There is a firestorm fulminating against Donald Trump. It isn’t the first time. It’s not composed of just Democrats. Its wrath encompasses conservatives too. They’re apoplectic that Trump questions the policies embraced by the Democratic party that aren’t working and offers up his own provocative ideas after the worst terror attack in America since 9/11. What is Trump saying that so many find appalling? Is he a racist, a bigot, un-American? He suggests we temporarily shut down Muslim immigration in the United States until we figure out what is going on. Do we know what is going on? Not as well as we should as evidenced by Tashfeen Malik who passed through DHS terrorist vetting and went on to terrorize San Bernardino with her husband. Thirteen percent of Syrian refugees poll in favor of ISIS. That means among the first 10,000 Obama wants to bring to America there will be 1,300 ISIS supporters. Also compelling is John Guandolo, a counterterrorism agent’s statement on Breitbart News Daily, that since 9/11, “we collectively have received nearly zero help from the Muslim community.” We know that enough individuals within the Muslim population don’t like Americans. That’s confirmed by The Center for Security Policy who released data disclosing that 25% justify a global jihad which affirms their belief that they support violence against Americans. Fifty-one percent believe Muslims should be allowed to be governed according to Shariah, the anathema law of Islam which mandates among other things the amputation of the right hand for theft, death for nonbelievers and the profound denigration of women. With facts like these, is Trump’s suggestion that outrageous?
Trump is a master at remaining relevant. He defies the laws of political gravity by ginning up our frustrated base. Agree or not, he offers solutions with backbone, attributes sorely lacking in the Obama administration whose policies are galling and seven years too long. Our electorate wants a leader who can stand up and inspire our patriotism to defeat radical Islam and the radicalized they produce. The spate of terror attacks here and in Paris reveal Obama is losing the fight against ISIS.
This isn’t the first time a Trump suggestion seemed outlandish. His idea to deport all illegal immigrants triggered a political free-for-all about enforcement of our immigration laws. Acknowledging our laws seemed a novel and unpopular notion when Trump tabled the issue with his usual bombastic approach, but it restored relevancy to an issue that had long been forgotten. Now he suggests we cut off Muslim immigration because terrorists are gaining entry here. We know there are ISIS infiltrators who will join refugees and slip through improperly vetted. Trump negates Obama’s national security approach which favors a delusional peaceful version of Islam. His straightforward unambiguous suggestions ignite talk of change. That would involve altering our rules of engagement militarily, enforcing our borders, and creating an effective vetting process which when in doubt, won’t allow Jihadis in to kill as we saw in San Bernardino. Trump also defies the war being waged against free speech which dominates more than not in these politically correct times. He declares his ideas with the urgency we should expect when bad things happen in our homeland. San Bernardino horrified us. It was carried out by a radicalized couple who had a bomb factory in their garage and managed to wreak devastating havoc undetected. Imagine if they were your neighbors. Those who detected suspicious activity remained mute, behavior reinforced by Obama who refuses to acknowledge this enemy by name and shames others from doing so.
Is a temporary pause in the immigration of Muslims especially those from Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Iran, an unreasonable suggestion? A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute reveals some interesting beliefs. When asked if they agreed with the statement, are the values of Islam at odds with American values and way of life?, seventy-six percent of Republicans agreed. An overall majority of 56% of all respondents agreed along with 57% of independents and 43% of Democrats which is a substantial minority.
Trump’s idea may yet prove unenforceable but his views have traction with the American public. His ability to verbalize what many are thinking is hardly a travesty or the act of a racist individual. His impressive poll numbers reflect the high regard in which he is held. It takes courage to articulate facts that others shun because it doesn’t gel with proper political protocol that presidential contenders feel restrained to uphold. Trump tells it true though his style can be off putting for many. Agree or not, do we question his love of country? His rise is a product of these times and the dissatisfaction many are feeling. His obvious concerns for our country and his terse assessment of this current administration feels liberating in these paranoid times of restricted free expression.