As I have written before, I tried to teach my children to learn to read, not learn how to read words. There is a huge difference between the two. In early elementary school, we all learn how to read words. We learn how to pronounce them. But, we do not learn how to read.
Reading is the one door that opens up the entire world to us. It is the best mechanism to learn. I helps us establish an imagination that makes us think and discover new things. It is the foundation of every subject we take is school including history and mathematics. If we cannot read, we cannot figure out any problem we face because we don’t understand them at all.
Reading is the best gift given to us by the gods or nature. It allows us to look at our city, our state, our country, our world, and our universe with wide-eyed wonder. By reading we learn others feelings, fears, hates, and loves. We experience more than our own little world will allow us to know and understand.
When we read, we are listening to the words and what is in the mind of the author. We see the author’s thoughts. We understand the author’s feelings. Listening to speeches should have the same effect. When I gave lectures, I was reading my thoughts to the audience. I never just read the words.
Yesterday, Delusional Donald stood at a podium and read words he called a “security speech”, but it is clear to me that he did not “read” the speech before giving it. He did not understand the words that he was reading. He did not see the meanings of those words. They were simply some words that someone wrote for him, and he read them like he was seeing them for the first time.
There were a lot of areas we could talk about that were factually incorrect. There are a lot of areas where he wandered in and out of consciousness. There were all kinds of areas we could debate. But, there was one area that truly showed the real meaning of what he was reading and not understanding. That portion came when he read “extreme vetting” and “Immigration tests” that will be needed to be passed before being allowed to immigrate to our country.
As part of Delusional Donald’s plan of extreme vetting, potential immigrants would be questioned or “tested” on their views of the U.S.
Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country — and to embrace a tolerant American society — should be issued visas
A lot of people will say “what’s wrong with that?” And, that is a fair question until you “read” that statement and not just the words. His aides said, and he said as well federal agencies would use questionnaires, social media, interviews with family and friends or other means to vet applicants’ stances on issues including religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.
Of course, we are going to have to “suspend” immigration from “certain areas of the world” until it is safe to resume it. What parts of the world are in Trump’s mind is still a mystery. But reasonable people understand whom he is talking about.
Unfortunately, here is where things go off the rails for those people who can read and who understand meanings. Here is where Pandora’s box opens up very wide and shows the lack of judgement and understanding of the words he read.
Delusional Donald said: “Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country.” He also said we would be watching those who immigrate and deport those who we find were lying or became “radicalized” after they got here.
That is also something he read and did not understand. So, in order to clarify things we need to ask Delusional Donald some questions. If we are not going to allow people into the country who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, what do we do with all of the current citizens that do not support our Constitution or support bigotry and hatred?
To put it in plain language, what do we do with the Aryan Nation, American Nazis or the various sects of the Ku Klux Klan? Are we going to round them up and put them in internment camps? Are we going to send them to GITMO and try them in a Military Tribunal? Are we simply going to deport them?
All of these groups and others have a long history of bigotry and hatred. They are intolerant towards all non-white people. The have attacked, beaten and killed Blacks, Latinos, Immigrants, Jews, Gays and even Catholics. If we are not going allow people to enter the country who espouse to these “values” how can we allow these groups to remain? They are the largest “domestic terrorist groups” in the country.
In previous speeches, Delusional Donald said that this “tolerance” includes LGBT rights. If he really believes that, what do we do with all of the citizens who refuse to admit that the LGBT community should be granted the same civil rights as they get? What about those who refuse to acknowledge that the LGBT community has the right to marry the person they love?
What are you going to do about people like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence (your running mate) and others who have been passing or trying to pass legislature to make the LGBT community “second class citizens” by allowing companies and businesses to legally discriminate against them? What about citizens who fight against changing the laws to make it illegal to fire someone from employment just because they are gay?
For that matter, what do you do about your own party? If you bothered to “read” the Republican Party Platform, you would have noticed that it is very anti-gay. They want a constitutional amendment rolling back same-sex marriage among other disgusting items.
So, you see words do matter. You can also see that if you just stand there and read words, you don’t know what you are reading because you never read the speech first. If you are going to “define” what “American virtues” are for immigrants, you must also define what “American virtues” are for the citizens as well.
Are you that willing to set up a police state that we must now watch our own citizens. That is the only way your “extreme vetting” will actually work. Not only do you need to keep out those immigrants who don’t love our Constitution or are not as tolerable as you, you must also weed out those citizens who also fall into that category.
Delusional Donald needs to learn how to read. Not just read words. After hearing this speech, I am beginning to realize that Delusional Donald is a bigger threat to ultra-conservatives than he is to liberals. Then again, if he is elected, he will change his definition of “tolerance” and “American virtues”just like he changes his position on everything else. That’s what fascists do.