CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 2, 2017 – Donald Trump is catching plenty of heat from the opposition every time he opens his mouth. Not just from the media, which appears to only be a watchdog now that Barack Obama is out of office, but from everyone else who disagrees with him as well.
Perhaps the dissenters should watch this 84-second video clip from the 1995 State of the Union Address by Bill Clinton. If nothing else, it demonstrates the clear cut hypocrisy of politics in Washington these days.
The United States is built upon a foundation of dissent and we have always welcomed opposing points of view. It is understandable that many Americans are turned off by Donald Trump’s bluster and methods of doing things, but regardless of whether you like him or dislike him personally, should his actions not be measured first?
Trump made many promises on the campaign trail, as have other politicians for as long as we can remember. His methods may be unorthodox. But in less than two weeks in the office, Trump has primarily spent his time fulfilling or at least, attempting to fulfill, many of the promises he made.
There were enough people in the United States who bought into those promises to elect Mr. Trump president.
We all know by now that Hillary Clinton won because of the popular vote, blah, blah, blah. That’s like saying the Atlanta Falcons lost the NFC championship game because, even though they scored more points, Green Bay had more yardage.
What is more disturbing these days is that where it used to be difficult to get accurate reporting in the media, thanks to a biased press, now it is virtually impossible. The reason is that, for the moment anyway, that nobody is telling the truth. The mainstream media continues to blast Trump every time he takes a breath, while the once relatively reliable opposition spends its time countering each new charge without presenting anything new to which we can obtain unbiased information.
Eventually the vociferous shouting of the madding crowd will subside. But it is a sure thing the media will not cease its relentless assaults on all things Trump.
When it comes to issues of immigration, Christians are torn between compassion and common sense. If more non-Muslims would undertake even a basic understanding of the true tenets of Islam, it would go a long way toward improving relations among all religions.
Donald Trump has not issued a ban on ALL immigration. Basically he is simply attempting to delay the rapid infiltration of potentially unsavory characters into our society who would do us harm rather than assimilate into our American culture. It is virtually impossible for true Muslims to blend into Western cultures and accept them because Islam does not recognize the separation of church and state. That factor alone disallows Muslims from doing anything other than following their faith as it was handed down by the Prophet Muhammad.
Therefore, if Christians respond to Muslims on a purely emotional and compassionate level they are opening themselves up to the potential for terrorist activity thanks to their own naivete.
It has been reiterated time and again that ALL Muslims are not terrorists. However, even if one-tenth of one percent of the Muslim community is involved in some element of jihad, the numbers of those who wish us ill are staggering.
Ask yourself this: Where were the current protestors against Trump back on 9/11/01? Have we forgotten how many people lost their lives? Not just Americans but people from all walks of life.
How often do terrorist attacks occur throughout the world? At the moment there are so many on a daily basis that it is virtually impossible to mention them all. How many are carried out in the name of Islam? Not Jewish. Not Christian. Not Buddhist, but Islam.
If we are going to play the numbers game, then consider that the percentage of non-Islamic terror events is infinitesimal when compared to the total of all other religions.
Donald Trump may be a lightning rod and his methods may be distasteful in many ways. But if he is effective in getting things done and doing them in a legal, efficient manner, that is beneficial to the majority of Americans, then should we not at least give the man a chance?
In the United States, we have a process called elections. If Trump’s administration does not restore the country as he has promised within the next four years, the American people can fire him.
For the time being, at least, I will gladly take four years of Trump over eight years of Obama.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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