So this topsy-turvy country starts out as a land of immigrants (except The Indians of course) and everyone is welcome. Now if you are from a country not friendly toward the U.S. they say lock it up, shut it down. You’re from members of a country that caused 9/11 and you get a pass. If you are from a country that has produced terrorists, well come on in! Trump has us all Topsy-Turvy and each day is an adventure, mostly horrifying.
“Yesterday President Trump made good on his campaign promise to halt immigration of Muslims into the United States “until we know what’s going on.” An explicit ban on Muslims would be illegal, of course, even considering the president’s broad authority over immigration, so instead he picked seven Muslim countries and banned their citizens from entering the US for 90 days—by which time, presumably, Trump will have figured out what’s going on. He also banned refugees from everywhere for 120 days. The result has been rampant chaos and pointless suffering.
A friend writes: “I’m amazed at how badly Trump, et al. have been handling the executive orders they’ve been churning out. Don’t they know the orders are legal documents, not corporate memos?” That’s a good question. As near as I can tell, Trump is treating his executive orders the same way he treats his tweets: they’re designed as communiques to his fans, and that’s about it. The actual consequences hardly matter.”
“Not a single Muslim extremist from any of the seven designated countries has ever committed an act of terrorism on American soil.
But residents of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, and other US “allies” are exempt, even though their citizens have committed acts of terrorism here. By coincidence, these are also countries where Trump has commercial interests.”
“But they didn’t. As always, Republicans are ruled by a mean-spiritedness that’s just plain nauseating. They’re perfectly willing to go along with a plan that will cause tremendous hardship for other people even though they know perfectly well it will do nothing for national security. Its only real purpose is to send a message to a GOP base eager for a show of bravado against the rest of the world. Is that worth a bit of senseless cruelty aimed at defenseless foreigners? Of course it is. Hell, that’s the whole point. And the suffering this causes? As usual, they just don’t give a damn.” http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/yet-again-republicans-demonstrate-mean-spiritedness-heart-their-party