Well into the wee hours I watched with horror and sadness the carnage wrought by so few on so many in Paris. Before even a day had passed we learned at least two Americans were among the victims brutally gunned down by a small band of well-armed Islamic terrorists.
The United States reacted as it always does when confronted with the latest horrific tragedy inflicted by Muslim jihadists on those who do not share their twisted religious beliefs; proffering condolences to the survivors of those killed and disingenuously pledging to do something, without specifying what that something will be.
We did light up some of our great skyscrapers with the French Tri-colors. A colorful gesture. President Obama reaffirmed our shared beliefs in liberty, equality and fraternity. A rhetorical gesture. At best, sentimental, timid responses which may only embolden ISIS and its ilk.
Weakened by eight years of placating and leading from behind we need to infuse strong new marrow into out national spine with common sense measures.
If I may be so bold, Mr. President and members of Congress, here are a few suggestions.
1. Immediately stop issuing visas to enter the United States until we locate every person who has overstayed their visa and been duly accounted for and sent back to the country from which they came. Remember the 9/11 hijackers - most were in this country on overstayed visas. In addition, require a trackable visa for everyone entering this country, but only after we have a proven, secure visa system in place. This would create some considerable consternation with our European allies and undoubtedly invite retaliatory measures on the part of some. But it would help keep our shores safe from the lax measures that are clearly responsible for the lack of security within, and between, European countries. Let the hue and cry begin from multi-national U. S. companies that park large sums of capital offshore to avoid U. S. taxes - and higher education institutions in the U. S. that rely on the tuition largess of foreign students. Pass the earplugs please!
2. Declare a one year moratorium on new immigration, political asylum, etc., including NOT allowing any Syrian refugees or other refugees from the middle east chaos to enter this country until our visa system is overhauled.
3. Pass an immediate federal law outlawing sanctuary cities and cutting off all federal education, highway, and whatever other federal funds a sanctuary city has been receiving until it abides by the new law. Such a law would affect over 300 U. S. cities. Mayors and municipal governing boards which continue the practice of sanctuary should be held personally liable, as elected city officials, for civil and punitive damages payable to we the people of the United States.
4. To offset the draconian economic impact of some of these measures how about Congress passing common sense tax reform. Lower corporate tax rates might go a long way toward abating the sting of tightened visa controls and bring jobs and investment back to our shores. Mary Poppins said it best; a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.
Last, but not least, let's issue a 24-hour warning to civilians and then try a little "Trump" and bomb the hell out of ISIS in all its lairs in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, the Sinai, etc. and especially any oil fields from which this pseudo-caliphate of terrorism derives its wealth. We pulverized German and Japanese cities in World War ll with much less sophisticated warplanes. It worked then. It can work now.