Monday, December 7, 2015
As I write this blog I recalled the fact that Monday Dec.7 was the 74th anniversary of that “Day of Infamy which would forever” However little mention was present in the media. Instead the front pages and broadcasts focused depending on their political leanings either pro or con about Obama’s Sunday night Oval Office speech to the people.
My own opinion was that it was a sugar coated reaffirmation of this administration’s (to me illogical) foreign policy. Yes he admitted that International Terrorism was a problem that all nations should unite to suppress. He offered nothing new for the fight.
One statement that Obama made to the effect that no American Troops were going to be committed to die on foreign soil was politically motivate to placate those who would adopt an “Ostrich defense”; hide the head in the ground and therefore there would be no threat.
In the 1930s-1941 isolationism was one of the major forces that did lead to Pearl Harbor an event that occurred when I had been married exactly 29 days. This not only led us into a war against an aggressive Japan but also against Nazi Germany.
I mention this because Trump’s rhetoric in his attempt to become President is reminiscent of Hitler’s in his early Munich days when he was considered a harmless Buffon. When he was appointed Prime Minister he rapidly made Germany a police state appealing to the dissatisfied masses who were suffering from an economic depression plus the after effects of the First World War loss of prestige and national pride.
Hitler was a true demagogue who as fodder for scapegoats focused on several groups that appealed to the masses. This included not only the Jews but any other ethnicity that he could claim as not Aryan. He preached hatred and a nation accepted it.
To hear Trump taking advantage of our countries fear of the possibility of a terroristic attack by going to prohibit any Muslims from entering this country is a tactic similar to Hitler’s. Forgotten in the wake of San Bernardino is his attack on Mexican’s as murders, rapists,etc: Trump infers that Muslims are all murders that would kill all “Christians”.
In his drive for supporters he has focused on this nation’s largest religious denomination as the target of an entire other religion. And, he is attracting large numbers of zealots that would approve of his abrogating our Constitution protection of individuals’ civil and religious rights.
I wrote this several days ago; “We should be in fear and reject any political leadership that embraces a fundamental religion and advocates a Theocratic dictatorship rather than the freedom of worship allowed by our Democracy.
Above all do not damn all Muslims because of the violence of a minority. Treat them as equals. They will unless you are a bigot. Make as good a citizen as you or I.
I may sound as paranoid as the Ledger's attacks on Christie,but I am convinced that Trump is a danger.