Sometimes you really don’t know what you are going to get when you read the Powerline. I mean, you know what to expect, but it is just hard to believe they will keep delivering time and time again. At any rate, upon learning of J. Edgar Hoover’s plan to detain up to 12,000 Americans suspected of disloyalty, this little back and forth took place:
PAUL adds: Hoover did not favor the mass internment of Japanese-Americans that occurred after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
JOHN responds: True. But if we had gone to war with the Soviet Union, I’ll bet he would have been champing at the bit to round up Communists and Communist sympathizers. Of course, there is a huge difference in principle between rounding up those who are believed to be disloyal and rounding up, or restricting the movements of, an entire ethnic group. And domestic Communists would have posed a far greater security risk than Japanese aliens and Japanese-Americans.
PAUL concurs: Without a doubt. The World War II example shows that, at least in some cases, Hoover was less quick than certain liberals to judge people potentially disloyal.
When your first instinct upon learning of this plan is to try to figure out how the liberals are worse, you have issues.