Donald Trump is unfit to be president because he is a demagogue and a racist Islamophobe

November 21, 2015

We are living in dangerous times when economic insecurity, fear and hatred create fertile soil for demagogues to take root and spread. Donald Trump is such a man and he is not alone.

In an OpEd at CNN yesterday, Dean Obeidallah said,

 Shockingly, Trump told Yahoo News that he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database, or worse, mandating that they carry special identification cards that note their faith.
The reaction to this idea, fairly or unfairly, by many on social media, was to accuse Trump of wanting to mimic laws that Nazis had imposed on Jews, including requiring them to wear a gold Star of David on their clothes.
After Trump confirmed that he would set up a database for Muslim-Americans, an NBC reporter asked him point blank: “Is there a difference between requiring Muslims to register and Jews in Nazi Germany?” A clearly annoyed Trump at first refused to respond, but then told the reporter, “You tell me,” and walked away.

Trump, like most Republicans, is opposed to accepting any Syrian refugees. Contrast his response to the Paris bombings and shootings eight days ago that killed 130 people, for which ISIS claimed credit, to French President Francois Hollande’s affirmation after the attacks that France will not only honor its promise to accept 30,000 Syrian refugees, it will increase that amount.

Meanwhile, to combat a rising tide of Islamophobia in France, many people are planning on participating in a rally in Paris by Muslims against ISIS. Huffington Post is reporting,

At the same time, some French citizens — banned by police order from demonstrations in Paris until Thursday — were expressing their support for French Muslims and Muslims worldwide on social media and organizing interfaith gatherings.

By Sunday, 3,000 people had pledged to attend a multi-faith “Rally with Muslims of France for Peace and National Unity,” scheduled for the end of the week near Paris’ Grand Mosque. Another 6,000 said they were interested in going. Several other gatherings were being organized via Facebook to take place after the demonstration ban, including “I am a Muslim, Daesh [ISIS] Is Not,” and a rally of “Prayers for Paris” — with 13,000 possible attendees as of Sunday afternoon — at the Arc de Triomphe next weekend.

“Terrorism has no religion or nationality,” wrote Grand Mosque demonstration organizer Samia Edd Cardi, a Muslim and tech entrepreneur, on the event’s page, which also gathered atheists and Christians who said they would attend. Cardi did not reply to a message on Facebook from The Huffington Post, and the Grand Mosque of Paris did not return a message requesting information about the event.

At the Cathedral of Holy Trinity in Paris, imams from around the globe are scheduled to gather for a meeting of the World Union of Experts of Islam for Peace and against Violence, which was already planned ahead of the attacks but is now taking on even more urgency. Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe will host the meeting.

“After this heinous attack, we may wish for God to come down and wipe out our enemies. Instead, Christ on the cross, completely powerless at the last, shows us that it is only love that can overcome hatred, evil and even death,” Whalon, who is based in Paris, said in a statement.

And it’s not just Donald Trump who is beating the fear and hate drums. Ben Carson, who has been running neck and neck with Trump in the polls, referred to Syrian refugees a few days ago as “rabid dogs,”and the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would so complicate the process of vetting Syrian refugees as to make it virtually impossible to admit any of them. All but one Republican voted in favor of the bill. 47 Democrats also voted for the bill.

Donal Trump doesn’t just hate Muslims. He also hates Latinos, specifically Mexicans, even though more Mexican illegal immigrants have been returning to Mexico since 2010 rather than entering the United States. Shamefully, Trump and the Republicans continue bleating about a non-existing illegal immigration problem through a supposedly insecure southern border with Mexico. Trump went so far as to claim that Mexico is exporting rapists and murderers into our country. He has promised to round up all the illegals, who are estimated to number around 11 million people, and send them back to Mexico. Then, he’s going to build a fence to keep them out and present the Mexican government with a bill to pay for it.

Whether his cheap theatrics and brazen appeal to fear and hate will prevail remains to be seen.

Update: Add Marco Rubio to the list of Islamophobes. From Think Progress: Rubio Trumps Trump: Shut Down Any Place Muslims Gather To Be ‘Inspired’ — Not Just Mosques


Thursday Evening Open Thread Discussion

July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello again and welcome to the Thursday Evening Open Thread Discussion where off topic is on topic.

To get you started, I have two articles that I published earlier today and a few suggested topics.

(1) Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul try to redeem lives lost to prisons

(2) Reject neoliberalism and resuscitate the fundamental right to human dignity

(3) Yesterday we found out that the ISIS forces have seized what was left of Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons. Difficult to imagine a worse outcome than what has happened in and to Iraq since the Congress abdicated its constitutional responsibility to decide whether to go to war and authorized the President to make that decision for them. We all know how that turned out. President George W. Bush lied us into war.

No weapons of mass destruction, no connection to 9/11, al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, over 1 million dead Iraqis, and a destabilized country in ruins on the verge of more death and destruction caused by a sectarian civil war between Sunni and Shia.

Remember Phil Donohue? He opposed the war and he was fired for speaking the truth.

Elias Isquith writing for Salon brings us up to date on Phil Donohue with this fascinating interview, including his reaction to seeing the people who lied us into war back on the mainstream media as experts commenting on what we are doing today in Iraq. Why, it’s almost as if they were never deceitful and wrong.

Were you in favor of or opposed to the war?

Do you think George Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice and the rest of the neocons and torturers should be prosecuted as war criminals in the International Criminal Court for starting an aggressive war and torturing prisoners?

(4) Germany caught the United States spying on its internal affairs and has ordered the CIA Station Chief to leave Germany and the NSA has been caught spying on prominent American citizens by monitoring email accounts of five high-profile Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers.

Looks like our country has gone off the rails in the spy business. CIA and NSA are totally out of control and have to be stopped.

(5) Finally, this article in Think Progress gives us an idea of our government’s spending priorities that should bring out the torches and pitchforks.

Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home.

Do you think the candidates for president in either party will make war, spying and spending-priorities election issues or will they ignore them and urge us to go shopping? If they ignore them, what does that say about our system of government?

Can we fix it without a bloody revolution?

If you aren’t worried, there must be something wrong with you.

The pool is open and the water is fine.

Tell us what’s on your mind.

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Thank you,

Fred


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