MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is onto something: he keeps asking how the media and the public would have responded to Donald Trump’s acquiescence to a question about getting rid of Muslims if one were simply to replace the word Muslim in the questioner’s bile with the word Jew. Here’s what the question would have looked like: “We have a problem in this country: it’s called Jews. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even American, birth certificate man. But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question. When can we get rid of them?”
Had that been said at Trump’s rally, and had Trump responded only, “We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things,” even the feckless corporate media would have stated the obvious: this Republican Party has completed the metamorphosis from bigotry to full-blown Nazism. The question arises whether there is any intelligent reason not to so conclude merely because Republicans train their sights on other groups — groups that do not immediately invoke consciousness of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Is there? On an intellectual level — the level of reason and rationality — how would it be okay to say that one allegedly dangerous minority group poses a “problem” that needs to be “solved,” but not some other group?
We should begin this exercise in earnest: every time a Republican assails a minority group that Republicans say poses some threat to Real Americans, we should replace references to the targeted group with references to Jews and Judaism and let Republicans explain how they are not Nazis. Why should the burden always be on the listener to show that a Republican who talks just like a Nazi is talking like a Nazi? If one can make out a prima facie case of Nazism merely by inserting the word Jew into a statement, then really — whose burden is it?
Let’s start with today’s statement by Mike Huckabee (so Christlike, isn’t he?) about President Obama’s appointment of a gay American to the office of Secretary of the Army. References to homosexuals or homosexuality are appropriately rephrased:
It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s Jews than honoring America’s heroes. Veterans’ suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated a Jew civilian to run the Army. Being a Jew is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments.
Mike Huckabee, please explain how you are not a Nazi. Good luck.
-by Brendan Beery
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