Letter: Trump is proving that it could happen here
Trump is proving that it could happen here
To the editor:
Retired Columbia University history professor, Robert Paxton, defines fascism as "a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, or purity."
Oh, you say it could never happen here? Adolf Hitler was elected president of Germany in 1934. Around the same time, the Weimer Constitution was suspended temporarily with emergency powers due to a ruse, the burning of the Reichstag. Temporarily...
On Dec. 7, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what is going on." Temporarily...
Mr. Trump also espouses the formation of immigration goon squads to pound on front doors in the middle of the night to round up 11 million so called illegal immigrants. Last month, Mr. Trump had a black civil rights activist physically removed from his political rally. "Maybe he should been roughed up," said Trump.
And Mr. Trump likes to invoke the memory of President Franklin Roosevelt when talking about suspending the civil rights of Muslims who are already here, American citizens. Temporarily...
June 14, 1942. Flag Day. An excerpt from a radio speech and prayer given by FDR: "We are all of us children of Earth. Grant us that simple knowledge. If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed. If they hunger, we hunger. If their freedom is taken away, our freedom is not secure..."
Mr. Trump, I assure you sir, you are no FDR.