There is the possibility, let’s be really clear about it, that Trump might get reelected.
It sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it, but there it is.
A man who lost the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 2.9 million votes has a chance of becoming our president for another 4 years.
Trump took the immigration issue and whipped his supporters into a frenzy. He painted a picture that immigrants where the reason they had not fared better economically. Or socially.
It was the immigrants’ fault. And he would clean house, build a wall, put in restrictions, stir as much hatred as possible so his loyal supporters could march to the polls and put in that ballot for him.
But immigration is not Trump’s issue. It is the nation’s issue. All of us should have a say in the matter.
Immigration has helped us become the strong nation that we are. A nation one hundred times better than Trump (who, while decrying immigrants, has married two immigrant women).
It should be up to all Americans to decide how to handle immigration.
It should not be up to a man who lost the popular vote.
His supporters do not represent the will of this nation.
We do need new legislation on immigration for we must be in control of our borders. But such control should be based on a consensus reached by all Americans.
Which is why I am proposing that we hold a National Referendum on Immigration.
How many immigrants should be allowed in, with what skills, from which countries, for how long a period?
After a set period of discussion on the pros and cons, then all Americans would vote on what to do about it. Then it would go to congress to be made into law.
Our democratic presidential candidates have not taken this matter seriously.
Immigration deserves to be front and center, with a sound plan to address it, otherwise Trump will do the same that he did in 2016 and stir more hatred of immigrants in his supporters.
To check him, a plan is needed. And it is needed now!
On the Economy.
Is it better than under Obama? Yes. This in spite of the dampening effect of the ill advised tariff war with China. But who blocked the needed spending to boost the economy during 2010-2015? Republicans in congress (please see Paul Krugman – The Legacy of Destructive Austerity – NYTimes 12/30 2019). The same Republicans who then, after Trump became president, chose to reverse course and approve such spending.
The duplicity of Republicans has to be exposed. Their blocking of Obama’s economic measures clearly harmed Americans’ economic wellbeing.
Democratic presidential candidates need to be very vocal on these two issues.
The harm caused by Republican policy has been devastating to the nation.
It should be front and center in the presidential political debate.
Finally, a word in support of Common Cause’s effort to Fix The Broken Electoral College by sponsoring a proposal for a ‘National Popular Vote Compact’ which is ‘… an agreement among states to guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.’
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