The Economist article:
Pulling up the welcome mat
An American mayor says no to Syrian refugees, flunks history
Nov 19th 2015, 16:16 BY S.M. | NEW YORK
“THOSE WHO cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, George Santayana, the philosopher, is famous for saying. David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, showed yesterday that people who think they remember the past, yet recall it incorrectly, are equally doomed, and this can be especially problematic when the errant student of history occupies a seat of power.
Truth be told, Mr Bowers isn’t a particularly powerful man. He has one vote on a 7-person council that is tasked with hiring the city manager who conducts Roanoke’s day-to-day business. He apparently lacks the clout to determine his community’s policy regarding foreign refugees. But Mr Bowers’ limited authority did not stop him from issuing a statement on November 18th summoning the memory of the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war to call for a halt to the settlement of Syrian refugees in Roanoke:
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Mr Bowers’ facile linkage between the two eras—“I’m reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then”—is literally, and ridiculously, true. As my colleague wrote earlier this week, the threat posed by any of the 10,000 Syrian refugees America has pledged to accept over the coming year is next to nil: the Paris terrorists appear to have been French and Belgian, not Syrian, and America was attacked in 2001 by militants on student or tourist visas, not by refugees. Likewise, no historian finds any credibility in the post-Pearl Harbour bombing fears that individuals of Japanese descent living on America’s west coast might commit sabotage or otherwise jeopardise the war effort. So Mr Bowers is correct that the two inclinations are equally “real and serious”: neither is real or serious in the least. Both are founded in illogical, paranoid fears of an identifiable other on whom blame can be placed and through whose exclusion and ostracisation a false sense of security can be imagined.
To set Mr Bowers’s mangled history straight, it is worth turning back to the now-reviled Supreme Court decision in Korematsu v United States, the case that permitted the War Relocation Authority to go forward with Executive Order 9066 forcing 110,000 Japanese nationals and American citizens of Japanese descent out of their homes and, with subsequent orders, into internment camps. Fred Korematsu was an America-born citizen of Japanese descent who flouted the exclusion order and decided to stay put in his town of San Leandro, California. He was nabbed on a street corner three weeks later and charged with violating the federal rule. Justice Hugo Black began his analysis by insisting that when the government draws racial lines, it must be very careful. “All legal restrictions which curtail the civil rights of a single racial group”, he wrote, “are immediately suspect”. Judges assessing the constitutional validity of these rules must subject them to “the most rigid scrutiny”. But while “racial antagonism never” justifies race-based restrictions, “pressing public necessity”, in certain circumstances, does. Justice Black wrote for six justices in concluding that “Korematsu was not excluded from the Military Area because of hostility to him or his race”:
He was excluded because we are at war with the Japanese Empire, because the properly constituted military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and felt constrained to take proper security measures, because they decided that the military urgency of the situation demanded that all citizens of Japanese ancestry be segregated from the West Coast temporarily, and, finally, because Congress, reposing its confidence in this time of war in our military leaders—as inevitably it must—determined that they should have the power to do just this…We cannot—by availing ourselves of the calm perspective of hindsight—now say that, at that time, these actions were unjustified.
Justice Frank Murphy, one of the three dissenters, expressed incredulity at the majority’s willingness to permit the Roosevelt administration to invade the liberty of an entire “race” based on phantom fears. He called the decision a “legalisation of racism”:
Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting, but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilisation of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
Justice Murphy was speaking of people who were already living in America, not of refugees from a horrific war seeking entrance into the fold of the American polity. But his dissent rings true 73 years later, as displaced Syrians seek a safe haven for themselves and their families at the shores of a nation beckoning “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. America’s response to the crisis that is under attack by so many is not, we should note, particularly generous. The policy Mayor Bowers and 26 governors have pledged to resist would resettle only the tiniest fraction of the millions of Syrians who have become refugees. The vetting process for the few thousand who may come America’s way is slow and onerous. It is only through a grossly distorted view of American history that even this comparatively stingy offer of hope to beleaguered and endangered Syrians can be cast as a threat to national security.
Well then!! Who is ultimately responsible for these waves of REFUGEES??
ANSWER: The American government, filled to the brim with useful and thoroughly worthless do-nothing idiots and 100% run by the most insane criminals that I have ever seen in my lifetime, all of whom have been continually empowered and emboldened, decade after decade, by a 100% brainwashed total-moron population that has absolutely NO knowledge about…ANY topic whatsoever; This IDIOT-filled U.S. citizenry that has empowered, again and again, the most heinous War Criminals and the most wretched filth this world has ever seen or known to positions of global economic and military power!! Great job, Brownie!!
So!! A note On Immigrant Refugees:
This American government, along with it’s complicit PALS, criminal quislings in the UK/EU/Israel/Saudi Arabia, has in FACT and in DEED obliterated nearly every single sovereign nation on planet earth and every economy along with it, even including OUR OWN.
Meanwhile, the dumbest of the dumb, the White Anglo-Saxon walleyed, brainwashed Patriot-Citizens of the United States of America–the vicious, ignorant, stupid and vile Racists that so many of them are in Reality–actively turn away, straight back to the war-torn, drug-ravaged ruins of the U.S. government, YES!! American Empire destruction, these very same Victims [of America et al] who are fighting for basic survival…Hmmm.
Well then!! Here I quote:
“What a majority of the electorate, including supporters of corporations/capitalism fails to understand is where we really are: Owned and operated by multinational corporations that hold absolutely no allegiance to any nation, Constitution or system of moral authority. Corporations who pick our leaders, buy our representatives, count our votes without oversight or confirmation, taint our food and foul our water and air, sicken our workers and benefit from their deaths. The corporations’ allegiance is to only money; nothing else. They pay little or no taxes, yet they impose policy and write laws to limit our power and unleash theirs.”
So!! The Failure of the American people to Recognize, to Realize, to even momentarily Acknowledge the corporate and Banking Cartel TakeOver, IS the American Way. Total Ignorance. Total Hypocrisy. Total Injustice.
This IS the American Way.
The Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Thank you for your comment. The question should be:
Are we, as fellow human beings on Planet Earth, REALLY going to accept THIS?
The United States government officials and those within it’s many duplicitous taxpayer-funded government agencies are actively engaged in criminal conspiracies and collusion with numerous private multinational corporations, including those that perpetrate, promulgate and perpetuate devastating global WARS.
These corporate and government entities are in fact and in deed complicit in War Crimes, Theft, Bank Fraud, Embezzlement, Profiteering, Larceny, Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering; Genocide; TREASON.
Many of these United States’ government officials, both elected and unelected, have long been breaking very serious U. S. and International laws; Laws written specifically in the U.S. Constitution; Laws in which each of these officials have sworn to uphold. This is Treason.
The United States of America and it’s many quisling agencies’ government officials, both elected and unelected, whether wittingly or unwittingly, have actively and deliberately been deceiving the American citizenry for decades; The U.S. government spokespersons and agency cohorts do actively spread outright lies and deliberate misinformation; The U.S. government has been doing so for decades, particularly by an apparently highly contemplated and systematic use of corporate-controlled Mass Media, which is itself responsible for spreading Propaganda confabulated by some within the United States government and with a very specific purpose: To conceal multiple serious crimes.
The C.I.A., the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, is a U. S. Taxpayer-funded government-sponsored Terrorist Organization that has been actively engaged in war crimes, treachery, treason, multiple foreign and domestic coups d’etat, multiple domestic and foreign assassinations, and countless myriad other strictly illegal and highly nefarious activities, many [illegal] acts conducted in total secrecy and without the knowledge nor the consent of the Taxpaying citizens of the United States.
We the People of the United States do hereby demand full accountability from each of our government officials; We demand full and rigorous investigations and thorough prosecutions, whether in a newly-formed newly-instituted U.S. Court of Law or in an International Tribunal; And, finally, We the People of the United States of America do hereby demand full retribution paid by those whom are found guilty of their crimes in the form of severe punitive measures and full global reparations for all citizens of the United States and all affected citizens of the world.