The Free and the Brave

President Trump recently signed several executive orders, decrees that can be easily repealed by the next president. They are meant to quickly fulfill all of Trump’s promises, but some of the more controversial and dysfunctional ones are already inflaming the very tenuous relationship between at least half of the nation and the government.

Obviously the most damaging policy introduced, and one that everyone but the President immediately began undermining is the closing of borders to those from seven nations, all of them primarily Muslim.

Let’s start with a problem that most people don’t notice, except apparently Justin Trudeau and/or his advisers. For those of you who aren’t aware, Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada. He pledged to take in those stranded at airports around the world. Except… Canada had nothing to do with the border closing. It’s great that a head of state is taking a stand against such policies, but he basically was given a PR boost for doing nothing. Similarly, most people across the world are being fed tons of ammunition against the US.

Imagine for a moment that such a thing was happening in a country like… say… Iran.

Within weeks the USA would have sent troops to ‘defend democracy’. Why not? It’s happened before, and with a much more reasonable government than today’s America.

Also, there have (since 9/11) NO deaths from terrorism in the U.S.A. by citizens of ANY of the countries on the list Trump has declared banned. And let’s be honest, the world is a vastly different place since 2001.

Most of our recent attacks have been home-grown.

  • Omar Mateen (Pulse) was from New York.
  • The Tsarnaevs (Boston Marathon) were Russian.
  • Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik (San Bernardino) were Illinoisan and Pakistani, respectively (Pakistan is not on the banned list)
  • Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood) was Virginian, and in the military no less.

So why the nations he chose?

Let’s list them; Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Iran.

All of these nations are overwhelmingly Muslim, all of them currently or recently involved in civil unrest. These aren’t good reasons to ban people. As I showed above, none of the major attacks since 9/11 have come from people who were born in those countries. Should we ban entry to the rest of the USA from New York, Illinois, and Virginia? From Pakistan? From Russia? Obviously not.

That isn’t even the worst part. The TSA has split families just because of the place of origin of one or both parents. This says bad things about our nation

The United States prides itself on being the land of the Free and the home of the Brave. By splitting families apart due to fear, are we living up to that statement? I don’t think so. We can’t really call ourselves the land of the free if we chose people based on their homeland to kick out, and we can’t really call ourselves brave if we close our borders to nations out of fear. We can’t really call ourselves American if we hate immigrants. How many of us pride ourselves or our 1/16th Irish heritage, or Italian heritage. Even if you are descended from somebody who stepped off the Mayflower and onto Plymouth Rock, unless you’re exclusively descended from native Americans, you’re an Immigrant.

I myself am a proud First-Generation American, who would prefer to live in a nation that accepts that everyone from everywhere built our home.

 

 

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