Hillary Clinton Plays Trump Perfectly As GOP Nominee Flip Flops On Terror Watch List Gun Ban … Hillary Clinton is perfectly pulling Trump’s strings as presumptive GOP nominee announced that he is flip-flopping and now supporting a bill that would prohibit people on the terror watch list from legally buying guns. – Politico
According to this Politico article, Donald Trump has decided to support a bill that prohibits individuals on the terror watch list from buying guns.
Politico suggests that Trump has “flip-flopped” because Hillary is already supporting the bill, which 70 percent of the public also apparently endorse.
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
Politico suggests that the NRA will not support Trump’s new position and suggests that Trump has “confirm[ed] that he was lying to the NRA. Trump is not pro-gun. Trump is pro-Donald Trump.”
Not so fast. Trump may have shifted his position, but critics believe that his new position is a “fake” one.
From the Huffington Post:
Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing….
That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a majority of the U.S. Senate.
… Well, not really. The NRA-approved Cornyn amendment allows for just a 72-hour delay for investigation, and then the gun sale can go through even if the investigation isn’t done.
So Trump is shifting his position but in a strategic way.
The article tells us that Cornyn’s amendment has already failed, and that he guaranteed it would fail by demanding a restriction on federal funding to “sanctuary cities, or those who don’t comply with federal immigration law.”
The bill will include the same clause this time round. Thus, Trump is a willing supporter because it will fail again. The NRA apparently supports it as well and for the same reasons.
This all clever maneuvering, but we’ve posted several articles now suggesting that Trump might actually be better off if he were forthright about the issues instead of positioning himself for political purposes.
Taking a position that people on an unconstitutional “terror watch” are guilty without a trial is probably unconstitutional itself.
In any event, the unconstitutional nature of the terror watch list, no fly list and other Homeland Security lists provide evidence that the fears of founders such as Thomas Jefferson have been realized.
Western governments have soured. More and more they are adversaries of their citizens rather than protectors.
Full honesty would involve explaining that the “war on terror” itself is a creation of Western intelligence agencies. Without an “enemy” to confront, the West’s military industrial complex begins to run on empty.
And there are plenty of reports in the alternative ‘Net media on how the FBI and other fedgov agencies seem in some sense to be enhancing or even arranging some of the “terror” attacks that have occurred.
Instead of exposing this government collusion, Trump uses political strategies to insulate himself from the New Fascism.
Our argument is that he would pick up even more supporters and create even more excitement if he would denounce these terror manipulations. So much political calculation makes him look more like an insider than an outsider.
From the beginning, we’ve had mixed feelings about his candidacy. We hope for the best: That he is a populist version of libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul who actually has the skills and toughness to win.
But as he continually stakes out positions that support the very elite dominant social themes that are destroying the US and the West, we are beginning to become less confident.
Conclusion: It is not enough to avoid issues or skirt around them. Recognizing America’s real problems and their essentially homegrown nature is surely the first step to Making America Great Again.