It's been more than a few months since CNN reported: "Trump told Yahoo News that he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database, or worse, mandating that they carry special identification cards that note their faith."
It can be done, actually. What I'm calling the Trump Mandate, if he becomes president of the US.
Since that time, he's also proposed banning any Muslim into the country. This too is possible. Within our capabilities.
First, let's set some assumptions I'm using. Statistics are not easily verified here, because thus far we haven't been using religion as a criteria to classify people and their data. Well, that will change. But, here goes:
Number of Muslims citizens of the United States: 3.1-3.8 million. The statistics vary as one counts ages starting earlier than others (1 year vs 18). They generally consist of 65-57% immigrants vs born here. Oh, and the time it took those immigrants to go from first applying to being accepted, after interview and investigation? Two years.
The number of Muslim students, other that are here on various visas: very difficult to verify, best guess around 100,000 K. Most paying full tuition, room and board. The estimated loss to Universities is around a billion. But no exceptions, remember.
The number of Muslims in the US Military, around 5,000. A sticky wicket for those now stationed abroad trying to come home, and even more for their families who have already been taken into custody.
Which is what we are going to do to every Muslim we can identify.
The concept behind the Trump Muslim Doctrine, as I understand it, is that if we eliminate the 'Muslim Problem' in the US, we'll eliminate domestic terrorism. The issue with the 'Muslim Problem' is they (Muslims, you know, the guy down the street, etc) really don't like us, and for some reason want to kill us all. Grudgingly, Mr. Trump acknowledges that not every Muslim is a terrorist, but it's impossible to tell the difference, so we gotta do what we gotta do. Lock every damn one of them up.
This is the assumption, and we're goin' with it, at least for the purposes of this little screed.
3.3 or so of those 4 million are United States Citizens, either by birth or naturalization. This is not an insurmountable problem; during the internment of the Japanese Americans during WW2, a majority were citizens. So there is some precedent. Yeah, we didn't do the same with the Germans, but hey! They were white, kind of looked like the rest of us,you know, etc......
It's also important to realize no Muslim is 'immune', in other words, like Caesar's wife, no one is above suspicion. Witness the the Army major who killed soldiers at Ft. Hood. Military Muslims can't be trusted any more than any other one. No status matters here, we will find hundreds, if not thousands, that are members of the polices, law enforcement, public safety and fire departments that are Muslims. This must be ignored, Mr. Trump would not want it considered that just because they are doctors or CIA operatives, they can be trusted. Hell, in fact there are now two high level TSA executives that are Muslim. They'll be the first in handcuffs, for sure.
Ok, so best guess scenario is we have around 4 million, give or take a few hundred thousand to deal with. Let's say 4.5 million. The size of what.....Denver and the surrounding area? NYC minus the Bronx and East end? The states of Montana, Idaho and most of Washington? Lotta people, and we've let them get scattered across the whole damn country.
So, it's the internet age, instant news, social media stuff, etc. People find out things quickly, eh? What we're proposing, the rounding up and incarceration of a ton of people requires planning. Because seriously, if we're doing this, and word gets out, those many Muslim cells we know must be operating, on your very block perhaps, won't wait to see what happens. They'll vanish into the woodwork.
In other words, we gotta round them up, and quickly. I'm talking black helicopters hovering in your neighborhood. Troops on the ground. There is only one way to do this, regrettable but necessary. The President and Congress must rescind or block the Posse Comitatus Act. At once.
Only our military has the organization and wherewithal to do the regrettable act of finding these people, whether single or families, and confining them. And it make no difference what their profession, be it military, government, religious or medical. All must be confined until it can be verified they pose no threat to our safety. The students in our universities would I imagine, willing pay a 'exit fee' to be back to their countries. Win win, right?
Now, to house these hordes, we must have areas, confines, camps to hold them safely away from us. We have some experience to draw on, the Japanese Internment Act, whereby US citizens were taken from their homes, confined to small guarded areas, and held for years. It was done before, we can do it again. And imagine the boom in the construction industry! The benefits of this stretch the imagination, eh? Land, otherwise thought of as arid and uninhabitable can be used, water, food, well we'll work that out as it goes, eh? It's all doable. The transportation probably could be done by rail, the Germans had some success with this method in the 30's.
It will take some time after this has happened to sort it all out; the FBI must investigate these millions, they have the most experience, we could set a standard such as....someone applying for Top Secret clearance, something like that. I imagine with the current staff the FBI could do that within a matter of decades. The Muslim children we could perhaps deal with as we did the Native American children in the late 1800's and early to mid 1900's....have schools for them, boarding schools, where their nasty ethnic habits could be erased and replaced with good American Values. Their parents, while the waiting period is happening might be employed in different tasks that our many corporations now ship overseas, manufacturing, things could be done here for the same wage we're paying the Thai 9 year old. We could bring manufacturing jobs home, just as Mr. Trump promises!! Man, win win.
My, what a happy scenario.
As to a philosophy that might satisfy the American Moral standard, a bar seeming to lower by the second, a precedent has in fact been set, years ago, and even written down. It was called the Wannasee Protocol, written in 1942. It's a document I can easily imagine Mr. Trump's signature upon.
So, his wishes could be done, were the American people wish it. It's doable, folks. In fact, there are apparently millions of you right this minute willing to go along with it.
Just havin' a little fun here, folks.