I have a different opinion. What's interesting to me right now is the hypocrasy from the left. They're protesting, calling Trump a racist and a bigot and a dictator. But most of what Trump has done to earn the title of "dictator" is just undoing all of the over-reaching of the Obama administration, which nobody minded. He's telling law enforcement to... enforce the law. He's putting a hold on the refugees, just like Obama did with Iraq back in (I believe) 2011. They're saying that he is a tyrant because he is favoring the Christian refugees, but they're ignoring the fact that the order is to give preference to Christians and other more oppressed refugees (like gays, who will be killed for being gay, for example). We have world leaders criticizing Trump's refugee policy, while their own countries have similarly restrictive policies. We have people reporting half truths and half quotes, just to paint a nasty picture.
The thing that is fascinating to me is that nobody cared when Obama did it. Nobody cared about Obama's executive orders. Nobody cared when Obama stopped Iraqi refugees for six months (we had a hand in that too, right?). Nobody cared when they passed Obamacare with the acknowledgement that they didn't really know what was in it, but they'd figure it out after it was passed (and it was a disaster, let's not forget, but people don't mind that).
All of this outrage, with the protests and the physical assaults and the burning of cars and the smashing of windows... it's not because people care about any issues. It's because they're throwing a tantrum. I would bet you money that you couldn't stop a random protester and have a real conversation on the issues with them. They might shout a catchphrase at you, and then they'd light your hair on fire or something. These aren't protests. They're riots, with the media attempting to give them a noble makeover.
The celebrities who are speaking out don't really care. If any of them cared about women or what's right and wrong, they wouldn't give a f---ing standing ovation at the Oscars to a man who drugged and raped a child.
These people, largely fueled by people and organizations who organize protests and riots for a living, aren't even reacting to a thing that Trump has done. Half of them started bitching about how horrible the world was under Trump's rule weeks before he was inaugurated. It's all a big joke. You have people calling Trump a monster for endangering the environment, and they leave their marching path looking like a post-apocalyptic wasteland when they leave.
And what do I think of Trump so far? I actually don't hate him as much as I thought I would. I like his stance on immigration. I like that he isn't cowering to the demands of countries who need us more than we need them. Our country gives a lot to this world, and that isn't likely to end. But it's gotten to the point where people expect us to give, and they expect to keep taking. They expect to be able to tell us what we should be giving them. They expect us to put our citizens, our economy and our safety after all of theirs. I don't want America to become a country that doesn't help the rest of the world. We do good and that's a part of who we are. But I agree with Slider_Quinn21's comparison to the foster kids. You have to start by solidifying your own home, and then you can work toward helping others. Obama's policy was more like the nerdy kid at school who wants so desperately to be liked by the popular kids that he will do anything they say and usually ended up looking like an idiot for it. That doesn't work for the most influential country in the world.
It sounds mean, but it's reality. If you're in charge of a company, the best interest of that company is your primary concern. If you're in charge of a family, the best interests of that family are your primary concern. If you are the President of the United States, it seems fairly obvious that the best interests of this country should be your primary concern. What we have with Trump is a drastic swing in the opposite direction from Obama. Obama wouldn't even acknowledge radical Islamic terrorists. He was turning his back on Israel. He was telling law enforcement agencies to stop enforcing border laws. He was not working toward the best interests of this country in any way, shape or form. Obama was not a leader. Trump is very much a leader... which may turn out to be a bad thing, but we'll have to see about that.
We could have had a more level-headed President, but the media pushed Trump in the primaries as a joke. They thought that people would accept Hillary because they didn't have any other choice. They thought that they could force America to swallow the bitter pill of Obama and then ask for more. Hillary Clinton had the nerve to refer to half of this country as a basket of deplorables. What kind of ego does that take?
I disagree with Slider_Quinn21 about Trump doing all of this for his business ventures. Nobody cared when Obama continued to make money off of his books while he was in office, yet they act as though it's unheard of for Trump to benefit from his pre-Presidenial life. Again, it's not the cause that people have a problem with, it's just another form of aimlessly lashing out.
I want there to be debate about the issues. I want there to be discussion. I want people to question Trump, and you can bet that I'll be keeping my eye on him, because I don't trust him. But none of these riots and tantrums are that. The pu**y hats did nothing, because there was no goal there. All that march gave us was a hilarious video where Ashley Judd's maniacal rant was edited into a Star Trek episode ( https://youtu.be/ghVSZNYPXtw ). But you listen to her speech and she says it all... she is randomly listing bad sounding things that have nothing to do with Trump or our country. She sounds like a lunatic, and she is cheered for it! At one point she just says "Scarlett Johansson"! What does that mean!!!?!?!??
So that's what I think. I think these people look and sound like Arkham Asylum escapees, not revolutionaries.
pilight, I did check out the link that you posted. The problem is... look at step 1. They identify themselves to the UN. This isn't a country like the US or Canada, or Australia, where you can track someone back to their birth and follow them through their entire life. This is a country where people can lie about any number of details, and who knows any better? To the best of my knowledge, there is no secret ISIS database that we've hacked into, which lists all of their recruits. The vetting system obviously isn't good enough, because the refugee camps are being overrun by mobs. The countries that take the most refugees are seeing drastic spikes in violent crimes, and women and children are being told to get used to the idea of being raped because it's just the way things are now. In some of these countries, entire portions of cities are being deemed "no-go zones", where police won't even bother patrolling anymore because they don't run the place.
The desire to help is good and noble. But doing it blindly is foolish. Slowing down traffic from countries that even Obama listed as sources of terrorism is not racist or hateful, it's smart. It's also smart to start thinking of ways to help these people that don't involve them all leaving their own country.
What would I recommend in terms of screening? I have no idea. I honestly don't. But looking around the world, it's pretty obvious that whatever they're doing isn't working.