Etana back­lash shame­ful

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir:

REG­GAE SEN­SA­TION Etana re­cently came un­der heavy crit­i­cism for declar­ing her sup­port for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump dur­ing a tele­vised in­ter­view. She even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to pres­sure and re­canted.

Af­ter con­tem­plat­ing the com­ments, in­sults and ridicule meted out to her, I was as­ton­ished to re­alise that in a coun­try such as ours, known for its strong demo­cratic ideals and free­dom of ex­pres­sion, there are still peo­ple will­ing to de­prive oth­ers of such priv­i­lege.

With­out a doubt, sup­port­ing the views of Don­ald Trump does not in any em­pir­i­cal way sug­gest that you are un­in­tel­li­gent. For this, I wish to go be­yond the pro­pa­ganda and fal­la­cies to state my three main rea­sons why I sup­port Don­ald Trump’s can­di­dacy.

1) Pa­tri­otic slo­gan: “Make Amer­ica Great Again”. I hap­pened to agree with him that the first mat­ter of any gov­ern­ment should be the fo­cus of putting its coun­try’s in­ter­ests first.

2) Im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy: I hap­pen to agree with bor­der pro­tec­tion and proper vet­ting of vis­i­tors who wish to be granted ac­cess into an­other coun­try. With proper im­mi­gra­tion pro­ce­dures, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment can ef­fec­tively plan its poli­cies to meet the so­cial, fi­nan­cial, health and se­cu­rity de­mands of the coun­try.

GREAT RISK TO HU­MAN­ITY

3) For­eign pol­icy: Rad­i­cal Is­lam – I hap­pen to be­lieve that ISIS and other ex­trem­ist groups should be iso­lated. I also be­lieve the oil fields be­ing used to fund ISIS op­er­a­tions should be out of the reach of the ex­trem­ists – even if de­stroyed. Also, I be­lieve the Iraqi war was un­war­ranted. I also be­lieve that a new Cold War would be a great risk to hu­man­ity, and that Rus­sia and Amer­ica work­ing to­gether could of­fer greater ben­e­fits to world peace and ad­vance­ment.

Pol­i­tics can be an emo­tional topic. How­ever, we must still ac­cept the fact that with­out diver­gent views, democ­racy can­not work. ZAVIER SIMP­SON za­vier_simp­son@hot­mail.com

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