had served for years as a U.S. interpreter, risking his life for U.S. forces, held in handcuffs for17 hours and denied entry. Another Iraqi interpreter who had worked for six years alongside U.S. forces, with a special visa for himself, his wife and baby, denied entry. An 18-month old and a newborn, both U.S. citizens, denied entry in Chicago because they hold dual citizenship. In Los Angeles, a legal permanent resident who is just two weeks from the ceremony  that will make her a citizen, accompanied by her 11-month U.S.-born child. The wife of another interpreter, both members of the persecuted Yazidi sect in Iraq, now perhaps permanently separated.

Eleven detained at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, including at least five who are lawful permanent residents. One of the eleven is a 76-year-old woman with glaucoma and a heart condition.

These and others are the highly dangerous terror suspects whom President Trump has attempted to bar from entry into the United States. They have been barred because they are Muslim, and because they were born in one of seven countries listed in an executive order signed by Trump.

No one from any of those seven countries has ever perpetrated an jihadist act in this country. Citizens of six of those seven countries have never perpetrated a jihadist act in this country. There is nothing to suggest that any of those barred as a result of Trump’s order have any sympathy with jihadists. No Syrian refugee has ever committed an act of terror here, a testament to the already extensive vetting. And although the executive order cites the attacks of Sept. 11  as its inspiration, none of the four nations whose citizens actually carried out those attacks — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates — is listed on the ban.

Nobody at the Department of Justice or Homeland Security or State Department was reportedly consulted on the how, where, who and whats of the executive order, which was drafted under the guidance of Trump aide Steve Bannon. Not even the White House Office of Legal Counsel was consulted. The only documented outside advice came from Rudy Giuliani, who says Trump called him to ask how a ban on Muslim entry could be carried out legally.

The reason that Bannon and his little cabal refused to consult with experts is because the experts would have told him how useless and provocative and even dangerous the move would be, and they didn’t want to hear that. At the Pentagon, for example, they’re highly concerned about the impact on U.S forces in Muslim countries.  If you’re an Iraqi, Syrian or Afghani interpreter putting your life on the line right now on behalf of American forces, hoping it might be a ticket out of there, what do you think your attitude is today? If you’re a young man wondering whether it’s true that America is engaged in a war against Islam, what are your thoughts after this?

Under the order, Christians from those nations would be given special exemptions, while Muslims would not. In short, the federal government will now treat you differently depending on which religious faith that you follow. According to the executive order, they are trying to weed out those who would engage in “acts of bigotry” in this country,  but by using a person’s religion as the prime evidence against him or her, the order is itself an act of blatant bigotry.

In the photograph above, Vice President Mike Pence stands to Trump’s side as he signs the executive order. Here’s what that same Pence had to say about the idea a little more than a year ago:

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House Speaker Paul Ryan was, at one point, a vocal opponent of such a step.

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Now, Ryan also supports the concept. When you strongly condemn a proposal on moral and constitutional grounds, then fall into support when that proposal is actually acted upon, you have shown yourself to be a coward and a hypocrite.

And just in case you missed it, because that’s easy to do, a senior Chinese military official now says openly that war against the United States is “a practical reality.” Officials in Mexico are warning that if they’re going to be treated as enemies then they might have to act that way. And our new president has removed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence as regular members of the National Security Council, to be replaced by Bannon.

And this is Day Nine.

 

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td1234
td1234

Trump is holding a meeting (listening meeting) on Black History month with his black council. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Democrats, you MUST get out and vote, 100%, in two years.  Tom Price was sneakily passed through Republican Committee, as well as Trump's Treasury Secretary.


If you think our nation is becoming anti-democratic, you ain't seen nothing yet with these Republicans. (Yes, I meant a small d.)

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Its just 600 some odd days until the midterms


We should wait until then to give the American people a chance to speak on the matter.


Garlands nomination was help up for an unprecedented amount of time. Why not take it to the next logical step ?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Hedley_Lammar You forget Hedley, harry gave the GOP the nuclear option to get Gorsuch confirmed in the Senate. Harry rolled the dice and it came up Snake Eyes for his party.

TBS
TBS

Did Trump U have one class valedictorians?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Five Republicans assisted in the confirmation of Elena Kagan, a nominee with no judicial experience.

23% of Republicans supported Sotomayor's confirmation, while only 9% of Dems supported Justice Alito's.

Those numbers aside, 50% of Dems/Ind voted to confirm John Roberts' confirmation. They must've known he would rule in favor of Obamacare?

Public perception is everything in politics.

The GOP's not looking too bad on their confirmations. 

We'll see if the Dems give a whit about public perception after their recent defeat. 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@FIGMO2 You left at the most recent SCOTUS nomination which is fresh on everyone's mind..and that affects public perception

honested
honested

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td1234
td1234

@BuckeyeGa Was there a nomination? Republicans advised and gave an answer of that one. Do not even send someone to us because we are going to place the SC pick on a ballot in a Presidential election year and let the people decide. 

TBS
TBS

That was an oversight

She was just about to mention that but you beat her to it

td1234
td1234

@BuckeyeGa @td1234 And the Senate gave their advise and did not consent. They did exactly what the Constitution required. If they had not then the Dems would have taken them to court. 

td1234
td1234

@Hedley_Lammar Go back and read what I wrote on this subject before Trump was even the nominee. I said the exact same thing. 


There is nothing in the Constitution that says advise and approve. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

SCOTUS sheetz

Kamchak
Kamchak

Hmmmmm, boycotting a company whose product you don't use anyway.

Not buying from their competition either.

That'll show them a thing or two, it will

LOL!


Bruno2
Bruno2

Hmmm, Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A??  Somehow I don't remember being engaged in an artificial racial/political dialogue last time I shopped in either of those stores....

http://www.eater.com/2015/6/18/8807849/why-starbucks-race-together-campaign-failed

"In March, Starbucks launched one of its broadest initiatives ever: Race TogetherThe campaign — which aimed to spark a national conversation about race relations by having baristas write the phrase "Race Together" on Starbucks cups — was a huge failure. It also asked employees to engage customers in conversations about the delicate subject. Additionally, Race Together involved a set of strange and misguided "conversation starters" published in USA Today. Quickly, the campaign became the laughing stock of the internet."

Heezback
Heezback

@Bruno2 Starchumps is only concerned with selling more product and they realize the demographics of their business model mandates leftward kowtowing. 

honested
honested

@Bruno2 

Are hobby lobby and chick fil a still in business?

I haven't been to one in years and figured they had shriveled up and blown away.

honested
honested

@Heezback @Bruno2 

I own a coffee maker so this one doesn't apply to me.

But you guys get all worked up if it means that much to you.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@honested @Bruno2 Still going strong Ted, but you can wish for all you want. And I am sure they don't miss your business at all.

td1234
td1234

Dems wanted to take their ball and go home on Price and the Treasury sec and not show up to vote in committee so now the Committee will just "suspend the rules" and send the nominees to the full Senate. 


Another lose for the Dems. LOL 

honested
honested

@td1234 

You should pay closer attention.

Democrats, quite legitimately, simply want the financial data that would have always been readily available for applicants to Cabinet positions.

I hope they stand firm as "I'm not gonna tell you" (the modern republiklan response) is wholly unacceptable.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bruno2 

  I think it's inappropriate to use your company to push a political point, however, which they have been doing for years.

Chick-Fil-A says, "What?"

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bruno2 

I think it's inappropriate to use your company to push a political point, however, which they have been doing for years.

Hobby Lobby says, "What?"

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Kamchak @Bruno2 That we sell the best Chicken Sandwich and do not foist our families political views on our employees,regardless of what the Mayors of Chicago and San Francisco say. But the Tolerance of the progs only goes one Way.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Bruno2  Where does it say that it's priority to hire refugees over American citizens? 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Bruno2 Sweetie, if they are in this country and refugees, they could use the jobs. 

Bruno2
Bruno2

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Bruno2 I'm not a coffee drinker, so they won't miss my business.  I think it's inappropriate to use your company to push a political point, however, which they have been doing for years.

Heezback
Heezback

@Bruno2 I have boycotted Starchumps after tasting my first cup of that noxious brew.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Hedley_Lammar 

Yeah, you can make coffee cheaper so you pay for the convenience. 

I'll buy a bag Starbuck's Veranda Blend whole bean and grind it myself.as needed.

When you buy a pound of Starbuck's coffee you get 16oz and not 12oz.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@Menace @Bruno2 No double standard here--I think the Middle Eastern refugees should be taken in by their wealthy Middle Eastern neighbors.

kitty72
kitty72

@Bruno2  They also have programs to hire veterans and their spouses. So please boycott. More room for those of us who support refugees. Starbucks hires lots of people. So you would rather have refugees on welfare?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bruno2 

  but this is one boycott that has merit.

(shrug)

Whenever you start feeling froggy, you just go ahead and jump.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@Bruno2 @_GodlessHeathen_

LOL.  Your fake, hypocritical outrage is noted, Brun. 

I'm in line at Starbucks right now and in honor of your post I'm upgrading from the usual tall cup of regular coffee to a large speciality drink.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@BuckeyeGa @Bruno2 Let's also recall that some of these refugees may very well be people who have helped American military.  Should they be treated as less when they have helped.

kitty72
kitty72

@Eye wonder @Bruno2 @_GodlessHeathen_  I am a Latte junkie so they get lots of money from me. Money lately I don't mind paying as Starbucks is a responsible business that respects its community. If their policies keep out the hypocritical riff raff so much the better.

Menace
Menace

@Bruno2  Ok - You cons whine about supporting refugees through welfare and stress having them get jobs.  So here's a company doing something about it and you whine about that.  Can't have it both ways.