You'd think Donald Trump would know by now that the Democrats and their stooges in the news media are out to bait him each and every day. And if he takes the bait and flails away with undisciplined anger and petulance, this just encourages them more. The media, being the sharks they are, smell blood in the water, and swarm The Donald, hoping to finish him off more than three months before the presidential election. His recent plunge in poll numbers viz a viz Hillary Clinton proves the point.
Lesson No. 2: The Demagogues -- er, DEMOCRATS -- regularly practice identity politics, and get away with it. If they can find a way to pit one race, religion or gender against another for their party's benefit, they will jump at the chance. Never mind if they're using someone as a pawn, as they did Khizr Khan and his wife during their recent convention, when Mr. Khan spoke of his son's giving the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq War and denounced Trump for his supposedly bigoted beliefs about Muslims.
Army Capt. Humayun Khan is a hero. He gave his life for his country. No one disputes that. But Trump couldn't resist getting down and wallowing in the mud with Khizr Kahn when Kahn claimed, "If it was up to Donald Trump, (Humayun) never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims." This is B.S., but it's best to just let it be.
Instead, Trump fired back, and made a snide comment about how Khizr's wife, Ghazala, was silent during Khizr's speech because "maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say." The leftists went ballistic, and accused Trump of attacking a Gold Star family -- one that has lost a member in military action. This story has taken on a life of its own, commanding multiple headlines in reliably liberal organs such as the New York Times and Washington Post as well as dominating air time on left-leaning TV networks such as MSNBC and CNN. The leftists definitely have a thing for overkill, I'll grant them that.
During his speech, Khan stated he doubted Trump had even read the U.S. Constitution, and pulled out a pocket-sized copy of the document. My bullshit detector immediately activated: Does anyone who isn't a naive liberal really believe that Khan walks around with a copy of the constitution? The whole thing sure looks contrived.
And aside from that, the implication that Trump's proposal to ban or severely restrict immigration of Muslims due to the very real threat of Islamofascist terrorism is unconstitutional is patently false. Former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy states that the U.S. Constitution does not forbid a religion test in matters of immigration. In fact, the Constitution has nothing to say on the matter.
A recent column by McCarthy led with this hard-hitting statement: "Of all the ignorant pronouncements in the 2016 presidential campaign, the dumbest may be that the Constitution forbids a 'religious test' in the vetting of immigrants. Monotonously repeated in political speeches and talking-head blather, this claim is heedless of the Islamic doctrinal roots on which foreign-born Islamists and the jihadists they breed base their anti-Americanism. It is also dead wrong." AMEN!
As I have stated numerous times, countries like Syria and Iraq do not have reliable, credible infrastructure, institutions or informational resources necessary for documents such as birth certificates, driver licenses, bank statements, passports and visas. Counterfeits and corruption are widespread. FBI Director James Comey has expressed grave concerns about his agency's ability to properly vet all of the immigrants -- a process that can take years, if it can be done at all.
For the Obama administration to state that Muslim immigrants into this country are thoroughly vetted is tantamount to saying strip club patrons are virgins who pray the rosary every day. Preposterous; stupid; idiotic; asinine. This administration is mendacious, over and over again. Obama wouldn't know the truth if it hit him in the face!
President Obama has done enough damage flooding our country with third world immigrants who spread disease, commit crimes and sponge off of welfare benefits. And HildaBeast, America's version of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, promises to increase the number of Muslim immigrants from the Middle East. Suicide under the pseudonym of "diversity." Such is the poison of progressives.
But getting back to The Donald... Why is it so hard to stick to a few key messages? 1) The economy is wretched, and tens of millions of people are hurting. An astounding 93 million adults are not in the labor force. We need to bring back growth, prosperity and jobs; 2) NAFTA, the World Trade Organization and the Trans Pacific Partnership are arrangements that benefit the 1 percent and their cronies. China and other nations are screwing the United States 24/7. These trade arrangements harm working class and middle class Americans. We need to cast a jaundiced eye to trade deals, and seriously consider using tariffs as a cudgel. 3) Out-of-control immigration is overburdening a nation that already cannot take care of its own and is $20 trillion in debt. Further, it is driving down wages and increasing unemployment among already hurting populations including young blacks and hispanics. 4) We have failed time and time again to protect our citizens from Islamofascist terorrists, and jihad sleeper cells are still lurking, just waiting for orders to strike. We must wake up, and fast!
Trump, sad to say, too often behaves like a 3-year-old with his immature, knee-jerk need to go tit-for-tat with lowlifes and demagogues. In politics, as hard as it is to do, occasionally one must squelch his massive ego and vindictiveness and let his opponents prove themselves to be the shallow, whiny failures that they are. Would that the Donald would take heed.