Still No Terrrorism In The USA – So Why Does Trump Have People So Afraid Of It?

Confused Donald Trump

Donald Trump keeps on talking as if the United States is in terrible danger from foreign terrorists. He declares, in his weekly address, that “My administration is committed to your security, which is why we will continue to fight to take all necessary and legal action to keep terrorists, radical and dangerous extremists from ever entering our country. We will not allow our generous system of immigration to be turned against us as a tool for terrorism and truly bad people. We must take firm steps today to ensure that we are safe tomorrow.”

Listening to Donald Trump, a person would assume that there are terrorist attacks killing people in the United States every day. The truth is less dramatic.

Actually, there has not been one single terrorist attack in the United States this year. Not a single one.

That’s not to say that there won’t ever be terrorist attacks in the USA again. Every now and then, a mentally unhinged person will commit an act of violence in America, as the Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh did in Oklahoma City.

However, such violence is exceptionally rare. On average, Dogs kill more people in the USA than terrorists do.

Yet, we don’t see Donald Trump talking about plans to take “all means necessary” to protect Americans from dogs. That’s because Trump knows that foreigners and Muslims make people afraid, and that he can use people’s fear to maintain political power for himself.

What Americans really need are political leaders who are willing to protect us from demagogues like Donald Trump.

Trump’s GOP Congress Votes To Block Protections To Keep American Babies Safe

GOP Angry Elephant Hurts Babies

OK, we all know that Americans are supposed to be divided upon political lines, but there are some things we can all agree upon, right?

Let’s take babies, for example. We can all agree that babies should be protected from dangerous things, can’t we?

No, apparently we can’t all agree on that.

It sounds like something only a cartoonishly evil supervillain would do. It’s difficult to believe any actual American politician would do it. Yet, it’s actually just taken place.

This week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to obstruct measures that protect babies from deadly hazards in poorly manufactured foods and toys.

The amendment was offered to the REINS Act, H.R. 26, a law proposed by Republicans that would prevent any Executive Branch agency from enacting a new rule in accordance with laws already passed by Congress. The only way a federal rule to protect Americans could be passed under the REINS Act is if Congress authorizes the action a second time, and within 70 days of the proposal of the rule.

Congress almost never does anything within 70 days.

Furthermore, if the REINS Act is signed into law, for every new rule to protect Americans that is created, another rule that protects Americans will have to be destroyed.

The thing is that Congress already has the power to overrule any particular federal law that it regards as inappropriate. What the REINS Act effectively does is to create a blanket ban on any new administrative rule, regardless of whether the rule has merit or not.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights explains, “Congress has always had the authority to override, clarify, or rewrite the details of administrative actions. But Congress has neither time nor the expertise to micromanage every nuance of regulatory details before they can be allowed to take effect. That is why we have executive branch agencies in the first place.”

When U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee saw this legislation moving forward toward passage in the Republican-controlled Congress, she knew that he couldn’t stop its overall passage. But, she thought, at least we all ought to agree that babies should be protected from harmful and deadly things. She asked her colleague, Hank Johnson, to offer an amendment to the REINS Act on her behalf that would create a special exemption to the REINS Act for executive rules that protect babies.

Johnson took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and made the following remarks: “If protecting public health and safety means anything, it surely must include the protection of our children. Because of the special vulnerability of young children, any regulation affecting their health and safety must not be delayed. Unfortunately, if this bill passes as written without this amendment, that is exactly what will happen. The young children will be vulnerable to products that are unsafe and that could hurt them. For this reason, Sheila Jackson Lee has offered this amendment, which I support.

An example is a regulation that is meant to protect a child from death or injury from contaminated formula. Such a rule would be impeded – or the promulgation of such a rule and the enactment of that rule would be impeded – by this administration.

This amendment would declare that, in that case, the rule would not apply. It would be exempted from this legislation. Toxic chemicals, dangerous toys, or deadly falls from unsafe products could be avoided. Therefore, this amendment would protect children under those circumstances. Those kinds of rules need to be implemented promptly to save lives. For that reason, the Jackson Lee amendment deserves your support. I hope that you can support it out of your heart.”

There wasn’t a single Republican who voted in favor of allowing the government to continue protecting American babies from new threats to their survival and health. Every single American voted against the Johnson amendment.

How can anyone justify such a thing?

How can Donald Trump seriously consider signing such a bill as the REINS Act into law?

What Would Fair Treatment Of Trump Be, By Trump’s Standards?

Trump unfair conspiracy theories

This week, instead of agreeing to receive security briefings from intelligence agencies President Elect Donald Trump has spent a lot of time writing statements about how Barack Obama isn’t treating him fairly.

It’s an odd thing, hearing Donald Trump demand to be treated fairly, after he has spent so much time slandering other politicians. Trump said that Ted Cruz had a sexual affair, and that Cruz’s father was the assassin of John F. Kennedy. Trump said that Hillary Clinton was conspiring to rig the election against him, when actually the Russian government had sent out spies, at Trump’s request, to rig the election. He said Ben Carson was a pedophile. Trump’s aides have been spreading rumors that Hillary Clinton has been keeping children captive as sex slaves in the basement of a pizza parlor. .

What would fair treatment of Donald Trump be, given Trump’s own treatment of President Barack Obama?

For years, Donald Trump spread false conspiracy theories that Barack Obama could not be President because he had doctored his birth certificate, and actually was born in Kenya. It’s a matter of public record.

“Let’s take a closer look at that birth certificate,” Trump wrote, saying that President Obama “was described in 2003 as being ‘born in Kenya’.”

By this standard of fairness, Barack Obama should now be spreading rumors that Donald Trump is an extraterrestrial monster from Mars. Obama should be accusing Trump of having committed fraud, submitting a false birth certificate. By Donald Trump’s own standard of fair treatment, Barack Obama should be taking to Twitter to criticize Donald Trump at every opportunity.

Barack Obama isn’t doing these things, because he is 100 times the leader that Donald Trump will ever be.

Donald Trump created a corrosive political atmosphere in the United States. Now, he has to live and work in the fetid conditions that have resulted.

Trump has no one to blame for his problems but himself.

Donald Trump Demands Evidence That His Extraordinary Claims Are NOT True

Donald Trump proving a negative

There’s an old saying about evidence that scientist Carl Sagan was fond of: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

The idea is that when people insist that something is true, even though what that person claims is in contradiction to all of the available data, the burden of evidence rests with the person making the claim against the data – the extraordinary claim.

This weekend, President Elect Donald Trump made an extraordinary claim. Trump claimed that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, and that because these people voted illegally, Hillary Clinton did not in fact win the popular vote.

The objective fact, measured by county boards of elections across the United States, is that, although Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College vote, she won the popular vote by an extraordinarily wide margin: 2,332,814 votes.

Late last night, in two angry tweets directed at journalist Jeff Zeleny, President Elect Trump demanded that Zeleny produce concrete evidence that there were NOT millions of secret criminal votes cast against Donald Trump on Election Day. Trump wrote:

“There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #CorruptHillary!

Pathetic – you have no sufficient evidence that Donald Trump did not suffer from voter fraud, shame! Bad reporter.

just another generic CNN part time wannabe journalist !” @CNN still doesn’t get it. They will never learn!

what PROOF do u have DonaldTrump did not suffer from millions of FRAUD votes? Journalist? Do your job!”

Let’s put aside the juvenile tone of these messages from the President Elect of the United States of America, which is disturbing in its own right. Let’s focus instead on the content.

There is no general question that widespread voter fraud took place, because there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Donald Trump claims there were millions of illegal votes cast, but there are zero sources of hard data that substantiate that claim.

What Donald Trump is asking Jeff Zeleny, and all of America, to believe is that there were millions of people in communities across America that were part of a single conspiracy to rob Donald Trump of a popular vote victory, but were all able to keep this vast conspiracy so secret that there is no evidence of its existence. Trump believes that we should presume that this outlandish claim is true, and that the burden is on journalists to prove that it is not true.

Donald Trump might as well ask us to believe that millions of Americans are actually secret reptiles from outer space, and then demand that journalists provide evidence that the secret reptile extraterrestrial conspiracy is not true.

Most children can understand that the thin and twisted line of logic that Donald Trump is trying to construct is absurd. The inability of the President Elect of the United States to grasp the absurdity of what he is saying raises significant concerns about his mental competence.

The fact that no one in the Trump Transition team is capable of confronting Donald Trump and convincing him not to take action based on wild conspiracy theories would be entertaining, if it weren’t for the fact that in a matter of weeks, Donald Trump will have the power to launch nuclear weapons against people he perceives as his enemies.

The entire world is watching Donald Trump’s unhinged outbursts in horror, not merely at the oafishness of it, but with the realization that soon, Trump will have the power to respond to his paranoid delusions not only with Twitter, but with the full power of the United States federal government, in possession of the most powerful military ever created on Earth.