I was thinking about something our boy Trump said recently…..although he has said much but most of it is about himself……but the thing I am thinking about is his statement about keeping certain people out of the US……..
A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.
Trump said many Muslims nursed a “hatred” towards America. His statement to reporters on Monday said polling by the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think-tank, suggested that 25 percent of Muslims in the US believed violence against America was justified.
Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why, we will have to determine.
Until we [do]… our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad.
His campaign manager said the ban would apply to “everybody” – would-be immigrants and tourists. Now that has been walked back….like most stupid statements……
Predictably the media and other candidates went batcrap crazy over these statements and all that got me to thinking about history (you guys knew I could let this go without a history lesson, right).
So is there some historical context in Trump’s words?
Yep, think National Origins Act of 1924……..
The Immigration Act of 1924, or Johnson–Reed Act, including the National Origins Act, and Asian Exclusion Act (Pub.L. 68–139, 43 Stat. 153, enacted May 26, 1924), was a United States federal law that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890, down from the 3% cap set by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1921, according to the Census of 1890.
It superseded the 1921 Emergency Quota Act. The law was aimed at further restricting the Southern and Eastern Europeans, among them Jews who had migrated in large numbers since the 1890s to escape persecution in Poland and Russia, as well as prohibiting the immigration of Middle Easterners, East Asians, and Indians. According to the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian the purpose of the act was “to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity”. Congressional opposition was minimal.
Basically the US was worried about the spread of Communism after the Revolution in Russia a few years earlier and thought by eliminating immigrants they could control the spread….sadly few thought of the fact that one cannot control an idea by eliminating people.
There you have it! Our man from NYC may have a big mouth but his idea is not an original one…… “to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity”.…..does that sound familiar? It should for that is what Mr. Trump is preaching.