Well, apparently Donald Trump’s fear-mongering rhetoric has been successful, at least among some. I have to ask at this point, I wonder what happened to the brave men and women who founded this nation more than two centuries ago? Where did the people go who, even though afraid, stepped up to the plate to fight against injustice during the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s-1960s? It is obvious that their bravery and courage did not get passed down to future generations.
No less than four times inside an hour this morning, I saw the following meme posted by friends on Facebook:
“I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too… “
Oh come on now … really??? I am more easily offended by this crap these days than I once was. There was a time I could ignore it, discounting it as the work of bored people with small minds and nothing better to do. The Donald has had an effect on us all, even those who keep our brains well-oiled and active. However, I do not give into his fear-inducing bluster, it merely makes me angry. Angry at Trump because he is a braying ass, and angry at those who are falling into the trap that he sets for them. Angry that people have forgotten their heritage as best defined by the words on Lady Liberty herself: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! “ Trump is of German heritage … gee what if we had banned all Germans because one might have been a Nazi?
There are more than 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide today, more than 23% of the world’s population, and Trump and his lemmings are determined that each of those 1.6 billion are potential threats. Trump screams “I don’t want them in my country!” Perhaps I don’t want people with orange fake hair, small hands and ugly faces in my country, either!
Trump apparently has forgotten why Muslims come to this country to begin with. The majority have come here seeking asylum from wars, terrorism and extreme violence in the Middle East. They come here because to stay in Syria or Iraq would ultimately mean almost certain death. They come here to try to keep their children safe. Trump and others may despair of the violence in the U.S., but what we have experienced is nothing compared to that which our Muslim immigrants have been through. They come here because they trust the United States to be true to its promise to provide a safe haven. They gladly take the most demeaning and lowest paid jobs just to pay rent and keep food on the table. They work hard and study hard to learn English, to learn the ways of this, their new home. And they are kind, caring, sharing and loving people. Are there bad people among them? Sure. Are there bad people among those who were born U.S. citizens and are of European ancestry? Sure. Are there bad people among Christians? Sure. But we do not, we cannot, throw out the baby with the bathwater!
When Trump screams and rants that we will only be safe when there are no Muslims in the country, he is showing himself for the fool that he is. Relative to so many nations, this nation is very safe. Incidents of terrorism are few and far between, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, we are in much more danger from gun-toting citizens than we are from our Middle Eastern guests.
Even Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, showed some backbone and stood up to Trump’s hate-mongering when he said, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test. Muslims are our partners “ He went on to say that the United States is at war with radical Islam, not Muslims in general.
The goal of terrorism is to create a culture of fear. President Obama may have said it best when he said that the United States must not “fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush” and “imply that we are at war with an entire religion.” Obama said after a meeting with his National Security Council at the Treasury Department, “then we are doing the terrorists’ work for them.” This is the truth, like it or not. Earlier this week, in a statement that would become controversial and result in Trump denying press credentials to The Washington Post, Trump made remarks to the effect that Obama may have had a ‘connection’ to the Orlando murders. He also called for President Obama to refer to the acts as ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’, which would only serve to further the environment of hate and fear Trump is creating. Trump needs to go before his lemmings follow him over the edge of sanity on which he is tottering.