A ban by any other name is still a ban. Trump and his mouthpieces can play the semantics game all day long when it comes to America’s Muslim Ban but they are not fooling anyone. To paraphrase William Shakespeare, a rose is still a rose no matter what you call it.
Those of us not willing to hide behind phraseology and unwilling to accept the alternative facts being offered by the emergent administration are right to feel and voice our concerns with what’s is going on. This ‘extreme vetting’ is an assault on one of our most basic Constitutional principles: Freedom of Religion. Coupled with the other Executive Orders of the last few days it represents a real existential crisis for our nation. To use Faith as a litmus test for deciding entry into the United States is simply wrong. To try and bribe the Christian community with the promise of preferential treatment for their support is anathema. We all know what Jesus would do.
As we begin week two of “The Re-imagining of America by Donald J Trump” optimism for a better tomorrow and White House inspired crisis’s du jour vie for the attention of an exhausted nation. Executive Orders and Cabinet nominations may pay lip service to the beliefs of our Founding Fathers but total allegiance to will ‘o the wisp ideas as heralded by the Leader of the Free World are the only real requisite. Loyalty, not conscience, is the order of the day. And in the Trump camp that means toeing the hard-line, in lockstep and unquestioning.
There is a light flickering amidst the shadows of all this American Carnage though: our national discontent is fanning the fires of civic responsibility. We are turning out and speaking up for what we believe in. For our country. For our consciences. With marches and protests and rally’s round the globe we are making our voices heard. Silent no more we recall with pride the welcoming words Emma Lazurus gave to Lady Liberty,
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This is America. These are the words that define us. We will not let the Newspeak of George Orwell’s 1984 or the doublespeak of today confuse us: Love is not Hate. Peace is not War. Freedom is not Slavery. And Patriotism is not disloyalty.