The tragedy and futility of Trumped-up solutions (COMMENTARY)

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Demonstrators shout during a "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec
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Demonstrators shout during a "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II" outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona on May 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PALLY-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Nov. 3, 2015.

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(RNS) Americans are daunted by the changing economy and the wars we don’t seem to know how to win. And people don’t like to feel daunted; they want to feel effective. That’s why enough are open to extreme solutions so as to keep Trump as the top GOP candidate.

  • Ted

    “Trumped-up solutions” would be a great description of religion. Just sayin…

  • Atheist that I am, I want more Muslims to come to the USA! PLEASE!
    Bring the refugees here. We need them and it happens to be the humanitarian thing to do.

    Muslims in America*:
    1. Educated. They comprise less than 1% of the population yet 4% of the professional services in medicine and technology.
    2. Professional. They adapt to American life more quickly than any other religious group and begin paying taxes sooner.
    3. Freedom. The presence of Muslims strengthens separation of church and state vis-a-vis Christianity.
    4. Secularism. Believe it or not, Muslims who leave the totalitarian regimes where religion is strictly enforced and settle in America lose their religion faster than any other religious group.

    Every day they are not on their way to our country is our loss; of prestige, of humanity and of decency.

    *Pew Research.

  • Scott Shaver

    If we learned anything from The Crusades, religious wars and their manifestations are still “war” by any other name. Tit for Tat has been and continues to be the prevailing modus operandus on earth.

    Just the way it is.

    One side declares Jihad on non-muslims, especially the west and Europe, the other side begins its variations of cherem, (the ban/devotion to destruction).

    Trumps views on immigration as a U.S presidential candidate fall into line and are, in many cases, duplications of what other world leaders, including past U.S. presidents have either proposed or enacted in times of world stress.

    I don’t think the outcry and demonization of his views on this matter, especially by Christians who may find themselves needing protection, is any indication of progress in either the moral or intellectual evolution of America.

  • Larry

    The silliest part of “Trump”ed up solutions is his lackadaisical approach to how to implement anything he is talking about.

    It always comes down to “I don’t know, we have experts to handle that”. Meaning he is more or less admitting to saying outrageous stuff just to grab headlines and appeal to the ignorant cretin bigot crowd. A voting base that was largely untouched by the other candidates until now.

    Ever since the comprehensive Immigration and Nationalization Act, we have never come close to the kind of nonsense Trump is discussing.

    We do not vet people coming into the country based on their religion. It is impossible to implement, is damaging to the nation and a violation of the first amendment on many levels.

    We do not have the resources to wall up the Mexican border.

    We also lack ability deport 5-10 million people at a clip without destroying all civil liberties in the process. Nazis and Soviets were good at that, we aren’t.

  • Scott Shaver

    “We don’t have the resources to build a wall at the border”.

    Would love to see the stats reflecting that. We just sent more than enough for a wall to Iran.

  • Larry

    Do you need a geographic survey of the several thousand miles of border to be satisfied here? Trump can’t figure out how to do it. Hence his dodging of such questions. He is playing to the gullible and excitable here.

    “We just sent more than enough for a wall to Iran.”

    Would love to figure out your reference and thought process here, but I don’t speak wingnut. Plus Iran usually pays for the stuff we send them with that sweet sweet oil money. 🙂

  • Scott Shaver

    “Iran ususally pay for the stuff we send them with that sweet sweet oil money.”

    Larry obviously doesn’t work in the O&G sector.

    Pretty obvious who the “wingnut” is now 🙂 Delusional even.

  • Scott Shaver

    Larry, do you need a calculator to measure the amount of excessive spending already pouring out of this country, or would you be able to read it if you had one? A wall from Florida to California could be built several time over without making a dent…….if we even had to pay for it.

  • larry

    Appealing to completely unrelated hyperbole does not make the wall suggestion any less stup1d. Even Trump acknowledges he is pulling that out of his posterior for effect and has no clue how it could possibly be done. This is from a professional builder.

    We don’t have the manpower or money to keep our national infrastructure functioning right now, and you suggest some gigantic boondoggle make work project is viable?

    Trump is really playing to an I’ll informed crowd.