Trump and the Villification of Muslims

Because President Trump campaigned to make America safe again, he signed an Executive Order banning all citizens from Saudi Arabia entering the United States, as 15 out of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from that country. Also, because of years of mass shootings primarily committed by white men, the Trump Administration moved to round up those found to be lonely, reclusive, weird, and “wacky.” The concern being that white men seem to have a tendency to shoot up high schools, elementary schools, black churches, and movie theaters  – among other things.

Oh, wait, that didn’t happen. All of that would be silly and not a real solution. But in keeping with doing things that don’t solve problems, the President actually signed an Executive Order that bans entry from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen which is even sillier than the fake news I outlined in the first paragraph.

The thing about Trump and his Administration is that they are bratty children throwing a tantrum on the world’s stage. We have left uneducated children who think they know everything in charge of the Executive Branch. So on Friday, we received a bunch of theater, meaningless hullaballoo and another  Executive Order, an especially vile one, for the cameras to see – banning Muslims – supposedly to make America safer. He was so gleeful in the signing of this order, I was waiting for him to beat his chest.

Trump and that apprentice of the devil, Kellyanne Conway, can call it what they want, but it is a small down payment on his pledge to ban Muslims – period. Yes, they didn’t ban all Muslims, only some so I suppose that is meant to make it less abominable, right? There was excitement over the weekend about a New York judge temporarily blocking the order, but that only applied to people already here and stranded at the airport – not the entire Executive Order.

As an aside, if I have to see this peeled cantaloupe, as my friend calls him, proudly signing orders like he is Henry VIII one more time I might scream. I thought Republicans hated Executive Orders.

Who is going to tell the King that the majority of these attacks on our soil have been conducted by American citizens? Was this information not in his briefings? Was he too busy tweeting? Too busy fighting with Alec Baldwin? Too busy insulting Meryl Streep? Too busy applying pressure to the Parks Department to find “alternative” photographs showing his YUGE crowd size at the inauguration? Who is going to explain to the President that ISIS is an ideology, spread on the internet and that people already within the United States have been, and can be, radicalized?

He talked about totally defeating ISIS in his inauguration speech and, to be fair, Obama talked in the same absurd terms regarding ISIS. American President’s tend to talk in sweeping terms about threats, but smart people know that one might be able to defeat an occupying army, but you can never defeat an ideology – what’s in the hearts and minds of people.

Are we going to ban French nationals too as some of the recent attacks in that country  were conducted by radicalized citizens? What about Germans? What about banning people from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, or the United Arab Emirates? I believe there were some 9/11 ties there. Oh, wait, it’s being reported Trump has some business interests there so they can’t make the list.

In voting for this man, the American people have unleashed a rabid dog on their fellow citizens and the world. He is irrational, angry, lacks impulse control, and is uncontainable – except in regards to Russia. Vladimir Putin must be holding some sort button to an invisible electric shock collar around Trump’s neck because Trump is oddly quiet, polite, and non-offensive related to all things Russian.

At the end of the day, I don’t believe we should be banning millions of people outright of any country. If the United States is in such a state of fear and unable to vet people, maybe we shouldn’t allow anyone to come into the country, as clearly there are threats from many, many areas of the globe.

I like reality television (don’t judge me), and since we have our first reality television President, it is important to point out a constant on all of those shows, especially the most appalling. Turn on Love and Hip Hop, Marriage Bootcamp, or The Real Housewives of Fill in the City of Your Choice, for instance, the casts are filled with self-important people, usually doing crappy things.

They’re bad husbands and wives, bad business partners, disloyal friends, etc. They are usually all the things we would teach our children not to be. Even though they themselves can go back and see their own bad behavior at all times, the footage is always there, these people rarely believe any of their actions create the drama or causes problems, it’s always someone or something else. They are also abnormally confident in their own behavior and decisions and, of course, being right.

Filling a television program with people like that and then allowing cameras to roll sets the stage for great conflict and drama. It can be tons of fun to watch when you’re just talking about boozy wealthy women with nothing else better to do than to lunch and gossip.

In the past, American’s looked at these sort of people, shook their heads while being entertained and went about their lives. In 2016, the American public chose to elect one of these people to the highest office in the land.

Call him a rabid dog, a stupid peeled cantaloupe, or a reality tv star President, he is dangerous and woefully unfit for this position. His words matter. His poorly thought out Executive Orders matter.

I am ashamed to be witness to this ban and hope an adult in the room convinces the King to change course for the sake of those people, America’s reputation and, yes, our safety – because this action does not make us safer.

Uh, this man makes me so disgusted I had to write on a Sunday!

The Marvelous Meryl Streep

 

Is there an Academy Award for telling the truth and shaming the devil? If so, Ms. Streep would receive the Oscar hands down! Yes, I am one of the millions of people who adores the “overrated” Meryl Streep, as was opined via Twitter by our oh so presidential President-elect.

Ms. Streep epitomizes class, and the mastery of her craft is incredible. That Ms. Streep has the chameleon-like ability to shift from character to character without ever making you think of a prior performance or character is remarkable, especially considering how long she has been in the game.

At the Golden Globes on Sunday, she decimated the governing life philosophy of the President-elect without uttering his name by simply using his words and behavior against him. And that’s the funny thing about Trump since his political rise. If he were anyone else – anyone else – he’d be slapped or put in timeout for his petulance and poor behavior.

We teach our children not to bully and demean, not to mock the disabled, to pay your debts, and to not boast for example. We teach our children to be decent, and we hope that when they grow up, they are not wretched plagues upon society. Most Americans know that Trump fails that test of decency, even if they clipped their noses with a clothespin and voted for him.

I know many probably rolled their eyes so far back in their head they were no longer retrievable as Ms. Streep spoke on Sunday – just another Hollywood liberal on her soapbox. But every word she said was true and more than being political it was a speech about decency and respect. We are a society that should be appalled when a person seeking the highest office in the nation mocks the disabled and even hints at banning people based on their religion.

Not surprisingly, the President-elect who seems to possess the sensitivity of a grade schooler not picked for the Dodgeball team, took to Twitter to whine. He chalked up Ms. Streep’s speech to that of an overrated actress. Of course, he could not defend himself from the actual content of the speech as he would need a ream of paper, which 140 character limit simply does not provide.

So bravo to Ms. Streep for being a spectacular actress deserving of every award received, but more importantly being a citizen. This country needs people who are awake and watching the political monsters underneath our beds. We need citizens. I am sure she lost some fans on Sunday who loved her up until that speech but so be it. It may be time for the rest of us to stand up in our lives and lose some “fans” and some “friends.” There is too much at stake to do anything less.