As preposterous as Donald Trump's recent statements on Muslims and immigrants are, one must wonder how his vision might be implemented.
And, at this point, it begs the question of whether Mr. Trump wants to be president. Or, perhaps, he didn't expect his outlandish and un-American statements to capture such a significant portion of the electorate.
If elected, would he be able to wrangle a Republican House and Senate into passing laws effectively separating Muslims from the rest of us? Somehow disenfranchising them of certain inalienable rights due to their professed religion? What if they are no longer part of that religion, but all of their ancestors were?
And how do we find these Muslims or other immigrants?
Do we create some sort of national police force whose only job is to search out illegals and send them to deportment camps? Does any of this sound familiar?
In 1933, German legislators began passing laws which all but removed Jewish citizens from participating in German public life, and in 1935 passed the "Nuremberg Laws."
These laws didn't care if you weren't Jewish, it was enough that your grandparents were.
These laws also entrenched the idea of Jews as outsiders.
The United States is not Nazi Germany; we welcome outsiders — whether they are tired, poor or wretched refuse.
If the United States goes down this road, there is no coming back.