Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by JD Heyes
As the 2016 presidential campaign cycle continues into the fall – with little more than a year before the election – it is clear in this early going that a sizable portion of the American electorate has chosen to throw their support behind a pair of anti-politicians.
Well, that’s not entirely accurate; one candidate whose support is rising steadily is Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a longtime socialist Democrat who is winning converts (and Hillary Clinton supporters) by promising to give the masses free everything – college, rent, food, shelter and other perks – all to be paid for, of course, by “the rich.”
Speaking of one of the rich guys whose bank account would be raided in a Sanders presidency, billionaire media personality and real estate mogul Donald Trump is the other anti-politician drawing lots of support and lots of headlines. He has excited the Republican base in a way not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan.
As Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, noted in an August 17 column, Trump, for his part, is also rising in popularity because he’s been unafraid to say what is on the minds of millions of Americans, who are angry, worried and frustrated about the direction of their country.
A non-politician whom Americans see as their warrior
“Americans right now see Donald Trump [as] the village hero they’re arming with a sword while shoving him forward to face the oncoming dragon. Trump, you see, has guts. He’s a warrior. He’s willing to march into all the battles that everyone else desperately wants to avoid,” Adams wrote.
In particular, Trump has struck a chord among the American electorate over his tough immigration reform measures. From the launch of his campaign, when he said that Mexico was “sending” some of its worst citizens – “rapists and murderers” – to the U.S., while millions of others were taking American jobs, his call to action has resonated.
Days ago, Trump released a detailed immigration reform white paper that simply, but boldly, calls for sea changes to existing immigration law and policy.
“When politicians talk about ‘immigration reform’ they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties,” says the Trump campaign website.
“Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change,” the site noted.
Trump speaking the language of most Americans on immigration reform
Trump would reform immigration policy in three distinct ways:
— Build a wall along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border (“A nation without borders is not a nation,” the site says)
— Enforce constitutionally passed immigration laws (“A nation without laws is not a nation,” says the site)
— Enact immigration laws that help improve working conditions, job opportunities and security for Americans first (“A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation,” notes the website)
Under these policy initiatives, Trump pledges to deport all illegal aliens who are located; seek a constitutional provision amending the Fourteenth Amendment’s citizenship definition, which is often exploited by illegal alien mothers who cross into the U.S. to have their children (who are then immediately considered U.S. citizens – so-called “anchor babies”); cut off federal funding for “sanctuary cities” – localities that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials in locating and turning over illegal aliens inside their jurisdictions; boost penalties for any legal immigrants who overstay visas; detain (imprison) serial illegal aliens; and pursue other American-worker-friendly initiatives.
The paper was heavily influenced, reports Breitbart News, by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, considered an expert in immigration policy.
The manner in which Trump is using the phrase “immigration reform” differs substantially from the way it is used by career politicians. In Trump’s vernacular, immigration reform means changing some laws and enforcing existing laws that effectively deal with the problems of immigration, both legal and illegal; in the vernacular of the career politician, the phrase has come to embody a method for changing the political and cultural make-up of the country.
And it is that latter definition that most Americans oppose – which is why Trump’s version is gaining so much traction.