Much noise has been made by the Mainstream Media (MSM) and left-wing groups about the so-called “ban” on Muslims coming to America.
To set the record straight, it isn’t a ban, but it is a new procedure that will initiate “extreme vetting” of all individuals trying to enter the U.S. from seven nations in the Middle East and Africa.
This is exactly what President Donald Trump campaigned on, and true to his word, he signed an executive order to that effect last Friday.
If you listened to the nightly news, or read any MSM newspaper, or set foot on any liberal website/blog, you’d think the world was coming to an end.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
America is fine and we’re going to be safer now than we’ve been in the past because of the cursory background checks and the desire of our former Muslim-centric president to let all people in from everywhere all the time.
This must stop. Not because we're Muslim-phobic, but because Americans deserve to know who is trying to come to our country and why -- and what the cost is.
Not all Muslims, nor citizens of these 7 nations have been kept out of the country.
In fact, according to a story In The Washington Times, “Out of some 500,000 foreign travelers who tried to come to the U.S. over the first 72 hours of the order, only 721 were prevented from being able to board planes to the to the U.S.,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The story went on to say that “1,600 green-card holders and 75 other visa holders, including translators who helped the American war effort in Iraq, were approved for waivers and have been admitted, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Keven McAleenan said.”
There’s been more disruption by protesters in America than there has been in executing the order. But because these folks seemingly have nothing more to do than protest and the MSM desires to make things look as bad as possible, it’s become a huge story.
This so-called “ban” is not permanent. It’s only for a limited time, so that our country can establish a more serious and accountable process to determine if these people should be allowed to enter our country.
Sure, we’re a nation of immigrants, but we’re not obliged to accept everyone, and frankly we can’t afford to, even if we wanted to.
It’s often said, "why deny women and children?" Because some of these children may become radicalized as they grow up, and then we’ll have a much more serious problem than we have now.
I know that the leftists don’t care about the cost, because, hey, they want everyone to get welfare, health care, a free cell phone, or whatever it takes.
But this country has always had limits on immigration, and if it takes a while to promulgate a new process that will protect our homeland, then it’s a small price to pay for our collective safety.
That’s why it’s so ridiculous that the lefties are so upset. It’s not like they didn’t know this was coming.
Psst, here’s a secret: There’s going to be a whole lot more for you to protest about.
You’re not going to like anything our president does.
But those of us who didn’t protest, but who voted our conscience ... we love what this president is doing.
Oh, he might not be as eloquent as President “What’s-His-Name,” but he’ll be just as effective and he’s going to undo everything "What's-His-Name" did, and do it just as he did it -- by executive order.
So, get ready. But just understand that this time we’re going to have a new attorney general who’s not going to look the other way when you violate federal law, when you injure or assassinate a law enforcement officer, or you burn and pillage.
We’re not going to have a president who incites violence like the last one did. Or disrespect the law of the land, like the last one did.
It’s a new day. We’ve taken our country back.
In fact, if it wasn’t for all of you liberals cramming political correctness, BLM (All Lives Matter!), climate change, globalization, freebies for everyone, safe speech zones, etc. down our collective throats, we never would have been motivated enough to outvote you.
So, really, it’s your fault. You drove us to it. You made us do it because of your self-righteousness that just knew no boundaries.
We could’ve stayed home, just like so many of you, who were so confident that Hillary Clinton would be elected that you took us for fools.
Well, wake up, because it’s a new day. America First, isn’t any different than China First, or European Union First, or Russia First. Every country must look out for itself.
We may be the leader of the Free World, but we don’t want to be the leader of Freebies for everyone.
There’s a long list of what needs to be fixed and we’re confident our new president and Congress will get it right.
Because even if they get it wrong, it can’t be any worse than what this country has been through for the last eight years, or what could have been if Hillary had been elected.
Americans voted and you lost. You’ll have an opportunity in two years to refashion how Congress will look, and in two years after that, whether President Trump wins reelection.
Take my advice. Protest less, vote more!
Barney Bishop III is a former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. He’s a conservative, Tallahassee-based Democrat who believes in God, country and guns. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org