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Trump brings 1930s Germany to the US

Presidential candidate Donald Trump sounds like he is reading directly out of a Nazi playbook and, frankly, he has sounded that way to me since the beginning with his comments about Hispanics being mostly murders and drug dealers. I know it is dangerous to compare any political person to a Nazi but in this case there is just no other way to say it. When he is president, all Muslims will register with the government, wear identification and if they leave the country, they will not be permitted back in even if they are citizens and were born here. If this sounds like Nazi Germany to you, congratulations – you paid attention in history class. It sounded exactly like that. It is that.

A prominent public figure spewing hate, vitriol and lies about a single class of people in a country with more than 350 million guns in public hands. What could possibly go wrong?

Finally a mainstream news outlet, NBC, addressed Trump for who he is:

Tom Brokaw blasts Donald Trump

This is one of the most powerful segments we've ever seen. Tom Brokaw compares Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from America to Japanese internment, Nazi Germany, McCarthyism, and Jim Crow - and he didn't stop there. This amazing video is well worth taking a moment to watch, via NBC News

Posted by Media Matters for America on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The only thing I would add is that Nazi Germany did not just declare war on the Jews, but also Gypsies, the disabled (these are the people that they started with to make the rest more palatable later on) and anyone who spoke out against them. When you ask how many people died in the camps, most people cite the number 6 million. They are only half way there, that's the number of Jews who died in them. More than 12 million people were murdered in the Nazi death camps – and the number goes even higher when one considers the people lined up and shot in their neighborhoods.

This is what Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant pastor and outspoken critic of Nazi rule and survivor of seven years in a death camp, had to say about the kinds of “solutions” to terrorism Trump is offering:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

More recently, retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe and survivor of a POW camp from the Vietnam war updated Niemoller's warning:

"You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government because you're not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he's going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you're not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it's OK to rough up black protesters, because you're not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you're not one."

"You might not care about what Donald Trump says about," Moe continues. "But think about this: if he keeps going and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there's someone left to help you."

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has officially designated Donald Trump and his campaign as a hate group. The SPLC, which keeps tract of hate groups in the USA, defines hate groups as those that “…have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”

Britons have launched a petition campaign to ban Trump from entering the UK over his hate speech violations.

“The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry for his continued, unrepentant hate speech and unacceptable behavior. His unacceptable behavior is well documented, and we feel it foments racial, religious and nationalistic intolerance which should not be welcome in the UK.”

Great. We not only have a former president, G.W. Bush, who has to be very careful about where he travels outside the US because he will be arrested for war crimes and now has been tried and convicted of war crimes in absentia in Malaysia to name one country – we now have a possible future President who is being banned from other countries before he is even elected.

The other Republican candidates don't sound much better with Jeb Bush saying that he would only admit Christians to the US. His campaign slogan “Jeb can fix it” takes on a whole new meaning in light of this remark even when one considers he helped fix the election in Florida for his brother, who just happens to be one of the main architects of this horrific mess that we now find ourselves in. Then there is Chris Christie saying he wouldn't even admit five-year-old Syrians to the country. One of my favorite Facebook memes is his quote on his policy superimposed over the body of the little Syrian boy laying dead in the surf on the beach where he washed up from the sea. Looking back on Cruz and Rubio's remarks on the topic of immigration and Muslims reveal the same evil ideas as Trump's, but better dressed.

The Republican party dose not need another public debate. They need to take some significant time to pray and reflect on how they got to this place and attract these kind of people.

Now the Republican party has a real problem on their hands: do they call out Trump for the evil that he is spreading and throw him out of the party - any group worth its salt would, especially one that claims Christ on a regular basis – and risk him running as in independent thereby gutting their voting block? Or do they let him stay in the race and have one of “their people” in the White House? Tough choice only if you're mouthing the words of Christ and not really living them.

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djbarney
October 26, 2016
2:17 p.m.

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I find a foreign policy that is associated with producing Syrian refugees and then taking pride in housing them in this country a wonderful example of the theater of the absurd. What Liberals are assuming is that the dislocation produced by choosing to kill those who do not want to live under the government we have chosen for them will not produce an imitation of our behavior.
Fred Barney

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