Shocker: Former half-term Alaska governor and now full-time rabble-rouser Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s idea to ban all Muslims from coming into the United States for national security purposes. Now, having Sarah Palin on one’s side in a controversy is almost definitely a sign that your position is ill-conceived, untenable, or just plain wrong. If one needs more proof that Trump’s ban plan is not only unethical but also commercially and politically ridiculous, then look no further than Palin’s Facebook page.
The Hill reported December 9 that Sarah Palin took to Facebook Wednesday to back her billionaire businessman buddy Donald Trump. She wrote that his proposal on Monday for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the country was “common sense.”
“Trump’s temporary ban proposal is in the context of doing all we can to force the Feds to acknowledge their lack of strategy to deal with terrorism,” Palin wrote. “A broken system allowed terrorists to come to our home and slaughter Americans. A bold, non-politician candidate calls for a pause in this flawed bureaucratic program so it can be fixed, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s common sense, which is why the media and spineless pundits attack it.”
Not entirely. The media and pundits, the “spineless” and the vertebrate-enhanced, attack it because it is an unconscionably simplistic, nativist, isolationistic, and needless reactionary move in response to a fears of mass shootings and terrorists. Trump’s Muslim ban was a knee-jerk reaction to the San Bernardino mass shooting, where both shooters were radicalized Muslims. But blaming the shooting on “a broken system [that] allowed terrorists to come to our home” is painting too simplistic a picture, especially when one of the suspects, Syed Farook, was an American, Chicago born and raised. The second suspect, his wife Tashfeen Malik, was a Pakistani-born legal US resident.
Palin wrote: “They have no plan to reform our flawed immigration vetting process,” Palin said of the Obama administration, but where is her proof that the vetting process is flawed? Terrorism occurs around the world and, barring something as isolationistically drastic as placing a ban on Muslims altogether, can never be 100 percent foolproof. Those who think otherwise are misguided and ill-informed.
But recent mass shootings have prompted the conducting of studies and analyses of past shooting events. And, unfortunately for people like Trump and Palin, who would like to profile people of the Islamic religion, most of those people who have committed terroristic acts in the United States happen to be natives of the US. They are generally members of the dominant racial demographic — Caucasian — as well. And yet, there doesn’t seem to be any real plan to deal with lunatic fringe operatives that go ballistic every day in the US, where mass shootings — the killing of three or more people at one time — occur on average more than once each day.
Sarah Palin went on to say that those who call for “solutions” are “demonized” by “milquetoast politicians.” She then called on Americans to ignore the White House and those that accuse Donald Trump of being “un-American.” But, she wrote, it was Obama’s view that America is not exceptional that is truly un-American.
The United States is exceptional — in that there are far more mass shootings in the United States in a single year than in any other country on the planet. And nearly all of those committing the acts of terrorism? Home-grown. So, again, why should Muslims be banned from entering the US?
But it is Sarah Palin and people like her that view things through the strange-logic lens that terrorist acts in the US are the result of bad vetting or that they can be stopped simply by disallowing people who self-identify as Muslim to enter the country (Trump’s actual plan) that are sure that the answer is a complete ban of immigrating or traveling Muslims who would like to enter the US. Here’s the clincher: How does the world’s top commercial trader, the United States, shut down its borders to a religion that constitutes over one-fifth of the world’s population without causing diplomatic, trade, and economic repercussions like the world has never seen?
But when one of the few supporters you have is Sarah Palin, whose grasp on common sense can be summed up in terms of fear-driven calls for excluding nearly two billion people from entering the country and fixing immigration vetting systems that, though not perfect, will never be fixed to the point that they are able to spot every person with a terrorist motive or someone who might become a future terrorist, then it is time to rethink your position. But, then, Donald Trump usually doesn’t do that, either. Recent events show he’s doubling and tripling down on his Muslim ban plan.
But Sarah Palin just might have a vested interest in all of this. Trump has said in the past that he might consider Palin as a possible candidate for his cabinet when he is elected president.