Has Donald Trump become an Islamist?

The German magazine Der Spiegel published a recent issue with Donald Trump on the cover. He has a large butcher knife in one hand and the severed head of Lady Liberty in the other. It’s a provocative image. It seems to insinuate that Donald Trump has become an Islamist.

Islamists are the only people I know of who engage in decapitations of the people they don’t like or agree with.

It’s an absurd image to put on the cover of a magazine. Not because it’s vulgar, but because it is inaccurate. Donald Trump is not an Islamist. Donald Trump is not even Muslim, he is Presbyterian.

Donald Trump is not an enemy of liberty. Far from it. He believes in American liberty. He believes Americans have the right not to be victims of Islamist terror attacks. It is hard to pursue life, liberty, and happiness when you live under the threat of people from failed nation states coming here and killing you.

The last time I checked, emigrating to the United States is a privilege, not a right. A privilege should never usurp a right.

Even if Donald Trump wanted to kill Lady Liberty, he would not use a butcher knife, he would use a drone. That is the preferred presidential method of killing enemies. Ask Barack Obama.

I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is.

Trump bans citizens from seven countries from entering U.S.

President Donald Trump is unique from past presidents in that he seems to keep his campaign promises. I’m still waiting for President Obama to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Our new commander in chief signed an executive order that bars citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. This ban will remain in effect for the next 90 days.

These seven countries are:

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Yemen
  • Somalia

The Department of Homeland Security classified these countries as “countries of concern.” President Obama signed this classification into law on December 18, 2015, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of FY2016.

This list was an augmentation to an earlier list of countries contained in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. It added the countries of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.

This temporary travel ban is being referred to in the media as Trump’s Muslim ban. That’s not correct. It was the Obama administration that crafted this list. Were countries added to this list because they have a majority of people who practice Islam? It wouldn’t appear so. There are other countries with far more Muslim people that didn’t make this list.

If I wanted to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, I’d include the most populated Islamic countries to this list.

I don’t care if folks from these seven countries cannot come to the United States. Not once in my life have I wished my community had more Iranians or Yemenis in it.

Traveling to the United States is a privilege, not a right.

Even if the goal of the Obama administration’s list was to curtail Muslims from coming to the United States, I couldn’t care less. Not really. The religion you practice is a choice. Nobody is born Muslim. A person’s DNA does not decide what religion they practice. Religion is always a choice. People are no more born Muslim than they are born Pentecostal, Mormon, or Southern Baptist.

Religion, or the lack thereof, is always a matter of personal choice. It’s about time we stop pretending otherwise.

The First Amendment to our Constitution includes the words, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

I’m not a lawyer, but I have watched many episodes of Judge Judy. What these words in the Constitution mean to me is that you’re free to practice whatever kooky religion you wish without the government stepping in and endorsing it or condemning it. The government will not respect your chosen religion. The government will not prohibit your chosen religion.

That sounds swell to me.

I don’t support Donald Trump. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I reluctantly voted for Hillary Clinton. Is Donald Trump my president? According to the U.S. Constitution, yes he is.

Choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Choosing between Trump or Hillary is like choosing between getting doused in the face with weapons-grade Ebola or full blown AIDS.

I didn’t watch last night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The way I figure, if something weird happens, it will be plastered all over YouTube and Facebook. Other than watching something weird for entertainment purposes, I just don’t care. I dislike both candidates. I don’t want either to be the next president. Not only would I just prefer Barack Obama serving another four years, but I would even prefer George W. Bush to come back and perform four years of community service in the Oval Office.

I’m sure by now George W. Bush realizes where he screwed up before and would take great pains not to screw up again.

Choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - Bent CornerI’d wager I’m not alone in this opinion.  I disliked George W. Bush greatly when he was our president, but I would prefer him over Orange Hitler or Grandma Nixon. Unfortunately, neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama can serve again as president. The Consitution forbids it. The Constitution, the same document that states a black person is equal to three-fifths of a person, at least when it comes to representation in Congress, says a president can only serve two terms.

Choosing between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is like choosing between getting doused in the face with weapons-grade Ebola or full blown AIDS.

Jut pick one. Go ahead and pick one.

I’d prefer not to pick one. The same applies to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. One is like a bucket of AIDS, and the other is a spray can of Ebola. I’m not even sure which is which.