Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Donald Trump's America: Land of the Cowardly and Home of the Meek

Trump lording his signature on Travel Band E.O.
"Hall of Heroes"(but not on this day)
Mr. Trump is all about branding. His campaign promised to rebrand America as "Great Again!" (TM). Which raises the question, is there anything "Great Again!" (TM) about his executive order suspending entry from seven Muslim countries for three months, and suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for four months?  What's Great Again! (TM) about that? Nothing. Mr. Trump's executive order is rebranding America from "land of the free and home of the brave" to "land of the meek and home of the cowardly."

We fancy ourselves as rugged self-reliant sorts (guns in schools to protect the kids from grizzly bears, as Betsy DeVos suggested at her confirmation hearing for Secretary of education).  We love the 2nd Amendment; we love our guns. We are not fazed by 11,000+ gun murders annually, 31,000+ gun related deaths annually, or 73,000 gun related emergency room visits annually; we are not fazed by mass shootings like Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando, or Charleston. Those incidents are just the price of being proud and free, and armed to the teeth.

But as Donald J. Trump ("Sociopath-in-Chief" (TM)) would have it: we are scared stiff of Muslims.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people," we say.  And Mr. Trump has noticed that, by God, some of these people are Muslims. Not many, mind you. A tiny fraction of all the gun deaths (one third of one percent) are caused by Muslims. And virtually none coming from outside the country. But all of a sudden our Sociopath-in-Chief thinks we should be scared stiff of Muslims entering from outside the country?

We must do "extreme vetting" of these students, professors, tech workers, family members, and investors coming from Muslim countries, suggest Trump and his cronies in the White House.  Are you really so scared Mr. Trump (#SCPOTUS (TM)) that we must immediately, chaotically, and idiotically, bar refugees from our shores because they happen to come from Muslim countries? Even though no single terrorist incident on American soil is tied to anyone from those seven Muslim countries, we must immediately suspend all travel from those countries?

Mr. Trump you are taking our shining city on a hill and making it into a laughing stock. You are taking our "land of opportunity for all" and turning it into "the land of small minded bigotry."  You are making America "Not Great!" (TM).

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1 comment:

  1. Roland, Thanks agree of course. I would add that we have 'extreme vetting' already for asylum seekers from Syria and other war zones, and more people have been turned back from our shores during the last 8 years than in any prior period.