Admittedly, humanoids have a tendency to talk and talk. When applause and attention grow, orations are louder and louder. The point here is that troubles arise when promises become loud and louder but become wearying.

Could this be more evident than the national harangue over the rewritten immigration rules flailing around from the most powerful office in the world?

President Trump initiated a ban on refugees shortly after his enthroning (amid pomp and circumstance). Immediately, opponents seized on objections. It remains a lightning rod. Federal judges rebuked the rookie president. Talking has continued at maximum decibels. Thus his ban on any refugees for a few months didn’t go into effect. Not surprisingly, the judges again put the kibosh on the travel ban.

Without question, whoever controls the Oval Office constitutionally has the authority to restrict entrance to the nation if she or he sees security threats.

To ease the fighting, Mr. Trump should get out of campaign mode, soften his tone and avoid a bitter battle with the judiciary. How could that happen? To solve the danger of terrorist immigrants arriving in various illegal ways he could have accomplished it rather easily.

Infighting among politicians is certainly nothing new. It is probably for Trumpians. Yes, the combat can be fun and entertaining, but it fogs the field on matters of governing.

Had Trump kept quiet about any ban over the past 50 days or so, U.S. consular officers around the world could have handled the issue. The fact: Consulates needed to refuse visa requests. Federal codes spell out the rules and regulations. It is done daily.

Dealing with the public servants in visa and passport offices is no easy matter. The same holds true with their foreign counterparts. Doubters need only visit Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington.

Far be it from me to advise the new chief executive on dealing with the insiders. But why not? Instead of all executive orders floating around, Mr. Trump could have dispatched one of his acolytes to Foggy Bottom to inform any leftover consular workers to “just say no.”

There’s no need to fire up enemies and friends with loud campaign words. Leave the dirty work to faithful minions who know the score.

This may sound like a sincerely sneaky suggestion. It is. It would work. With no visas granted in either of the immigration categories — problem solved.

All the hullabaloo endured over the proposed ban could have been avoided. The discussion would be moot.

Many refugees of the last half-century have waited years to receive their visas, work permits and start classes for citizenship.

It is obvious the new president likes to fight. In all likelihood, he won’t curb his vast communication skills. He is No. 1 in all the news stories.

Time has come to give his subjects a moratorium, please. Give guidance, talk less and, as President Theodore Roosevelt advised, “speak softly and carry a big stick.”

Harry M. Covert writes from Frederick. He is a writer, columnist and journalist.

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Harry, that would be too easy and what would happen to Trump's reality, White House show?


Next, ask a leopard to change his spots


So many people claim to know the president's intentions, which is tricky, since he is mentally imbalanced.


If I understand this columnist's argument -- and I'm not sure that I do -- he is saying that Trump should have undertaken unconstitutional actions (as si far determined by the judicial branch) secretly rather than openly.


I think you understood his point, which was that Trump should have used the same modus operandi of most previous administrations. Trump's problem as pointed out here is that he wants everyone to know he did it.


It isn't clear to me that most previous administrations did what the columnist is suggesting. But if you some info on that, I'd love to read it.

I recently finished a bio of G. W. Bush. While he acted in secret, he had been assured by his advisors (inaccurately as it turned out) that what he ordered was constitutional.



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