a terrible executive order

Some of our friends had gone to the Woman’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration. We didn’t go.
I heard there was going to be a “Anti-Immigrant-Ban-Rally” downtown Seattle.
But I got thinking after Trump’s executive order banning all immigrants and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Yemen.
Who was against this ban… well, of course the usual folks: the Democrats, the ACLU, a some judges (appointed by a “liberal” pro’lly), Catholics. The usual lefties.
Who else was against it?
The NBA had questions, they have a couple players from the banned countries. The NBA wants to expand the brand, and to make money. The NBA is international in scope, and one of America’s best exports. They don’t normally delve into politics.
Mo Farah, four time Olympic gold medalist in 5k & 10k, lives in Oregon, helping to improve USA track and field, was worried he wouldn’t be able to rejoin his family because he was born in Somalia. (An example of why athletes should speak out on politics, they can bring light to bad decisinos, bad policy, bad ideas.)
Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook leadership said: bad idea, we have valuable employees that this would apply to.
Senator McCain & Senator Graham, senior Republicans, issued a joint statement: “…we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
The Liberterian think tank Cato.
Hmmm…maybe a bad idea?
I decided to go to the rally. And take the childrens with me. (MyBetterHalf had previous plans.)
MrG said he didn’t want to go. I told him I didn’t either. Because, lazy, cold, crowds, doesn’t really accomplish much, cranky kids who are bored. AND…ya never know what can happen, right? All it takes is one crazy guy with a gun or, a couple Job 11:12 people breaking windows which brings the riot cops in. Is it responsible to put a kid in harms way for a political protest?
I took a photo of them, sent to MyBetterHalf, just in case we needed to know what they were last wearing. I wrote our phone numbers on their arms, just in case. “But I know mommy’s phone number”.  And I thought, but didn’t say, “yes, sweetie, but sometimes when you are freaked out…or, if you are unconscious…”
I told MrG, there are times when firefighters don’t want to do what they need to do.
I asked my kids, “you’re not afraid of MsS are you? Or her husband? Or her kids? Or her grandkids?”   (MsS was our day care provider for seven years. Last I heard her mother is still in Syria. But that was more than a year ago.)
We didn’t stay long. We were basically standing around in a crowd. Somebody was mumbling on a PA system in the distance. Every now and then we would be involved with a chant.  (Personally, I’m not very chant-y.)
What does it accomplish? Sends message to the oppressed, to other protestors, “you are not alone.” Hopefully a message to those in power that this was a bad idea.
Since then… more to convince me protest was correct. The refugees & immigrants that were denied, had already been vetted. America was saying, “thanks for waiting, we changed our minds.”
Since then, seems funny that other countries that have terrorists ties but also have Trump businesses, are not on the list… like Saudi Arabia & Turkey.
Since then Goldman Sachs and Ford have criticized it.
Since then, I noticed Section 10 of the Executive Order, “collect and make publicly available …any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.”  Great. List of immigrants that have been accused of crimes. Not convicted. Accused. This from the political party that is against a national database of police shootings. This from the political party that is against a national database of those killed with a firearm. Just a publicized government collection of bad accusations towards immigrants and refugees.

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