Donald Trump’s suggestion that Muslim immigration be temporarily suspended while we improve our immigration controls and terror screenings has been — like most other common sense suggestions these days — met with howls of outrage. Both sides of the Washington Uniparty have denounced the idea of controlling who can enter our country as an unconscionable assault on the rights of Muslims by hate-filled bigots. It has reached the point where a highly compensated Republican consultant has suggested that Trump should be shot in the head for suggesting such an outrageous thing.
A reasonable suggestion about better protecting our country from terror threats is treated like the ravings of mad man. A temper tantrum by spoiled brats that serving Sushi and General Tso’s chicken in a college cafeteria is an offensive “cultural appropriation” is treated like a reasonable and legitimate thing.
There is historical precedent for this.
Some thirty-odd years ago, not much was known about HIV and AIDS, except that it was deadly and it was spread through sexual contact. Some suggested that a reasonable, common sense precaution that might save lives would be to close the bath houses where gay men hooked up with strangers for unsafe anonymous sex. This was also decried by the politically correct left as an unconscionable assault on gay men by hate-filled bigots.
Ideology in 1983 demanded that AIDS had absolutely nothing to do with gay sex. Ideology in 2015 demands that Terrorism has absolutely nothing to do with Mohammedism.
Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do study history are doomed to watch in horror while those who didn’t repeat it.