Tuesday, January 31, 2017

America Under Siege: An American President Fans The Fires Of Hate And Fear

Well, President _____ is continuing his Hate Tour, and this time has followed through on plans for a Muslim Ban that, in his words, isn’t about Muslims ... except it is.

This is what he’s done:
He has banned entry to the US for people born in seven majority Muslim countries—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen—including those who already hold legal green cards and visas, for 90 days.
He has not banned entry into the US for people from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Turkey, even though Saudi Arabia was home to 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists; in addition, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all countries where Donald _____ has business dealings. Coincidence? I think not.
He has suspended the Syrian refugee plan indefinitely.
He has suspended the entire refugee plan for 120 days
He has banned entry to the US for dual-nationality passport holders, meaning citizens of the above countries who also hold, for example, a British passport, are also banned for 90 days.
He has not banned Christian refugees from any of these countries, so no matter what you hear it is a Muslim ban.
He has capped refugee total to 50,000 
Trump came up with his Muslim ban following the Orlando nightclub shooting, even though that attack was not committed not by refugees or migrants, but by a United States citizen who was born in New York. He came up with his ban even though, out of all the fatal terror attacks carried out on US soil since 9/11, none ... NONE ... have been committed by immigrants from the seven majority Muslim countries targeted by the ban.

Naturally, _____ and his band of white supremacists, lead by anti-Semite Steve Bannon, who may, or may not be, the actual President of the United States, have tried to paint this ban as the same kinds of actions taken by President Barack Obama in 2011 and President Jimmy Carter back in 1979; they are not and here’s how:

In 2011 Obama paused approvals of refugee applications from Iraq for a period of six months after two Iraqi al-Qaeda terrorists were discovered living as refugees in Kentucky.

He did not base his decision on religion; his order selected Iraqi nationals based on geography and a specific event, not religion, and it was done in response to a specific event. His decision allowed FBI agents enough time to gather fingerprints from captured roadside bombs, which they used to toughen their refugee screening process.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter placed sanctions on Iran after they held 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days. The sanctions included a block on all future visas issued to Iranian citizens.

But, unlike ____, what he didn’t do was base it on religion; it was a block targeting Iranian nationals, not Muslims. Carter's sanctions were the culmination of a long-running escalation of tensions between the US and Iran.

See, these bans, or sanctions, are not at all the same; _____ targeted multitudes of people who share the same faith from seven different countries, though not those with whom he does business; Obama and Carter did not.

Don’t perpetuate the _____ lie.

And while speaking out about President _____ and his nationalist, white supremacist, agenda, keep in mind those in Congress who said nothing, and did nothing, because saying and doing nothing is the same as agreeing with what _____ is doing.

Out of the 292 Republicans in Congress, as of Monday afternoon, just thirty-five have publicly expressed some kind of opposition to _____’s refugee ban, and fifty-three have goose-stepped along with Hair Furor. But what about the 204 who have said nothing.

While almost ... almost ... every Democrat in Congress publicly opposed the order, the list of Republicans who opposed or critiqued the order is very short ... just 35 Republicans in Congress oppose, or are critical of, _____’s immigration order.

And they are:
—from Arizona: Sen. Jeff Flake; Sen. John McCain
—from California: Rep. Jeff Denham
—from Colorado: Rep. Scott Tipton; Rep. Mike Coffman
—from Florida: Rep. Carlos Curbelo; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
—from Illinois: Rep. Adam Kinzinger
—from Indiana: Rep. Susan W. Brooks
—from Kansas: Rep. Kevin Yoder; Sen. Jerry Moran
—from Maine: Sen. Susan M. Collins
—from Michigan: Rep. Justin Amash
—from Minnesota: Rep. Erik Paulsen
—from Nebraska: Sen. Ben Sasse
—from Nevada: Sen. Dean Heller
—from New Jersey: Rep. Leonard Lance; Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
—from New York: Rep. John J. Faso; Rep. Elise Stefanik; Rep. John Katko
—from Ohio: Rep. David P. Joyce; Rep. Steve Stivers; Sen. Rob Portman
—from Oklahoma: Sen. James Lankford
—from Pennsylvania: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick; Rep. Charles Dent
—from South Carolina: Sen. Lindsey Graham
—from Tennessee: Sen. Lamar Alexander; Sen. Bob Corker
—from Texas: Rep. Will Hurd; Rep. Pete Sessions
—from Utah: Rep. Jason Chaffetz; Sen. Orrin Hatch
—from Virginia: Rep. Barbara Comstock

And so that means that 204 Republicans in Congress have said nothing or stayed neutral
—from Alabama: Rep. Martha Roby; Rep. Mike Rogers; Rep. Mo Brooks; Rep. Gary J. Palmer; Sen. Jeff Sessions; Sen. Richard C. Shelby
—from Alaska: Sen. Lisa Murkowski; Sen. Dan Sullivan; Rep. Don Young
—from Arizona: Rep. Martha McSally; Rep. Paul Gosar; Rep. Andy Biggs; Rep. David Schweikert; Rep. Trent Franks
—from Arkansas: Rep. J. French Hill; Rep. Steve Womack; Rep. Bruce Westerman; Sen. John Boozman
—from California: Rep. Doug LaMalfa; Rep. Tom McClintock; Rep. Paul Cook; Rep. David Valadao; Rep. Kevin McCarthy; Rep. Stephen Knight; Rep. Edward R. Royce; Rep. Ken Calvert; Rep. Mimi Walters; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; Rep. Darrell E. Issa; Rep. Duncan D. Hunter; Rep. Ken Buck
—from Colorado: Sen. Cory Gardner
—from Florida: Rep. Ted Yoho; Rep. John Rutherford; Rep. Ron DeSantis; Rep. Bill Posey; Rep. Daniel Webster; Rep. Gus Bilirakis; Rep. Thomas Rooney; Rep. Brian Mast; Rep. Francis Rooney; Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart; Sen. Marco Rubio
—from Georgia: Rep. Buddy Carter; Rep. Drew Ferguson; Rep. Tom Price; Rep. Rob Woodall; Rep. Austin Scott; Rep. Doug Collins; Rep. Jody B. Hice; Rep. Barry Loudermilk; Rep. Rick W. Allen; Rep. Tom Graves;  Sen. Johnny Isakson; Sen. David Perdue
—from Idaho: Rep. Raul Labrador; Rep. Michael Simpson; Sen. Mike Crapo; Sen. James Risch
—from Illinois: Rep. Peter Roskam; Rep. Mike Bost; Rep. Rodney Davis; Rep. Randy Hultgren; Rep. Darin LaHood
—from Indiana: Rep. Jim Banks; Rep. Todd Rokita; Rep. Luke Messer; Rep. Larry Bucshon; Rep. Trey Hollingsworth; Sen. Todd Young
—from Iowa: Rep. Rod Blum; Rep. David Young; Rep. Steve King; Sen. Joni Ernst; Sen. Chuck Grassley
—from Kansas: Rep. Roger Marshall; Rep. Lynn Jenkins; Sen. Pat Roberts
—from Kentucky: Rep. James Comer; Rep. Brett Guthrie; Rep. Thomas Massie; Rep. Harold Rogers; Rep. Andy Barr; Sen. Mitch McConnell; Sen. Rand Paul
—from Louisiana: Rep. Clay Higgins; Rep. Garret Graves; Sen. Bill Cassidy; Sen. John Kennedy
—from Maine: Rep. Bruce Poliquin
—from Maryland: Rep. Andy Harris
—from  Michigan: Rep. Jack Bergman; Rep. Bill Huizenga; Rep. John R. Moolenaar; Rep. Fred Upton; Rep. Tim Walberg; Rep. Mike Bishop; Rep. Paul Mitchell
—from Minnesota: Rep. Jason Lewis; Rep. Tom Emmer
—from Mississippi: Rep. Trent Kelly; Rep. Gregg Harper; Rep. Steven M. Palazzo; Sen. Thad Cochran; Sen. Roger F. Wicker
—from  Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner; Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer; Rep. Vicky Hartzler; Rep. Sam Graves; Rep. Billy Long; Rep. Jason Smith
—from Montana: Rep. Ryan Zinke
—from Nebraska: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; Rep. Don Bacon; Rep. Adrian Smith; Sen. Deb Fischer
—from Nevada: Rep. Mark Amodei
—from New Jersey: Rep. Thomas MacArthur; Rep. Christopher H. Smith
—from New Mexico: Rep. Stevan Pearce
—from New York: Rep. Dan Donovan; Rep. Chris Collins
—from  North Carolina: Rep. George Holding; Rep. Walter Jones; Rep. Virginia Foxx; Rep. Mark Walker; Rep. Robert Pittenger; Rep. Patrick McHenry; Rep. Mark Meadows; Sen. Richard Burr; Sen. Thom Tillis
—from Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer; Sen. John Hoeven
—from  Ohio: Rep. Steve Chabot; Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Robert Latta; Rep. Bob Gibbs; Rep. Michael Turner; Rep. Patrick Tiberi
—from Oklahoma: Rep. Jim Bridenstine; Rep. Markwayne Mullin; Rep. Frank Lucas; Rep. Tom Cole; Rep. Steve Russell; Sen. James Inhofe;
—from Oregon: Rep. Greg Walden
—from  Pennsylvania: Rep. Mike Kelly; Rep. Glenn Thompson; Rep. Patrick Meehan; Rep. Bill Shuster; Rep. Tom Marino; Rep. Lloyd Smucker
—from South Carolina: Rep. Mark Sanford; Rep. Joe Wilson; Rep. Trey Gowdy; Rep. Mick Mulvaney; Rep. Tom Rice; Sen. Tim Scott
—from South Dakota: Sen. Mike Rounds; Sen. John Thune
—from  Tennessee: Rep. David Roe; Rep. John Duncan Jr; Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; Rep. Scott DesJarlais; Rep. David Kustoff
—from Texas: Rep. Louie Gohmert; Rep. Ted Poe; Rep. Sam Johnson; Rep. Jeb Hensarling; Rep. John Culberson; Rep. Kevin Brady; Rep. Mike Conaway; Rep. Kay Granger; Rep. Mac Thornberry; Rep. Randy Weber; Rep. Jodey Arrington; Rep. Lamar Smith; Rep. Pete Olson; Rep. Kenny Marchant; Rep. Blake Farenthold; Rep. John Carter; Sen. John Cornyn; Sen. Ted Cruz
—from Utah: Rep. Rob Bishop; Rep. Chris Stewart; Rep. Mia Love
—from Virginia: Rep. Robert Wittman; Rep. Tom Garrett; Rep. Dave Brat; Rep. H. Morgan Griffith
—from Washington: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler; Rep. Dan Newhouse; Rep. David Reichert
—from West Virginia: Rep. David McKinley; Rep. Alexander Mooney; Rep. Evan Jenkins; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
—from Wisconsin: Rep. Glenn Grothman; Rep. Sean Duffy; Rep. Mike Gallagher; Sen. Ron Johnson
—from Wyoming: Sen. John Barrasso; Rep. Liz Cheney; Sen. Michael B. Enzi

And the Democrats in Congress who have said nothing are:
—from Arizona: Rep. Tom O'Halleran
—from Florida: Rep. Al Lawson; Rep. Charlie Crist
—from Georgia: Rep. Sanford Bishop; Rep. David Scott
—from Illinois: Rep. Bobby Rush
—from Minnesota: Rep. Collin Peterson
—from Texas: Rep. Al Green; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez; Rep. Filemon Vela

But here are the Democrats in Congress who have released statements against the order:
—from Alabama: Rep. Terri Sewell
—from Arizona: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva; Rep. Ruben Gallego; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
—from California: Rep. Jared Huffman; Rep. John Garamendi; Rep. Mike Thompson; Rep. Doris Matsui; Rep. Ami Bera; Rep. Jerry McNerney; Rep. Mark DeSaulnier; Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Jackie Speier; Rep. Eric Swalwell; Rep. Jim Costa; Rep. Ro Khanna; Rep. Anna G. Eshoo; Rep. Zoe Lofgren; Rep. Jimmy Panetta; Rep. Salud Carbajal; Rep. Julia Brownley; Rep. Judy Chu; Rep. Adam Schiff; Rep. Tony Cardenas; Rep. Brad Sherman; Rep. Pete Aguilar; Rep. Grace Napolitano; Rep. Ted Lieu; Rep. Norma Torres; Rep. Raul Ruiz; Rep. Karen Bass; Rep. Linda Sanchez; Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard; Rep. Mark Takano; Rep. Maxine Waters; Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan; Rep. J. Luis Correa; Rep. Alan Lowenthal;  Rep. Juan Vargas; Rep. Scott Peters; Rep. Susan Davis; Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Sen. Kamala D. Harris
—from Colorado: Rep. Diana DeGette; Rep. Jared Polis; Rep. Ed Perlmutter; Sen. Michael Bennet
—from Connecticut: Rep. John Larson; Rep. Joe Courtney; Rep. Rosa DeLauro; Rep. Jim Himes; Rep. Elizabeth Esty; Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Sen. Christopher Murphy
—from Delaware: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester; Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Sen. Chris Coons
—from Florida: Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy; Rep. Darren Soto; Rep. Val Butler Demings; Rep. Kathy Castor; Rep. Alcee Hastings; Rep. Lois Frankel; Rep. Ted Deutch; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Rep. Frederica Wilson; Sen. Bill Nelson
—from Georgia: Rep. Hank Johnson; Rep. John Lewis
—from Hawaii: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; Sen. Mazie Hirono; Sen. Brian Schatz
—from Illinois: Rep. Robin L. Kelly; Rep. Daniel Lipinski; Rep. Luis Gutierrez; Rep. Mike Quigley; Rep. Danny Davis; Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi; Rep. Jan Schakowsky; Rep. Brad Schneider; Rep. Bill Foster; Rep. Cheri Bustos; Sen. Tammy Duckworth; Sen. Richard Durbin
—from Indiana: Rep. Peter Visclosky; Rep. Andre Carson; Sen. Joe Donnelly
—from Iowa: Rep. David Loebsack
—from Kentucky: Rep. John Yarmuth
—from Louisiana: Rep. Cedric L. Richmond
—from Maine: Rep. Chellie Pingree; Sen. Angus King
—from Maryland: Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger; Rep. John P. Sarbanes; Rep. Anthony Brown; Rep. Steny Hoyer; Rep. John Delaney; Rep. Elijah Cummings; Rep. Jamie Raskin; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin; Sen. Chris Van Hollen
—from Massachusetts: Rep. Richard Neal; Rep. James McGovern; Rep. Niki Tsongas; Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy; Rep. Katherine Clark; Rep. Seth Moulton; Rep. Michael Capuano; Rep. Stephen Lynch; Rep. William Keating; Sen. Edward Markey; Sen. Elizabeth Warren
—from Michigan: Rep. Daniel Kildee; Rep. Sander Levin; Rep. Debbie Dingell; Rep. John Conyers; Rep. Brenda Lawrence; Sen. Gary C. Peters; Sen. Debbie Stabenow
—from Minnesota: Rep. Timothy Walz; Rep. Betty McCollum; Rep. Keith Ellison; Rep. Rick Nolan; Sen. Al Franken; Sen. Amy Klobuchar
—from Mississippi: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson
—from Missouri: Rep. Lacy Clay; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver; Sen. Claire McCaskill
—from Montana: Sen. Jon Tester
—from Nevada: Rep. Jacky Rosen; Rep. Ruben Kihuen; Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
—from New Hampshire: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter; Rep. Ann Kuster; Sen. Maggie Hassan; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
—from New Jersey: Rep. Donald Norcross; Rep. Josh Gottheimer; Rep. Frank Pallone; Rep. Albio Sires; Rep. Bill Pascrell; Rep. Donald Payne; Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman; Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Robert Menendez
—from New Mexico: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham; Rep. Ben Ray Lujan; Sen. Martin Heinrich; Sen. Tom Udall
—from New York: Rep. Thomas Suozzi; Rep. Kathleen Rice; Rep. Gregory Meeks; Rep. Grace Meng; Rep. Nydia Velazquez; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries; Rep. Yvette Clarke; Rep. Jerrold Nadler; Rep. Carolyn Maloney; Rep. Adriano Espaillat; Rep. Joseph Crowley; Rep. Jose Serrano; Rep. Eliot Engel; Rep. Nita Lowey; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney; Rep. Paul Tonko; Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter; Rep. Brian Higgins; Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand; Sen. Charles Schumer
—from North Carolina: Rep. G. K. Butterfield; Rep. David E. Price; Rep. Alma S. Adams
—from North Dakota: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
—from Ohio: Rep. Joyce Beatty; Rep. Marcy Kaptur; Rep. Marcia Fudge; Rep. Tim Ryan; Sen. Sherrod Brown
—from Oregon: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici; Rep. Earl Blumenauer; Rep. Peter A. DeFazio; Rep. Kurt Schrader; Sen. Jeff Merkley; Sen. Ron Wyden
—from Pennsylvania: Rep. Bob Brady; Rep. Dwight Evans; Rep. Brendan Boyle; Rep. Michael Doyle; Rep. Matt Cartwright; Sen. Bob Casey
—from Rhode Island: Rep. David Cicilline; Rep. James Langevin; Sen. Jack Reed; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
—from South Carolina: Rep. James Clyburn
—from Tennessee: Rep. Jim Cooper; Rep. Steve Cohen
—from Texas: Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Rep. Joaquin Castro; Rep. Henry Cuellar; Rep. Gene Green; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson; Rep. Marc Veasey; Rep. Lloyd Doggett
—from Vermont: Sen. Patrick Leahy; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Rep. Peter Welch
—from Virginia: Rep. Bobby Scott; Rep. A. Donald McEachin; Rep. Don Beyer; Rep. Gerald Connolly; Sen. Tim Kaine; Sen. Mark Warner
—from  Washington: Rep. Suzan DelBene; Rep. Rick Larsen; Rep. Derek Kilmer; Rep. Pramila Jayapal; Rep. Adam Smith; Rep. Denny Heck; Sen. Maria Cantwell; Sen. Patty Murray
—from West Virginia: Sen. Joe Manchin
—from Wisconsin: Rep. Mark Pocan; Rep. Ron Kind; Rep. Gwen Moore; Sen. Tammy Baldwin

If you can, take a minute to email, Facebook, or Tweet those in Congress who support discrimination, those who stand by and do nothing—which, I think, just might be worse—and then take another minute to notify your representatives in Congress who have taken a stand against discrimination of any kind, especially this discrimination based on fear and fear of a particular religion.


On a side note ... this past week French-Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette killed six and wounded eight at a Quebec mosque.

This man is a white man—though both the White House and FoxNews called him a Moroccan man because, you know, brown-skin, from over there—and this murderer is a _____ fan; he has the same views on immigration as our current president, so are we surprised that mere days after _____ banned all Muslims—and, again, let’s be clear, it’s a Muslim ban—that a white supremacist murdered a group of Muslims while they were at prayer?

I don’t think so. The blood of those killed in Quebec is on the hands of President _____ and his white nationalist cohorts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement in the wake of the attack:
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.
Tonight, we grieve with the people of Ste-Foy and all Canadians.”
We grieve in America, too, because it’s the rhetoric of our FakePresident that might have had something to do with this crime.


the dogs' mother said...

Proud to say that WA state's AG was the first to file a lawsuit, joined by about 10 other states. Keep up the good work, Bob! :-)

Dave R said...

The horrible truth is that no matter how evil Trump gets, the GOP will never condemn him because he claims to be a Republican, and his presence means they have a Republican in the White House and that's all they care about.

anne marie in philly said...

YAY! Rep. Brendan Boyle; Sen. Bob Casey are my 2 guys!!!!

my other dickweed senator, pat toomey (R), is singing the party line. muthafucka!

Helen Lashbrook said...

The hypocrisy of all those GOP senators and Congressmen and women is appalling.

I'm with @Dave R on this; the GOP won't impeach Trumpelstiltskin

Just know that a large majority from over the pond support the Resistance

Mitchell is Moving said...

Hideous. Hateful. Frightening. That photo should be his official portrait.