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Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:28 AM

 

Robert Reich on the Muslim ban

Everything tRump touches turns to crap.
He is making the world less safe, more hostile, and it's only been one week.

Reich makes very good points here:

Today Trump closed America’s borders to refugees, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States.

And he temporarily suspended immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries -- Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

These are not countries from which terrorists have attacked the U.S. (the 9/11 attackers were from Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates).

But Trump's order excludes several predominantly Muslim nations in which Trump now has or has had business interests. (See http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/inside-trumps-global-business-interests/story?id=44416694) In the United Arab Emirates, Trump has licensing deals in place for two golf-courses in Dubai (after Trump’s election, his partners in the deal told ABC News that the Trump brand had become "stronger, more global". In Turkey, Trump struck a deal in 2008 with the Dogan Group to license his brand to Trump Towers Istanbul, one with residential and the other with commercial office space. Trump also has had extensive deals in Saudi Arabia.

Trump also ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.

Trump signed the executive order shortly after issuing a statement noting that today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, citing the “depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”

The irony is tragic.

Let’s not mince words. Trump is engaged in religious persecution. Nazi Germany did far worse, of course. But Trump is setting America on a dangerous and disgraceful course.

He is violating two fundamental moral precepts of this nation: that we provide refuge to those fleeing repression and slaughter, and we do not discriminate based on religion. And he’s playing directly into the hands of extremists who want the Muslim world to believe the United States is deeply anti-Muslim.

What do you think?

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:31 AM

1. Americans wake up less safe this morning. we all have big targets on our backs thanks to d.j. trump

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:35 AM

2. Reich hits the nail on the head.

This article covers all the issues and highlights the egregiousness and cold heartedness of Trump's decision.

As an aside, your opening sentence reminded me of this from "Blazing Saddles"

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:49 AM

6. From Balzing Saddles to Spinal Tap to Idiocracy

Things really are turning into shit.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:36 AM

3. There will be kidnappings and killings of Americans abroad

because of this executive order.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:42 AM

4. I totally hate the Muslim ban but Reich does not have a clue

 

Blocking the countries that have historically sourced terror is called closing the barn door after the horse has already left. Terror has evolved in many many ways since 9/11. Fighting it based on lessons learned is simple minded.

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Response to HoneyBadger (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 11:05 AM

7. Is Reich advocating a ban??

 

I didn't read it that way.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 10:47 AM

5. The "Law and Order Presidency" has become exactly the opposite. Has anyone mentioned a "mandate"?

He has no mandate. He lost the popular vote and the Dems PICKED UP seats in both houses of Congress.

This EO is clearly against the law (Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 prohibits targeting specific countries) and is leading directly to disorder. This is just plan nuts.

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Response to underpants (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 11:25 AM

8. They are already stopping travelers in airports

 

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Response to SHRED (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 28, 2017, 11:26 AM

9. I know. It's illegal.

This is just horrendous.

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