Trump Administration’s First Two Weeks

When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America, I immediately dismissed it out of hand. There were many other Republican candidates that I felt were a better fit and more qualified to be President. Not to mention, I felt that whomever was the next to be President needed to build on President Obama’s legacy. 

In all honesty, I believed that Ted Cruz as much of a conservative radical or Jeb Bush who was more of a moderate, would win the Republican nomination.  However, at every opportunity Donald Trump crushed my expectations. Eventually, it became clear that he would win the nomination. Whether he would win the Presidency would all depend on who the Democrats placed against him. But they chose wrong. They chose one of the most unpopular Democrats in recent history, Hillary Clinton to run against a deeply unpopular Donald Trump. And thus, to make a long story short, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by millions of votes but was crushed in the Electoral College. Donald Trump had achieved what had been thought as impossible for him, he had won the Presidency.

As someone who was deeply unsupportive of Donald Trump, I was shocked and angry at his ascendency to the highest office in the land. I felt that he was unqualified and unfit to be President. However, I was willing to give him a chance. I felt that it was wrong to root for the failure of someone who would  represent us on the global stage. So I hoped that he would prove me wrong. I hoped that he would prove to me that he would “make America great again”.

However, Donald Trump’s first two weeks have solidified the fears that I had. In only TWO WEEKS, he has made it clear that he is unqualified and unfit to be President. He has inspired fear into several segments of American society instead of being a leader for ALL of American society. That alone makes him unfit.

In his first two weeks as President, he had enacted several executive orders that are sure to be contested in court as unconstitutional. Two examples of this include his “Muslim Ban” and his ban on federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.

First, let me begin by saying that my previous post regarding the Muslim Ban was inaccurate. This was brought to my attention by another blogger and caused me to delve deeper into my research. What I learned completely shifted my view of the Muslim Ban. The Muslim Ban bans the nationals of several Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and puts a freeze on the American refugee system.

On Facebook and other social media websites, I have seen people defending Trump’s ban saying it is needed for security and that it doesn’t just ban Muslims, it bans ALL nationals. However, that is false. In the text of the executive order, there is a provision for the religious minorities in the countries listed in the ban. It gives the religious minority (Christians) an exemption from the ban and also from the freeze on the refugee system. So yes, it is a Muslim Ban. Donald Trump is directly discriminating against the members of an entire religion, which is unconstitutional according to the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits any law from favoring one religion over another. With this de facto Muslim ban, this clause has been violated in the first two weeks of the Trump Presidency! Yet, we have people defending this as if the Constitution doesn’t even matter! Where is the outrage from the same Conservatives who were enraged when they felt President Obama was violating the Constitution?! 

About one week ago, Donald Trump signed a very lowkey executive order to pull the federal funding for cities that identify as Sanctuary Cities. Sanctuary Cities are cities where the city government has laws in place to protect illegal immigrants from federal immigration laws. These cities have become a point of irritation for anti-immigration hardliners such as Donald Trump. In his campaign, Donald Trump vowed to pull the federal funding from these cities despite it being unconstitutional. There is a precedent for the issue of the federal government ordering local government to enforce federal law. In 1997, Printz vs. United States established the federal government cannot order local governments to enforce federal law. With that one case, the executive order on Sanctuary Cities is unconstitutional. However, there is another case that directly strikes down the executive order. In 2012, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court deemed the federal government CANNOT coerce states into following federal policies with threats of fund cuts. The executive order on Sanctuary Cities is extremely unconstitutional and has already been challenged by San Fransisco. With the two precedents, I am sure this order will struck down. 

In conclusion, Donald Trump has already signed two UNCONSTITUTIONAL executive orders. Yet, the outrage from the Conservatives is extremely muted. In fact, most Conservatives are supporting this unconstitutional acts despite claiming their “wholehearted” support of the Constitution. The Trump Administration seems to be going down the wrong track, and he seems to hold those dictatorial tendencies that many were afraid of. Personally, I can no longer give him the benefit of the doubt. He has reinforced my belief that he is unfit for this office and I feel we are in for a long four years. Be safe everyone.

Thank you for reading. The amount of support I gave received has been astounding and encourages me to write more and keep this blog going. Thanks again everybody.
– W

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Today’s post 

Hello readers,

Later on today I will be writing about my evaluation of the Trump Administration’s  first two weeks in office. Stay tuned.

– W

The ‘Muslim Ban’

Hello readers. Thank you again for your support of this blog, I hope you all find it informative. Again, I must stress that the point of this blog is not only to share my own point of views, but to also encourage productive discussions and to educate. Today, I will be discussing an issue that has deeply divided America. The so-called ‘Muslim Ban’.

On Friday January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that has now been deemed the Muslim Ban. I have conflicting feelings about this executive order, however I feel that it may be necessary, even if it is an inhumane action. But first, let us get into the text of this executive action. I feel that there is a lot of misinformation that is going on and it is necessary for everyone to be properly informed.

The following countries are covered under this ban:

– Iraq 

– Iran

– Syria

– Libya

– Somalia

– Sudan

– Yemen

Let us start with the simple fact that this is NOT a Muslim Ban. While all of the countries that are in the list are Muslim-majority countries, regardless of religion ALL nationals are banned from entering the country for the next 90 days. With that simple fact, you can discard the use of the term ‘Muslim Ban’. While I don’t agree with Iran or Sudan being on this list, I believe the other countries have one key thing in common that has placed them on this list. In each and every one of these countries, an affiliate of Islamic State or Al-Qaeda has rose to prominence.

 In Iraq, the American-backed government continues their war against the Islamic State (IS) who still holds the second largest city in Iraq. Despite recent successes against IS, they continue to hold territory and inflict severe losses on the Iraqi Army. 

In Syria, several different radical Islamist factions have rose to fight the Assad regime. The civil war has turned into a regional war with multiple regional powers such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Gulf States backing their own side. It is also the stronghold of IS and there have been multiple intelligence reports of IS leadership planning to infiltrate the American refugee system.

In Libya, a civil war has erupted with the fall of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi. IS has taken advantage of the ensuing civil war by seizing territory in the former Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte. IS has gained support from the supporters of the fallen Gaddafi regime and continues to gain strength despite American air strikes due to the volatile situation in the country.

In Somalia, their own radical Islamist rebel group Al-Shabaab joined Al-Qaeda as an affiliate in 2012 and continues to fight the Western-backed Somali government as they have for the past five years. Their threat has grown so much that there is currently a $7 million dollar bounty on information leading to the location of Al-Shabaab’s leader. Al-Shabaab has also made threats against America on multiple propaganda videos.

In Yemen, multiple factions continue to vie for control of the country. Eastern Yemen has become the stronghold for the most dangerous Al-Qaeda affiliate in the world, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP has launched three attacks on America, two successful attacks and one a failure. In 2000, AQAP bombed the USS Cole, killing seventeen US sailors. In 2009, a Muslim convert who had spent time with the AQAP in Yemen launched an attack on a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Private William Long was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula was wounded. AQAP also attempted a Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it approached Detroit. AQAP has publicly stated that it will continue to target Americans and American interests. 

The majority of the countries on this list deserve to be there. We simply cannot risk allowing refugees that are not properly vetted to enter the country. I agree with the Trump Administration’s decision to enforce a ban for a period of ninety days while they improve the vetting process. However, I do not agree with the way it was carried out. There was no planning nor forewarning about this act and it left people who were here legally shut out of the country. It has spilt up families and continues to receive extreme backlash from the Left. Many officials were left bewildered and didn’t know what to do when the order was enacted, causing mass confusion across the country. In the future, the Trump Administration must do a better job at planning and must evaluate every decision closely. Donald Trump is no longer the sole owner of a corporation with unlimited power, he is the President of the most powerful country in the world who MUST learn to do the job.

Thank you for reading. I will be back soon to discuss more issues that are facing America. If you would like to discuss anything regarding this post, please leave a comment. Thank you.

– W

The Beginning

Hello, I am W, a current Active Duty member of the United States Armed Forces. I apologize but I feel that it is in my best interest to not reveal my actual name. I created this blog in response to the growing political polarization that is facing our great country today. As someone who falls dead center in the political spectrum, I created this blog in the hopes that my thoughts and beliefs would connect with like-minded citizens of this great country. Thank you for reading.

I’ve loved politics since I was a little kid. I’ve always been interested in the inner workings of it, the different ideologies, and what makes our political system so special. However, my faith in that special system has wavered in recent years. When I was a kid, I read about how each political party had a “base”, a core group of members that would vote for the party no matter who was running. This “base” consisted of roughly thirty-five percent of the population, for each party. The remaining thirty percent of the population were considered moderates, the true deciders of the election. It seems all of that has changed now. With the political polarization of the country, the moderate wings of both parties are being expelled and the share of voters that identify as Moderate/Independent is rapidly decreasing.

During this election cycle, I began to grow more and more disillusioned with our political system. How did we get to the point where we had two completely unqualified candidates running for the office of the most powerful figure in the world? Hillary Clinton was a criminal in my eyes. She broke laws on the handling of classified information. As a member of the Armed Forces who holds a security clearance, I know the seriousness of the offense and I also know that I would’ve been sent to the brig if I had committed the same acts as her. She should’ve been prosecuted, or at least disqualified from running for office. I am under the personal belief that the reason for the rise of President Donald Trump is due to Ms. Clinton’s unpopularity in the country. She is the only reason that President Donald Trump could seize states that have been solid Blue States for decades. Trump did not win due to his policies, he won because of the candidate he faced. The American people chose who they felt was the lesser Devil.

The election of President Donald Trump has brought about a new phase in the political polarization that is rocking this country. The political landscape is being changed, with the Republican Party being pulled further to the right and the Democratic Party being pulled further to the left. After being in a gridlock for six years, Congress has finally started to move. However, instead of improving the country with actions such as passing economic reforms or improving the Department of Veterans Affairs’ heavy backlog, the Republican-led Congress focuses on the elimination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or otherwise known as ObamaCare. In their rush to repeal Obama’s signature achievement, they have provided no viable plan and are looking at the possibility of leaving MILLIONS without healthcare. Congress is supposed to be for the PEOPLE, not the massive healthcare insurance industry who will gain by the repealing of the ACA. If Congress must repeal the ACA, then they should at least provide a viable plan for the millions that are currently covered.

The next four years are key to the future of America. The Trump Administration’s actions over the next four years will not just affect our lives, but our children’s lives as well. The Trump Administration has been elected in a period of American history rarely seen. He will have the ability to reshape the Supreme Court, which is something he has already began to do by restoring the Conservative majority with his candidate to be announced tomorrow. The Trump Administration will be forced to confront the rise of China as a global superpower, and the resurgence of Russia. The Trump Administration will be forced to continue the period of economic growth Obama created and follow through on his promise to “Make America Great Again”.  His actions will define America for decades. I will be watching him closely, and hoping for the best. This is the future of our country that we are talking about.

Thank you for reading, I will be back with another post in a couple of days.

-W