Letter to the Editor

It starts with the Muslims

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I am writing because the happiest and most important two years of my life between the ages of eight and 10 were spent in Sac City where I could live in the Carnegie Library and where my Cub Scout den collected enough scrap iron at a penny a pound to buy an American flag. I think the social contract, which was at the foundation of that world and which made those memories possible, is at risk in our current election.

Recently, I have found myself mulling over Martin Niemoller's self-assessment after his liberation following eight years in Nazi concentration camps, "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist... then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me." Donald Trump has been announcing that he will come for Muslims; these announcements have not caused any significant protest from Republican senators or others in that party who ought to know better. Which makes me wonder, will we find ourselves saying, "They came for the Muslims and I did not speak out because I was not a Muslim, etc."

Remember that Hitler and his Nazis began as a minority government and that everything they did was legal. So Donald and the Republicans who endorse him will find a way to make it legal and fill up the Supreme Court to approve its legality.