Fascism and the GOP: Inseparable

Comparisons to Hitler are sometimes referred to as Godwin’s Law where ultimately all comparisons can revert somehow into Naziism. The Teaparty tried that with Obama, although not one iota of parallel existed. The GOP is on a mad dash to becoming very much like a Fascist regime. This time, I will provide concrete examples to back up these assertions.  There is far too much similarity to be ignored.

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TeaParty Rallies: Breeding Grounds for Hate

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt wrote an article about fascism “Fascism Anyone?,” Free Inquiry, Spring 2003 . Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler, Franco, Mussolini and Pinochet for example. I’ve likened each point with an obvious example of current Republican practices and policies.

The 14 characteristics are:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
i.e. THE AMERICAN TEAPARTY
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
VOTER SUPPRESSION AND FOR-PROFIT HEALTHCARE
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. In the USA, people have often died because they are uninsured.  This is fine to all the “TeaParty Patriots” apparently.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
STATES PASS ANTI SHARIA LAW MEASURES

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States with Sharia Law on the Books

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
ROMNEY wants to increase military spending and start new conflicts while Democrats try to end wars. The GOP plutocracy rarely has served militarily yet insists on widespread participation ironically.

Even when there are massive domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected.

5. Rampant Sexism
AKA The GOP War on Women
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
Watch Lisa Brown and other Democratic Members of the Michigan Legislature try to fight the war on women

6. Controlled Mass Media
FOX NEWS AND BAIN CAPITAL OWNERS OF CLEAR CHANNEL
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. POLITICO admitted journalists have NOT reported on Republican obstructionism.

7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. THE GOP CLAIMS PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TOO SOFT ON NATIONAL SECURITY. Romney has all but declared war with Iran and has little regard for the loss of life that would be assured.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
CREATIONISM SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS??
Many in the GOP believe this. 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

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Separation of Church and State in Jeopardy

9. Corporate Power is Protected
“CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE MY FRIENDS” AND CITIZENS UNITED
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
GOVERNOR WALKER AND THE KOCH/WISCONSIN ANTI-UNION MOVEMENT
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
GOP REFERS TO HOLLYWOOD AS THE LIBERAL ELITE
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 is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
THE RISE OF PRIVATE PRISONS IN THE NATION WITH THE MOST PRISONERS PER CAPITA
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

THE OIL AND GAS LOBBYISTS making energy and environmental policy simultaneously. 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

THE 2000 ‘ELECTION’ OF GEORGE W BUSH BY SCOTUS 

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.

I’m sure there are even more examples of each of these tenets one could find. A comparison to fascism is absolutely warranted and we must be wary of history’s lessons to avoid making mistakes again. Mitt Romney would be a mistake of massive proportions. Just look at this SCOTUS illustration. Enough to frighten you silly!

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Supreme Court Scenarios
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7 thoughts on “Fascism and the GOP: Inseparable

  1. As a Republican, I’m going to have to kindly disagree with your assertions of what we stand for. The Tea Party was a economically Libertarian movement who spoke out against bail-outs, corporate welfare, cronyism etc. which is the opposite of fascism (a form of nationalist socialism which tries to marry government and business). We want business to succeed but don’t want ANY business to get public money, especially banks that took enormous risks and then were able to nationalize the debt they found themselves in.

    In terms of flags and patriotic signs and songs, I think there is a major difference between an inclusive patriotism and a racist nationalism. Many of the major Tea Party leaders are minorities (Michelle Malkin- Asian, Allen West, Herman Cain, Tim Scott – African-American, Marco Rubio – Latino, Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal – East Indian etc..) We want an inclusive American identity and are proud of American IDEALS not a specific cultural or racial group.

    Voter suppression? There is none. Creationism in schools. I and many other Republicans agree with you, so that is not some universal conservative goal. Privatizing health care, education, prisons? Bravo. Competition always works better, as you see in Singapore with their health care, best in the world, least money spent per capita, and 90% out of pocket through government mandated health savings plans. We don’t want fascism at all. That is a very ridiculous thing to say about small-government conservatives/libertarians. All socialist systems, including fascism and communism, are about expanding government control not limiting it.

    1. You did not just use Michelle Malkin as an example, did you? These anomalies you listed are exceptions who believe all Americans do not deserve equal rights. They’ve all questioned the president’s birth certificate for heaven’s sake! You are sadly misinformed. Try changing the channel to Current TV perhaps.

      1. Well, I’ve actually been to Tea Party meetings and can tell you they are no anomalies. There are tons of minorities there (more Asians and Latinos than African-Americans usually but I was at one meeting in the Seattle area that was majority minority). In Durham, NC as well, the local GOP meetings are about a quarter black. THe city is half black so maybe we have work to do, but we try to be very welcoming to all races so I think it is you who might need to change the channel to find out who we really are and what we really believe. I’m with you on the birth-certificate thing though. That always annoys me because it tries to de-legitimize the president but those people usually get rolled eyes when they bring it up in my experience. By no means did ALL the people I listed back that belief though. Rubio? Allen West? Nikki Haley? I don’t understand how these people are against equal rights either. What exactly did you mean by that? Just curious

      2. Nikki Haley is engaged in voter suppression, Allen West is accusing Democrats of being Communists (a la 1954), Rubio? He’s also involved with Rick Scott’s practices targeting minorities and the unemployed. These guys have sold out to the RNC and their Fox News cohorts. Period.

    2. The so called tea party that I’ve seen, can only say “Bengasi”, “Taxed enough already”. They say don’t tax me anymore, but never ask the question of why corporations and the wealthy have all these tax loopholes and pay less tax than themselves. If you really believe that the tea party is speaking out against corporate welfare and cronyism etc. You need to go to a tea party meeting in Arizona. I did, and couldn’t believe the stupid shit I was hearing and the Koch brother literature that they were handing out.

  2. Nikki Haley helped pass a voter ID bill and they included in the law that anyone who says they cannot get to a DMV in South Carolina would get free transportation, and people are taking advantage of it. It will disenfranchise far less people than it will protect. When dead people are voting (as an old lady in my town’s dead husband mysteriously does from time to time) and non-citizens, felons etc.. are voting it is negating the votes of those whose votes are supposed to count.

    I know you probably won’t believe me, but race is not a consideration for us at ALL. Nobody ever stands up in a GOP or Tea Party meeting and says, “We need voter ID so that blacks won’t vote.” That is never mentioned because that person would be run out of the meeting immediately. It’s sad that you all see us as racist. I’m PLEADING with you to listen to our real reasoning behind what we do. It is a law-and-order issue for me. Making sure it is all fair and there are no irregularities.

    1. Actually, voter fraud accounts for .0004% of all votes. This disenfranchises 20%. Mostly minorities. You figure out the teabagging objective. Facts are on our side buddy.

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