Trump and FDR

Donald Trump’s announcement that he would put a temporary hold on Muslim immigration until the government can get its act together has been greeted with the expected howls and cringes.  Both Democrats and Republicans have rushed to denounce him in increasingly strident terms.  You can almost see the words “fascist” and “Nazi” forming on the sputtering lips of liberal pundits and candidates.

Of course, the much closer comparison is with liberal hero President Franklin Roosevelt’s policy of detention of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor.  Trump is asking for a hold only on people who aren’t in the country yet, so we need to ask ourselves who the fascist is.

Politicians of all stripes are scrambling to microphones to pander to interest groups in an effort to garner more votes.  Is a temporary hold on immigrants from countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen really the worst thing we’ve heard?  This is going to require the hasty carving out of more safe zones at elite college campuses.

Let’s not forget that, the sensitivities of dear students aside, the real problem is the left as currently embodied by President Obama.  He insists that our American values compel us to welcome an unlimited number of legal immigrants and illegal aliens regardless of the security or economic risks.  The president acts as though even a reconsideration of the vetting process used to check the Muslim migrant population is an act of cowardice.  This is true demagoguery that the media is largely abetting.  Meanwhile, Americans are quietly arming themselves, as they sense that the president is not up to the job.

Trump is a crass loose cannon, but he’s also someone who refuses to be stifled by the left’s attempts to crush free thought and free speech with its political correct insanity.  Politicians and pundits can fidget and roll their eyes all they want, but Trump has connected with many millions of Americans, many more than the out of step in Washington care to admit.  Rightly or wrongly, people get the sense Trump shares their concerns and articulates them forcefully.  His detractors would be better served by trying to be more up front about their own positions instead of trying to score points attacking Trump’s.

Donald Trump’s announcement that he would put a temporary hold on Muslim immigration until the government can get its act together has been greeted with the expected howls and cringes.  Both Democrats and Republicans have rushed to denounce him in increasingly strident terms.  You can almost see the words “fascist” and “Nazi” forming on the sputtering lips of liberal pundits and candidates.

Of course, the much closer comparison is with liberal hero President Franklin Roosevelt’s policy of detention of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor.  Trump is asking for a hold only on people who aren’t in the country yet, so we need to ask ourselves who the fascist is.

Politicians of all stripes are scrambling to microphones to pander to interest groups in an effort to garner more votes.  Is a temporary hold on immigrants from countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen really the worst thing we’ve heard?  This is going to require the hasty carving out of more safe zones at elite college campuses.

Let’s not forget that, the sensitivities of dear students aside, the real problem is the left as currently embodied by President Obama.  He insists that our American values compel us to welcome an unlimited number of legal immigrants and illegal aliens regardless of the security or economic risks.  The president acts as though even a reconsideration of the vetting process used to check the Muslim migrant population is an act of cowardice.  This is true demagoguery that the media is largely abetting.  Meanwhile, Americans are quietly arming themselves, as they sense that the president is not up to the job.

Trump is a crass loose cannon, but he’s also someone who refuses to be stifled by the left’s attempts to crush free thought and free speech with its political correct insanity.  Politicians and pundits can fidget and roll their eyes all they want, but Trump has connected with many millions of Americans, many more than the out of step in Washington care to admit.  Rightly or wrongly, people get the sense Trump shares their concerns and articulates them forcefully.  His detractors would be better served by trying to be more up front about their own positions instead of trying to score points attacking Trump’s.