I don’t really want to talk about Donald Trump here, but I will have to, since his opponents in the GOP have made him the boogeyman of this campaign. Full disclosure, I’m not a Trump fan. I agree with him (generally speaking) on illegal immigration and the idea that our country has seen better days (and could see better days again). But that’s it. I have outlined my belief that on almost everything else, Donald Trump is actually a liberal, so I won’t be supporting him based solely on illegal immigration and the fact that he is politically incorrect. All of that being said, I like Donald Trump more than I like the GOP right now.
Trump has stirred up another firestorm in recent days with his comments on ending Muslim migration to America. His thoughts on the matter have reignited Democrat cries of racism while also sparking those in the GOP to issue statements outlining their disgust with what Trump has said. GOP Party Chair Reince Priebus, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and many others in the GOP have called Trump’s comments “Un-American” and contrary to our “values.”
What is so shocking is that these are the very same people who have argued vociferously to defend the federal government’s warrantless spying on innocent American citizens (in violation of the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Amendments). Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have both been vocal critics of the NSA’s warrantless wire tapping and electronic sweeping of our data, and both men have been excoriated by the GOP establishment for “failing to defend the American people.” Paul and Cruz argue that the domestic spying program is “un-American” and contrary to our values, but the establishment says this violation is necessary to protect the American people…
How ironic, then, that now when Donald Trump poses a solution that can truly protect us (as the warrantless spying programs have been proven useless), these same destroyers of the Constitution call him “un-American.”
Let me be clear – while I believe that part of our greatness is our heterogeneity and our willingness to accept the poor and downtrodden no matter their background, what Donald Trump suggests is NOT unconstitutional. Our government restricts immigration based on subjective measures every day. In the past we have singled out whole groups (like communists and Iranians) for refusal for entry. We have every right to restrict immigration based on our own standards and measures and those restriction will, of course, shift and change with time and circumstances.
What Donald Trump has suggested (whether I agree with it or not) is completely constitutional and moreover, reasonable. It is an immediately actionable step that will demonstrably improve our security situation in America. On the other hand, the GOP’s defense of the NSA’s domestic spying program is none of these things. The spy program is unconstitutional, has not improved our security, and is not even reasonable considering the immense amount of data being collected.
This latest attack on Donald Trump is hard evidence that the GOP cares nothing for our “values” but is cravenly focused on one thing – power for the establishment.
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