it just gets uglier and more fear driven every day …
and the faux outrage/poutrage gets harder and harder to stomach …
Ben Carson Compares Refugees To Rabid Dogs
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday used an extended metaphor about rabid dogs to discuss efforts to vet refugees fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria.
While speaking at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama, Carson compared the need to screen refugees before they enter the U.S. with the steps a community would take to protect children from rabid dogs.
“If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination. But, you’re putting your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, how do I protect my children?”
“By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly,” Carson continued. “Who are the people who want to come in here and hurt us and want to destroy us? Until we know how to do that, just like it would be foolish to put your child out into the neighborhood knowing that that was going on, it is foolish for us to accept people if we cannot have the appropriate type of screening.”
Trump: ‘We’re Going To Have To Do Certain Things That Were Frankly Unthinkable A Year Ago’
In an interview with Yahoo News, Trump once again upped the ante when it comes to how the U.S. should respond to the attacks, when it comes to the treatment of Muslims in particular:
Yahoo News asked Trump whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. He suggested he would consider a series of drastic measures.
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
Yahoo News asked Trump whether this level of tracking might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. He wouldn’t rule it out.
“We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump said when presented with the idea. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
We’re going to have to do things that are “frankly unthinkable,” says Trump, while declining to rule out warrantless searches of American Muslims or identifying American Muslims by their religion in some kind of database or national I.D. scheme, however such things might work.
What’s really striking is how the ante keeps getting increased with abandon. First Trump said he would “strongly consider” closing some mosques in America in response to the attacks. Then that morphed into the suggestion that we would have “absolutely no choice” but to take such steps. Trump continues to say that President Obama wants to bring 250,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, and when pressed to justify this claim, he brushes off such queries by attributing the number to a “pretty good source.” Trump also says Republicans should be willing to stage a government shutdown fight to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees here. Now we’ve crossed over into the “frankly unthinkable,” whatever that might entail. As Peter Suderman notes, Trump’s call for closing mosques not only flouts the Constitution; it also shows he “cares little for the most basic and fundamental principles upon which the country he says he wants to lead was founded.” But in the endless Trumpathon that the GOP primaries have become, every idea, no matter how startling at first hearing, must always be superceded, or Trumped, by a new, yuuuger idea.
Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz Suggest Religious Test: Christians Only!
Bush: Let’s Focus On Helping The Christian Syrian Refugees, Rather Than The Muslims
Bush said that the U.S. should use a careful screening process to ensure refugees are in fact Christian, saying “we need to be obviously very, very cautious.”
Bush isn’t the only GOP candidate to say U.S. compassion as it relates to the refugee crisis should focus on Christians. “President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees to America — it is nothing less than lunacy,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday. “Now on the other hand,” Cruz added, “Christians, we should be providing safe haven to them.”