Thursday, November 17, 2016

We did it before, and we can do it again!

Yes! We can do it again!

From The Charlotte Observer: 
One day after an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said the administration is considering a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries, a former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter cited Japanese interment camps as precedent for the action.

Carl Higbie, the author of “Enemies, Foreign & Domestic: A SEAL’s Story,” told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the United States has taken similar actions in the past when discussing a possible Muslim registry.

“It is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese. Call it what you will, maybe wrong,” Higbie said.

Kelly fired back. “You’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope.”

“I’m not proposing that at all, but what I am saying is we need to protect America first,” Higbie said. “There is precedent for it and I’m not saying I agree with it.”

“You can’t be citing Japanese interment camps as precedent for anything the President-elect is going to do,” Kelly said.

“Look, the president needs to protect America first and if that means having people that are not protected under our constitution have some sort of registry ... until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it,” Higbie said.

“You get the protections once you come here,” Kelly said before wrapping up the segment.

Kris Kobach, who has been mentioned a possible attorney general in the Trump administration, said Tuesday that the registry could be part of the “extreme vetting” Trump proposed during the campaign.

Trump has said he wants to stop immigration from certain parts of the world. According to his campaign website, he wants to “suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur.” His immigration proposals, as listed on his website, do not include a registry, though they do call for “a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.”

THE THING we have to come to grips with right now is that Americans -- those who bothered to vote, anyway -- are putting into the White House a fascist regime. Furthermore, this regime led by Donald Trump and his alt-right chief strategist comes complete, according to news reports, with its own ad hoc band of alt-right Brownshirts (or No-Shirts, as the case may be).

I'm a firm believer that the safest thing one can do as we deal with the coming Trump Administration is take these people at their word. Does Trump want to ban Muslim immigrants to the United States? That's what he said.

Is he cavalier about nuclear proliferation and unhinged, even, about the United States possibly nuking some country, somewhere? That's what he said.

Does Trump condone political violence? That's what he said . . . over and over. Remember his "Second Amendment people"? The ones he assumed might take care of Hillary Clinton had she won and gone after their guns?

Remember how he singled out the press -- even individual reporters -- for abuse by the crowds at his campaign rallies?

And now Trump backers are citing World War II internment camps for Japanese-Americans as a precedent for how to deal with the country's supposed "Muslim problem."

I suppose the new president could turn out to be less horrible than self-advertised, but is that a hope on which you're willing to bet your life . . . and your country's?

Now is not the time for cowering in some "safe space." Now is the time to stand and say to the fascist regime "Not in my country. Not on my watch."

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