As my readers well know, Donald Trump is not my first pick as the Republican presidential nominee. As a physician I have come to learn that experience counts. Many lessons are learned through the school of hard knocks. I don’t want my president learning that way.
Be that as it may, I am irate about Trump’s news coverage. They liken him to Mussolini.
The Washington Post had this opinion headline:
Donald Trump, America’s modern Mussolini
The media even dug up old photos to seal the comparison (not bad). However, “the media” are morons and probably never read a history book about Mussolini (or anything else). Mussolini was, in fact, highly regarded by Americas before World War II because he “got things done.” And, believe me, “getting things done” in Italian government is no small task. Here is an except from a paper published by the Institute for Historical Review (Author, Mark Weber).
America’s image today of Benito Mussolini and his Italian Fascist regime is, to a considerable extent, a product of Second World War propaganda. The wartime image of the Duce (leader) as a clownish bully remains largely intact to this day. But this was not always so. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Mussolini and Fascist Italy were generally well regarded in the United States.
John P. Diggins, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, notes in his 1972 study, Mussolini and Fascism: The View from America (p.59): “Whatever Mussolini’s reputation is today, from the time of the [Fascist] March on Rome  to the beginning of the Ethiopian War , he was an esteemed figure. Americans in particular saw in Mussolini certain enduring qualities which enabled him to qualify as a ‘great man’ not only of his time but of the ages.”
Be certain to get my meaning, I am not trying to rehabilitate Mussolini’s image or vindicate his actions. He began Fascism and I am completely against Fascism (you may also be interested to learn that he was the leading politician in the Italian Socialist Party before forming the Italian Fascist Party – and, by the by, Mussolini, not Hitler, instituted fascism). Returning to Mr. Trump, the “talking heads” can’t wrap their brains around his popularity. It’s simple. The Mussolini comparison is apt – not because Mr. Trump is a fascist, but because Mr. Trump promises to “get things done,” as Mussolini promised – a promise he fulfilled while Americans applauded.
Mr. Trump was recently severely criticized for suggesting that the U.S. should suspend the immigration of Muslims. The appelations applied to Mr. Trump for making this assertion included: “Un-American,” dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous and racist. The president called such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional. For a “constitutional scholar,” I do not believe the President knows that much about the Constitution. The Constitution requires the President to follow the laws of the land. Among those laws is the McCarran-Walter Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
The President already has the power to execute a selective immigration ban. Jimmy Carter did it – not that anything Jimmy Carter did is a “recommendation.” In 1979 Carter issued an order to keep Iranians out of the United States, but he actually did more. He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then he deported several thousand who were found in violation of their visas (15,000 Iranian students were forced to leave the United States in 1979).
[From the McCarran-Walter Act] “Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Again, to be clear, this post is not an endorsement of Mr. Trump’s statement. It is only intended to get the facts straight – something the “lame-stream” media seems incapable of doing.
And thanks to JM for getting me interested in this topic and TMB for finding the passage in the law.