A Greater America?

Seattle, Washington (TFC) – “We demand the unification of all Americans in the Greater America on the basis of the right of self-determination of peoples.

We demand equality of rights for the American people in respect to the other nations.

Only an American can be a citizen. A member of the Nation can only be one who is of American blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently no Muslim can be a member of the Nation.

Image Source: Flickr, Creative Commons, sixtwelve

Image Source: Flickr, Creative Commons, sixtwelve

Whoever has no citizenship is to be able to live in America only as a guest, and must be under the authority of legislation for foreigners.

We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the Nation, then the members of foreign nations (immigrants) are to be expelled from the Nation.

Any further immigration of non-citizens is to be prevented. We demand that all non-Americans, who have immigrated to America since September 11, 2001, be forced immediately to leave the Nation.”

Sound like a Greater America to you? Congratulations, you just voted for Hitler.

Swap out the references to America with Germany, instances of Muslims for Jews, and these are six of the 25 Points of the Early Nazi Party. Of course, these aren’t the actual talking points of any campaign today, but its eerily similar. A certain Republican candidate’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration borders so closely on hate speech that citizens in the UK are circulating a petition to ban Trump. Even the conservative GOP is backing away. The rhetoric is dangerous and divisive.

Certainly, I am far from the only person who is pointing out the striking parallels to Nazi Germany in the headlines lately, but I think it bears repeating. The solution is not more division and hate. The way the American people and government are responding to the recent acts of terrorism is exactly what terrorists want. Justin King wrote a great article explaining why the so-called war on terror cannot be won with a behemoth military effort (you should really read it in full). Terrorists win when we start asking for fewer rights as citizens and practice the oppression and hatred of the world’s largest religious group.  King writes:

“The goal of terrorism is not to kill you because they hate you for your freedom. They are not out to kill just to make you scared. It is not random. It is not senseless. It is a very ‘calculated use of unlawful violence’. They are trying to influence your behavior and the behavior of the government.”

In the span of about twenty-four hours, we all heard that the leading Republican candidate proposed to both ban Muslims and close down the Internet. This would be laughable, except a troubling amount of people apparently agree. These proposals are not only unconstitutional, but would be entirely impractical (not to mention exceedingly difficult) to apply. Much like banning guns won’t keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals, a nationalistic foreign policy won’t keep dangerous people out of the United States. In fact, there are a lot of dangerous people already living here. I’m afraid a lot of them might be Trump supporters. Beware the power of authority.