Donald Trump got a lot of attention last week for saying that we should shut down mosques in America, but he was trumped, so to speak, by Marco Rubio.
“It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place — whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site — any place where radicals are being inspired,” Rubio said on Fox News’ The Kelly File on Thursday night when asked if he agreed with Trump. “The bigger problem we have is our inability to find out where these places are, because we’ve crippled our intelligence programs, both through unauthorized disclosures by a traitor, in Edward Snowden, or by some of the things this president has put in place with the support even of some from my own party to diminish our intelligence capabilities.”
“So whatever facility is being used — it’s not just a mosque — any facility that’s being used to radicalize and inspire attacks against the United States, should be a place that we look at,” he continued.
Donald Trump is a sadist and a fascist, but he’s leading in the polls so Marco Rubio, who never had an original idea but knows who to steal from, comes along. So we’ve come to this, and this is now what passes for “reasonable” rhetoric from the candidate who is supposed to be the one who isn’t as wild-eyed bat-shit crazy as some of the others. Just toss out the Constitution and lump all the people who worship at a particular place into one group. That, we have been told, will solve the problem and put an end to radicalization.
In the real world, just the opposite will happen. Persecuting Muslims and their allies will only radicalize more of them, as we’ve seen in Iran, Iraq and Syria and anywhere else in the last 100 years where we’ve tried to bend them to our way. And it’s not just Muslims; it’s a lot of places where we decided that we know best and who can resist the siren call of capitalism, McDonald’s, and Jesus?