Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump's Travel Ban Hits The Fan

One week in and it's been a week of non-stop crazy.
I don't see how this is sustainable...but I have no idea what to expect really.

   The one thing I'm pretty sure of is something I've been saying all along: Trump will flame out spectacularly, and then there will be a monstrous backlash from the left that will make even the few things Trump manages to be right about worse. For example, buried deep down in this travel ban idiocy is the point that there is a particular problem with Islam, and we ought to be honest about that fact. The left, of course, has a tendency to deny that and argue that anyone who doesn't deny it is a bigot (probably a racist, their go-to type of bigotry). But this ban seems like a catastrophically stupid and misdirected, random, largely symbolic over-reaction to the problem (and no one seems to be able to make a case otherwise). I expect it to make it even more politically incorrect to honestly discuss the Islam problem. Also it's spectacularly un-American, as Old Gringo pointed out.
   Jesus. Trump has no earthly clue what he's doing.


Anonymous Lewis Carroll said...

Unfortunately Winston, that pearl is buried deep in a pile of dung:

"In the past 40 years there has been not a single fatal terrorist attack in America carried out by anyone belonging to the seven nationalities targeted by the order. Excluding the 9/11 attacks, whose Egyptian, Emirati, Lebanese and Saudi Arabian executioners would not have been covered by Mr Trump’s ban, America has suffered hardly any terrorism perpetrated by immigrants. According to a study by Alex Nowrasteh for the Cato Institute, the risk of an American being killed in a terrorist attack by a refugee in a given year is one in 3.6bn.

That reflects the fact that America’s security screening of refugees, which can take over two years to complete, is thorough. It also reflects the fact that, given the opportunity of moving to America, almost every refugee would rather work hard and get on than blow people up. According to David Miliband, the head of the International Rescue Committee, which works with refugees, in the past decade refugees have started at least 38 new businesses merely in and around Cleveland, Ohio, creating 175 jobs and a $12m boost to the local economy. Americans are vastly more likely to find employment with a Muslim refugee than to be killed by one. They are in fact much likelier to be killed by cows, fireworks and malfunctioning elevators than an immigrant terrorist. As a means of keeping Americans safe, Mr Trump’s order is almost worthless."


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