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George Takei recalls life in an internment camp in stinging rebuke of Trump’s Muslim registry proposal

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George Takei, the director and activist who lived in an internment camp as a child, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post Friday imploring Americans to reject “the notion of a national Muslim registry” and the historical precedence used to justify it.

Referring to Trump surrogate Carl Higbie’s claim earlier this week that “we did it during World War II with the Japanese,” Takei asked for readers to “stop and consider these words”:

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“The internment was a dark chapter of American history, in which 120,000 people, including me and my family, lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our freedoms because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Higbie speaks of the internment in the abstract, as a ‘precedent’ or a policy, ignoring the true human tragedy that occurred.”

Takei explained he, along with his four siblings, “were forced at gunpoint” from their home and forced to live in a horse stable. “ It was a devastating blow to my parents, who had worked so hard to buy a house and raise a family in Los Angeles,” Takei wrote.

The director noted as a young child, he eventually found life an in internment camp normal, but as he learned about civics in school he “came to see the internment as an assault not only upon an entire group of Americans, but upon the Constitution itself.”

Takei argued the justification used later by Higbie—that “the interest of national security” takes precedence over political popularity or what’s “right,”—could never justify the “wholesale denial of constitutional rights and protection.”

“If it is freedom and our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles,” Takei wrote. “Without that, we are no better than our enemies.”

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Takei explained the Constitution exists “to protect against the excess of democracies,” noting those excess are “particularly salient when, in an atmosphere of fear or mistrust, one group is singled out and vilified.”

“That cannot happen again,” Takei concluded. “We cannot allow it.”


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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano rips Trump for tweeting while America burns

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano blasted President Donald Trump's failure of leadership after nationwide protests have erupted over the police killing of George Floyd.

Napolitano was outraged by the president calling on governors to "dominate" protesters, and he ripped Trump's inflammatory tweets, reported the Huffington Post.

“These words make things worse, they don’t lighten the tension -- they exacerbate it,” Napolitano told Fox News Radio’s “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla.”

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Congress can rein in Trump’s power by amending one single law

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By Kathryn Kovacs Presidential power in the United States has gotten out of hand. It’s not just one outrageous president; the presidency itself has burst free of its shackles and threatens to overrun our democracy. But Congress can restore balance by amending a single federal law.The problem isn’t the Constitution. The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution didn’t anticipate COVID-19, for example. Later Congress drafted the laws that give the president the unilateral power to keep meat-packing plants open, close the nation’s borders, and redirect billions of federal dollars. The president’s many ... (more…)

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With a deranged, racist reactionary in the White House, it’s almost surprising this explosion took so long

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This is what it looks like when too many aggrieved Americans become deluded enough to elect a buffoonish, malicious, bigoted weirdo who tried to sell beef in Sharper Image mall stores. Yet it still manages to shock us, and rightfully so, when we observe how Donald Trump remains grossly out of his depth, incapable of even the most basic presidential responsibilities. Nearly four years into the job, his inability to carry out the paint-by-numbers traditions of benevolent leadership in the White House remains in critical focus as the nation falls further from greatness by the second, with chaos erupting all around.
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