On Travel Bans, Immigration and Executive Orders…

The biggest news item of the last week-probably even overshadowing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee-is the President’s executive order on travel to the US by certain foreign nationals. The topic has certainly a lot of passion around it and so I want to share some thoughts.

Firstly, if you are someone who thinks that anyone who believes we need to tighten our immigration laws is a xenophobic bigot or racist, there is no need to read further-this column isn’t for you. If you are someone who thinks that anyone that has concerns over President Trump’s executive orders on immigration is trying to destroy the country from the inside and doesn’t care about terrorism, this isn’t for you, either.

Below I have tried to put some thoughts on paper about a topic upon which I am pulled in several ways and directions. It is somewhat lengthy, in large part because it is nuanced and not a blanket rant that paints a broad brush without understanding that the topic is complex. I have to admit to being somewhat outside of the black and white opinions that seem to exist on this topic. I have sought out opinions from those who I know normally have different perspectives just so that I can better understand the issues and concerns at hand. However, I will admit that has been difficult as the issue generates such intense passion. And in talking to a friend who is a political commentator, he has found similar experiences Continue reading “On Travel Bans, Immigration and Executive Orders…”

On Sanctuary Cities

Among the long list of executive orders that President Trump signed in his first week in office was one designed to cut federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities”, those that refuse to enforce immigration laws or to aid federal law enforcement in any efforts to do so.   These cities (and in some cases states and counties) feel that federal law is wrong and they have announced that they will not only refuse to comply but will refuse to help federal law enforcement that is attempting to carry out federal law. Continue reading “On Sanctuary Cities”

Guest blog: one of the most important this year

Periodically, Thinking Man’s Politics will feature guest bloggers, some of whom may hold opinions that differ-sometimes widely-from those of ‘Thinking Man’.  But it’s important not to live in a ‘echo chamber’ where we only want to hear people and things we already agree with.  Part of what makes us better, and makes us better able to defend our opinions, is to challenge ourselves from time to time, and to be open to opposing views even if we ultimately still don’t agree with them.

The blog entry below is taken from an article written by Connor Touhey, a budding journalist and current Opinion Editor of the University of Wisconsin’s Badger Herald.  The piece was written prior to the election but the message still holds and probably is even more important now than it was then.

He starts:  The election may be on the final lap, but the issues it’s unearthed prove we have miles to go Continue reading “Guest blog: one of the most important this year”

White? Shut Up

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is looking for a new chair to lead the party and earlier this week held a forum at George Washington University for those seeking that position.  One candidate, Sally Boynton Brown, who heads the Idaho Democratic Party, stressed that the DNC needs to provide better training for Party staff and workers.

She had some….well, some very ‘special’ thoughts on what that training should include:

“We have to, at the DNC, provide training. We have to teach them how to communicate, how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white. So I think I made my point.”

And THAT is one reason we continue to have race issues.


The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking

There has been much controversy about Russian hacking of email accounts related to the recent election.   The source of hacking the emails from the Clinton campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) public was WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks head Julian Assange says that the information came from a disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporter and not from Russia and, while that may turn out to be the case, I think we can all agree that needs to be taken with the proverbial ‘grain of salt’. No matter how they got to WikiLeaks, US intelligence communities seem to be very confident that the original hacking originated in Russia. So what does that mean for us? Continue reading “The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking”