"Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism'. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
—Sen. Huey Long—
Creating controversy and blaming the opposition for responding is a not a new tactic for the Republican Fascist Party. But it has evolved to evermore ridiculous heights of cynical manipulation, with the recent passage of the Health Care Bill.
Republican leadership and right wing talkingheads began by using rhetoric that inflamed the lunatic libertarian right wing fringe to violence— and then blamed the Democrats for mentioning that very real and dangerous insightment of violence—and then they turned around and castigated the Democrats for mentioning their reprehensible behavior in Democratic fund raising messages.
I watched in utter amazement as Candy Crowley of CNN grilled, David Axelrod, in bulldog fashion and tried over and over again to blame the Democrats for escalating the current political animosity by merely mentioning the violence and threats of violence emanating from the right, in Democratic fund raising appeals. When that failed she pulled the same loaded question on her next quest Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Blame the victim is a favorite attack of the right. What makes this hypocrisy even more telling is that when asked to sign a pledge for bipartisan civility the RNC (Republican Nazi Committee) chairman Michael Steele said through a spokesman that, "The Republican National Committee will not sign the civility statement condemning threats and vandalism against members of Congress".
Make no mistake the real danger this country faces is not from some imagined boogeyman—conjured by the Republican propaganda machine—of a socialist, liberal agenda, but a from very real and diabolical fascist right wing cabal—fronted by, bought and paid for their shills—Republican Fascist Congressmen—who have spent millions of dollars lying to the American people about the new Health Care Bill.
Do you think there's any connection between—the universal adamantine objections of every Republican in the House and Senate—and the legions of Insurance, Drug and various other corporate special interest lobbyists flooding, the campaign chests of these Congressmen with millions of dollars of contributions and plastering the American air waves with distortions and lies, about a Bill that would benefit the vast majority of Americans?
To be sure, there is a cynical calculated effort by these fascist thugs to highjack the American political process, and enslave the American people to Corporate interest that have taken over this country. What do you think "the Bank Bailout" was but corporate welfare under the Bush administration. How did a republican appointee in the last hours of a republican Presidency dump a trillion dollar windfall into the laps of American Bankers? And then in a Machiavellian twist blame Obama for it.
The Republicans have created the myth of a liberal media when in truth the American mainstream media is owned and operated by very wealthy men with, a Mussolinian view of fascism— that is—an incestuous collaboration of corporate and government entities bent towards ultimate economic control of the population. Any honest reading of the history preceding and during World War Two will show the ultimate goal of this kind of cabal is control the population through fear e.g.. "the war on terrorism" along with a ramped up uber-nationalistic fervor resulting in violence and murder leading to a take over of power. This tendency of the right towards demagoguery and authoritarian government are not new in this country.
—Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy—
"Without exhaustive debate, even heated debate, of ideas and programs, free government would weaken and wither. But if we allow ourselves to be persuaded that every individual or party that takes issue with our own convictions is necessarily wicked or treasonous then, indeed, we are approaching the end of freedom's road."
—Dwight D. Eisenhower—
"The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power...
Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion...
"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism...
They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection."
—Henry A. Wallace, 1944—
"There are troubling signs: Republican operatives disrupting a Florida vote recount by force; trashing the Constitution (as well as traditional safeguards of military law of the Geneva Convention) to go after an open-ended category of "terrorists"; the adoption of a frank imperial mindset and pre-emptive war; sympathy in some conservative quarters for violence against abortion clinics and ATF agents; a switch to recount-less, receipt-less, Republican-provided electronic voting systems.
But most of this-- as well as the quest to give big business everything it wants-- is pursued quietly, without fascist trumpeting."
—Robert O. Paxton—
...Another result of the close "collaboration" between business and government in Italy was a continual interchange of personnel between the. . . civil service and private business.' Because of this "revolving door" between business and government, Mussolini had created a state within the state to serve private interests which are not always in harmony with the general interests of the nation. Mussolini's "revolving door" swung far and wide...
The whole idea behind collectivism in general and fascism in particular is to make citizens subservient to the state and to place power over resource allocation in the hands of a small elite... Such decisions should be made by a "dominant class" he labeled "the elite."
—Thomas J. DiLorenzo—
Decide for yourself, here are the Fourteen Characteristics of Fascism as stated by Dr. Lawrence Britt.
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights -
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause -
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military -
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism -
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media -
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security -
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined -
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected -
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed -
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment -
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections -
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Dr Britt goes on to say, "The above fourteen point definition of fascism clearly describes the current state of the United States of America, particularly under the second Bush Administration - a regime awash in corruption, secrecy, theocracy, militarism and election fraud. Never before in the history of this country have the people as a whole been rendered so powerless by a ruling, corporate, elite and gang of "New World Order—Project For a New Century" imperialists.
Given the media control by a handful of powerful and unelected few, never before has the need for radical reforms been so necessary, and yet so difficult to mount.
As for the fourteen points, the only point which is no longer quite so applicable and defining today is that of economic Nationalism. While the flags may still wave, the country is being economically dismantled by a forced trade regime - i.e., an undemocratic, GATT-NAFTA, scheme written by and for globalizing mega-corporate interests. Forced interdependence, reward of the greater slave, giving away our industrial base to undemocratic powers, a war to divert our attention from the destruction of freedom, privacy and democracy at home is the order of the day. Added to this is the deliberate ruin of our currency to achieve a semblance of trade balance... an impossible feat once you no longer domestically manufacture goods to export and your service sector is also being decimated by outsourcing.
In short, preemptive wars and imperialism aside, the fascism we see today is not one aimed at strengthening the country but, rather, in reducing it to second and third-world status via a process of "harmonization" the people no longer control, and via interest-bearing debt ruin. It is only our remaining freedom, independence, wealth, Constitution and Internet democracy which stand in the way of a completed "Trilateralism" - i.e., a well-known, decades-old, ruling elite, scheme to reduce nation states to pawns in a corporate, controlled, global, fascist state and secure the neo-enclosures of the 21st century."
What we have here is a failure of the American voter to recognize where the real threat to our American democratic republic lies. Not in the republicans conjured boogeyman of liberal socialism as the Republicans would have you believe but, in fascism which they actively promote, by the use of deliberate misdirection. The Republicans are on the verge of making a political comeback unless you, the American voter wake up and stop them. They are the true enemy within.