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Whoever posted 'Trump is the establishment' hit the nail on the head. He's establishment/big government right down to his silk underwear, and he's been glad-handing the apparatchiks & playing the angles for decades. The recipients of his handouts include Hillary, Harry Reid, Charlie Rangel, Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, John McCain, Anthony Weiner... He's proposed enormous tax hikes & used the Kelo ruling to confiscate private property to enrich himself and the state.
Immigration is the calling card that moved him to the front of the line, and it's mystifying that anyone believes him. He's always been open borders/pro amnesty - right up until about 6 months before he jumped into the ring. He's the ultimate 'wet finger in the wind' political hack whose only criterion for saying anything is whether or not it'll get him some ink.
While I can understand how libs and RINOs would be comfortable with his hand in the till, I'm baffled that anyone would want that adolescent bully anywhere near the nuclear launch codes.
It's been reported that the San Bernadino shooters were radicalized by ISIS, and had communicated with at least one international terrorist. What a lame cover up. It can't be a coincidence that their adventure took place after Obama's impassioned fairy tale about fish swimming in the streets of Miami. There can be no denying the catalyst: Global Warming. Bernie Sanders is right. Bernie is a Prophet! (Propeller Beanie Upon Him).
Bigoted, racist, xenophobes. Obviously.
Ye gods. I got sucked back into Wedel's pedantic 'argument for its own sake' jive. Putting him back on "ignore", now. Carry on.
My Islamic scholarship is at least as comprehensive as your Christian “expertise.” Which I never asserted to begin with, so that’s an especially juvenile red herring. Just another card from the bottom of the moral equivalence deck: 'Don't condemn ISIS and Islamofacism nor the religion from whence they come, because The Troubles!’ Last I checked, the IRA wasn't chopping heads and clitorises; nor exporting 12th century depravity to every corner of the globe, in the name of God Almighty and His only son Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him).
The difference is that Christendom underwent a Reformation when it was decided that savagery in the name of piety is not what God intended. Islam has not experienced a similar awakening. As a life long and card carrying heathen with no dog in the 'my god is better than your god' fight, the conclusion is inescapable: the worst of the bad eggs - in the here and now - are on the Islamic side of the fence.
Certainly no patronizing partisan rhetoric in that rant, by golly. Hypocrite much?
Trump's proposal is ridiculous, but calls for a moratorium on Syrian immigration have generated similar levels of self-righteous indignation and outrage.
Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have assured us that ISIS has targeted the immigration program for infiltration as a conduit to the US, and that we have no way of vetting any of these people. Tashfeen Malik, anyone? That's a crap shoot I'd rather not engage in.
I'm also curious why the Syrians are not being offered safe haven(s) in their own neighborhood. It seems to me the Muslim tradition of hospitality would compel jurisdictions like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, Kuwait, et al, to open their arms and their borders to their own neighbors. Evidently they're just a gaggle of racist, bigoted xenophobes.
Eric: while Trump's bluster is over the top, it bears no resemblance to FDR's incarceration of American citizens. Your attempt to conflate the two is a stunning exhibition of ignorance, or dishonesty, or some bizarre combination of both.
Incidentally – I have forgotten more about Executive Order 9066 and the people it affected than you will ever begin to comprehend.
Drill baby drill requires leadership that I'm not sure exists. OPEC will just open the spigots to insure that their oil is cheaper than ours. Money talks, and it's a lot louder than common sense.
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