Well, once again the Enslaved Press are doing everything humanly possible to paint Donald Trump as the American Hitler looking to round up people and march them to the ovens to be murdered. This time it’s over Trump’s Muslim Immigration Statement.
I find that the best way to get the facts is to ignore the hysterical, garment-rending reporters’ breathless caterwauling and go to the primary source and arrive at my own conclusions.
So I decided to go to his website and read for myself Trump’s Muslim Immigration Statement.
Here it is:
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
Let’s stop there.
Okay, this is problematic. There is a difference between not permitting anyone who is Muslim from emigrating to the US and suspending immigration from areas of the world infested with radical Islamic psychopaths — like Syria, Somalia, Iraq and the like.
The truth is, there are a hell of a lot of Muslims who want to get the hell away from these psychotic butchers.
Yes, Trump is calling for a temporary halt “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
But what exactly does he mean? He never says. Does he mean until they can figure out how to properly screen these people? Does he mean until they figure out what’s going on over in ISIS-occupied lands?
Much like a lot of what Trump says, it is long on declarative statements and short on detailed solutions.
I do believe that we need to revamp our visa process and severely limit the number of people we permit access to the country — especially from places where radical Islamic extremists are running free.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything about halting immigration from Muslim countries that is “not in our values” or “not who we are.” We have, from time to time, stopped all immigration into the United States. Frankly, I think now is one of those times to freeze or severely limit immigration into the US. But not just because of “Muslims” as Mr. Trump says.
US Immigration policy is not for the benefit of those wishing to come to the US. It is driven by what is in the best interests of the US. Pausing all legal immigration into the country is done to allow the immigrants who have arrived time to assimilate into our culture. Plus, keep in mind, given the fact that the vast majority of people immigrating to the US right now end up on welfare of some kind, it makes sense to pause or severely limit further immigration so as not to overburden our already near-bankrupt entitlement programs.
It seems perfectly logical to me to limit or suspend immigration from countries infested with radical Islam for these reasons:
1. We know that ISIS is secreting their fighters among these migrants.
2. Until we can to the best of our ability, adequately weed out any people who could pose a threat, we need to put further immigration from these countries on hold.
3. Most of these “refugees” and “migrants” will be put on public assistance (Food Stamps, welfare, Medicaid, free or subsidized housing). And that kind of financial strain isn’t something we need right now. Frankly, we are a charitable people, but we are not made of money.
The truth is, I think we need to severely limit all immigration into the US. Our healthcare system and welfare system are overloaded. Our public schools are being overrun. We cannot reasonably absorb the financial and societal impact of unfettered immigration. Nobody is being given an opportunity to assimilate.
Back to Trump’s statement:
According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
These are all legitimate concerns, and ones that we would not be facing if our Federal Government was adequately equipped to properly vet “refugees” and “migrants” coming from countries with a radical Islam problem.
I realize that many see this as un-American and against the entire reason of our founding to bar people because of their religion. I agree.
The other problem I have is Trump isn’t specifying a halt of immigration from Muslim countries that are currently steeped in radical jihad ideology. He simply says “Muslims.” While I do not hold to Hillary and Barack’s ignorant belief that radical Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. I do not believe that each and every person of Muslim faith is a radical Islamic terrorist or even endorses or embraces radical Islam.
This is why we need to put in place a workable, logical, thorough screening process before granting visas to anyone from countries where radical Islam rules the roost.
At the same time, I think I understand what Trump is trying to convey here.
The truth is, immigration without assimilation isn’t immigration. It is conquest. After eight years of a President who has sought to divide this nation and undermine our culture, traditions and history, the last thing we as a nation need is inviting into the country people who not only will not assimilate, but seek to import not only themselves, but their radical ideology that is abhorrent to our culture and way of life.
The truth is, for many Muslims — not just radical Islamic terrorists — Islam is more than a religious faith. It is a political identity. An ideology of domination and subjugation.
It’s one thing to not want to close our doors to those who wish simply to peacefully worship in the manner they choose; it’s quite another to prevent those who wish to impose on the United States a system of politics and identity that seeks to overthrow our nation as founded and subjugate us to Islam.
And herein lies the quandary. How do we as a nation remain faithful to our primary founding principle of religious liberty while at the same time prevent those who seek to use our founding principle as a foothold to conquer us from within. And that is, without question, the objective of radical Islam.
Every immigrant who becomes of citizen of the United States must take this oath:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.” [Emphasis Dianny’s]
Of course Obama removed the part about serving in the military to any immigrant who is a conscientious objector. But still. It is naïve not to recognize that many Muslim immigrants will not “freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion” make this oath of allegiance to the United States of America.
And this is something that absolutely has to be taken into account when determining who can and cannot emigrate to the United States.
The primary reason the Enslaved Press is howling like Banshees over Trump’s statement is they want to try and convince us that emigrating to the United States is a RIGHT.
But it isn’t a RIGHT. Nobody has a RIGHT to come to America to live. Immigration seeks what is in the best interests of the nation. Immigrants are expected to take an oath of allegiance to the United States and renounce all previous allegiances. How can any radical Muslim do that in good faith?
Those who seek to come to America to become Americans, to be a part of our culture and heritage, to embrace our laws and our system of government should be welcome here without reservation — yes, even if they are practicing Muslims. Those who do not, we are under no obligation to permit them to come in. Period.
Finally, Trump closes his statement this way:
Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.” – Donald J. Trump
Well, he’s right. The leaders of this nation’s primary responsibility is to secure the common defense of the people. Until they can establish that the visa program and “refugee” program do not pose a threat to that, we need to suspend them.
The fact is, as a sovereign nation, we have every right to limit or freeze or suspend immigration as we see fit.
Like I said a few weeks ago, Liberals have more respect and reverence for a poem that is on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty than they do our Constitution, our laws and our sovereignty as a nation.
But Trump’s statement is too nebulous and general. That’s pretty much the problem I have with it. It’s a sweeping declaration devoid of proper framework and explanation.
And though on its face Trump’s statement doesn’t rise to the level of hysteria that it has generated, it is too general. Therefore, I completely understand why, in subsequent interviews Trump was pressed for further explanation
I listened to his interview with Greta Van Susteren from last night. And Trump’s attempts to explain his statement was disjointed, meandering and as clear as mud.
This is something I see in Trump quite a bit. He will make a statement, for example about birthright citizenship, that is wholly in keeping with the Constitution and our laws. But then, when called on to defend his position, he is simply unable to do it. He flounders, doubles down on stupid things, then gets defensive and inarticulate.
Often I get the feeling that Trump’s political positions are not so much deeply held convictions as they are choice red meat dropped on his adoring fans to fire them up and get them cheering. In other words, there’s no “there” there. It’s as if he’s simply playing to the lowest common denominator to goose his poll numbers higher.
It’s pandering in its truest form.
The truth is, if Trump really had a decisive vision of how to fix the problem of immigration and the threats we face by importing radical Islamic extremists, he would be able to clearly and articulately explain, expand and expound on this statement.
But he can’t.
This gets to the heart of my concerns about Donald Trump. Though he is quite adept at getting the Enslaved Press to chase their tails and make fools of themselves, when it comes right down to it, I never get the feeling Trump’s political positions stem from deeply held convictions. Nobody has trouble defending and articulating deeply held convictions. But whenever Trump is called on to defend any of his political positions he becomes inarticulate and floundering. It leaves me with a sense that the man’s campaign doesn’t so much spring up from his beliefs and commitments as it does from gauging popular opinion and monitoring polling.
And this halfhearted statement is no different.
If you like the work at Patriot Retort, please consider contributing
Hit the tip jar DONATE button in the side bar. Even a few bucks can make a world of difference!
Books by Dianny:
RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
Liberals Gone WILD!!! The Not-So-Silent Conquering of America,
RANT: Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
and two novels: Sliding Home Feet First and Under the Cloud