My old buddy Darrell Michaels is back to blogging.
Readers may remember when Darrell banned me from his blog
for saying “hateful” things. (It was fine for someone to call me a “racist
I admit to being snarky in response to his outrageous
claims. I must have angered him, or made him uncomfortable with facts.
But I admit I missed Darrell. He always inspired me. I’m
so happy he’s back to vent his anger, resentments, scapegoating and
misunderstanding of almost every issue.
He’s rather upset by President Biden calling
election-denying, rioting Trumpists “semi-fascists”.
Mah stars! This triggered a pandemic of pearl-clutching.
Please pass the smelling salts.
So Darrell had to respond to this outrage, and expounded
on the hypothetical idea, “If I Were a Fascist Bent on Destroying America...”
He means Democrats. As everyone on the far Right will
tell you, “Democrats are destroying America”.
He’s so upset, he’s taken a new direction in his attacks
on Democrats. For he is a righteous man
Democrats are no longer communists, but fascists. Or they
are fascists, socialists, communists, anarchists, arsonists, or are of any
other ideology that hates America, or opposes Trump. It’s all the same thing to
Confused? Don’t be. The radical Right has always assumed
authority to unilaterally define terms to suit their mood and agenda. Democracy
is now a bad thing for a republic. Minority rule that denies rights is better
than majority rule with minority rights. Trump is an honest, but very unfairly
persecuted, patriot. White conservatives are the real victims of racism, etc.
With my remarks italicized, let’s learn how the radical
Right Trump Cult views “fascism”.
If I Were a Fascist Bent on Destroying America
If I were a fascist or even a semi-fascist and
wanted to destroy our democratic republic and eradicate the freedoms that our
constitution was formed in order to protect, how could I best go about doing
Well, I would first want to take over our education
system in order to indoctrinate our kids into believing that they live in an
unjust and racist nation that brings nothing but ruin to others throughout the
world. (Not happening. The straw man
fallacy is his friend.) I would ignore teaching them of the United
States history where we overcame so many great sins, like slavery and women’s
inequality in rights.(The radical Right
is banning teaching the history of slavery and racism, falsely labeling
it “CRT”) I would bury the truth of how the United States fought
and buried hundreds of thousands of men in defense against the true fascism of
Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Mussolini’s Italy. (Where is WWII history “buried”?) I surely wouldn’t tell of
the largesse in charity and foreign aid given to nations throughout the world,
especially in times of disaster. No, that would go against the woke
narrative.(He thinks the “woke narrative”
opposes financial aid?) Oh, and I’d erase college debt for the
rich that went to college and put the burden on the tax payers that chose not
to go, as they couldn’t afford it. (He
thinks public education is “fascism”?)
I would champion that I was a member of the party of
science (Because pollution contributes to
climate change?) and then explain
how gender is fluid and boys can actually be women and dominate girls’ sports,
walk around naked in girls’ shower rooms, and any complaining about that or the
man’s ability to menstruate or become pregnant would immediately be mocked and
shut down with cries of transphobia. (Can
he name ONE Democrat proposing boys take showers with schoolgirls?)
Which leads to the next thing that I would do, which
would be to weaken and eventually destroy the traditional nuclear family. (Because Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and
Trump and their TEN wives exemplify the “traditional nuclear family”?) It is just another form of
patriarchal oppression designed to keep women and children in their places,
even though I would ignore the fact that my supreme court justice would be
unable to define what a woman was. (The
women on the court actually know they are women.)
Next, I would raise taxes on the “rich” and on
corporations that “don’t pay their fair share” in order to appease the ignorant
and greedy among us. (For
“defense against true fascism”: In 1944-45, “the most progressive tax years
in U.S. history,” the 94% rate applied to any income above
$200,000, $2.4 million in 2009 dollars, given inflation. In World War Two, tax
law revisions increased the numbers of “those paying some income taxes” from 7%
of the U.S. population (1940) to 64% by 1944. ) I sure wouldn’t let it be
known that the top 1% of income earners pay nearly 40% of the federal tax
burden while only making 20% of the national income. I would never
tell that the bottom 50% of income earners pay 3% of the overall federal tax
burden. Oh, and I wouldn’t let the foolish know that corporations
simply pass the cost of corporate taxes onto their customers via higher prices
for their goods and services. I’d certainly never point out the
waste, fraud, and abuse of our federal revenues by our congress and president
to fund things never intended and often forbidden in our
constitution. But I would definitely add 87000 more IRS agents to
bring in additional revenue anyway. (So
Constitutional taxation is also “fascism?)
I would abandon our non-woke allies, (What is “non-woke” anyway?) especially those that have fought and
died beside us, like the myriads of good people we left behind in Afghanistan
along with not too few Americans. I would ignore the only stable
democracy and friend in the Middle East and champion the creation of a
terrorist state right beside Israel with a divided Jerusalem as their
respective capitals. (Never happened. The
US has always supported Israel. In September 2016, under Obama, the two
governments signed a new ten-year Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) on military aid covering FY2019 to FY2028.) I would
give the terrorist mullahs of Iran whatever they wanted in exchange for proven
empty promises of not building nuclear weapons. (Diplomacy for arms reduction with monitoring is fascism?).
I would sacrifice America’s energy independence by fiat
so that inefficient and woefully inadequate “green technologies” could be
subsidized by tax payers and thus create enormous inflation in energy
costs. (Because Biden is to
blame for global inflation, and climate change is a “hoax”?) Of course,
those cost would be transmitted on down to the necessary goods we need as the
price of creating them and transporting them to market skyrocket accordingly.(Corporate profits, especially energy, are
at record highs.)
I would collude with like-minded fascist politicians,
media outlets, and social media CEOs to ensure that only my narrative of the
good I am doing was promulgated to the ignorant masses. I would
ensure that any contrary opinion, especially if backed by evidence, was
censored at best or ridiculed as false information and ironically as propaganda
at worst. (Hmm. The old “Fake News!”
whine. Regurgitating only pro-Trump and GOP propaganda by FOX(R), OAN. NewsMax
would meet that standard.)
Continuing, I would point out that the constitution is a
“document of negative liberties” that restricts the benevolence of our federal
government from taking the steps necessary to take care of us all from womb to
the tomb. Assuming one makes it out of the womb alive, that is. (Actually the Constitution LITERALLY
provides for federal taxes, regulation of commerce, and provision for the
I would find non-existent rights in the constitution to
kill our unborn and decry the ruin of democracy as the court sends the issue
back to the people of the United States to actually vote on the issue. ( Women’s reproductive freedom be
damned, ALL must follow MY religion.) All the while, I would take firmly
existing rights that the constitution clearly states are rights of all
Americans and restrict them to my own benefit. Freedom of speech
would be curtailed if it was offensive and be branded as hate speech. (Death threats should be legal, or it’s
“fascism”?) Owning any firearm greater than a musket would be
curtailed as a tool of violent extremists, (Straw
man again. Modern assault weapons for racists, teenagers and untrained idiots
is the issue.) while ignoring the actual violent extremists who burn down
our neighborhoods in mostly peaceful protests. (BLM and Floyd protests were largely peaceful, data confirms. In CCC
data collected from May 2020 to June 2021, 94% of protests involved no
participant arrests, 97.9% involved no participant injuries, 98.6% involved no
injuries to police, and 96.7% involved no property damage.) I’d defund
the police too, but ensure that a social worker shows up to handle any hostile
but misunderstood ne’er do well. (Um.
Fascism is by nature a police state.) Religious liberties would continue to
be ignored and restricted. (Because the
Constitution demands everyone must conform to a conservative’s religion?)
I would ensure that laws were enforced and evidence
fabricated against my enemies while turning a blind eye to the law breaking by
those whom agree with my fascism. (Trump’s
coup was “legitimate political discourse, NOT a fascist Putsch?) I’d
weaponize the FBI and make sure that those with the temerity to rise up against
me would be brought low with the full might of the federal government. (Like firing the FBI director for
investigating foreign interference in an election? Like hiring his replacement
for condemning the investigation? Like telling the FBI to interfere with an
election by lying, “Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the
While I understand that America is a fascist, racist,
sexist, homo-phobic nation,(Meaning Proud
Boys, Oath Keepers, and anti-immigrant Trumpists?) I would still open the
borders to those foolish enough to still want to come here. (Last I checked people are still being
turned away, and record amounts of drugs seized.) I wouldn’t ask
about their vaccination status, let alone their criminal record as I welcome
the drug traffickers, human smugglers, and terrorists into our nation with open
arms. (Who does this? Another straw
man.) This does not excuse citizens from not being vaccinated as per
my fascist mandates, mind you! (Aha!
I knew it! Vaccinations are the same as Hitler’s Final Solution!)
I would do all of this to unite this nation while
pointing out that those that disagree with me are violent extremists bent on
destroying our way of life. (From
the guy who cannot blame Trump for sending an angry mob to overturn our
election. He sees Trump as a “patriot” after he watched TV and waited for THREE
hours, as his mob terrorized Congress
and beat cops. And only when he saw them fail to overturn the election,
did he repeat his Big Lie and PRAISE his thugs with, “You’re very special. We
love you”. Fascists love projection.)
Yep, if I were a fascist extremist this is the very
formula I would use to take this country down a few notches as I sought to
fundamentally transform it, so help me God.
Oops… just and expression. God has no place in
this Amerika. I’d continue to make sure of that too. (Again, Americans must obey only
conservative religious beliefs, regardless that it is specifically proscribed
in our Constitution and First Amendment.)
Euripides said, “Those whom the gods destroy, they first
make mad.” Well, I don’t know if Biden is mad or just in the final
throes of dementia and terminal senility. All of that said, if I am
a semi-fascist according to him, one cannot help but wonder what that makes
him. Complete destruction of our liberties in this great American
experiment cannot come fast enough for the real fascists in our government
evidently. (Darrell must ignore
Trump and the violent mob he PRAISED for trying to overturn the election for
him. Ignore his demonizing immigrants, Mexicans and Muslims. Ignore him
saying “Like it or not, we are becoming
a communist country. That’s what’s happening. The radical left democrat
communist party.” Ignore Trump for saying, “Hitler did some good things.” Hitler
banned abortion too. Ask the vast majority of American women if they agree with
Trump, the Radical Right, and Hitler.)
Yes indeed. The radical Right has always assumed
authority to unilaterally define terms to suit their mood and agenda.
It appears “fascism” means exactly the same thing as
“woke” to the radical Right. ANYTHING that annoys them, and EVERYTHING they
disagree with, is “woke fascism”. And it’s the exact same thing as communism
and democratic socialism.
By now it’s clear. There is only One Rule for the Right.
It’s OK if they do it. They expanded their rule from Nixon’s adage, “It’s not
illegal if the president does it.”
Now “It’s OK if you’re a Republican”, or IOKIYR.
Trump can do no wrong. He can only be wronged.
If you’re against Trump, you’re a fascist. Or communist.
Or whatever. This is how simplistic, hateful and willfully ignorant this Trump cult mentality has become.
Now if I were a fascist:
I would refuse to rent to Black people and demand the
death penalty for exonerated Black men charged with murder for being in Central
I would tell angry white people the Black President
wasn’t born a real American, and was an illegitimate president. I would certainly demonize journalists, educators, Blacks, Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants.
I’d called for the imprisonment of my 2016 election
opponent and lie about winning in 2020.
I would accuse any news media that didn't praise and support me as being "fake news" and the "enemy of the people".
I would summon an angry mob to Washington DC to obstruct
Congress from their Constitutional duty to certify the election.
I would welcome an armed crowd, saying, “They’re not here
to hurt me”. I would tell the mob I would march to the capitol with them and
“fight like hell to stop the steal”.
I would then watch my mob terrorize Congress and beat
cops, sending dozens to the hospital.
I would watch them for three hours on TV and do nothing
to stop them until I knew they would fail to overturn the election.
I would then tell my thugs "We had an election that
was stolen”, and PRAISE them by saying, “You're very special. We love
I’d praise Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping.
I would idolize Putin, and praise him as a “genius” after
he invaded Ukraine and slaughtered human beings to make Ukraine part of Russia.
I would also make sure I stole some national secrets to buy favors or to sell to interested parties.
There seems to be a pattern here.
But when Putsch comes to shove, what do I know about being a fascist?