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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 24, 2015 at 07:56

Groeten, Demsci.

But if it won't get a majority vote, and we can see the many vehement reactions to Trump's proposition, what then?

I suppose you're referring to "The Donald"'s plan to ban Muslims from immigration until further notice. You know, I'm not very good at prophesying. I can tell you that if Trump is elected US President, a very large majority of Americans will support his immigration policies -- and Congress will have to bow to the will of the people if they know what's good for them.

But I can't predict that Trump will win the election. The press in this country is controlled by the 1% of the 1% of the 1% -- Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Larry Ellison: the people who are backing Clinton and Rubio, and who formerly backed Jeb Bush; also the main supporters of Public Television. Trump's personal finances cannot compete with them, so it's a real uphill battle for the American people.

So, if Clinton or Rubio get elected, what then? More of the same! Instead of President Bushama, we will have President Clibama or Rubama. If we do manage to get a President Trump, the country will be ruled the old fashioned way -- by lobbying congressmen and White House staff. If that fails, the Devil will whisper into Donald's ear, and he will become a Caesar. Caesar was bad news for the Senatorial class, who nevertheless all ended up kowtowing to him; but he was popular with the people. If not with Trump, this is what we will eventually get anyway: It's what happens to republics.

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To me it is about doctrine. Example: I called myself a Darwinist, but now a Democratic Darwinist, because I found out from writer Robert Zubrin that Darwinist theory played a large role in Nazism.

Ah, so Robert Zubrin convinced you. You were persuaded intellectually. The problem there, is that if you could be persuaded intellectually, you can also be un-persuaded intellectially, as you have already been from your initial brand of Darwinism.

Do you want to know how I was convinced to follow Jesus? I got lost in the forest, and thought I would die; so I sat down and had a conversation with the invisible God. He was seated in front of me, perhaps five meters away or closer; and I suddenly felt a great peace come over me. Then I asked Him is He were Jesus. My response didn't come from Him; but instead, I felt a hand on my left shoulder, so real that I was afraid to look up to see who might be there. Mind you, I was all alone, in the middle of a forest. From that day forward, I have followed Jesus. How do you suppose I can be unconvinced from that? I could be distracted for a while, but I cannot be unconvinced; and the Devil knows it. You went on,

And if I had lived in the 30-ies and Hitler had called his movement Darwinism, then I would then have felt compelled to somehow change the name of my ideology.

The only Germans who opposed Hitler, so far as I can figure, were a handful of Christian preachers, and about 10,000 Jehovah's Witnesses (of whom 1,200 were killed in the camps). The Dutch has a higher level of resistance, because an element of nationalism was involved. You were convinced away from your early beliefs by Zubrin's book. How would you fare, if all copies of his book had been burned, and every one around you who resisted the State was publicly humiliated or killed? True, millions of Germans did not believe in Hitler; but they followed him. In the US, knowing my fellow Americans as I do, I don't think we would fare much different from how the Germans did.

Concerning the Muslims, I cannot predict the future. The American Indians surrendered their native faiths in favor of Christianity; because they saw that the Christian God was more powerful than their own spirits. The Roman pagans were similarly impressed. Darwin's followers, in Europe, America and elsewhere, are pretty much powder puffs next to the Jihadis, so I don't think they're impressed by the ungod of Darwin. They will not fare so well against the Christians and Jews. As for the unblievers and double-minded, I believe they will crackle and spark like burning grass in the yearas ahead, the fly into the air and disappear.

Islam is a pretty tough cookie. Charles Martel and John Sobieski were able to stop it, because they were Christians. So were the Colonial Powers in their day, because they had a monopoly on their materialist "god" of technology. Even today, many Muslims fear that god; but they are getting less afraid. As I said, I can't predict the future.

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