I’ve often noted that my very first boss in the brokerage business back in 1984 said to me not to discuss three things if I wanted to be successful as a stockbroker:
- Other men’s wives
He was clearly serious on the first two!
I’ve long since violated the politics and religion recommendations.
While I’ll leave it up to the media pundits to debate the merits of the presidential candidates, it’s now become impossible for me not to comment on Donald Trump.
I’ll be the first to admit, there have been topics and manners in which he discussed that I found myself in the same camp or at least sympathetic too. In fact, I suspect that the fact he has not acted like most politicians and has been outspoken on his views, is one of the key reasons for his success so far as the leading candidate for the Republican Party.
In the last 48 hours or so, his call for all Muslims to be prevented from entering the country has spread like wildfire everywhere. The opinions are extreme and that in its self, points to what I’ve been warning about regarding economic, social and political upheaval. IMHO, it’s already underway on the social and political front, and when the U.S. financial market implodes in 2016, we shall indeed be in the midst of America’s worse period ever.
For me, this debate about Muslims, whether radical or so-called peaceful, is all about the differences I pointed out in this recent posting of mine. It’s really what’s at the crux of the matter despite most not wanting to make it a religious matter (especially in the liberal media). If one truly studies and appreciates the differences between Jesus and Muhammad, it becomes much easier to define the true state of affairs.
Again for me, Donald’s Trump call to ban all Muslims from entering the country may at the early moments of consideration, feel and sound good in solving what many believe has sadly started a new era in America’s history – terrorism at home; But his blanket recommendation goes against what had made this once “Judeo-Christian” based nation great. It’s a 21st century version of McCarthyism.
I’ve no doubt that it’s a complicate issue and some form other than current immigration laws must change (and soon). But to simply say all of any race, color or creed without exception, goes against everything our Forefathers built. It may make us feel good about what has become a bad situation, but I view it as eating White Castle burgers – tastes great while eating, but we pay a price soon after.
I find it no coincidence when I look at what’s going on in the world that Pope Francis’s beginning the “Year of Mercy” couldn’t have come at a better time.