Monday, January 30, 2017

Trumpian Logic

The big news recently, of course, has been President Trump's ban on immigrants coming into the US from certain Muslim countries. Even before Trump's views on immigration came to surface, I've pondered the idea of a saturation point regarding immigrants in our country. I think it's a valid question. We obviously can't take everyone, but who makes the final decision on who we will or will not allow in? Unfortunately, neither saturation nor security seem to be the main motivators for Trump's immigration policies. He has banned immigrants coming into the United States from seven countries which includes: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Let's face it, there are bad hombres everywhere, but in Trump's world, we are led to believe that these particular seven countries have the worst hombres in the world who are ready and willing to destroy the United States at the drop of a hat.

According to President Donald J.Trump's own financial disclosures, he has business dealings in 25 countries and none of them include the seven countries on the ban list. And, yet, the world's leading sponsor of Islamic extremism - Saudi Arabia - is conveniently nowhere to be found on this list. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that every US President has turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's dirty dealings. Why? Oil. Oil. Oil. The other explanation may be that Trump did not include any Muslim majority country that he has business interests in. Making significant political decisions as "leader of the free world" fueled more by your own business interests than the interests of the country you are in charge of is not only unethical, it's criminal as well. If Trump survives this sloppy start to his administration and makes it through his first term, he will truly earn the title of the "Teflon Don."

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