Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 7, 2015: A day that will live in ... [FILL IN THE BLANK]

Donald Trump in front of "Make America Great Again!" banner
on Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) 2015 (Image: Getty)

Yesterday, a possible nominee as the Republican candidate to become the next president of the United States proposed banning Muslims from the US. "I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them. The reason is simple: we can't identify what their attitude is." (See Trump's call to ban Muslim immigration to the US.)

Two things are possible:

EITHER this will be remembered as the moment the US caved in completely to fascism;

OR this will be the big wake-up call to US people, and the beginning of the dismantling of the post-9/11 nightmare.

What's it gonna be, people?

Update: December 9, 2015

The New York Daily News puts it all together:

New York Daily News, December 9, 2015:
"When Trump came for the Mexicans,
I did not speak out - as I was not a
Mexican. When he came for the Muslims
I did not speak out - as I was not a
Muslim. Then he came for me . . . "
(Share this image from the New York Daily News.)
(Read the Wikipedia article on "First they came . . ." -- "a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.")

Update: December 12, 2015

Yup: "infamy." (That's what I was afraid of.) "Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric will live in infamy in American history," by David Ignatius in the Washington Post.

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