Sally Yates, acting U.S. Attorney General, instructed the Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s executive order restricting entry of people coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries. She must have anticipated she’d be fired, and she would have been out of a job soon anyway. So, as an action, it wasn’t very effective, but as a statement it was. Being fired for not doing what the boss wants is pretty standard. There are lots of jobs where being right is no excuse. I’ve had more than one of those myself, although nowhere near as high profile.
For an added perspective on the President’s immigration restrictions, try listening to talk radio from overseas. LBC from London is an interesting one and they’ve been discussing this a lot lately.
If the restrictions were have even a pretense of making sense, shouldn’t they at least include Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia?
Almost everyone now agrees it was wrong for the US Government to confine Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II. The fact that so many people do agree with the President’s ban on people entering the US from those seven countries makes it easier to understand why a lot of people agreed with locking Japanese Americans away something like 75 years ago.
Bernard Baruch, James Schlesinger and Daniel Moynihan, among others have observed something I’m paraphrasing because I can’t quote all three. You’re entitled to your opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts. Kelly Ann Conway talked about alternate facts on ABC last week. There’s no such thing. You can put forth different facts to support different sides of an argument, but you can’t cite different facts about how many people attended President Trump’s inauguration. Crowd figures are estimates, so different sources can have different numbers, but the fact that fewer people attended President Trump’s inauguration than President Obama’s first inauguration is indisputable. There are photos that show the later crowd was much smaller. And the President of the United States has more important things to worry about anyway.
President Trump moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, aka The Trump House, on January 20th. I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t had it painted gold yet.
If you hate some of your friends ranting endlessly about President Trump on Facebook, I recommend an add-in for the Internet Browser Chrome called Social Fixer. It enables you to filter Facebook content so you don’t have to read all that stuff. I don’t object to, or argue with anyone about, their political views. Everyone is entitled to them. What I hate is the same people telling me, and all their other friends how much they approve/love/dislike/hate Donald Trump multiple times a day, every day since last year in June.
For the record, I didn’t vote for him either. I also objected to the people who did that with respect to Secretary Clinton, but they have mostly stopped. By now I know what my political-rant Facebook friends think of President Trump. Whether they admire or despise him, it’s equally annoying. I also believe they aren’t changing anyone’s mind.
If the same people express the same views to the same audience repeatedly, and endlessly, it becomes annoying, even if I agree. Admittedly the political issues are more important, but if you told me multiple times every day for the last eight months that you hate asparagus, I’d be annoyed with you and I’d want Social Fixer to include an asparagus filter, although I hate asparagus too.
On an entirely different and much lighter subject, two weeks to pitchers and catchers.