The dust has settled, and America has elected her 45th President : Mr. Donald Trump. Stock markets worldwide have plunged in response to the results of the elections, and the President-elect of the US certainly has his work cut out for him. It would be interesting to see how a person from a business background would run the country, as opposed to one who has had plenty of experience wheeling and dealing in the political scene. What are Mr. Trump's policies when it comes to hot button topics such as immigration, abortion and gay marriage?
Mr. Trump on Immigration
Mr. Trump has had some unsavory comments in the past concerning immigration, especially those illegals who flood up from the south, and there were even whispers of building a "Trump" wall. Just imagine what a windfall that would be for construction companies if such an idea were to actually be put in place! Trump mentioned before as he announced his candidacy last June, "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists." Surely that is a generalization to the extreme when it comes to describing undocumented Mexican immigrants.
As of September this year, Trump's viewpoint on America's immigration policy is pretty simple and clear cut, although it might not sound as inclusive as before. Basically, there will be a push to restore integrity to the country's immigration policy system by placing Americans first. Sounds pretty cookie cutter, really. Look at the EU -- it is always about citizens of the EU being given priority first when it comes to just about everything, before everyone else in the world were able to get a peek in, and no one is making noise about that. Immigration laws that are in place will also be enforced as opposed to being mere lip service, while criminal aliens will be sent back to their original countries. Only those who are in sync with the American way of life are welcome -- refugees and immigrants who don't will not be allowed in through a rigorous vetting system. Sounds strict? Perhaps, but it might be necessary for such times as these.
Trump's views on abortion has swayed from time to time, but as of this year, he did mention that he is "pro-life", "as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned." That should sum it all up. Basically, the primary responsibility of the federal government is to ensure that its citizens' rights are protected -- and life being the most fundamental right, it means that abortion is wrong. Having said that, there will be exceptions to the rule such as rape, incest and life of the mother at stake. Clearly the new government that will be sworn in looks to end the use of government funds to pay for abortions.
Thoughts on Gay Marriage
It does seem as though Donald Trump has skirted around this particular issue, although we have no idea as to whether he will have a more solid stand on the situation in the future. So far, he is going with the flow of the Supreme Court's opinion on the matter, and continues the view that same-sex marriage ought to remain within the domain of the state, so let the states settle it internally.
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