[NOTE: Karl Dickey is a long-time Florida Libertarian Party activist and recently posted the below article. IPR readers may be interested in this discussion because the topic seems to come up a lot here and elsewhere.]
By Karl Dickey
Where were all these protesters when Barack Obama was bombing innocent people in countries from which these immigrants are running?
I am not for the ban or the wall; however, please use arguments that make sense.
If the travel ban was a direct “attack on Muslims” then it would have extended to Indonesia, which has the largest population of Muslims in the world. I am familiar with Indonesia because I have business there.
What about the other large populations of Muslims from India, Nigeria and Egypt?
The ban is on the 7 countries (originally identified by Obama) as the most dangerous, it was not against Muslims.
Trump and others may or may not have a bias towards Muslims — please do not reduce your effectiveness by utilizing selective outrage. It is as if a whole section of the U.S. population just woke up. Have you been sleeping the last 8 years?
You should have been outraged over the last 8 years, like Libertarians have been, while the Obama administration was creating the situation we’re in now.
While we welcome you now to our cause of peace, please do not excuse yourself that you are a person of principle when you have sat by while the person you voted and supported the last 8 years has caused tremendous rifts across the globe.
The difference between Libertarians and Democrats/Republicans is, we base our outrage on principle, not who is sitting in the White House.
What principle do you live by?
And no matter your principle, then please exercise it consistently no matter who is in office. When our Libertarian presidential candidate said things that were anti-Libertarian we didn’t just stand by, we voiced our outrage.
But when Clinton or Trump said things on the campaign trail contrary to your principles many of you continued your “Rah Rah” enthusiasm.
Stop it, just stop it.
Be a person of principle, because otherwise you just play into the hands of the “powers that be”. It does not matter where you are on the political map, stand up for what you believe CONSISTENTLY.
Think for yourself!
It is tiring to hear from good people that I know, who have TOTALLY discounted the horrible killings from the last 8 years. While Obama shredded the Constitution with his “kill list” and innumerable violations, many of the Americans now protesting Trump were utterly oblivious to Obama’s horrendous actions.