President Trump is making a bold move for the safety and security of the American people, and not everyone likes it.
In a family, the parents are responsible for the safety of their children, but as those children grow, they make many of their own decisions, and the parents only supply room, board, and basic ground rules. In the same way, the government of a country is responsible for the safety of its citizens.
This parallel isn’t perfect, because the government doesn’t get to act like a parent in every way, but they are tasked with keeping the people alive as long as possible and making sure that they have access to necessities. And in both cases, an increase in access to damaging drugs spells bad news.
If a parent were to come upon someone offering drugs to their child, they would no doubt fly off the handle. Yell, scream, lunge or even detain and turn in to the authorities the person who did it. The United States government hasn’t been taking that approach though. Despite our drug problem spinning out of control, the United States government has been passing out free money to the countries from which these drugs are flooding in.
If you were buying groceries for your neighbors and you found out that they were the ones selling drugs to your kids, you might want to end that gravy train. That’s just what President Trump is doing, but on a national level.
According to The Hill, the President is killing two birds with one stone; helping out the budget, and the drug problem by telling the worst offending countries that he is cutting aid if they continue to let their drugs be brought into the United States:
“President Trump said Friday that he is considering ending foreign aid to countries that fail to stop illegal drugs from pouring across the border.
In remarks at a Customs and Border Protection roundtable on Friday, the president said that he wanted to see other countries doing more to fight the tide of deadly drugs.
‘These countries are not our friends,’ Trump told the room of gathered officials. ‘You know, we think they’re our friends and we send them massive aid.’
‘I won’t mention names right now, but I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them — we send them massive aid and they’re pouring drugs into our country and they’re laughing at us,’ Trump continued. “So I’m not a believer in that. I want to stop the aid.’
There will no doubt be considerable backlash from the left, crying out, telling us that they can’t make their country better if they don’t have the funds to do it. But like any fully functioning adult knows, there’s a big difference between a hand up and a handout. If they can sit on their hands, allow corruption and get their subsidies from the United States served to them on a silver platter, they’ve got no motivation to change.
In fact, they get money from our government, just for being under-developed (which, by the way, not a huge incentive to develop) and they are getting a massive influx of cash from our citizens who buy their poison. The countries where these drugs are being made and shipped form are profiting from our kids and adults dying in the streets. That’s a problem.
“The president went on to argue that Mexico and Central American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador would have a much easier time than the U.S. fighting drug smugglers and manufacturers.
‘They’re coming in — they’re pouring in from other — El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, all over. They’re just pouring into our country. And we’ve stopped it, but the laws make it very tough,’ the president said.
‘I want to stop the aid. If they can’t stop drugs from coming in — because they could stop them a lot easier than us. They say, ‘Oh, we can’t control it.’ Oh great, we’re supposed to control it,’ Trump added.
The remarks come just days after the president called on the nation’s law enforcement to become ‘much tougher on drug dealers and pushers’ in his annual State of the Union address this week.
‘My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need, for those who have been so terribly hurt,’ Trump said.”
If they need the aid, the President isn’t saying that they shouldn’t get it, he’s just saying that they should work for it. They could slow down the drug trade, or they can decide they want that money more than they want ours, and they can keep letting it go on.
Then we can use the money we were giving them to stop the drugs once they get here. We’re giving them a choice; they get to decide what to do with it.