Sunday, January 29, 2017

Reliving the 1930s - Part 3

In 2014 I posted two blogs as to how we are reliving the 1930s. The first dealt with President Obama's vacillation with respect to Putin's aggression in Ukraine and the second dealt with the rise Antisemitism in Europe. Here are the links: and

With only one week in office it now seems that President Trump put us into "hyper-drive" back to the 1930s. He is in the process of starting a trade war with Mexico, whose government is only now undoing the oil nationalizations of Lazero Cardenas in 1938. Perhaps President Trump wants a virulent left-winger heading up the Mexican government. Trust me if he is worried about Mexican immigration today, just wait for an economic upheaval in Mexico.

More frightening is his wholesale exclusion of Muslims by executive order from seven countries previously identified with terrorism by the Obama Administration in 2015. They are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. He also closed our borders to the admission of ALL refugees for 4 months. Although not an explicit Muslim ban, it certainly comes close. The message is loud and clear. Moreover, until restrained by a Judge, legal residents with green cards and immigrants with H1-B Visas were also banned from reentering the United States.

His act is a chilling reminder to the the world of 1939 where President Franklin Roosevelt closed our door to European Jewry seeking refuge from Hitler. In fact he refused to allow the refugee filled ship, the St. Louis, from coming ashore in the U.S. Similarly the UK government issued a White Paper sharply restricting Jewish immigration to Palestine. Just like in today's Syria, the refugees were trapped. If only only Obama enforced his Syrian red line in 2012. But that was then and this is now.

Until this weekend I poo-poohed the talk of Trump fascism. I now have to take it seriously as the 1930s come into clear view.

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