Time for a thought experiment #Politics


Orlando was a terrible thing. I have made my views on gun control very clear here on this blog. And I have no tolerance for those who would single out and attack minorities for any reason. But that is not what this post is about. Instead, I want to conduct a thought experiment.

The public has a right to know how these people got here.

We have to screen applicants to know whether they are affiliated with, or support, Jewish groups and beliefs.

We have to control the amount of future immigration into this country to prevent large pockets of Jews from forming inside Germany.
If I told you that I pulled those lines from a speech by Adolf Hitler it would certainly make sense. Or this:
I want us all to work together, including in partnership with our Jewish communities. But Jewish communities must cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad – and they do know where they are.
Again it does not take really any imagination to imagine this line coming from Hitler or one of his Nazi officials. Of course, you would be wrong to think that. Because both quotes below are pulled from the speech that Donald Trump gave yesterday in response to the Orlando shooting.

The public has a right to know how these people got here.

We have to screen applicants to know whether they are affiliated with, or support, radical groups and beliefs.

We have to control the amount of future immigration into this country to prevent large pockets of radicalization from forming inside America.
I want us all to work together, including in partnership with our Muslim communities. But Muslim communities must cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad – and they do know where they are.
I do this to make a point. It is that Donald Trump is a tremendously dangerous individual. He is making immigrants and Muslims a scapegoat and object of fear. This is a common technique of the demagogue. These are nothing new in America. Our history is chock full of politicians who made a living out of scapegoating certain groups: immigrants in general, Irish, African Americans, Jews, Communists, Hispanics, Chinese.
What makes this uniquely dangerous is that we have never had a Presidential nominee of one of the major parties who follows this practice. There have been some who got close. Most recently the career of George Wallace for example. But this is clearly the closest anyone has gotten using these tactics. And the people of this country, on both sides of the political divide, need to recognize what is going on and unite in saying ‘No, we are better than this, we will not allow someone to lead us down this dark path of hatred and fear.’
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