Opinion

Trump’s new idea would not work

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it, “it’s not what this country stands for.”

But Trump’s idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn’t work.

Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” either to live here or just to visit. He seems to think that would keep Islamic terrorists from sneaking into our country to kill Americans.

Why not just stop everyone entering the country and ask them if they plan to engage in terrorist attacks? Getting terrorist infiltrators to confess that is about as realistic as believing that, if Trump’s ban is implemented, they will admit they are Muslims.

“Who, me? No, I’m a devout Christian. I left (insert name of country where Islamic terrorists have operations) to get away from those crazies.”

Trump appears to have missed the fact that Islamic terrorists will do anything to harm us – even lie about their own faith.

The New York billionaire has achieved political success by offering simplistic answers to complex questions. His new idea is simple, too – in the most unflattering meaning of that word.

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