What we need is a Political Lemon Law

Watching the antics of this past couple of weeks in the Trump regime I continue to be amazed that anyone can still believe that he is suitable to be in the position he is, much less continue to support him. Rathar than recognizing his mistakes, and those of his advisors, he continues his campaign of lies and belligerence toward those who call him out on it. He is creating fictional crises and ignoring, or, as in the case of the Dakota pipeline and the refugee entrance ban, as well as his views on climate change and the environment, actively aiding the furtherance of real ones.

He claims his interests are motivated by concerns for the safety and well being of the country, yet his actions speak significantly differently. Mr. Trump continues to stoke the fear of Islamic terrorism in the US, using that as a key basis for his controversial executive order of 27. January 2017 “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”. In 2016 there was 1 incident of confirmed Islamic terrorism in the United States which resulted in deaths – the mass shooting in Orlando. The perpetrator of that shooting was born in the US, had been employed by the Florida Department of Corrections, legally bought the weapons used in the attack, and had both concealed carry and armed security guard permits. Furthermore, he had been investigated by the FBI twice prior to the shooting.

Would Mr. Trump’s executive order have prevented those 49 deaths? Not at all.

However, as of midnight, 17. February 2017, there had been 7.741 confirmed incidents of violence involving guns in the United States in 2017, resulting in 2,041 deaths. That’s an average of 42 people killed by guns each day of 2017. Put differently, between 1 January 2017 and 17 February 2017 the death toll of the Orlando shooting was repeated across the country every 29 hours. And, to put all of this in perspective, remember that the Orlando shooter legally acquired the weapons and ammunition for the shooting

If Mr. Trump were truly interested in the safety of Americans, he might want to consider ways to reduce the level of gun violence across the country. Instead, last week Congress voted for loosening gun ownership restrictions for the mentally ill, which Mr. Trump is expected to duly rubberstamp.

This is yet one more instance where Mr. Trump and his regime are failing the country. It is perhaps instructive to review the preface to “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” in which, among others, is written:

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

These are not unreasonable words, however it should also be applied not just to those who are coming into the country but to those who live in it, and, most importantly, those who lead it. Mr. Trump and his advisors have shown, many times over now, that they have little respect for the founding principles of this country (including, most basically, honesty (aka not lying) and integrity) and are quite willing to engage in acts of bigotry and hatred.

Most states in the US have what are known as Lemon Laws. These generally apply to large ticket items such as automobiles and appliances and, in principle, require a seller to take back and provide a full refund for a product which remains defective after a reasonable effort to repair it. The Trump regime has shown us it’s a lemon, where is the law allowing us to return it and move forward?

 

Sources:

Gun violence data source: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

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Orlando shooter data source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Mateen

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Executive order data source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

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