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Opinion: America is Donald Trump’s Latest Failed Business

During his inauguration speech, Donald Trump elaborated on the “American carnage” he thought to have been taking place, eventually citing President Obama’s supposed dereliction of presidential duties over the last eight years as cause. He went on to promise those in attendance and watching at home that his primary focus as President would be to put America first. Now, having only ever been a businessman, Trump has never had to care for the needs of many, but only those of his own. It looks as though his history of incompetence will continue into his presidency. Just eleven days into his four-year term, Trump has given a minute demonstration to America and the rest of the anxious world looking on as to what that could really mean moving forward. For a man with a demeanor so abhorrent as it pertains to immigrants, he seems to have no reservations with the migration of tyranny and governmental overreach into Washington, D.C.

On what is now being dubbed the Monday Night Massacre, – an allusion to the Saturday Night Massacre, (a Nixon-era slashing of an official who disagreed with the then-President) – news last night of acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ unexpected-but-immediate termination broke across the country, followed by a much expected opposition.

The decision to relieve her of her duties came immediately after Miss Yates openly defied the sitting president, stating that whilst under her leadership, the Department of Justice and all of its lawyers would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration (explained better in-depth here). She would go on to explain, “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”

As Sally Yates was later fired for standing bravely opposed to a man who understands neither basic compassion, nor the duties of his job as President, those in America railing against a racially charged immigration ban cheered her on. The administration, however, did not share mutual feelings about the dissent. It hadn’t yet been five minutes after that a statement from the desk of Press Secretary Sean Spicer was released:

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States…Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

The expedient response to what had happened seemed to have been written with intentional tones of condescension and malice. Given that there is no evidence to suggest Yates as being “weak on borders,” or even “very weak on illegal immigration,” the explanation was not only a way for the administration to have the last word, but it sounded similar to every other adolescent-like tirade Trump has on Twitter.

Yates herself did not betray the Department of Justice, or the American people. By refusing to defend an incredibly unjust law, which lacks credible evidence needed to explain why it’s even necessary to enforce, she protected the laws written within the Constitution from being infringed upon, which, for the record, is the job of the President of the United States.

While Mr. Trump is well within presidential limits in terminating the acting Attorney General, he has stepped far out of line when it comes to the method he used to terminate and replace her, as well as the reasoning behind the termination.

Dissent within government is not uncommon, and is not without precedence, especially as it pertains to Presidents and various other governing officials. The ability to openly disagree with members of opposing political parties is an idea which helped lay the groundwork of what America would become. However, firing someone who disagrees with what you believe is neither American, nor is it part of the democratic process we have operated under for 240 years. It is, however, tyrannical in nature.

Donald Trump was elected for a multiplicity of dizzying reasons which make little-to-no sense, but perhaps the most perplexing of which was the assertion that his business practices were, largely speaking, successful. Essentially, he was elected to run the country as he would one of his many unsucessful businesses, which is perhaps the only area of his presidency in which he has yet to disappoint the public.

By dismissing Sally Yates for refusing to comply and act as he had wished, and for overreaching the powers granted to him as President, Donald Trump has reminded us that, no matter how much money you have, no matter how successful you may appear to be, and no matter how many people believe in what you say, terrible businessmen will always run terrible busineses.

Muslims of Seven Countries Banned From United States

Beginning Friday, all Muslims seeking refuge from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be banned from entering America for 120 days, while Muslims from Syria will be banned indefinitely.

During his campaign for the presidency in late December of 2015, Donald Trump first spoke of putting a “temporary ban” on Muslim immigrants and refugees seeking entry into the United States. Wanting to quell what he refers to as “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump believed then and continues to believe now that barring those seeking asylum within the states would bring an abrupt end to terrorism within our country.

Ignorance and irrationality won Friday, as Donald Trump followed through with the campaign promise he had made two Decembers ago. The President signed an executive order which will not only include an aforementioned ban on Muslims from several middle eastern countries, but also “extreme vetting,” which he believes will “keep the terrorists out.”

In a speech given to the Department of Defense the same day, Trump stated, “We are establishing new vetting measures, to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” He continued, “We don’t want them here.” As he signed into action the order, he played directly into the hands of ISIL, submitting to fear of what is not understood, instead of siding with the overwhelming factual evidence that suggests exactly the contrary.

While Trump believes Islam is the be-all-end-all of society, there is little-to-no fact to back the reasoning behind this executive order, making it abundantly clear: Muslims are not terrorizing the U.S.

In an article titled “You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist” published in “Washington Post” on 23 November, 2015 (shortly after the ISIL attack on Paris, France) by author Andrew Shaver – a former Pentagon analyst and foreign affairs fellow with the U.S. Senate –  it is explained in-depth just how rare it is for an American to be killed by a terrorist versus various other common ways to die. States Shaver:

“…in the time it has taken you to read until this point, at least one American has died from a heart attack. Within the hour, a fellow citizen will have died from skin cancer. Roughly five minutes after that, a military veteran will commit suicide. And by the time you turn the lights off to sleep this evening, somewhere around 100 Americans will have died throughout the day in vehicular accidents

He ends the article with, “We can refuse to give [terrorists] the fear they so desperately want from us.”

Consider the last five major attacks on U.S. soil: Fort Lauderdale, Pulse Nightclub, Charleston, South Carolina, San Bernardino, California and Newtown, Connecticut. The nationalities of the perpetrators of said attacks were, respectively: American, American, American, American and, you guessed it: American. Not a single one migrated here from one of the seven countries present on Trump’s “banned” list. They were all born here.

And September 11, 2001? Of the nineteen hijackers, fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt and one from Lebanon.

And if you didn’t happen to notice, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon are all absent on the list of barred countries.

None of this is to suggest the seven banned parts of the middle east are currently in states of peace, because they are not by far. They are, however, areas filled with innocent citizens who are attempting to flee from the very same thing we believe we’ve been fighting. For no apparent reason other than fear, those hoping to find shelter in the United States were just denied ingress from the most powerful person in the world.

In June of 2015, “Time” published a study from the New America Foundation, which stated:

“Since 9/11, white right-wing terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans in homegrown attacks than radical Islamists have, according to research by the New America Foundation.”

According to the study, “48 people were killed by white terrorists, while 26 were killed by radical Islamists, since Sept. 11.” “Time” author Joanna Plucinska went on to state that the criminal justice system clearly presented cases of racial bias, usually punishing jihadists harsher than their radical non-Muslim counterparts.

It pains me to see a country so deeply divided on this issue, particularly because there should not be two sides. When human lives – innocent human lives – are put in danger, it becomes the duty of other human beings to lift them up out of harm’s way, not to continue pressing them down, allowing them to be slaughtered. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “For what are we born if not to aid one another?”

Today, we saw our President. We saw what motivates and drives him to make a decision. It was not inspiration, not humanity, not compassion and not factual evidence.

We saw fear.