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Donald Trump: Dislike him for the right reasons

Posted by sanityinjection on August 8, 2015

For the second time in recent months, I find myself in the unpleasant position of coming to the defence of Donald Trump. For the record, I dislike Trump, and I think his Presidential candidacy is an absurdity and an embarrassment to the Republican Party.

However, when Trump was pilloried by the media and some of his fellow candidates over his remarks concerning criminal behavior by illegal immigrants coming from Mexico, I felt compelled to rise in his defense. The media inaccurately portrayed Trump as having asserted that Mexican immigrants are all criminals and rapists, when in fact he said nothing of the kind. What he did say – and said again in Thursday’s debate – is that among the illegals surging across our border are criminals and rapists from Mexico and other Latin American countries, and that the Mexican government is deliberately encouraging these criminals to cross the border so that they become America’s problem and not Mexico’s. Is Trump a bigot? Maybe he is, but that is not a bigoted statement. I happen to believe it is an accurate one, and the increasing number of violent criminal arrests in this country of illegal immigrants supports the assertion. However, Trump’s subsequent retweeting of an inappropriate comment about Jeb Bush and his Hispanic wife is not defensible. You do not attack a candidate’s spouse.

Now I am once again forced to defend Trump’s most recent controversial remarks about Fox News personality and debate questioner Megyn Kelly. His phrase about “blood coming out of her, wherever” has been taken by many to be a reference to menstruation, which if true would certainly be an inappropriate and sexist remark. And it has already got him disinvited from the upcoming RedState conservative forum by founder Erick Erickson.

However, Trump insists that once again, his meaning has been misconstrued. He was complaining about Kelly’s apparent eagerness to attack him during the debate, and referred first to “blood coming out of her eyes” as a metaphoric illustration of her intent.

I don’t know how anyone who watched the debate could fail to agree with Trump that Kelly was out to get him. You could see her practically salivating at the prospect of being the person who single-handedly brought down Trump’s campaign. The opening question about pledging not to run as an independent and support the party’s nominee was transparently aimed directly at Trump. Trump’s remark does make sense in that context. Is Trump a sexist? Maybe he is, but I don’t think his remark was a sexist one. Kelly is not the most reputable or professional TV commentator around. One ought to able to criticize the questionable conduct of a female professional without being labeled as sexist.

Frankly, all of this faux outrage is just playing into Trump’s hands. He can now dismiss any criticism of his childishness and buffoonery as “just more political correctness”, because his critics have chosen to focus on specific allegedly offensive comments rather than on his entire demeanor and behavior, which is offensive to everyone.

There’s no need to try to twist Trump’s words around in order to undermine him. His consistent jackassery should be quite sufficient to do that for him. But even a jackass, like a stopped clock, is right twice a day. Trump is right about Mexico, and he’s right about Megyn Kelly.

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Viva los Federales!

Posted by sanityinjection on March 3, 2009

In a move that is long overdue, the government of Mexico has finally decided not to allow its citizens to be terrorized by criminal drug gangs any longer. The border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent, has been literally invaded by thousands of Mexican soldiers and federal paramilitary police:

Of course, the problems of drugs and crime go far beyond Juarez and extend nationwide. But you have to start somewhere, and Mexico has chosen a very visible target and one for which they can count on support from the US, which fears spillover of drugs and crime into neighboring El Paso. Gangland Chicago in the 1920s was like child’s play compared to what has been going on in Mexican cities. Juarez was home to 250 gang-related murders in February alone.

If successful, the move will be a huge political boost to Mexican President Felipe Calderon and could be repeated in other cities. Which would be a great relief to the Mexican people and perhaps finally set the stage for the economic development that is long overdue in that country. Mexico is like a native corncob with a thick husk and hard kernels. It has tremendous resources, but crime and corruption stand as barriers preventing the development of those resources. If those issues can be addressed there is no reason why Mexico cannot develop into one of the world’s economic powerhouses in the second half of this century. And America will count itself fortunate indeed to be tied in with Mexico in free trade agreements such as NAFTA.

Another effect of reducing crime in Mexico will be to encourage more illegal immigrants to return home. Without excusing anyone who breaks the law, it is not difficult to sympathize with someone who seeks out a life with greater economic opportunity and greater safety for their family. Once that safety and opportunity are available in Mexico, much of the incentive for coming north will dissipate.

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