Another day, another mess. Yesterday we saw some things that were expected and some things that were not expected. We expected the most unqualified person ever to be nominated to a cabinet position get confirmed. We saw VP Pence do his beloved leader’s bidding by casting the deciding vote for DeVos as Secretary of Education.
We saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren censored in the Senate for a debate over Sessions nomination for Attorney General. Her crime was that she read a letter from Loretta Scott King about Sessions that she wrote in 1996 when Sessions was denied confirmation to a Judge position.
According to McConnell, that letter apparently was impugning Sessions by Warren and he asked that she be shut up. The “impugning” words were not even Warren’s. They were the words of Loretta Scott King. McConnell must believe that a letter that is part of the congressional record already from a dead person has no merit. So, he shut up Sen. Warren.
We saw trump’s bogus list of terrorist attacks that were “under-covered” by the media. The list came straight from InfoWars. When Kellyanne Conway was asked why trump hasn’t said anything about the murders by a white supremacist at a Mosque in Ottawa, she answered: “he doesn’t tweet about everything”. Especially when it is a white person attacking Muslims.
Additionally, Sean Spicer has been hawking the Atlanta Terrorist Attack to help justify the ban. Only problem is that there has never been an Atlanta Terrorist Attack, just like there was never a Bowling Green massacre.
Then we have our beloved leader lying to a group of Sheriffs about the murder rate. He called it the highest in 47 years, which is a bare-faced lie. The murder rate in our country is really very low. As a matter of fact, it is lower than when Saint Ronald Reagan was President in the 1980s.
But, as I said these were pretty much expected incidents. Republicans will do anything to make sure the most racist Attorney General we have had in a very long time is approved. We knew that the imbecile but very generous donor to Republican Senators got confirmed. And we knew that trump would open his mouth which means a lie is inevitable.
Here is the unexpected part that no one is talking about. Yesterday and over the weekend, our beloved leader told his newly appointed Secretary of State and newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security they are both incompetent.
It began with his tweets and ended with his words. He said that because of the stay on his ban “some really bad people are going to rush to this country so they can kill Americans”. That means one of two things. Either trump does not understand the visa program of our country, or he believes that his two newly appointed Secretaries and their entire staffs are incompetent.
If someone wants to come to our country, with some exceptions, they need a visa. The exceptions are for people from certain countries like members of the EU and Canada, Mexico and some others. If you live in one of those countries and want to visit us for vacation, you don’t need a visa.
However, the rest of the world does need a visa. Including every single country listed on trump’s Muslim travel ban. That means if a person in say Iran who wants to visit the U.S. who has not already been vetted and holds a visa must go through the vetting process before getting a visa for the visit. Even if it is for just a few days.
And, since that person is coming from an area of the world that already requires “extreme vetting”, that will take a very long time to get the visa. So, I ask how can a terrorist suddenly decide to “rush” to our country before the ban is put back in place, if it ever is?
Is our beloved leader saying that you don’t need a visa to visit our country? Is our beloved leader saying that neither the State Department nor Homeland Security nor the host of other agencies involved in vetting are competent? Just what is our beloved leader saying?
We keep hearing from him that we need “extreme vetting” for immigrants and refugees. He has never defined exactly what “extreme vetting” is. He has never said what we are already doing is bad and what is good. He has never said what parts of our current vetting process needs fixing.
It takes at least 18 months and up to 36 months for a refugee to get vetted to the point where access to our country is granted. From what I have heard from people outside the country, it can take at least a year to get a temporary visa just to come here on vacation. I don’t know, it sounds pretty extreme to me.
Since trump is a world traveler, I am sure he understands visa requirements. That means his complaint about all those “bad people” rushing to our shores is because his department heads are incompetent. Why else would he say such things?
This whole mess amounts to one thing. I do not believe that the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security are incompetent. Nor do I believe for one minute that the staffs at those two departments are incompetent. What I do believe is that trump is using his rhetoric as another scare tactic in order to ban Muslims from coming her at all.
I believe that these seven countries were just trial balloons to determine the public’s stomach for discrimination. I also believe that more countries will be added as time goes by. I further believe that if trump does not have any business dealings in your Muslim country, you will end up on the ban list as well.
But, the outcry from the general public was way too unexpected by trump and his team of haters. They suddenly realized that the American People as a whole are not racist or anti-Muslim. The found out that the American People are fair and honest and charitable people. They found out that Americans are open to helping the oppressed.
That means the fear meter needs to be ratcheted up. That means more lies and more scare tactics must be used even if it throws members of your own administration under the bus for the sake of raising fear.
Raising that fear even means making up terrorist attacks that never happened like the Bowling Green massacre and then complain that they were never covered. Or, using a made up terrorist attack asking “what do we say to the families affected by the terrorist attack in Atlanta?” Hey, fear is fear and that is all that counts in trump’s world.
I don’t know how the courts will rule on the ban. I don’t know if the appeals court will keep the stay in place, cancel it, or modify it in some way. All I know is that trump will not stop his hate and fear campaign. He intends to follow Bannon’s advice and ban all Muslims from the country. It is just a matter of time and a matter of how.
The one thing we can take from this incident is that trump is willing to blame everyone and anyone for his mistakes and his wrong-doings. Even his newly appointed Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security.
Why would anyone want to work for this maniac? Our beloved leader’s definition of “loyalty” is to keep you mouth shut when you are in his crosshairs. Both of these Secretaries seem to have learned that lesson very early in their terms.
And, the shirts keep marching along.