Fascism has officially come to America, and it’s brought to us by no other than GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
In a recent interview with Fox News blowhard Sean Hannity, Trump said that the United Sates has “absolutely no choice” but to close down mosques in America in response to the attacks in Paris, France last week:
Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice.
There’s absolutely no choice. Some really bad things are happening and they’re happening fast. Certainly a lot faster than our president understands because he doesn’t understand anything. He doesn’t get it. Refuses to even call it by its correct name
Not only does no one want to shut down religious institutions (except Trump’s KKK and religious extremist supporters), no one has the authority to do so.
Who would be responsible for doing this? The Legislative branch? The Executive branch? Like the GOP governors “refusing” to take the refugees into their states, Trump has failed basic Civics 101. So it’s not President Obama who doesn’t understand anything, it’s Donald Trump.
If Trump had said he would close only mosques in which adherents expressed hostility towards the United States, he might have the authority to do so under Korematsu v. United States (the Japanese internment camp case), which has never been overturned by the Supreme Court.
However, in typical Trump fashion, his statements were broad, overzealous, without a plan of action and lacked merit to do so. Instead of singling out potential mosques that could harbor hostile feelings, Trump has lumped in all mosques across this nation. What’s next? Islamic centers? College Islamic clubs? If American mosques, centers, and clubs were not closed or shut down indefinitely after 9/11, why on earth would mosques be closed after an attack in a foreign nation?
In the Korematsu case, dissenting Justice Frank Murphy lambasted the Court and the federal government, saying the decision to strip citizens of their basic civil rights in the time of panic was “the abhorrent and despicable treatment of minority groups by the dictatorial tyrannies which this nation is now pledged to destroy,” and such actions “falls into the ugly abyss of racism.”
How history repeats itself. We seek to destroy a tyrannical fundamental group (ISIS) for its treatment of human beings across the ocean (Muslims), but might nominate a man who wants to strip Muslim-Americans of their right to congregate in their homes of worship.
Where are the “Constitutional conservatives” expressing outrage over his blatant assault on the fundamental principles tis country holds so dear?
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