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Have You Noticed that the Word ‘Un-American’ Isn’t Radioactive Anymore?

I wrote about the reaction to Trump’s immigration order today:

The surefire way to bring the word “un-American” into vogue is to propose a restriction on immigration, no matter how minor.

Democrats, who have spent the past half-century since Joe McCarthy objecting to the suggestion that anyone in this country might not be patriotic, can barely mention President Donald Trump’s immigration order without calling it un-American. Judging by their performance over the past few days, if Democrats ever take back control of Congress, their first act will be to reinstitute the House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate proponents of reduced immigration and their associates. (“Are you now or have you ever been an immigration restrictionist?”)

Trump’s immigration order is vulnerable to any number of legitimate criticisms, on its merits and particularly on its shambolic rollout. But it is not true that a months-long pause in immigration from seven Muslim-majorities countries, some of which lack functioning governments, and all of which are either war-torn or hostile to the United States, is a violation of the nation’s creed.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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