By Brian Dann
If Donald Trump has a strategy for winning the presidency, it seems to be to go for for the elusive Neo-Nazi vote. Trump recently made statements that indicated he would treat American Muslims, similar to the way Hitler treated the Jews in Germany. I'm not sure how Mr. Trump plans on winning this election by alienating every Hispanic, every female, and now every Muslim, but his recent comments really seem to be hitting home with bigots, and white supremacist. So if that is what “The Donald” is going for then mission accomplished! The difference is that Hitler’s craziness, while being diabolical and disgusting, was well planned, well thought out insanity, and Trump simply suffers from diarrhea of the mouth, constantly shooting from the hip without actually thinking before he speaks. Regardless, his attitude towards entire groups of people are disturbingly similar to the infamous Adolf Hitler. Let me explain.
In the 1930’s Germany’s economy was in ruins. Germany was still trying to recover from losing World War One. Hitler entered the scene and gave the German people someone to blame, the Jews. He claimed that Germany would have won the war if Germany had not been “stabbed in the back” by the Jews and those that conspired with them. It of course was nonsense. Hitler preached hate and intolerance against the Jews and the German people ate it up. So when it came time for Hitler to require all Jews to be registered with the government and also display a yellow Jewish star on there clothing that read Jude, the German people supported it. The Jews of Germany did not physically look all that different from the non-Jewish population of Germany, much like the Muslims or Syrians who live in the United States do not look that much different than the rest of us. (wink wink, see what I did there) So registration made it certain the the Nazis could track down all the Muslims, oops, I mean Jews, and the people of Germany would know exactly who to direct their anti-semitism towards. Hitler singled out one particular group of people based only on their religion. He included men, women and children regardless of their age. He included German Jews who fought in WW1 for Germany, who lived in Germany for generations, who contributed to the life, art, culture and economy of Germany, who were businessmen, teachers, students, and for only one reason, because they were Jewish, because of their religion. He made them register only because they were Jewish. They did nothing wrong, yet he singled them out, men, women and children only because of their religion.
On Thursday, in an interview with Yahoo News, Donald Trump said that he would not rule out requiring all Muslims living in the U.S. to register with a national database. ALL Muslims is what he said. He would single out a particular religious group of people to register with our government, the Muslims. Everyone else to Trump is apparently ok and does not need to be watched, just the Muslims. This includes Muslims who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and WW2, Muslims whose families have lived in America for generations, Muslims who contribute to the life, art, culture and economy of the USA, who are businessmen, teachers, students, and for only one reason, because they are Muslim, because of their religion. He would make them register only because they are Muslim. They have done nothing wrong, yet he has singled them out, men, women and children only because of their religion...exactly like Hitler did to the Jews.
Is Trump really this much of a bigot? Does he ever truly listen to the words that come out of his mouth? Does he really believe that the solution to curbing terrorism is making the nice Muslim family that lives down the street from me in my peaceful Chicago suburb, with two kids, a minivan and a Golden Retriever named Charlie, and attends the same school plays and soccer games as my wife and I, register as Muslims with a federal database? Is this what Trump believes is going to stop an attack by ISIS like the one we just witnessed in France? Maybe he should require Muslims all to carry religious identification at all time not unlike the Jews in Germany who were required to have yellow stars on them at all times! Well according to Yahoo News, that is exactly what he would consider.
Yahoo News - “Yahoo News asked Trump whether this level of tracking might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. He wouldn’t rule it out. “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump said…”
Are we going to round them all up like we did the Japanese Americans in WW2 and put them in internment camps? And are we going to do this before or after we round up all the undocumented Mexicans and ship them to the other side of Trumps “Wall” with the magnificent door that the “good” ones can enter back into the U.S. through? Maybe just to be 100% safe Trump should come up with some, oh I don’t know, lets call it a Final Solution, and just have them all exterminated. Then we will eliminate any chance of a baby Muslim American growing up to lead ISIS! This is not who we are. Mr Trump is a bigot. He is a terrible person. I truly believe that he is actually to stupid to really understand the impact of most of what he says and obviously creates policy on the fly. He has no solutions to anything that could actually work in a practical world. But the danger is that just like many of the German people who were too stupid to question Hitler and were duped into believing that the Jews were to blame, there are millions of Americans who are just too stupid not to question Trump and believe that Muslim = Terrorist. They think that his plain talk, his lack of political correctness equals competence. And simply because he can run a company, he can run the world. It still amazes me that he is where he is on the polls. This says more about the intelligence of Republican Americans who support Trump, than it does about the qualifications of Donald Trump.
The truth is Donald Trump is exactly what ISIS needs. ISIS needs Americans to over react, to persecute everyday Muslims so that they can say to the mainstream Muslim community, “See, we told you so! America hates Muslims! Join us!” When Martin Luther King fought for equality in America in the 1960’s, he killed us with kindness, with love and with peace. He made it so that during his protests no white bigots could make the argument that African American people were dangerous, that America had something to fear, that no one could say I told you so. He took the high road and he fostered change and acceptance. That is what we need to do with the Muslim community not just in America but around the world. Show the Syrians that we are here to help, that we are there friends, that they are welcome. Show Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan that we want to help them not destroy them, that America is a friend, someone they can count on, that we are there to help build schools, hospitals to make their lives better, to give them no reason to hate us, no reason to want to join ISIS. We need to change how Muslims around the world feel about America, that we are not the great Satan and that their real enemy is this radical terrorist group that uses Islam to justify their terrorism.
The attacks in Paris were horrifying. But they were not carried out by a single Syrian refugee. They were not carried out by a single person from Iraq. They were carried out by citizens from Europe who chose to join ISIS. And Trump and other Republicans want to punish Syrian refugees who have already had their lives destroyed, their homes destroyed, and their families ripped apart. 50% of the refugees from Syria are children, many are orphans, 25% are over 60 years old. These are not terrorists. America was built on refugees, on foreigners seeking a new place to live. My ancestors came here after escaping persecution in Europe. My wife's family escaped the Holocaust. Very few of our ancestors immigrated here just because. They came here because they could not stay where they were, they had something to leave. No one wants to leave the place they call home, they leave because they have to, and unless you are a Native American, you are not native to this land. A plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, and written by a Jewish women named Emma Lazarus reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Nowhere on that plaque does it say, ...unless you’re Muslim.