By Letter to the Editor on February 16, 2017.
Donald Trump frequently repeated his policies during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. He reiterated these with his acceptance speech at the Republican convention as well as in the televised debates. Nobody can say they were not aware of his plans. In 31 states (with 306 electoral votes), the majority voted for Trump’s platform, compared to 20 states (with 232 electoral votes) that supported Clinton.
What people think of Donald Trump as a person does not cancel his election victory. And the popular vote plays no role in the election of an American president or a Canadian prime minister; so, we can discard popular vote as a non-argument.
Strangely, the Democrats now rage against the democratic process, yelling: “Not my president!” Of course, the big media form the spearhead of this anti-democratic revolt. One cannot help to wonder: What are the real motives behind this unprecedented reaction toward a democratic election, and what effect will it have on the young generation? Will the highly praised American democracy suffer permanent damage?
The undemocratic Democrats held their fire until the executive order on immigration. Aha!, they gloated – this is totally contrary to the holy cow of human rights! He must be crucified for daring to discriminate on grounds of religion or nationality. In fact, the order only refers to persecuted religious minorities (without naming them) for whom exceptions are made. Countries that cannot supply satisfactory background checks for visas are temporarily blocked. These include only seven out of 49 predominantly Muslim countries.
Many in transit to the U.S. were caught unawares, leading to anxiety, uncertainty, disbelief and anger at airports. These were deemed enough reason for a judge to take the extraordinary step to suspend an executive order of the democratically elected president of the United States. This president must now defend in court his obligation to defend his country against terrorist threats.
When one tunes out the static noise of over-emotional hullabaloo, and looks at the situation rationally, the opposition to the presidential executive order has no leg to stand on. If they can’t stop the message, they will try to eliminate the messenger. With the current Republican majorities in congress, impeachment is unlikely. Other alternatives are too ghastly to contemplate.
Jacob Van Zyl
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