FASCISM AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
Posted April 25, 2011on:
Fascism ( /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists advocate the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization and mechanization of a nation and the creation of an ideal “new man” to form a governing elite through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy including eugenics. Fascists believe that a nation requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the state.
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Is this where we’re heading? Am I overreaching by suggesting that the current congressional leadership is offering a preview of what this nation would look like if we continue to follow their lead? Perhaps I am much too invested in reading the “tea leaves” as to where the Republican Party intends to take this nation if allowed to reign unchecked but it sure feels like we are tipping in that direction when our laws and freedoms are replaced by measures that look a lot like the above description. And keep in mind that during the Bush years, a “single party state” was the utmost priority under Karl Rove’s vision.
The Republican Party would like nothing more than to have the United States declared a “Christian nation”. They push for allowing prayer into the classrooms. They dismiss science and seek to install Creationism in its place. They want an end to collective bargaining and the outlaw of unions. They have already begun a campaign in many states to rewrite our history in school textbooks. They wish to forbid women their right to choose. They seek to deny gays their right to equality and would go so far as to ban them from public service employment. They use the Christian bible as their form of reference, intoning “god’s will” in their decision making. They have been exposed for imposing a litmus test of Christian affiliation on the military. They would seek to punish doctors and patients who practice and seek abortion services. They want access to medical records of pregnant women. They applaud those who murder practicing physicians who perform these medical procedures.
Fascists despise “liberalism” which promotes the value of the individual over the state. Liberalism is a direct contradiction over the meaning of what fascism represents. The Republican Party seeks comfort in authoritarianism. It is easy to identify and compare the definition of fascism when held up alongside the agenda that is weaving its way throughout our collective states. Once we have found reasons to dismiss the needs of the least residing amongst us we have already started down the path.
I do not pretend to be a scholar or an academic that would do far more justice in diagramming this ascent. But I am a citizen who has watched this insidious philosophy take hold of our national dialogue. The “separation of church and state” has eroded to such a degree that it is no longer a clear line in the sand. Superstition has replaced commonsense in a nation that boasts 350 million. We are held hostage by those who would impose their religious views on the majority and the outcry in protest is weak. Republican candidates are compelled to instruct us about their Christian beliefs in a nation that is crowded with diversity.
Their “connection to god” is worn like a badge. Once we have bridged that separation the door is opened wide for the toppling of every other law in the Constitution that has made us a “beacon of hope” and an “example of democracy” to the rest of the world. Our rights as individuals are close to disappearing under these manifestations. Little by little, state by state, politician by politician, we are losing those rights as this stealthy form of fascism continues to permeate unchallenged.
Fearful of everything and everyone around us, we turn to someone or something to hold onto. Through his own failure to lead, this president has afforded the opportunity for those who would imitate the brand of fascism outlined by the definition. He has presented them with a platform to “sow the seeds” as an alternative to failed policies that have plagued us for decades.
My fear is the failure in us as a nation to resist. That we will certainly face some form of this creeping insidiousness promoted by the Right as a way out of the morass. That when the time comes we will capitulate as those in foreign countries did so many decades ago who ignored the warnings. I could be wrong. I hope that I am.
Perhaps I just need to quit reading those “tea leaves”. But reread the definition of “fascism” and tell me there is no comparison. Difficult to ignore this deceit.
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