President is Protecting the U.S. with Thoughtful Immigration ‘Pause’

  Prudence. It’s a word we don’t heard too much of lately especially in the hustle and bustle of international travel across the globe where immediate results are expected and patience is lost. President Donald Trump is showing remarkable prudence in his executive order signed earlier this week in requiring a temporary pause in the immigration of persons to the United States from seven Middle Eastern countries. If it means some refugees may not clear customs in the United States for a short period of time until a more permanent, significant vetting policy is in place, then Trump is showing the rest of the world what matters most: protecting American citizens. Trump signed a 90-day, temporary ban on persons entering the United States from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. To enter the United States from those nations will now require further vetting which is exactly what is needed to keep the homeland safe. Those stopped at JFK Airport in New York and elsewhere were vetted and eventually released, showing the system worked. But each of these countries addressed in Trump’s executive order are infiltrated by radical Islamic extremism – either by jihadist-leaning governments or violent jihadist terrorists. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen have been breeding grounds for terrorists who have spread carnage throughout Europe and the Middle East in the past two years – killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children. For example: * A 27-year-old Syrian blew himself up in the Bavarian town of Ansbach last summer, killing 15 people outside a concert. ISIS identified the perpetrator as a...

Americans Follow Britain, Vote for Independence and Say “Enough”

  Independence is certainly sweet, no matter what continent you call home. The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States early Wednesday morning certainly was a call to freedom ignited by a movement of small business and individuals across our nation who said enough is enough. Over the past year, tens of thousands of Americans have rallied their displeasure with the direction of our country. By the millions they showed that displeasure at the ballot box. It was an astounding echo of the Brexit victory this summer to depart the European Union. It is one that is also bubbling up in the Netherlands, France and Italy that also want out of the EU. This movement that elected Trump is spreading across the globe as many voters worldwide are saying enough to big government that strangles their ability to earn a living. They are saying enough to the media telling them what to think. They are saying enough to bureaucrats and lobbyists who create a system that makes it difficult for the middle class to obtain affordable healthcare. And they are saying enough to immigration policies that endanger their families and give jobs to non-citizens. I was in the United Kingdom during last summer’s shocking Brexit vote, and the disbelief and the denial among the European elites on the morning after was identical. Yet almost six months later, Britain is now thriving as the prospect of independence and a departure from the burdens of EU regulation are seen as a boon for economic growth. After all, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once...

A Georgian’s View From London on Britain’s EU Break

  LONDON – As I witnessed one of the biggest political upsets of the 21st Century unfold here in London last week, British citizens took the boldest step toward freedom and self-governance since the fall of the Berlin Wall by voting to Brexit. With 52 percent voting to depart the failed experiment known as the European Union, the notion of a march toward globalization hit its own wall. Just as the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher predicted after the Maastricht Treaty which created this unholy union, the EU morphed into a big-government system of unelected bureaucrats. These unelected rule makers and courts created new regulations the British didn’t want or overruled laws and policies enacted by Parliament and local councils. On Thursday, the people said they had enough. Just as we have seen with American voters decrying out-of-touch mandates from Washington, the people of Devonshire, Yorkshire and Sussex resent rule by a faceless class in Brussels that don’t share their values. Eventually all people recognize government closest to the people works best no matter what continent you call home. But if you listen to the doomsayers and their co-conspirators in the media, a return to a pre-EU world will mean the sky is falling and economic collapse will ensue. Their denial of the will of the people is so great that some are seeking a second vote. But if we look at how Britain and the rest of Europe operated for centuries prior to the launch of the EU in 1993, there is no doubt the UK will be just fine. The pound may be unstable in the coming...

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