This past Friday, November 18, a federal judge told a group of new citizens, "I can assure you that whether you voted for [Trump] or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president. He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country" ("Judge Tells New Citizens They Can Leave The U.S. If They Don’t Like Donald Trump," Huffington Post, 11-19-2016).
This reminds me of a statement by top Nazi judge Roland Freisler, made when trying members of the White Rose (a small group of young Germans who spoke out against the Nazis): "The days when every man can be allowed to profess his own political beliefs are past. For us there is but one standard: the National Socialist one. Against this we measure each man!" (Inge Scholl, The White Rose, Wesleyan University Press, 1983 edition, p. 127.)
According to a local news station, the federal judge said he intended the comments about Trump to be "unifying and respectful to the office of the president." Interestingly, Roland Freisler said disrespect was not allowed in Nazi Germany: "Whoever, as teacher or student, vilifies the Fuhrer in this way no longer belongs to us. Whoever slanders National Socialism in this way no longer has a place among us." (The members of the White Rose received various punishments, including imprisonment, torture, and beheading.)
Donald Trump himself once said, "One of the things you should do in terms of success: If somebody hits you, you've got to hit 'em back five times harder than they ever thought possible. You've got to get even. Get even. And the reason, the reason you do, is so important…The reason you do, you have to do it, because if they do that to you, you have to leave a telltale sign that they just can't take advantage of you. It's not so much for the person, which does make you feel good, to be honest with you, I've done it many times. But other people watch and you know they say, 'Well, let's leave Trump alone'" ("Donald Trump Is Completely Obsessed With Revenge," Mother Jones, October 19, 2016).
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
In other words, what seems to be on the horizon is completely unconstitutional and completely un-American.
Yet, if the Trump Administration creates a Muslim registry; or calls the National Guard on those who protest his administration; or creates internment camps for Muslims or political opponents; or creates a larger mass surveillance state, thus putting a chilling effect on the First Amendment, who will stop him? The right-wing Congress? The right-wing Supreme Court? The state legislatures, 42 of which leaned further to the right this year? Federal judges, like the one who told new citizens to leave if they don't like Trump? The military? (history shows us that soldiers often do as they're told, whether it's right or not). Law enforcement? Like the law enforcement agencies that are shooting American Indians with rubber bullets, and gleefully dousing them with pepper spray, to protect a corporation in North Dakota that is (along with the Army Corps of Engineers) bending environmental impact statement rules to fast-track the construction of a dangerous pipeline?
If you are not concerned, you should be. If you are asleep, you need to wake up. If you are more interested in the color of underwear that Kim Kardashian is wearing today, than you are in politics & government, you need to snap yourself out of it before you lose your fundamental rights, before you are not allowed to say, "I don't like Trump."