WOW! Well Mr. Trump, the list is growing. So far, you have a majority of both Republican and Democratic candidates for POTUS; Vice President Dick Cheney; Speaker Paul Ryan; the Prime Ministers of Britain and France; and countless others speaking out against you. You’ve done it. You cracked the code! You have universally pissed people off by saying you want a “total ban” on Muslims.
I can’t lie, I’m actually happy that Trump is doing so well. To me, Trump’s campaign (and huge lead in the polls) only highlights what most rational folks already knew: the majority of the Republican Party’s supporters want a country that supports their beliefs ONLY. American values REALLY means White American Values.
To be honest, I have NO idea what “American values” mean anymore. There was a time when I thought the beginning of the Declarations of Independence’s preamble represented “American values”: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
But that can’t be true. Not if Trump is running on a platform to, “Make America Great Again.” Again? As in before? As in, how it used to be? When all men were NOT created equal? Trump’s platform appears to be one where “Great” only applied to a certain segment of the American population.
What about the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional amendments? Do they establish the framework for America’s values? Again, it’s hard to tell anymore. I mean, today’s Republican Party, you know, the party that is considered the most “patriotic” of the two major parties. Yeah, THAT party. The party of strict Constitution constructionists. The party who believes in the divinity of the Constitution.
That’s what fascinates me about Mr. Trump and his supporters. More American citizens have died by the hands of other Americans in mass shootings then acts of terrorism. Yet conservatives fight tooth and nail to defend the second amendment and are all too quick to disregard the Constitution when it comes to Muslims. Conservatives support religious freedom. As long as it has to do with companies to deny goods and services to people or outlawing the rights of citizens of the same-sex to marriage. To hell with their religious freedoms and rights to “Happiness”, I guess.
See, Trump and his flock of disadvantaged beneficiaries are FAR too willing, and even determined, to completely shred the very same Constitution and rights of American’s when they disagree with something. To them, not only is it okay to treat Muslims unfairly, it’s also okay to violate their Constitutional rights.
- Unidentified man speaking to a group of Muslims at a public meeting in Virginia"