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Worth repeating.

This is Donald Trump on immigration asylum seekers:

I’d call it security porn (there’s a category for everyone) but it goes much deeper than that. There’s a short YouTube video of Dominic Crossan (Jesus Seminar) who talks about Fundamentalism, the apocalypse and the language of pathology. If you skipped it the first several times you saw it, pay attention now:

It happened in Germany, it happened in Rwanda, it happened in Serbia and bosnia-hertzagovna. Now it’s starting to happen here. The evangelical right is impatient for an apocalypse and the MAGA crowd just wants to bash heads in.

The reason why Americans laugh this stuff off is because they think that it can’t happen here. This is wrong. It already has happened here. If you want a clear example, consider the Mountain Meadows Massacre on September 11, 1857. Brigham Young stirred up the Mormons to kill men, women and children who were just passing through Utah on the way to someplace better.

That massacre should be studied in detail because that’s where we’re headed. There are a lot of hot headed Trump supporters, fired up about government telling them what to do, they are afraid of immigrants stealing their stuff and they’ve got a leader who uses the language of pathology stir up their basest instincts.

And they have guns. A lot of them.

That doesn’t mean anyone has to be afraid of them or capitulate in any way just because they are menacing. Plus, as far as I know, there’s no law stopping the rest of us from buying a gun to defend ourselves- something you’d think the right wing nutters should have thought of.

They’re not the brightest bulbs in the pack. But they don’t really have to be to cause bloodshed.

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