Donald Trump is considering using up to 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants, according to the AP. Sound familiar?
When Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany in the 1930s, nobody believed he could do the damage that he would later do. The German population was angry about jobs and the economy, and they blamed it on minorities instead of trying to understand the real causes.
If you walk the buildings of Auschwitz in Poland, you see a room full of eyeglasses -- the eyeglasses of those who were murdered. And you see a room full of shoes -- the shoes of those who were murdered. And you remember that people simply stood by as they watched their neighbors being carted away by the government forces. Sound familiar?
Remember the word of Martin Niemoller (who wrote several versions of this):
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
The updated version writes itself.
It's time to admit that the Nazi analogy is starting to sound pretty real. Donald Trump may not be Hitler, but what is Steve Bannon?
As soon as they came into power, Trump and Bannon went for the Muslims. Luckily, the courts put a damper on that -- although we don't know for how long. And now we're on step 2: the immigrants.