After A Good Week … Epic Fail!   Leave a comment

So Donald Trump had a good first week in that he took first steps to keep quite a few of his campaign promises … more than I can remember any other modern president doing so early in his presidency.

I didn’t agree with all of his actions, but I cheered quietly that he remembers who elected him to the Oval Office.

And then he got around to addressing Muslim countries. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/01/29/trumps-facile-claim-that-his-refugee-policy-is-similar-to-obama-in-2011/?utm_term=.669acacd5f48

Image may contain: 2 people, meme and textObama did do something similar back in 2011, but Trump’s executive order is much more stringent. I agree that there needs to be a tightening of refugee visa screening. Currently, we essentially trust the UN vetting process on whether we’re allowing people into our country. We should not be doing that. And once inside the country, we should be keeping a closer eye on these folks. The wife in the San Bernardino case should have been caught in the screening process as should the older brother in the Boston case. They weren’t refugees per se … which means the government had a lot less pressure to just let them in and yet the screeners missed their obvious terrorist ties because …. The refugee screeners are much more likely to miss the truth because there is so much pressure to rescue people from difficult circumstances. We need to slow down and be smart.

Since terrorism is not a state-based threat, it’s probably ridiculous to do this by country. Yes, it would slow down the rate of refugees coming into the country. It might also slow down the rate of terrorists entering the country.

So a judge has ruled that the Donald can’t do it his way, and that was a right decision, but let’s be clear here. An enhanced screening similar to what Obama put in place in 2011 for Iraqi refugees needs to exist for all Muslims coming from any state … and that includes European states … and resources need to be directed toward checking the refugees already in the country … because it’s the smart thing to do. We have got to get over the idea that we trust people until they shoot up a night club or workplace. People seeking access to the United States need to receive actual vetting … which the UN does a shoddy job of, because it’s not their their friends or family who will be killed if they’re wrong.

And that is an entirely separate issue from what Trump did on Friday. That was ill-thought-out. But I’m going to continue to be fair about Donald Trump and not bash everything he does. I don’t think he’s the devil and the more people try to portray him as such, the more I feel sympathy for him.

Stop freaking out, folks! This is what a change of direction in governance looks like. I know you didn’t care in 2009, but this is why the Teaparty gathered peacefully in parks and waving signs. It just didn’t matter so much to you because the change was what you wanted … regardless of what it did to your neighbors. Now that you’re no longer in charge of the reins of power, why do you believe that gives you a right to destroy property and threaten people’s lives or circumvent the democratic process?

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