Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment” –http://www.psysr.org/about/pubs_resources/groupthink%20overview.htm
Once again, Donald Trump has ruffled the feathers of the leftist media and their cheerleaders. This time he did so by proposing a ban on Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Groupthink has once again replaced rationality.
Imagine if you will, you are the principle of an elementary school. Whenever one of your teachers is absent (due to illness or otherwise) you need to procure a substitute teacher. You outsource this responsibility to a placement firm, who over the years has done a decent job of meeting your requirements. However over the past year there have been issues. Some of the students have complained about the demeanor of the substitute teachers and more than one student came forward and said they felt physically threatened on a few occasions. What is your responsibility as the principle? Naturally it is to look over the well being of the children in that school. Wouldn’t it seem reasonable to temporarily disallow the use of substitute teachers from that placement firm until you “can figure out what is going on“? Is your priority with the school or is it with the placement firm? What parent would argue a dereliction of duty if the principle did the reasonable thing in this situation?
Unfortunately groupthink has told us that Donald Trump is the one being unreasonable for suggesting a temporary stay on allowing Muslims to enter the US. By now you are probably aware that President Jimmy Carter banned Iranians from entering the US during the hostage crisis in 1980. He did this by invoking the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952. The original purpose of this act was to restrict communists from entering the United States.
The argument I have heard stemming from the left is that Carter placed a ban on an entire nation of people, not a religious sect. The argument continues that we have set precedents for travel bans based on political affiliation and health concerns, but never travel bans based on religion. I would argue that Trump is basing his restriction on a political basis, but more importantly, basing it on the potential of terrorism. US Code Title 8 Section 1182 on Inadmissible Aliens generally states that any alien who is engaged in, or in any way linked to terrorist activity would be an inadmissible alien (disallowed into the United States). Interestingly, it also provides us with the following:
“Terrorist activity” defined: As used in this chapter, the term “terrorist activity” means any activity which is unlawful under the laws of the place where it is committed (or which, if it had been committed in the United States, would be unlawful under the laws of the United States or any State) and which involves any of the following:” Note: The “following” would include such things as highjacking or sabotaging vehicles, threatening to kill, injure, or detain individuals, etc.
For those following along, this groupthink nonsense should come as no surprise. Those on the left, as well as the GOP establishment, continue to search for ways to attack Trump and derail his campaign. He is an existential threat to these people. I don’t know about you, but I believe his thought process on this is rational. If he were president, I would expect protecting the American people to be his top priority. Wouldn’t you?