On the Refugee “Ban” by President Trump

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On the Refugee “Ban” by President Trump

After seeing a lot of the posts about the refugee ban I felt it was time for a little fact checking and clarity about this issue:

Let’s look at the FACTS:

  1. The 90 day ban does not extend to Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, or (inexplicably) Pakistan. These are the largest Islamic population centers in the world. I’m not exactly sure how the connection could be made about Muslims being targeted by Trump but if you read the actual executive order (http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/text-of-trump-executive-order-nation-ban-refugees) there is no mention of any faith or for that matter any country, other than Syria. More on this later…
  2. Obama implemented a SIX MONTH BAN from Iraqi refugees in 2011. Here’s the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131 No outcry there by the media, of course, because it was Obama doing it and not Trump. By the way, Jimmy Carter banned Iranian refugees during his administration, too… a specifically targeted country by an American President (http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=33233). Again, no media outcry there. People are acting as if this is the first time something so egregious has ever been done in modern American history. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t true.
  3. The seven countries being reported by the mainstream media as affected by the ban are: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Funny thing, though, you can’t find a mention of any of those countries (except Syria) in Trump’s Executive Order. It isn’t there. None of them.
    So how did those particular countries get singled out?
    Hold on to your hats here. It was done in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 and signed into law in December of 2015 as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act by… President Barack Obama. That’s right. These countries that Trump is being castigated for “singling out” were originally singled out by an act that was signed into law by the Obama Administration. Read it for yourself: (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/18/460281572/congress-sends-1-8-trillion-tax-and-spending-bill-to-president-obama) This so called “Muslim ban” was actually implemented by the Obama Administration but nobody said a word (again) because… well… it was the Obama Administration and he is a media darling. The bias of this is staggering.
    And why is Syria singled out? Here’s an article from a liberal magazine talking about how ISIS has used Syrian refugees coming to America as opportunities to smuggle in terrorist: http://www.newsweek.com/how-isis-smuggles-terrorists-among-syrian-refugees-453039 
  1. But is it actually a Muslim ban? Nope. In the 2015 Terrorist Travel Prevention Act that Obama signed and nor in Trump’s Executive Order is there one mention of the Muslim faith. Read it for yourself. (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/158/text) It isn’t there. It is the liberal media blowing this up into an anti Muslim ban and many are willingly feeding on the frenzy.
  2. It’s for 90 days. This is to let the US border security breathe and better vet all people coming into this country. I’m all for immigrants coming to our country… LEGALLY. But if they’ve had ties to terrorist organizations then they shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the common sense among us? Shouldn’t this TEMPORARY ban be in place to make certain we’re all safe? Isn’t it worth vetting these immigrants to keep out radical Islamists who are hell bent on blowing us up and taking over the world? And what about refugees? I agree they should be able to come… again… LEGALLY.
  3. The slowing of immigrants to the U.S. has been going on since the 1980’s. When Reagan took office, the number of annual immigrants was at about 210,000. (This is according to the Migration Policy Institute if you’re interested in researching it for yourself).  Look at the graph below:Migration Policy

    It dropped to about 100,000 during his administration. Under Bush 41 and Clinton it climbed again to 122,000 but declined to 70,000 before Clinton left office in 2000. It dropped dramatically in 2001 (for obvious reasons) to 25,000 and has slowly but steadily climbed since then but has ALWAYS remained low (60,000 or less). It took its greatest jump in the last 2 years of Obama’s administration and (it’s interesting to note) the vast majority were from Muslim controlled countries. Trump’s proposal TEMPORARILY caps it at 50,000. That’s hardly a dramatic cut and not nearly what was implemented in previous administrations. With the threats to the United States it seems perfectly acceptable to me.

  4. “But the ones who committed terrorist acts in the US weren’t immigrants!” That’s not exactly correct. Many of them (including the shooter in the often ignored massacre in my hometown of Chattanooga) were children of immigrants from these countries. There is also strong evidence that many of them traveled to these countries to receive their indoctrination and training. The Boston Bombers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were widely reported as from Massachusetts (they actually just lived in Cambridge) were both Muslim refugees from Russia who came to America for asylum and then eventually perpetrated the Boston bombing.
  5. “But Trump is giving preferential treatment to Christians”. Here is where my view is admittedly biased. According to a January, 2017 report by a Research Firm in Massachusetts, over 900,000 Christians have been martyred worldwide in the last 10 years, many of those in Muslim controlled countries. (http://www.christianpost.com/news/over-900000-christians-martyred-for-their-faith-in-last-10-years-report-173045) They are fleeing for their lives and for the right to freely practice their religion, which many cannot do in their home countries for fear of death. Do you hear or read about that in the media? No. All that we hear reported is “All Muslims are peaceful people”. I’m sorry, that’s just not true. Radical Islam is a reality and, contrary to the previous administration’s assertion, is the most dangerous enemy the world is facing today.
    And if you’re going to cite the Crusades as evidence of violent Christians, please spare me. That was in the Middle Ages and few of those Christians read nor knew what the Bible actually said. If you’re going to cite others today who supposedly are Christians but commit violence against abortion clinics and other people spare me as well. Here is the difference: When a “Christian” commits violence they are acting in a way that is diametrically opposed to the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. When a radical Muslim commits Jihad they are acting in a way that is precisely in line with what is commanded in the Koran and they feel zero remorse for it.
    Are there peaceful Muslims? Sure. There are unorthodox believers in every religion. Are peaceful Muslims unorthodox? Not necessarily but here’s the incontrovertible fact: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the VAST majority of terrorist attacks in the last 20 years have been perpetrated by Muslims. Radical Islamic Muslims. Radical Islamics have but one mission: to take over the world and convert every person to the Muslim faith or kill the ones who refuse to convert. They feel justified in lying (It’s called “Taqiya”. You can read about it here: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiya), stealing, cheating, murdering, subjugating women (I’m consistently amazed when a feminist defends Islam- you can read about some of the horrors perpetrated against them here: http://www.newenglishreview.org/Ankur_Betageri/Terror_beneath_the_Veil:_The_Subjugation_of_Muslim_Women_in_India), and sending their own children in as suicide bombers (again, cited here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/child-suicide-bombings_us_57bb87aae4b00d9c3a19a62f). This is what we’re fighting against. Negotiation will not work as they teach lying is perfectly acceptable if it accomplishes its purpose of converting infidels or eradicating them from existence. Toleration is not in their creed.
  1. Last of all, It has been astounding to the point of ludicrous to hear some the same people who applauded when our country was declared a secular country now call for us to act more “compassionately Christian.” Which one is it? You can’t have it both ways.
    Those who are saying it is the Christian thing to do to allow these refugees into our country and cite Scriptures of “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” and “suffer not the little children to come unto me”, let’s look at those.
    First of all, to apply these Scriptures to the refugees is way out of context. “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not” was Jesus reaching out to the children for faith in Him. It would be more applicable to sharing Christ in public forums to children than to these refugees. And neither Scripture is talking about a country inviting refugees into it. It’s talking about Christians inviting them into their homes. I dare say many of the people decrying the plight of these refugees would change their convictions if it meant inviting people into their homes. Secondly, the mandate of Christ is not “allow people not like you into your country”. It is “Go make disciples of all nations.” The mandate of Christ is clearly for Christians to GO into the world and make disciples.

If all these refugees were allowed in… 100% of them…. actually… let’s double that: 200% of them, it still wouldn’t scratch the surface of poverty in the world. America can do so much more by being a safe, strong, prosperous nation and rendering assistance through financial means and missionary work than we can by simply opening our borders to everyone. That is insanity. I thought this video was incredibly insightful in explaining this. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y4jrxRL808) It’s only about 7 minutes long and worth your time if you’re really interested in helping with the immigration problem and our world as a whole.

This temporary ban will ensure America is safer. It is the right thing to do until our vetting process is in place. Nancy Pelosi said the Statue of Liberty is shedding tears today. I would say she’s not shedding nearly as many as she did on 9/11. Legal immigration is fine as long as there is screening and vetting in place. I’m all for people coming to America legally. Illegal immigration is not ok. We are a nation of freedom but we are also a nation of laws and those laws must be abided by.


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Two Paths, Time to Choose

Today I’m home, sick. I’ve been contemplating what happened in our country in the 1970 and 1980’s. I’ve always loved Presidential history. I was the weird kid who would actually watch Presidential speeches when they aired. President Jimmy Carter in his “Crisis of Confidence” speech in 1979 told us that America was in deep trouble in an energy crisis and gave a bleak outlook for the next several years. He told Americans to quit seeking selfish abundance, learn to live with less, travel less, and conserve more. He said if we didn’t do what he was describing that America was in for a financial collapse. His solution called for Congress to empower the Executive Branch of our government (i.e. him) for mandatory conservation of resources. I am barely old enough to remember the long lines at gas stations and the “No Gas” signs. I remember my father going to get gas on certain days and being thankful we already had financed a home and feeling sorry for the people who had 18% home interest rates. President Carter admitted that for the first time in history the majority of Americans felt the next 5 years would be worse than the previous. His response to America was to ask America to sacrifice more and give the government more money and more control over our lives so they could “fix it.”

On Tuesday, January 20, 1981 I was also home, sick. That was the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President. That same day the Americans being held hostage in Iran were released. It was quite a day. It was an historic day to watch the news.

I watched as President Reagan immediately brought an optimism and an infectious, unbridled belief in America. I heard him promise to cut the taxes of average Americans so they could keep more of what they earned and he was going to ask the government to learn to live with less for a change. He promised the dark days would go away not because of what he would do, but because of what he knew Americans could and would do. He made a statement that has stayed with me, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem.”

He expressed a strong faith in the ability of Americans to work their way out of any problem as well as a deep and abiding faith in God to lead our way:

“Our government has no power except that which is granted by ‘we the people’.”

“Our federal government didn’t create the states, the states created the federal government.”

“Government must foster productivity, not stifle it.”

“We are not doomed to an inevitable decline.”

Carter said (just like Hillary said in her recent debate with Donald) in the 1980 Presidential debate that Reagan’s economic plan would result in 30% interest rates. Carter was wrong. Dead wrong. Ronald Reagan delivered on his plan and his promises. In the next 8 years, America experienced an unprecedented economic turnaround unlike any other time in American history. Unemployment dropped, the economy boomed, inflation drastically dropped, but, perhaps more importantly, the confidence Americans had in America soared. Americans turned from the dark thoughts of scarcity to the bright path of abundance and prosperity.

In the next 24 hours we will elect a new President. The two paths have never been clearer:

One path promises more governmental control over our health care. It promises “free” college tuition. It promises that the benevolent government will provide for everything we need if we just give them more control over our lives and pay them more in taxes. (After all, who wouldn’t agree that the government manages our money so well?!)

The other path, releases the burden of the government from our back. It cuts our taxes and cultivates growth in the private sector. It gives tax breaks to entities and people who actually create more jobs for Americans instead of raising those taxes to rates that only encourage them to leave the country and do business elsewhere. And while it doesn’t promise “free” things it does promise “FREEDOM” to every American to provide for themselves.

One path will lead us to economic scarcity and eventual financial demise. The other will lead us into abundance and prosperity.

One creates a society of enslaved citizens who are utterly dependent on the government for its basic needs. The other frees each one of us to determine our own destinies.

Nothing is free. Ever. Someone has to pay that bill and if history has taught us anything (see the City of Detroit for the most recent example) it has taught us that when the “wealthy” and “corporations” are taxed to provide those “free” things they simply move their business elsewhere leaving a once prosperous place filled with job opportunities, as a ghost town full of abandoned factories and houses and a city filled with crime.

I would remind us all of the words of President Gerald R. Ford, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

I would not have chosen either of the candidates running. Trump wasn’t my 4th choice and I’d have rather seen Bernie than Hillary. At least he’s honest. But the fact is in this election we have two choices who stand a chance of winning. One platform drives us further into our economic demise (for more information, see our 20 trillion dollar debt) and the other starts digging us out of the hole.

I also believe the time for 3rd parties is here, but they must be included from the beginning. Neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein will garner more than 10% of the popular vote. They won’t come close to winning. Neither will Evan McMullin. They don’t stand a chance. Your vote could make the difference in the financial destiny of our country as well as a myriad of other issues.

I urge you if you haven’t already: GO VOTE ON TUESDAY.

May God bless America, but may America also turn and bless God


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Donald Trump and the Election

Many have asked me what I think of Donald Trump and the recently released recording from 11 years ago. Here’s what I think:

The thing Donald Trump said is vulgar and indefensible. End of story. He shouldn’t have said it. I’m grateful to God all of my private conversations with my friends haven’t been played for the world to hear. I’m also grateful for the grace of God and for His forgiveness in my life which I’m in desperate need of every day of my life. I haven’t met anyone yet who would like to have every moment of their life played out on YouTube for everyone to watch either. So the bottom line: What he said was awful and wrong. Period.

Having said that, I’m also appalled at the people who are castigating Trump while at the same time touting the integrity of Hillary Clinton. Really???? She is perhaps the most corrupt politician of our time. Here’s the truth, what Trump said was awful. What Clinton (both of them for that matter) DOES is awful. They’re both awful morally. Trump and Clinton. And if you can’t say that then YOU have an integrity problem and you’re blinded by your own political prejudices.

If you condemn what Trump said and you’re one of the 60 million Americans who watched/read “50 Shades of Grey” then you’re a hypocrite. If you condemn what was said but you’re watching rated R movies or (even worse) pornography, then you’re an even worse hypocrite. Don’t act shocked and appalled when you’re voluntarily giving your money to actors to talk that SAME EXACT WAY to you in your home or at the movies.

And while I’m on the subject of actors: Being able to memorize lines and realistically repeat them in front of a camera or on stage does NOT qualify you to tell me who to vote for nor does it make you an expert on public policy. Your personal moral lives are hardly lighthouses for all of us to aspire to either. Do us all a favor. Stick to acting and SHUT UP.

This election hasn’t been about morality for many, many months. It’s about who I feel will support the policies that most closely align with my beliefs. My hope has never been in either of the people running, though. I’m not counting on either of them to change my life. That’s my job, not theirs. I’m not counting on either of them to change the world. My Savior already did that.

So vote your conscience and who you feel will support the issues that matter the most to you. But please spare me the “My candidate is a bastion of morality and yours is a pig” posts because if I’m forced to vote for a moral person I’ll simply be writing in “Jesus Christ” and ignoring the rest of them.

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Dear GOP…

Dear GOP: What did you expect?
We voted you into office to repeal Obamacare. What did you do? Passed the Omnibus bill that funded it and thought we wouldn’t notice.
We voted you into office for health care reform. What did you do? You stuck us with the exact same health care plan that people are now paying through the nose for (including exorbitant tax penalty fees for those who can’t afford it- by the way, that’s a great help to lower class people– making them give money to the government when they can’t afford to buy this “affordable health care”– well played) while simultaneously keeping your own wonderful health care packages that none of us have access to.
We voted you into office to lower our taxes. What did you do? Passed bills that effectively raised them.
We voted you into office to get a handle on the out of control spending and runaway debt of our government. What did you do? You voted to spend more and put us further into the financial hole that will likely be around for my great grandchildren.
We voted you into office because you vowed to stop the left wing, socialist agenda. What did you do? Nothing. You have the majority and you’ve done nothing with it. In fact, nearly two years later I still hear you talking about what you’re “going to do.” 
You say one thing and then do another and then act surprised with the results of this year’s election.
Remember 1994? Remember Newt Gingrich? Remember the “Contract With America” and the sweeping Republican takeover of Congress? Do you remember WHY that happened? You laid out an agenda of what you would do to stop the left wing policies of then President Clinton and the American people voted you into office and then (pay attention here!) you actually DID what you said you would DO. President Clinton had no choice but to work with the GOP Congress (very much as President Reagan did with a Democratic Congress) and in doing so we experienced the largest period of economic growth in our country’s history– simply because you did what you SAID you would do.
But now you seem to have forgotten “We the People.” You have forgotten this simple truth: WE are YOUR bosses, not the other way around. You make sweeping promises and then don’t deliver. You say one thing, then do another. We’ve been begging for change and only gotten the same thing from you. And we’re tired of it. We’re mad about it. We refuse to put up with it any longer.
Take this climate you created and add in a candidate who will not be controlled by anyone. I’m not here to debate his morality or his qualifications. I’m simply saying that’s how that candidate became the front runner. NOT because America is rejecting conservative philosophies or their moral compass or embracing socialism or any other “ism.” It’s for one simple fact and one fact alone: Because nobody believes you anymore. Nobody believes you will do what you say you will do. It started as a cliche and a joke about Congress and now it’s become a label. The problem is the label fits. Your approval rating rides right around 14% and YET…. you continue to do what you’ve always done and expect us to keep paying for it. If you were an employee at any other business, you’d have been fired long ago with that type of ineptitude. You act like children and name call and blame each other rather than civilly debating and coming to a compromised solution. 
It’s also funny because when the current GOP frontrunner was asked if he would support the GOP candidate if he didn’t get the nomination he said no and was “booed” for it. It seems that he should’ve asked you that question because now you’re getting a candidate you know you can’t control and you’re desperately fighting it. And I’ll say it here: the GOP frontrunner was not my choice for President. But we’re here now because of YOU and your incompetence.
And consider this: the Democratic frontrunner should have been a shoo in but instead she’s lost states to a socialist. Get that? A socialist! In America! The bastion of capitalism and the free market. Why? Because nobody trusts her either.
So, whereas you expected the rest of America to operate as you do in Washington (more of the same and pay us extremely well for it) America is strongly voting for CHANGE. The change you promised us is leaving the average American with just that left in their pocket: change. I heard somebody say “America doesn’t work anymore.” That’s not true. YOU don’t work anymore. You didn’t do your job. The people we’ve elected don’t do what they’re supposed to do nor what they say they’ll do. They do or say anything to get elected and because of that, this election has become the year of “Elect an outsider because it can’t be worse than what we have now.” The fact that you have the audacity to call someone a “con artist” or “fraud” has got to be one of the greatest hypocrisies of our modern age.
“con”- kän/ informal. verb
1. persuade (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception.
^^ That sounds just like Congress to me. How about you? ^^
So I blame YOU, Congress, for doing nothing. I blame YOU, GOP, for not doing what you said you would do. YOU did this to this election. So do us all a favor now, please: STOP WHINING. Do what you should have done in the first place: your JOB. You ran for it and promised us you’d do it. Now… do it! Quit trying to manipulate America and respect their wishes. We’re way smarter than you think we are and we’re sick of your lies.
Your bosses are watching you. And we’re all mad as hell.