The last weekend of January we witnessed what we can generally expect to see from the liberal media with respect to any and all actions carried out by President Trump. As usual, their skewed and never-ending reporting had people believing that Donald Trump had banned every Muslim in the world from ever setting foot in the United States. As usual, this disinformation caused outrage among the low-information constituency who presumably still rely on CNN and the like for their news.
The truth is far less dramatic: President Trump has temporarily banned people from entering the U.S. from seven nations—nations that, I might add, had already been singled out by the Obama Administration as hotbeds of jihadist activity. The purpose of this 90-day ban is to stop all people from entering the country from Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya until we can re-evaluate our current vetting procedures and institute what Trump calls “extreme vetting.” In addition, Trump’s executive order suspended all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, and Syrian refugees in particular, indefinitely. So the mainstream media spent the entire weekend endlessly portraying Trump’s actions as anti-Muslim and heartless. What a crock!
After a weekend of protests and angst, it now appears that the ban affected less than 300 people worldwide, and the inconvenience to those holding green cards arose from poor communication, not malfeasance. Once that confusion was cleared up, the impact was minimal and certainly didn’t warrant the media hype and hysteria at the airports.
The fact of the matter is we finally have a President who is putting the safety and security of the American first. With all the hoopla surrounding the election, you may have forgotten the fact that at the end August, the Obama Administration congratulated itself on having met its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees here in the U.S. Somehow the vetting process was telescoped down from over a year-and-a-half to three months. This should have been cause for grave concern. In the latter part of 2015, FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach indicated that it is impossible to vet people from Syria because the governmental agencies and infrastructure to obtain any intelligence on people is nonexistent. And then there’s what FBI Director Comey said about vetting people from the Middle East: “We can query our databases until the cows come home, but nothing will show up because we have no record of that person. . .You can only query what you have collected.” And the craziest thing is this: despite knowing this, Mrs. Clinton had promised to increase the number of Syrian refugees from 10,000 to 65,000 if she won the presidency.
Of course, in addition to the media, usual suspects Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were ready for their close-ups with much handwringing—Chuck Schumer actually weeping over the plight of those temporarily banned under Trump’s executive order. How cruel. I had to wonder: where were the tears for those killed and maimed at the Boston Marathon? How about the 14 killed attending a company Christmas party in San Bernadino in December of 2015? And what about the 49 killed this past June at the Orlando nightclub shooting? Too bad. No tears for them.
We live in a nation of choices, otherwise known as a democracy. As Americans, we are empowered to vote on issues and elect the leaders who most closely hue to our desires concerning those issues. When our leaders decide to court world opinion rather than listen to their constituency, we run the risk of going down the road of transformation that only the likes of Barack Obama could dream about. Such is the case with immigration and assimilation—the consequences are far too great and too potentially disastrous. Donald Trump promised to build a wall. He promised to fix the immigration problem. He promised to enact “extreme vetting” for refugees. Now he is delivering. These are not discrete issues. They are all part of the same cloth. People are coming in and we don’t know who they are. Beyond our safety, with $19+ trillion in debt, we simply can’t afford to have immigrants and refugees streaming in, followed by their elderly or ill family members. And we certainly cannot afford that flow to be the mask for terror in this nation—a very real possibility.
It is high time that we quit letting the media and our celebrities and our liberal politicians shame or belittle us for wanting to be safe. It is high time that the silent majority of this nation showed President Trump that we welcome his reasonable measures to ensure that safety. Once your hands are bound behind you and the slayer stands over you with the blade that will bring your end, it is too late to think about what we should have done. The time for caution is now.
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