gallery One Chance in 3.64 Billion. So Relax


By Alan Grayson

February 02, 2017 “Information Clearing House” -The chance that you will be killed by a refugee’s terrorist attack is one in 3,640,000,000.

The chance that you will be hit by lightning – twice – is one in 9,000,000.  Yes, it’s 400+ times more likely that you will be hit twice by lightning than that you will be killed by a refugee terrorist attack.

The latter figure comes from The Google (try it!).  The former figure comes from a September study by the Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank that I generally despise.  In this case, however, the Cato Institute has a point.  The point, in its own words, is this:

“The federal government has an important role to play in screening foreigners who enter the United States, and to exclude those who pose a threat to the national security, safety, or health of Americans. . . .  [However,] the hazards posed by foreign-born terrorists are not large enough to warrant extreme actions like a moratorium on all immigration.”

Someone should tell this to President Chicken Little.  Someone should explain to him that not a single successful terrorist attack was perpetrated by anyone to whom President Obama gave amnesty.

All in all, then, one would have to conclude that President Obama did a very good job of “vetting.”  Better, perhaps, than American Presidential voters did, last November.

So if we have a refugee system that actually works – letting in the good, keeping out the bad – then why break it?  Why shut it down?

To make people afraid.  To instill fear.  To fool them into thinking that they need protection that only President Trumpf can provide.

That’s Part I of Trump’s scheme.  And Part II?  I think that you can discern that from this quotation from Luftwaffe Commander Hermann Goering:

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

Wag that dog, President Trump.  Wag it.

Alan Mark Grayson is an American politician who was the United States Representative for Florida’s 9th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

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