Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Fundamentally Disagree


Former President Obama criticized President Donald Trump's executive order curbing immigration.  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for our former president said: "The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion."

The statement also rejected the comparison between a 2011 temporary immigration order by Obama that halted Iraqis coming to the US and the broader ban by the Trump administration on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Former presidents usually avoid criticizing their successor, but Obama's relationship with Trump is different.  Apparently, our former president will stay engaged and outspoken on political action.

Trump's order temporarily banned immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely stopped Syrian refugees from coming to the United States.  Our current White House compared Trump's action to what Obama did in 2011, by claiming "he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months." 

Actually, Obama’s ban was in response to two Iraqi refugees implicated in a bomb making scheme and it didn’t outright ban refugees from coming to our country, but it instead increase the amount of vetting each Iraqi refugee received.

In the wake of angry protests that occurred across the our country, Trump said that America will "continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression" but will "do so while protecting our own citizens and border."

However, the primary perpetrators of all major fatal terrorist attacks have mostly been American-born citizens or permanent legal residents originally from countries not included in the ban.

Of the 19 people who hijacked four planes on September 11, 2001, 15 of them were from Saudi Arabia.  Two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon.  None of those Muslim countries are included on the list of banned countries.

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