No, the threat is virtually non-existent. No one has ever escaped from a federal supermax prison. Major terrorists are being held in such prisons on U.S. soil as we speak. Republican objections to moving the Guantanamo prisoners have absolutely nothing to do with safety and everything to do with their chief objective since Obama became president: to whenever possible deny him any accomplishment that would boost his legacy. This is why they've been by far the most obstructionist Congress in history, despite Obama bending over backwards to compromise with them. Closing Guantanamo shouldn't be controversial at all. Beyond how obviously, sickeningly immoral it is, it's a major terrorist recruiting tool, such that even McCain ran on closing it in 2008. But of course since Obama won McCain has obstructed Obama's attempts to close it.
No, Research into this has consistently shown that undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than citizens. This makes complete sense when you consider that the vast majority of them just come here for basic survival and to give their children a better life (there's a good movie on this issue by that title that I recommend, btw) and live in constant fear of being caught.
You say he "usually winds up being proven right," but fact-checking organizations have shown that he's probably the most dishonest/uninformed major presidential candidate this country has seen in generations, if not ever. Almost everything he says is wrong, but his supporters don't care because they don't know any better and they like the story Trump is telling. They want to blame all their problems on foreigners and minorities. Same story we've seen throughout history when economic times are tough. What's scary is the economy isn't even bad right now, and under Obama it's improved a lot despite Republicans deliberately sabotaging the economy with austerity policies. Republican predictions of doom have completely failed to materialize, and the unemployment rate is even lower than what Republicans were projecting under a Romney presidency. So imagine how much more animosity there will be in this country against minorities when there's another economic collapse, or a major terrorist attack. Could happen at any time and send Trump into the White House and propel this country toward fascism.
According to a poll last week, 38% of Trump supporters in South Carolina wish the South had won the Civil War. Another 38% "aren't sure." 16% flat-out admitted to being white supremacists.
33% want Islam made illegal, and another 23% aren't sure. 62% support a national database of Muslims. 32% support the policy of Japanese internment. We aren't far at all from a President Trump banning Islam and rounding up Muslims into internment camps. He himself has refused to condemn Japanese internment, and has called for the murder of Muslims related to terrorists.
I used to be confounded by Trump's appeal, until I just accepted that I've vastly overestimated a hell of a lot of Republicans/Republican-leaning independents. If there's one good thing he's done, it's expose what these people are really about. How is Trump winning among evangelicals? He's not fooling hardly anyone with these claims of being religious and pro-life, but he shares something more important: their hatred.
Edited by cade, 24 February 2016 - 05:48 PM.