Legal obstructionism

That’s the only term that can be applied to the decision by Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to stay enforcement of Trump’s executive order blocking the entry to the U.S. of citizens of seven foreign nations.

As this overview demonstrates, she has no grounds for such an order.  The president clearly has the authority to deny entry to the United States to any class of people he believes poses a threat to the nation.  Those who hyperventilate that this is somehow a “Muslim ban” need to note it doesn’t include the most populous Muslim nation (Indonesia) or one of the wealthiest (Saudi Arabia).

In fact, what it does is built on Trump’s predecessor’s actionsObama was the first to list travelers from these seven nations as needing extra scrutiny before entry into the U.S.  All Trump has done is bar *any* entry from these turbulent areas until his administration can ensure screening procedures adequately protect the nation.  This would seem a reasonable precaution during a change in administration, when there are serious questions about the effectiveness of visa and refugee admittance procedures.

Having lost in an election, the liberals are doing what they always do: try to use the courts to overthrow the express will of the people.  This is an effort to further deligitimize Trump as a president and his actions as somehow being arbitrary.

On the contrary, he appears to be one of the few elected leaders in recent memory who has quickly set out to do exactly what he said he would do… and what a large number of Americans wanted.  This is what propelled him to the presidency in the first place.

Trump’s administration needs to push back hard and relentlessly on this judicial activism, placing his executive order into its proper context and showing this particular court as the partisan tool it is.  This period is a struggle for the hearts and minds of Americans, who are still trying to decide whether Trump was a mistake or represents the final chance to put several issues back into balance before they destroy the nation.  A coherent communication strategy (yes, including Twitter, which bypasses the media gatekeepers) is essential to this task of maintaining public support.

Buckle up.  The next few months are going to be quite the ride, I suspect.

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