Monday, September 19, 2016

This is how fascism comes to America - The Washington Post

In the video below  Donald Trump reads a poem about a snake.  Someone who invited a snake into her home - and died for the unwarranted kindness.  That is his metaphor for how we should view immigrants.  Yesterday's bombing by an Afghanistan born naturalized American citizen will surely be taken by him and his supporters as the proof of his point.

The essence of invidious discrimination is to attribute the vices of one person to their entire ethnic group, religion, etc.  The rational response is to recognize that some people represent greater danger than others - but not to attribute their criminality to an ethnic group or religion.
We have become accustomed to senior conservatives like former defense secretary Robert Gates,  Senator Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and other leading Republicans deploring Trump without doing the responsible thing: endorse Hillary Clinton.
This is how fascism comes to America - The Washington Post

Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist for The Post.
The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.
But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.
And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.
<iframe width='480' height='290' scrolling='no' src='//' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Trump reads snake poem to discuss immigration, terrorism 
iscuss immigration and terrorism. (Reuters)
That this tough-guy, get-mad-and-get-even approach has gained him an increasingly large and enthusiastic following has probably surprised Trump as much as anyone else. Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac. But the phenomenon he has created and now leads has become something larger than him, and something far more dangerous.

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