Trump’s immigration plan is understandable

To the editor:

About your Nov. 12 editorial on Trump’s idea to temporarily stop Muslim immigration: on the practicality of the idea, I agree with you; on the question of ethics, I disagree.

The outcry about his statement is because “it does not reflect our values” and is contrary to the Constitutional freedom of religion. Since the outcry is mostly of Democrats, it’s useful to understand their “values” that Trump disregards. I suspect they include the tolerance and non-judgementalism that go along with mutliculturalism; that is, that everybody is equal and you have no moral right to think otherwise of them – or insensitively block their immigration.

My highest-priority values are in the Declaration of Independence: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Since there are Muslims who in the name of their religion are killing Americans, my wish to live overrides my worry about not being nice to Muslims until I know who they are.

There are both peace-loving Muslims and terrorist killer Muslims in America. The big question that no one has answered nor seems to want to talk about is: which are which? I should think that peace-loving Muslims would welcome anybody trying to answer the question; after all, if a murderer lives on my street, I would gladly answer any question the police ask me if I didn’t do it. However, some people don’t even consider the question: on a liberal talk show the other night, when somebody said that the Republicans wanted to examine mosques, all the panelists shuddered. I say they all had their heads in the sand.

Now, what about the freedom of religion question? In what lawyers call “equity,” the law allows for variance from a law when in certain cases the law would not be fair nor reflect common sense; and I believe that such a situation exists here. That is, if people kill in the name of their religion, I would not let them hide behind the freedom of religion clause in the Constitution. (Again, this is a question of which Muslims are the killers.)

Why does Trump make these outrageous statements? For two reasons: first, he is a businessman and a negotiator, and any good negotiator starts bargaining with his most extreme favorable position, knowing that in the negotiations he will give away something. Trump knows that all illegals are not going to be deported and that all Muslims will not be stopped, but he has let the public be clear about where he stands. Secondly, the more outrageous he is, the more press coverage he gets. I’m up-and-down about Trump: I’m not sure I’d like to go to dinner with him, but he’s funny and he honestly cares about the safety of America, which is more that you can say about the narcissistic liar at the White House, who doesn’t seemed to be much concerned about our country’s future.

John Brittain

Lewistown