It’s Presidents’ Day in the United States of America and what better way to celebrate than to demonstrate the hypocrisy of democracy?
Thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets to protest America’s current sitting president, one Donald Trump.
That’s fine. I don’t have any problem with Americans exercising a freedom granted them by our Founding Fathers.
I do have a problem with the #NotMyPresident movement, though.
For any American out there who utters the phrase, “not my president”, or uses the hashtag #NotMyPresident, you are incorrect, and likely a hypocrite.
You are incorrect because you do not get to choose your president.
You are allowed to cast a vote for the man or woman you want to serve as your president, but the Electoral College ultimately determines who your president is, based on a collection of votes from every American who casts one.
Thus, you are likely a hypocrite because you celebrate the idea of democracy, exercise the freedoms given to you by our Constitution, and are supposedly fighting for the rights of every American…
…and yet you ignore the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump.
(Yes, Hillary Clinton received more votes, but if you want to argue that the popular vote should be the deciding factor in an election, that’s a separate argument for another day)
The point is, an election was held and your candidate lost. Don’t be a first-grader who runs inside and cries because the result didn’t go your way.
Like it or not, Trump was sworn in on January 20, 2017, and he is the President of the United States, and your president, too — assuming you are a legal American.
If you are not a legal American, you can be expecting a knock on your door soon as the Department of Homeland Security carries out its operation to crack down on illegal aliens.
So, go ahead and walk around and proclaim that Trump is not your president. I’ve got news for you, though … he is. And he will continue to be your president until you leave the country and become a citizen elsewhere, or until the next democratic general election in 2020 when you get another chance to vote him out of office.
The United States of America is a nation built by immigrants.
Native Americans were here first, of course, but the actual foundation of our country was built by those who emigrated from the motherland in an effort to build a better life.
This is not a disputable fact, one which President Donald Trump himself would find difficulty arguing against.
Thus, it gives me great consternation that all across America on Thursday, businesses and schools closed down as immigrants — and many of their supporters — chose to stay home in a national “day without immigrants” protest.
What? Why? What exactly are we protesting here?
“From doctors to dishwashers, immigrants are integral to daily life in the U.S.,” said one person via Twitter, as reported by USA Today.
Many other protesters are speaking out against President Trump and in favor of their “immigrant brothers and sisters.”
And I’m left scratching my head asking, “Do you even realize what you’re protesting against?”
The issue is not with immigration. It’s with illegal immigration.
If immigrants crossed the border illegally and are undocumented residents, they should not be rewarded for that behavior and should not be allowed to stay.
Get back across the border to your homeland and restart the process legally.
Why is that a hard concept to understand? We play by the rules in this country, and if you break them, you’re punished — whether you are a legal, documented citizen or not.
As for the travel “ban” against aliens from select countries … ban was probably the wrong word to use because that implies some kind of indefinite, extended law.
The executive order that Trump signed, which was shot down by the courts, called for a limited “moratorium” on accepting citizens and refugees from select terrorist-infused nations.
A 90-day “ban” for citizens of those terrorist-infused nations and a 120-day “ban” for refugees.
Refugees from Syria were to be indefinitely “banned” until a time when that hotbed of terrorism and instability became stabilized.
Suddenly, Americans feel the need to stand up for the rights of these refugees over a temporary ruling to help secure our borders and keep our citizens safe.
That’s a concept that will never make sense.
If you don’t protect your house and those dwelling within its walls, you cease to have a safe place to call home in the first place.
The first duty of a United States President is to keep our country safe, and when our President feels we need tighter borders so we can gain a better understanding of who is entering our country — whether it be a sincere immigrant looking for a better life or an ISIS terrorist posing as a refugee in order to gain access to our country — it is silly to worry about the rights of foreigners before we worry about the safety of Americans.
I feel like the common expression “safety first” is lost upon all these protesters who want to open our borders to anyone and everyone. Perhaps it was never taught to them growing up…?
But I digress. Back to the main point of this post…
Immigration is something our country prides itself on and President Trump never said he wants to close our borders and never let anybody in.
No, he said he wanted to secure our borders, deport the illegals who broke our rules and make them play by the same set of rules as those entering legally.
If you can’t agree with that simple principle of abiding by a set of rules, then you have little concept of morality — right vs. wrong, legal vs. illegal, lawful vs. unlawful, and common sense vs. naïveté.