If It’s Not A Muslim Ban Then What Is It?

Later this week, the revised travel ban takes effect with a little bit of a difference now mainly that Iraq has been removed as well as Green card holders to name a few which just leaves the original named areas on the list. All of these countries names are predominantly Muslim. What this means is that if you are a Muslim leaving in America, or vice versa, you will be deported and you will be banned from flying into the US.

So to recap: Muslims get deported because according to Trump they are all bad dudes who want to destroy our country by committing terrorist acts. However, this is not a true statement because that’s like saying an Arab Israeli (Or Israeli Arab) wants to kill Israelis and/or Jews or that a black man wants to kill the White Man.

There’s a saying ” Every Muslim is a terrorist but not all Muslims are terrorists” which is true. ISIS is a terrorist group but not all of it’s members (If that’s what you call them) are muslims. In fact, ISIS contains people from Canada, America, France, etc, etc…. So to come out and say that we are deporting all Muslims because they are terrorists is inaccurate, wrong , stereotyped and racist.

So, people are saying that it is not a Muslim ban to which I ask: If it’s not what is it? Well, depending on who you ask most will say that it is a travel ban even though it is a totally inaccurate description. How can it be a travel ban and not a Muslim Ban when clearly it targets them?

Perhaps the Trump Administration isn’t smart enough to understand the definitions so let me explain it:

TRAVEL BAN= A ban where no one is allowed to travel to a specific place. For example: CUBA which has been off limits for 50 years . The only way you were allowed to go was by obtaining permission from the State Department.

MUSLIM BAN= Denying a specific race all rights and privileges and the freedom allowed to them via due process.

So saying it’s NOT a Muslim ban is like saying someone doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.

The administration revised it because the last one was “frozen” by the courts when most ruled it unconstitutional. Well, guess what? So is this one and here’s why:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And this:

The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government.

   It’s why England created the idea of the separation of Church and State. Because:

The principle that government must maintain an attitude of neutrality toward religion. Many view separation of church and state as required by the First Amendment. The First Amendment not only allows citizens the freedom to practice any religion of their choice, but also prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion.

    One other thing:

 This ban, and I’m surprised no one’s mentioned it, is the Civil Rights and Liberties of an individual and by enacting this terrible ban you are taking it away from each one of these peoples. As FDR so casually wrote:

Civil liberties are important because they guard the rights and freedom of citizens of the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt states in papers held at George Washington University that people must preserve civil liberties in order to preserve democracy

Civil liberties protect personal freedoms. For instance, the freedom of speech allows citizens to express themselves without fear of interference. Freedom of the press falls in line with this, as well as freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.

Other liberties include those that deal with crime and due process of the law. These liberties are important because they protect innocent people during prosecution. These rights include people being innocent until they are proven guilty, the right for legal counsel and the right to be tried by a jury.

Meanwhile, Civil Rights:

Civil rights are protective measures enacted by the government to ensure that all citizens are treated equally, while civil liberties limit a government’s infringement upon the rights of its citizens, explains the Independence Hall Association. The Bill of Rights outlines civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, but civil rights are often defined by social movements and dilemmas. In particular, civil rights are often aimed at protecting minority groups from being discriminated against.

 

And:

Civil rights issues typically arise when the government creates laws to balance majority and minority interests, according to the Independence Hall Association. For instance, the 14th Amendment was added to prevent state legislatures from disenfranchising racial minority groups or denying them access to a fair legal process. Other civil-rights legislature protects women from gender discrimination. Yet, civil rights can mirror or contradict civil liberties, often requiring a court to weigh the perceived freedoms of one party against another.

So, in essence, the law speaks for itself and unless you can prove that a crime was committed, this Muslim Ban is illegal and unconstitutional no matter what you say,or how it’s written and unlike Mr. Trump, I have evidence to backup my claims.

Being a President, you must know the laws and we have a Constitution for a reason. This is why the majority of past Presidents were lawyers before they became one.

Sadly, Mr.Trump does not know anything about our country. He is not fit to be President. He is a pathological liar, not living in reality, delusional, paranoid not to mention a racist, bigot and and egotistical narcissist.

I am aware that writing these articles people will call me stupid, a fool, ignorant or some angry liberal  and that’s okay because the only ones saying these are the brainwashed Trump supporters who bought into his propaganda but that’ what is great about Democracy . We can think for ourselves, have an open mind and do what’s right and by writing this, I am doing the right thing because someone needs to publish the truth and the facts because if we don’t then everything this country was founded upon will crumble to something else. Something we may never be able to get out of.

The Legitimacy Of The Trump Administration (Or Lack Of One)

    Donald J. Trump. A man who is not well. A man who has been given the keys to the office and the codes. A man who is delusional. A man who cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy. A man who is dangerous .  A man who is trying to create a new world order through hate, fear mongering and propaganda.

Now I know that what I am saying will be denounced by every single Trump supporter out there and that’s the point you see because Trump supporters will always agree with him regardless of what he says because that is the very definition of brainwashing propaganda and if you aren’t with him then you are the enemy. Fair enough but the non ignorant people know the truth . They know how to separate the “Fake News” from the real news. They know how to separate the “Alternative Facts”  from the actual facts. And this writer will explain why I wrote the statements above because unlike the delusional nutjob that is running our country, (God Help Us), I backup my statements so without further aideu, may I present the following:

TRUMP CLAIMS THAT TRUMP TOWER WAS WIRETAPPED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Without providing one shred of evidence or proof, Trump decided to tweet this serious accusation . There’s only one problem:

NO PRESIDENT IS LEGALLY ALLOWED TO WIRETAP ANYONE AT ANYTIME WITHOUT A FEDERALLY MANDATED COURT ORDER.

 

In fact, this is what led to Nixon’s resignation (He was going to be impeached) and the laws being changed to prevent something like this ever happening again. The only time the Government would wiretap someone is under extreme circumstances and this is a rare thing .

So where did Trump get this idea from: Mark Levine  who declared that: Mark Levine says Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower. Then Breitbart picked it up and that’s where Trump decided it was okay to tweet but Breitbart was run by Steve Bannon who is Trump’s 2nd in command and who Trump takes advice from seriously and really we all know his views. You think Trump is nuts? Bannon is worse.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Trump has ordered(Or has  demanded is  more like it) that an immediate investigation get underway so that anyone involved can be “punished”. How they proceed is up to them but taxpayers money would of course be involved which begs one to ask : Why are we paying for something that does not exist? And, how do you investigate something where something doesn’t exist? FBI director Comey has already said NO and has asked the Justice Department to do the same .

Obama’s former intelligence director has already said that this could not happen because he would need to have been involved, which he was not.

TRUMP SAYS THE MEDIA IS FAKE NEWS

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the only fake news is the one being tweeted by Trump. Trump has started a media war with the press because he does not like them. Why? Because if they report things he does not like he’ll call it “Fake News” and then put out his version of what the truth is which is what we call “Alternative Facts”. And just so we are clear, the definition of Alternative Facts is defined as

The worst of the four classifications of lies: lies, damned lies, statistics, alternative facts. Alternative facts are distinguished from the other damnable lies by the addition of gaslighting the listener.

A good example of this:

After backing up her false statements with alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway threatened the “dishonest” media for suggesting that she might be lying.

 

So to be clear: We the media are the enemy because we are spewing lies, while Donald Trump is tweeting accusations which he believes with 100% certainty that what he tweets is the absolute truth. Isn’t this how propaganda works? Suppress the media so everyone has no choice but to believe you? Hmmm. This sounds oddly familiar Suppression of the Media in Nazi Germany . There was also this:

In 1929, Hitler chose Josef Goebbels as his Minister of Propaganda. Goebbels developed extremely successful campaigns using simple slogans and images repeated over and again in order to win public support for the party. The Nazis spent huge sums on newspapers, leaflets and poster campaigns.

So I guess the phrase: “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” is actually happening. Who’d have thought?

The thing that Trump does not understand is that Freedom of the Press is a powerful tool that was specifically created by Thomas Jefferson because he believed that:

A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and is therefore dependent on an educated and enlightened citizenry. On the other hand, newspapers too often take advantage of their freedom and publish lies and scurrilous gossip that could only deceive and mislead the people. Jefferson himself suffered greatly under the latter kind of press during his presidency. But he was a great believer in the ultimate triumph of truth in the free marketplace of ideas, and looked to that for his final vindication.

And:

“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.” –Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787. ME 6:57

To be President, one must know the laws of our country and be familiar with the Constitution which clearly Trump is not, which brings me to:

TRAVEL BAN

Here you have someone who decided, without consulting anyone, that all Muslims are “bad dudes” which is a pretty inaccurate statement . There’s a saying that “Every Muslim is a terrorist but not every terrorist is a Muslim”. True enough, recent events have proven this correct. But to single out one single religion (for lack of a better word) is illegal to the core no matter what you say. America is a Democracy and as such, we are all entitled to due process. If you are a criminal then you aren’t. That includes terrorists (or suspected) but to just tell every single Muslim that you are no longer welcome in this country? How does that make us look? What does that tell other countries?

People came here for a better life. For freedom. And yet, years later, the descendants of those are now bearing the brunt of this simply because they are muslim. To make it worse, Trump has now decided that children will be separated from their moms. While the moms will be sent back to which they came, the children will be sent to Foster care or “some other relative”.

Trump Supports can call this whatever they want but it is a Muslim Ban through and through and Trump is skirting the law here by doing this because again, the Constitution has “FREEDOM OF RELIGION” which allows one to practice their Religion out in the open whenever they feel the need to.

You say you want to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” but by signing executive orders that undermine that, you are being a hypocrite. Why? Because this travel ban is bad for everyone for many reasons but this one in particular is important

   In the wake of the travel ban, Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again” seems rather ironic. The failure to appreciate that immigrants are good for innovation, competitiveness and the nation’s future flies in the face of this aim.

 

And in a well written article by The Guardian, The Muslim Travel Ban , the writer states several excellent main points that one:

First – and this can’t be emphasized enough – Trump’s own people have found no rational security justification for this ban. A leaked Department of Homeland Security memo, prepared after the first travel ban, found that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity”.

Rachel Maddow obtained a March 1 Homeland Security reportwhich assessed that “most foreign-born US-based violent extremists [are] likely radicalized several years after their entry into the United States”. If the executive order is not rational, then maybe – just maybe – it’s bigoted?

And two:

Second, these Muslim bans are presented to us as if we’ve never heard Donald Trump, Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller speak. Probably the most disingenuous element of this administration is how it uses broadcast and social media to get its message across while disassociating itself from its own media presence.

And three:

Third, and most important, we must recognize how Trump’s Muslim ban is an extreme deviation from more than 50 years of US immigration policy. Prior to 1965, the US had favored northern Europeans in matters of immigration, but in the middle of the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War, that system was widely seen, here and abroad, as racist and antiquated.

 

The Immigration and Nationality act of 1965 signed by President Johnson at Liberty Island, stated that the law”

“corrects a cruel and enduring wrong in the conduct of the American Nation”

You can read it here: The Immigration and Nationality Act

Finally,

RUSSIA

This is the biggest thorn in Trump’s side. And, some critics have said that Trump’s making up news is to deflect on the media’s (as he called it) “witch hunt”. The only problem is that after an investigation it turned out that Russia was indeed involved in hacking and rigging of the election.

Not only that, but the Trump administration is corrupt with half of his cabinet somehow involved with Russians. Flynn already resigned. Sessions had to recuse himself (not to mention lying under oath). Tillerson has contacts there related to his days as Exxon CEO. Trump is pallsy wallsy with Putin . The list goes on and on and it’s only a matter of time before Snowden is handed over as a “gift” to Trump.

So everything that Trump is tweeting makes sense when you think about .Sure half of what he tweets has no basis in reality but whatever he does, says, or tweets plays exactly into the media’s hands and as long as it take the focus away from Russia he’s as happy as a clam.

By the way, he isn’t allowed to tweet on his personal twitter account and has been asked to stop but Trump is Trump and he does whatever he wants.

This man is not fit to be President or hold the codes for our nuclear weapons (yes, we have them) because as I said above this man is living in a fantasy world where he thinks he’s on the Apprentice or something else.

Focus on being the President instead of telling us why Arnold Schwarzenegger was fired from Celebrity Apprentice (He wasn’t) or telling us why SNL needs to be canceled because of Alec Baldwins performance of you. (Side note: Previous Presidents have been parodied to their amusement).  Or don’t decline the White Correspondent’s Dinner because of the fear of getting roasted (Be a man.. You were roasted by Comedy Central).

Bottom line: Donald Trump is a racist, bigot, narcissist, ego manacic, conceited and worst of all morally unethical (If you think he separated himself from his business then you are sadly mistaken).

The majority of his staff is inexperienced and are pretty much afraid to stand up to him.

Sean Spicer is a moron

Kelly Ann Conway is an ignorant putz

Steve Bannon hates everybody

Jeff Sessions is a hick who doesn’t understand questions he’s asked

Jared Kushner is a disgrace to Judaism

I mean this list can go on and on but I think you get the idea.

And I know that people reading this will call me out on what I’ve written and that’s ok because he truth needs to be told not the one that you’ve been led to believe is the truth  although Lenin once said that “tell a lie long enough and eventually it becomes truth”.

Make no mistake. the media will NOT be silent nor will we allow Trump to rewrite history as he sees fit. We will fight for what we believe in. Fight for what’s right and continue being guided by what this country was founded upon.

Because if we want to “Make America Great Again”, we need to stop Making America Hate and turning against one another.

America. It is the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. It is a country where we can speak freely, write freely and practice freely. We are the United States of America and one nation under God.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

And that includes EVERYONE EVERYWHERE.

The Constitutional Amendments