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How Low Is Too Low?

November 21, 2015

3 candidates (in alpha order) for the honor of holding that record:

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) claims that if we allow Syrian refugees to settle in the U S, we will be giving them “a paid vacation.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) says we should close any place where Muslims gather and “radicals” will be “inspired” (but doubts we can figure out which places those are, other than Mosques).

Donald Trump (R-Fox) calls for a federal registry of names of all Muslims in the U S.

But don’t vote yet, the race to the bottom is still going on.

Sometimes a crisis brings out the best in a lot of Americans.  I experienced that during a drive from IN to northern NJ shortly after 9/11 (to visit family in NYC and NJ).  But Muslim Americans didn’t always experience the best. Sometimes a crisis brings out the worst in a percentage of us.  Surely it depends on how many people are motivated by racial and religious bigotry and by fear-mongering politicians.

 

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