From the New York Times, November 17, 2016
1942 All Over Again
'This is how it starts.'
That's a hell of a bit of rhetoric, and dead on correct. It goes on. Not on my watch without a fight. Never again.
'This is how it starts. 'On Wednesday evening, Carl Higbie, a prominent surrogate of President-elect Donald Trump, appeared on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program to defend the idea of a national registry of all Muslims — an idea Mr. Trump floated repeatedly during his campaign, along with calls for an outright ban on Muslims entering the country, which legal experts said would be clearly unconstitutional.
'To defend the registry’s legality, Mr. Higbie pointed to the imprisonment of more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese descent following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. When Ms. Kelly expressed shock that anyone would approvingly cite one of the darkest periods in American history, Mr. Higbie backtracked. “I’m just saying there’s a precedent for it,” he said.
“I’m just saying” — that sneaky, timeworn disclaimer allowing people to say what they really believe without taking responsibility for it...' -- Michael K.
It CAN happen here, and it is happening here.
Japanese-American members of my extended family in California suffered through that shameful time in America's history. It appears that the incoming president and his administration are considering a registry for Muslims: Americans whose faith is Islam? Muslim immigrants? Muslims coming to the U.S. from hostile countries? Who knows? With our incoming proto-fascist regime, it seems anything is possible.
Do you have Muslim friends? Muslim members of your family? Be sure and remind them of the words from our national anthem "land of the free, home of the brave," then walk away shaking your head. A country of liberty and justice for ALL does not register people of certain religions. We already have a model for that.
This isn't an exaggeration. I've read on many right wing blogs the hatred and fear they hold for all Muslims, referring to all Muslims as "vermin," and "enemies of state," who need to be deported and denied their birthright of citizenship in order to protect America. Now these proto-fascists will have someone at the head of their government who is sympathetic to their pant-wetting fears and willing to consider the same sort of legislation that pre-war Germany adopted.
And the Short-Fingered Vulgarian hasn't even taken the Oath of Office yet.