Time for a quick physics review: For every action (fill in the blank), _________________. I'll give you a moment to check Wikipedia. I you already knew that the answer was "there is an equal and opposite reaction," then you get your gold star for the day. If you answered "an executive order," then you can still have a gold star, but it comes from the sarcastic bin. And while we're talking about bins, let's just hop up the vowel list and discuss bans. The ban on immigration is "working out nicely" according to the Tangerine Tweet in Charge. Citizens from Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Somalia. are barred from entering the United States for ninety days. This includes people with current visas who may have temporarily departed, some of whom were detained or turned around after attempting to return to the U.S. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars. Or a paycheck or your ailing relative who may live outside the borders of United States.
The intent is, of course, to keep the bad guys out. It also means that the bad guys who are already hard at work in those banned countries will have easier access to those they wish to torture, detain and kill who might have fled to sanctuaries like the United States. Just not the United States anymore because we are no longer in the sanctuary business. Just the opposite. We are now turning folks away and treating everyone as a perceived threat. Makes sense, since so many of the recent terrorist attacks on United States soil have been at the hands of Iranians, Sudanese, Syrian and - oh - you get the idea. Or do we? When it comes to terrorist attacks, we seem to have left Saudi Arabia off the list. That is the country that sent the majority of hijackers on September 11, 2001. Or New York, which is where Timothy McVeigh grew up. Okay, so maybe we need to expand the ban to include blue states as well as those countries teeming with Muslims and other troublemakers. Like Newtown, Connecticut. And while we're at it, maybe we should be detaining more of our own service men and women, since they seems to have an awful big hand in the planning and execution of terrorist activities on our shores. And while we're at it, why don't we go ahead and brace for the new wave of anger and righteousness we have just gifted fanatics across the globe who may have had an ax to grind with the U.S. in the first place. No more apologies needed here. We're just straight up disrespecting you and your religion to your face.
When will the reaction come? Well that's the magic of this whole terrorism thing: We don't know. But now that we've made our move, you can be pretty sure that it's out there, somewhere.
Sleep tight, America.