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January 30, 2017

Some Badly Needed Perspective

Regardless of where you stand in the political divide, you will find this article of interest assuming you are interested in facts. 

Nor is what Trump has done particularly unusual, let alone extreme.

The countries involved in the 90-day suspension — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — weren’t named in Trump’s executive order. They were listed by the Obama administration as countries of special concern under a 2015 law that requires anyone who even visited one of these terror-prone countries to undergo special scrutiny before coming to the U.S. — even if they hail from a country that otherwise doesn’t require a visa to visit the U.S.

President Obama himself barred large groups of immigrants from entering the U.S.  at least six times out of national security concerns, according to a review last June by the Washington Examiner. In 2011, the administration suspended refugee processing from Iraq for six months to make sure terrorists weren’t exploiting the program.

The Examiner also found that “President Bill Clinton issued six immigrant bans; George W. Bush six immigrant bans; and former President Ronald Reagan four. And in 1980, former President Jimmy Carter banned Iranians after Tehran seized the U.S. embassy.”

Nor is Trump’s refugee cap in any way draconian. Data from the Migration Policy Institute shows that, while the cap was higher under the previous two presidents, the actual number of refugees admitted over the past 15 years has been at or below 50,000 most of the time. In fact, the average number of refugees admitted under Bush was 48,000 a year.

In any case, Trump’s halt to Syrian refugees won’t make a difference one way or another in the Syrian refugee crisis. In the five years after the Syrian war started in 2011, Obama had admitted all of 1,883 Syrian refugees. Obama’s highly controversial decision last year to let in 13,000 didn’t make a dent in the 4 million-plus Syrian refugee population.

What’s extreme isn’t what Trump did, it’s the entirely out-of-proportion reaction from his political opponents, the press, and many weak-kneed Republicans.


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The left is acting like the world is coming to an end. If Trump keeps making them upset with something new every day, they won’t be able to organize one protest before they are presented with something else to protest, and that may make them forget about whatever it was that upset them two days earlier.

[1] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 1-30-2017 at 01:56 PM · [top]

The left will continue down this path, ultimately to their own destruction.  You can only say “the sky is falling” a certain number of times before folks stop listening to you.  We are already way past that number.

I see my friends on the left quoting the lamestream media and their shrill comments.  It just makes them look stupid when the facts come out.

[2] Posted by B. Hunter on 1-31-2017 at 01:25 PM · [top]

The reactions of the losing election side have been unbelievably childish.  The uproar over these temporary immigration restrictions is based not on what they are but rather on who did it.  And today we have childish senators refusing to attend committee meetings so as to stop the approval of cabinet nominees.  Will we see them fleeing Washington, like the Wisconsin state legislators who decamped over the border to Illinois to avoid votes?  I’d like to think that all of this juvenile behavior will alienate more and more voters.

[3] Posted by Katherine on 1-31-2017 at 02:32 PM · [top]

I work at a law school.  One professors spotted this page on ( which summarizes/editorializes on the Bill of Rights.  The wording used is “citizens” instead of “individuals”.  Other professors began to weigh in on this “radical” new interpretation of the Constitution that Trump posted on the White House website.  You could just see the storm clouds of outrage building.  (I had checked the WayBack Machine and knew that Obama’s team had actually wrote the parts in question but was keeping silent).  Then the professors emailed an “Oops.  Turns out this section was put up by Obama” after which nobody cared anymore.  Major outrage if Trump did it, “who cares?” if the God-King and Prophet Obama did it.

I didn’t vote for either Trump or Clinton, but am greatly, GREATLY entertained watching the hysterics that the left are engulfed in.  And what is even funnier right now is watching how Trump is playing the left and the media like violins.  And the left can’t even see that it is being played.  I know several people who lean conservative but did not vote for Trump who have been so repulsed by the left’s temper tantrums and hypocrisy that they very well might vote for Trump next time.  And meanwhile, all of the left’s constant hysteria will eventually fade away as the public will get hysteria fatigue and tune out the left.

I think that the left is all but guaranteeing a major win for Trump in 2020.

[4] Posted by jamesw on 2-1-2017 at 07:57 PM · [top]

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