"It can't happen here". Oh yeah?

jduprey
Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs.

Pop Will Eat Itself - Dos Dedos Mis Amigos - Ich Bin Ein Auslander

"Listen to the victim, abused by the system
The basis is racist, you know that we must face this.
"It can't happen here". Oh yeah?
"Take a look around at the cities and the towns."

See them hunting, creeping, sneaking,
Breeding fear and loathing with the lies they're speaking.
The knife, the gun, broken bottle, petrol bomb:
There is no future when the past soon come.

And when they come to ethnically cleanse me,
Will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Or laugh through a glass eye as they rape our lives,
Trampled underfoot by the right on the rise.

Ich Bin Ein Auslander.

Welcome to a state where the politics of hate
Shout loud in the crowd "Watch them beat us all down"
There's a rising tide in the rivers of blood
But if the answer isn't violence, neither is your silence.

If they come to ethnically cleanse me,
will you speak out? Will you defend me?
Freedom of expression doesn't make it alright
Trampled underfoot by the rise of the right.
"

"Ich Bin Ein Auslander" - I am an outsider?

While I'm pretty sure they had nazism (or fascism) in mind when they wrote the song, it has always conjured visions of an America that has forgotten the "high ideals" of the constitution. Can anyone identify the signs? Suspension of due process? McArthyism or Terrorist witch hunts? Misguided aggression towards unfriendly foreign nations?

Lost Rights by James Bovard - a book so depressing I never got past chapter 3.

Pop Will Eat Itself - Dos Dedos Mis Amigos - Ich Bin Ein Auslander