As each day goes by we are starting to live more in the new German Democratic Republic (GDR) which was really communist East Germany during the cold war. The real question is about this stupid Berlin Wall. Is it really intended to keep “them” out or is it really intended to keep “us” in?
We need to ask these questions because every day something new is coming out of trump’s mouth that increases “crackdowns” not only on undocumented immigrants but on the rest of us as well.
A leaked copy of an upcoming executive order is showing that his Muslim ban is gong to start really soon. I know he and his lackeys are saying it is only a ban against people from certain countries, but all of the countries are Muslim majority countries and the ban includes language to allow non-Muslims in even from these same countries. That means no matter what you want to say, it is a Muslim ban.
Yesterday he signed his wall order. He is so obsessed with his Berlin Wall that he is going to break his promise and make us pay for it. No matter how many times he is asked about his promise to have Mexico pay for it, his answers change every time he is asked.
This order also says that “sanctuary cities” will lose their Federal funding if they don’t stop. So, just hat exactly is a “sanctuary city”? A sanctuary city is nothing more than not turning in undocumented immigrants to federal authorities just because they get a ticket.
All of the cities will turn over undocumented immigrants who commit serious crimes for deportation. However, since they also need undocumented immigrants to call the police when needed, they won’t turn them over if they don’t commit serious crimes.
The trump administration is trying to make it sound like they are deliberately harboring serious criminals. That is not true. The trump administration says they want to deport all of the undocumented immigrants who are criminals and have criminal records. Only, they don’t define what a criminal record is.
Do they consider a speeding ticket as having a criminal record? Do they consider driving a vehicle with a busted tail light a criminal record? In reality, they are crimes, so they must be including them in their criminal record definition.
There have been right-wing wackos on all kinds of social media saying that police officers who don’t help deport undocumented immigrants every time they stop one for a minor traffic violation is violating their oath to defend the Constitution. No, they are not. Local police take an oath to uphold the laws of the city, county or state they will be serving. Only Federal Employees swear to uphold the Constitution.
Besides, why is so offensive if a police officer does not turn over a law-abiding undocumented citizen but it is heroic for a Sheriff in some red-state county stating he would “arrest any federal law enforcement official who tried to enforce legally passed gun control laws”? The only difference is the first is doing his job correctly and protecting the people who live in his city, and the other is following right-wing nut jobs idea of guns for every white Christian no matter what the criminal record says.
Then we found out yesterday that trump has decided that the EPA cannot put out any scientific information without his political staff reviewing it. He is openly stating that censorship of anything he personally doesn’t like will be the rule under his administration. Yeah, like some nut job like Spicer or Bannon know anything about science.
He has threatened to “send in the feds” if the crime problem in Chicago doesn’t decrease soon. Only, Chicago per capita is not leading the nation in murders. It actually ranks 18th. Besides, what does “send in the feds” mean? Is he going to send in more FBI Agents? Is he going to send in the National Guard? Or, is he going to send in Army?
In order to send in any “feds” he will have to declare a state of emergency and/or martial law. If he feels he can do so over murder rates, what will stop him from doing the same thing to other localities? What will he decide constitutes “enough is enough” that will trigger his sending in the “feds”? Will we see troops on the streets of so-called “sanctuary cities” to round up those damned “illegals”? Anything will become possible.
Then we have that ridiculous claim by trump about those “illegals” and “dead” people all voting for Hillary Clinton and that is why he lost the popular vote in the election. There is no evidence for his claim, so he is planning to have a “major investigation into the matter” to prove he is correct.
In an interview on ABC he even went so far as to say that he “knows everyone who voted twice voted for the other side and he got no votes there”. Funny we already have proof that is a lie. A lady admitted during the early voting period that she voted for trump twice and is facing charges for that crime. Plus, three people close to trump including his own daughter and Bannon are registered in two states. I am sure they voted twice for Hillary Clinton. Bannon apparently got ruffled and he cancelled his Florida registration – yesterday!
Most of the pundits are claiming that this is just a scam to help pass more voter restriction laws. They are partially correct. But, this goes far beyond just voter restriction laws. It goes to the heart of his real plan. Control the population.
Once his bogus “investigation” gets completed, he will announce with all the pomp and circumstance possible that he was right and that therefore we need more control to ensure it doesn’t happen again. He will announce his big plan for us to be required to carry a National Identification Card. He will probably claim that you need your National ID to vote.
But, don’t be surprised when the National ID card includes things like “sexual orientation” or “religion” or “handicaps” or a host of other labels. Then since we as a nation have a tendency to move around a lot, we will need to keep the voter records straight, so you will probably see permission papers to move from one state to another.
The argument will be that way the government can purge you from one state’s voter records so you can’t vote in two different states. Additionally, you will be required to submit death certificates to the voter registration office when a family member dies.
This “investigation” is needed by trump so he can “prove” that he was right and that he is the most popular person who ever lived on the Planet Earth. In order to make his dream of establishing an authoritarian government, he needs to be able to show how popular he is so the people won’t revolt against his idea and Republicans will go along with him.
Don’t think this is all too outlandish even for trump. These ideas have been floated from time-to-time in our country before. The idea of a National ID card has been around for at least 40 years. The first time I heard of it was under the Nixon Administration, and far right-wing nuts have proposed it periodically ever since.
The State of Arizona tried to begin the process when they passed their “papers please” law. The courts overturned that law, but it is still in the wings waiting to be reintroduced. What will happen if trump gets an ultra-conservative to the Court and he starts his own “papers please” law at the federal level? Do you really think it will be overturned?
So far, he hasn’t ordered any rights to be denied. But, if he signs the executive order on immigration he will get the ball rolling. Prohibiting immigration based on religion is unconstitutional. Once that ball rolls along, what will be next?
We have been watching a president who disregards the law. Has serious ethical problems. And, lies out of his ass every time he opens his mouth. Just what country are we living in?
I know that his hard-core supporters are all loving these moves. They want to kick out or at least separate from the rest of society everyone who isn’t white and/or Christian anyway. We are just in the starting blocks.