President Trump continues to defy logic, not to mention common decency, in his insistent tweeting that increased “security,” specifically his travel ban idea, and getting tougher, whatever that means, will effectively combat terrorism. And throw in a wall or two as well.
Instead of insensitively criticizing the mayor of London for political correctness and lack of toughness in the wake of the recent horrible terrorist attack in London, it may serve Trump well to remember the words of Democratic strategist James Carville: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
And that’s not the current state of the U.S. economy, but the increasingly inequitable worldwide and U.S. economic order that enriches the very few and leaves the many hungry. The inequity that will only be exacerbated in the U.S. if Trump’s plans are enacted for tax “reform” and further fraying of our already-fragile social safety nets for the needy.
History is clear: People who have no hope and little opportunity are attracted to incomprehensibly desperate causes and actions — such as riots where people burn their own neighborhoods, the appeal of IS, suicide bombers, our last presidential election.
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To quote Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?”: “… when will they ever learn?”
Ross Adams, Boalsburg