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The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thirty-nine percent of Americans are off their rockers

Last week, a public radio show host pulled a Borat. Host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band:
The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be 'off his rocker.' The second congratulated him and added: 'Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country ... they are here to kill us.'
Another caller asked, "What good is identifying them? You have to set up encampments like during World War II with the Japanese and Germans."

This went on for about an hour when Klein revealed that it was all a hoax, a social experiment of sorts. He needn't have bothered, because polling already reveals that 39 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring Muslims in the United States, including American citizens, to carry special identification.

You know what that sounds like to the other 61 percent of Americans. It sounds an awful lot like the beginnings of the Holocaust — arm bands and tattoos, which Klein noted after the station's jammed phone lines calmed down:
"... Basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen ... We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous."
I'm glad that at least a majority of us probably agree that those 39 percent are the dangerous ones. Thirty-nine percent, you are an outrage.


Blogger Buck B. said...

Several commenters in the last discussion we had on this issue made the point that moderate Muslims need to be louder and clearer in denouncing the views of extremist Muslims.

I agree. But does that mean conservatives need to loudly and clearly repudiate the kind of views described in J.B.'s post above? How much responsibility do we have for the craziest people in our religious, social and ethnic groups?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thnk it is also important to note that although our generation cannot fathom how an entire nation subjugated one group. Yet, clearly according to this post, it could easily happen depending upon a various number of phenomenon ranging from the War in Iraq to future terrorist attacks.

I feel strongly that those who have made statements demanding that Muslims have their personal freedoms limited are sent a strong message about the linkage to Nazism and the unfortunate incarceration of Japanese Americans at our hands.

This post sent shivers down my spine.

Anonymous tet said...

I hope, Buck, that this helps to illustrate why I am so adamant about minimizing the power of government in any nation that uses popular votes to decide things.

All that would have to happen would be a city-nuking and if the elected representatives of the US *didn't* discriminate against Muslims, they would be voted out of office.

The Founders hated mob rule--that's why the only people who held office and were directly elected were in the House of Representatives.

People exist in a fallen state and are nearly infinitely corruptible. Therefore, minimizing the power that those corrupt individuals have over my life, that of my family and that of the people in my community is essential for our continued survival.

I HATE democracy with a passion.


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