Trump threatens freedoms he claims to protect

Two & Out
By James Peters
February 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

KAMLOOPS — It seems silly, even borderline ridiculous that a week ago at this time, we were talking about the definition of art. 

Since then, all hell has broken loose. 

First, President Trump signed an executive order throwing the United States refugee and immigration system into disarray. 

And then the horrific terrorist attack in Quebec that took six lives from their place of ultimate security - their sanctuary. 

The ham-fisted incompetence in which Trump rolled out the ban on travel to the United States was utterly laughable.

The seven countries at the heart of the ban seemed to be chosen at random, and didn't even include Saudi Arabia, the homeland of most of the 9/11 hijackers. 

The fact that Trump maintains business interests in Saudi certainly wouldn't have anything to with that. 

But that's not even the most troubling aspect of the ban.

The worst part is how discriminatory this travel ban is, and what that will lead to.

It doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar in geopolitics to conclude this move will paint a big red flashing neon target on the entire Western world.

Donald Trump is playing a most dangerous game, and using human lives as pawns.

Inviting attacks on Westerners is one side of a coin.

The flip side is curtailing entrenched freedoms for United States citizens.

We have already seen new threats to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

So on second thought, those debates about art might be as relevant as ever.

How long before the freedom of artistic expression is under attack?

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