Ada Fisher: Just ‘zip it,’ Mr. President

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 23, 2019

It pains me to hear my President tell four congresswomen of color who are legitimate U.S. citizens to “go back” where they came from, fix the problems and then come back and show us what has been done, if they don’t like the policies of this nation.   

The crowds chanting “send them back” in reference to the to-and-fro repartee currently engaged in by the president also is stirring a tinder box.  Every citizen, including the president as well as the women about whom he spoke, has a right of dissent under the US Constitution.

It is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which is most important. It is being trampled by political correctness and coercive news coverage which injects racism when none is explicitly stated.  I wish the president would quit tweeting, but that is not likely to happen. He needs to take a hint from fictional deputy Barney Fife, of the Andy Griffith Show, and just “zip it.”

Freedoms of “speech, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” are not only sacred to the Constitution but important as part of the First Amendment.

Following the unfortunate rhetoric currently in play, Americans need to remember that this land originally belonged to the Native Americans of which few of us have claims.

They are more indigenous to the Americas than others. Most black Americans trace their presence here to forcible entry for purposes of slavery.

It is likely that only Native Americans can tell us all to go back from whence we came.  As their rights to fishing, hunting and more came under attack for being an encroachment on property others may want, the US Supreme Court (in a 5-4 ruling) finally got it right in holding that Native American hunting rights did not expire when Wyoming became part of the US in 1890.

It is in the formation of the nation’s 13 original colonies that Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, penned the Declaration of Independence maintaining that, “Prudence, will indeed dictate that governments long established . . . when a long train of abuses and usurpations, it is their right, it is their (the people’s) duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Whether the four women of color who are protesting many things, including the treatment of illegal immigrants, are motivated by such is unclear.

As a black, female Jew with Native American ties, a registered Republican of over 50 years and a feminist who is both a traditionalist and constitutionalist, I support the documents of our founding fathers. This nation was designed for people who want to be free to earn their own way exerting individual responsibility without the burdens of government telling us how to live our lives while willingly abiding  by the nation’s laws.

Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Grant of Amnesty for illegal aliens did not work and such caravans continue to crowd our borders.  There were photos showing cages for illegal immigrants during the Obama administration where over a half million illegal immigrants faced deportations and family separations.

It goes back for years and hasn’t received a solution; yet, rarely were prior presidents called racist. President Donald Trump’s actions suggest “the buck stops here.” To the president and others who are tackling the issue of illegal immigration, it has been a thorn in our side for over 100 years.

The creative proposal to require that those seeking entry into this nation obtain visas from nations and screening clearance from nations they pass through before seeking asylum here is fabulously innovative.

The Trump presidential tone is often bothersome.

He is right on illegal immigration, but wrong to support a brain drain from nations needing their own doctors, scientists and skilled workers when we have hundreds of qualified U.S. applicants who are citizens and need that same opportunity.

Trump is right in his small business plan, judicial reform and so many other items that help the masses. Will he ever get positive coverage for this?

Don’t underestimate the numbers of Trump supporters. As my T-shirts noted, “This Republican understands my problems.” Trump is taking on problems so often left on the shelf as a can to kick down the road.  Don’t believe all the polls.  Do what is right for the nation.

Salisbury’s Ada Fisher is a licensed teacher, retired physician, former school board member and current N.C. Republican national committeewoman.