Americans shun people who are different. They debase our culture. They take our jobs. They seduce our children. They talk like foreigners.
So it was with Germans and Irish in the early 1800s. So it was with Jews and Chinese in the late 1800s. Italians in the early 1900s. Africans forever. And so it is with Muslims today.
At our best we befriend the stranger and his children, we treat them kindly, we hire them, and we defend them. At our worst we demean them, discriminate against them, exploit them, and attack them.
America at our worst is five House Republicans, led by Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who have accused countless American Muslims who work for the U.S. government of being secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, the pan-Middle East organization with a past (and perhaps a future) of religious extremism and violence. To put a face on the enemy they accuse Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, of association with the Brotherhood.
America at our best is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who rose on the Senate floor today to give a passionate speech defending Ms. Abedin. After defending her based on his personal knowledge he summed up why this is so important:
America at our best would be more of our leaders, especially Republicans, denouncing hatemongers of their party.
Thanks to Morley Winograd and Mike Hais for the reminder of our mixed record on immigration.
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