I was not going to write about Trump this week, but then he issued his executive order on immigration. Recall, in my December 2016 post, “The Reckoning,” I quoted former Attorney General John Mitchell who noted at the beginning of the Nixon Administration, “Don’t watch what we say, watch what we do.” Suffice it to say, we should all be watching very closely to what’s happening in this administration. It is hard to imagine how this is more than politics and television.
The theory is that the vetting process needs fixing to move to “extreme vetting,” which no one can define. Actually, the vetting process for refugees is already among the strongest in the world.
But with this order has come chaos. Now all administrations create problems in the beginning because they are new at it. This one seems inclined, however, to eschew damage control because that would require admitting mistakes.
The issue of keeping America safe is not what we are talking about. There is no evidence that these actions will remove threats, but it is clear that many Americans and their families will be put through unnecessary turmoil. Our enemies will be able to point to this as revealing our anti-Muslim bias and all of our protesting will be of no avail.
If there was any evidence that this would be necessary, the conversation would be different.
The sad fact is that this is done for show and politics and the people who will suffer through this don’t deserve it. At a time when it seems desirable to find common ground wherever possible, this will only divide our country even more. I wish I could believe this was an anomaly but, unfortunately, it is beginning to look like a pattern of governing which has a chilling aspect to it. I really hope I am wrong, but I don’t think I am.