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This one doesn’t appear to have even needed a push from Trump. We still have the Trading With the Enemy Act on the books for Cuba, now Congress is trying its hand to legislate travel bans for US citizens to new countries.
Representatives Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) are to introduce legislation banning tourist travel to North Korea (DPRK). Other types of travel will require a license, criteria and process not yet specified. Since real news is now considered ‘fake news’ by too much of the population, here are direct the links to the press releases from Wilson and Shiff.
That’s the ‘You lie!’ boor Joe Wilson. I learned more of Adam Schiff on his recent Axe Files interview.
Rather than a positive agenda, build infrastructure and such, the current Congress focuses on ideological efforts to inflict harm. Restricting travel to North Korea is an infinitesimal concern compared to taking away health care from 23 million people, rolling back criminal justice reforms, or ending environmental protection, but is all of a piece of malicious efforts to harm others, targeting the powerless and easy targets.
North Korea is easy pickings to start. How many Americans will bother to oppose that? Next up perhaps is Iran after the embarrassing Trump sword dance in the fount of Islamic terrorism. And on and on. The wall we are building is our prison, not our sanctuary.
I have been to North Korea twice, in 2010 and 2013. I have no false illusions about the regime and wrote at length on my ‘go or no go’ decision then why I went back. As an American born into freedom, that was my decision to make. I will not let my freedom of movement be taken away.
Closing off the regime for decades has produced no good for the world. Recent opening up has produced glimmers of hope. Those little human interactions, however limited, show everyday North Koreans that we are not monsters. The grandpas playing cards in the park, the grannies playing dice under the pavilion, and the newlyweds at the temple see real flesh and blood Americans.
Any rational projection of the human devastation of military conflict make Trump’s bumbling bluster terrifying for anyone on the Korean peninsula. Prior administrations have found ways, even with the typical North Korean provocations at the start of administrations, to keep us out of military conflict. Now we are rushing headlong into conflict with bipartisan Congressional support. This is not America First.