The Hillary Clinton campaign had so little substantive criticism they reverted to personality comments after Donald trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention on Thursday night. Comments included a charge of fear-mongering and being divisive. It’s a convenient putdown, but an erroneous one when examining the facts.
Are we safer as a nation compared to eight years ago? Based on increased recent terrorist attacks and assassinations of police, the answer is “no.” There is nothing irresponsible of Trump saying that attacks on police are attacks on all of us. Unless, of course, President Kennedy was also guilty of the same when he said a Soviet attack on any Western Hemisphere country would be considered an attack on the U.S. It was not fear, but in both cases, an assertiveness against threats.
Trump does not believe that all of our national problems are caused by foreigners. Rather, he is reminding the nation that it is every country’s prerogative to protect its borders, despite what the Left tries to shame us into abdicating.2,3
In addition, Trump reminded last night, “Syria is engulfed in a civil war and the world faces a refugee crisis.” Events in Europe over the past year verify that this problem is extended into Europe and to us if we allow it.
In a time when terrorists have promised and have shown the ability to infiltrate themselves among legitimate refugees, the concern for borders is reasonable and prudent. It is not fear-mongering to require extra vetting mechanisms in place before we increase immigration from nations who have been compromised with increased presence of terrorism. It is basic common sense.
Crime in Cities
Trump noted that homicides rose 17% in the largest 50 cities last year — the biggest increase in 25 years. The implication is that it will be difficult to deal with this problem as long as the police have to be aware of additional threats to their safety, too. Does this qualify Trump as a fear-monger?
Is it fear-mongering to be opposed to sanctuary cities? As Trump reminded, where was the sanctuary for Kate Steinle and others murdered by the product of these unconstitutional locations? Fear arising from the lack of law and order enforcement is natural, not divisive or a product of propaganda.
Decline in Education
Education has been crumbling in our nation for decades. Although liberals use the opportunities to send their children to non-public schools2, they rail against school choice. The only fear here is not created by Trump, but from the teachers’ union establishment fearful of having to be accountable for a change.
The Iran Deal
The Iranian deal gave them $150 billion plus a path to nuclear weapons which it was supposed to prevent. Terrible deal. The free world, including Israel SHOULD be fearful. So is this fear-mongering?
National Debt and Infrastructure
Our national debt has worsened immensely during the Obama, and what do we have to show for it other than deteriorating infrastructure? Is it fear-mongering to recognize that we have numerous crumbling bridges which are subject to the laws of physics to our severe peril? The aim of his speech is that we must and we can fix these issues before it’s too late.
Renegotiating bad foreign trade deals is promoting fear? — perhaps for the nations who have used various methods, including currency manipulation, in order to circumvent agreements. Unfair trade practices require a response. This doesn’t necessarily mean actions that could lead to trade wars, but there must be consequences. Democrats are usually opposed to consequences, but it’s time to end the Era of Enabling (this writer’s words, not Trump’s!)
Legal Double Standard
Regarding the Hillary Clinton confidential emails on her personal server which endangered our security, but for which she was not held accountable: “I know that corruption has reached a level as never, never before in our country.” We should be concerned when the powerful received unwarranted free passes as it undermines the public’s faith in the system of justice. A double standard inevitably leads to a loss of freedom for the less empowered — which is divisive.
In summary, how much longer will the party of Obama and Clinton keep “their rigged system in place?”
THAT is a legitimate source of fear for anyone with reason — but it’s also something we “little people” can fix in November.
1 – “According to a report by The Heritage Foundation, ‘exactly 52 percent of Congressional Black Caucus members and 38 percent of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members sent at least one child to private school.’ Overall, only 6 percent of black students attend private school.”
“According to a 2004 Thomas B. Fordham Institute study, more than 1 in 5 public school teachers sent their children to private schools. In some cities, the figure is much higher. In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, it’s 41 percent, and Chicago (39 percent) and Rochester, N.Y. (38 percent), also have high figures. In the San Francisco-Oakland area, 34 percent of public school teachers enroll their children in private schools, and in New York City, it’s 33 percent.”
“Only 11 percent of all parents enroll their children in private schools. The fact that so many public school teachers enroll their own children in private schools ought to raise questions.”
From “Racial Trade-offs,” by Walter E. Williams, http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2013/10/09/racial-tradeoffs-n1718736, 10/9/2013.
2 – “Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.” From paragraph 2241 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25th printing; November, 2013.
3 – “Enforcement: The U.S. Catholic Bishops accept the legitimate role of the U.S. government in intercepting unauthorized migrants who attempt to travel to the United States. The Bishops also believe that by increasing lawful means for migrants to enter, live, and work in the United States, law enforcement will be better able to focus upon those who truly threaten public safety: drug and human traffickers, smugglers, and would‐be terrorists. Any enforcement measures must be targeted, proportional, and humane.” From the “Catholic Church’s Position On Immigration Reform,” http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/churchteachingonimmigrationreform.cfm; August, 2013.