Saturday, March 4, 2023

GOP Fascism

"We are in an epic struggle to rescue our country from the people who hated it, and want to absolutely destroy it."

Trump or Hitler? What's the difference?

Not every Republican is a fascist. Some may even have a modicum of conscience, but it’s never their primary concern, as they primarily coddle the rich and deprive the sick and poor. (And they think they’re being Christians.)

The Republican Party isn’t the American Nazi Party. Not yet. But they are being taken over by the same fascist fringe ideology that spawned Hitler’s regime. 

Some people are annoyed  by any comparisons I’ve made. “But Republicans aren’t putting people in camps”, I’m told.

This is correct. But that’s not where German Nazis started in their path to power, either. It was from the same roots of racism, lies, extreme nationalism and will to dominate. 

Only Republicans fly the Confederate Flag. That alone should tell the story.

History has supplied ample evidence of what fascism is all about. Banning books, demonizing and scapegoating minorities and educators, boasting of their superiority, and endless lies and hatred are all elements of a toxic authoritarian political cult.

They would dictate what can be taught in schools. They would demand purges in academia for those who do not conform to their ideology.

They would frame their racism to fit their twisted definitions of terms. Every time Republicans invoke “CRT” and “woke” they barely conceal their racism, an essential foundation of historical and current Nazi ideology.

And Nazis of the past and present will ALWAYS falsely accuse their opposition of being “Marxists” and “Communists” who “hate” their country.

In reality the hate is their projection. 

Their goal is one-party rule, and inflicting as much suffering as possible on anyone who stands in their way.

Radical Right neo-Nazis and white supremacists now see all pro-democracy advocates as "Marxists". Who else did that? Adolf Hitler. And like Hitler’s Nazis, they feel the same false sense of victimization. In fact; too many white nationalist bigots believe THEY are the "real victims" of racism. "More than half of Republicans think minorities are favored over Whites in the United States".

Hate, vengeance and white identity grievance have infected today’s Republican Party to frightening levels.

Another fair comparison is the fact Trump and Hitler both incited a Putsch to seize power. Trump even praised his thugs for their violence, saying, “You’re very special. We love you”. That day alone should cement his evil into the historical annals of fascism.

One more direct comparison between Nazis and Republicans is this: On October 10, 1936 Heinrich Himmler created the Reich Central Office for Combating Homosexuality and Abortion. In this assault on freedom and equality there is no distinction between them.

We see this fanaticism growing like a tumor in the Trump Cult, the US Congress, and in the states controlled by Republicans.

The catalog of radical Right extremism has become too vast to document here, so I’ll just focus on a few more examples of their fascistic war on democracy, truth and decency.

In one raging neo-Nazi diatribe Marjorie Taylor Greene called Ilhan Omar, Maxine Waters, Ayanna Pressley, Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Rashida Tlaib, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Elizabeth Warren, “Communist Democrats who hate America, hate God, and hate our way of life.”

This enemy of truth decency and democracy howled, “You can’t allow it, to just transfer power ‘peacefully’ like Joe Biden wants.”

“We need to be the party of nationalism and I’m a Christian, and I say it proudly, we should be Christian nationalists.”

Ranting further about her failed coup on January 6, 2021, MTG boasted, "I want to tell you something, if Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. Not to mention, we would've been armed."

And of course what neo-Nazi would be worth their swastika if they didn’t project the evil darkness within their authoritarian amygdala? "I am not going to mince words with you all. Democrats want Republicans dead and they have already started the killings."

This insanity is from the newly empowered and profoundly nasty QAnon Queen of Congress. There’s so much more, but let’s move on to examples from the most extreme state of the Union.

A Florida Republican state senator proposed a bill that would require bloggers who write about DeSantis, his Cabinet officers, or members of the legislature, to register with the state.

Another authoritarian Florida fascist proposed outlawing the Democratic Party.

Per Orlando’s Spectrum News 13:

A new proposed bill could pave the way for the official removal of the Democratic Party from official voting information if passed in this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. The bill, currently titled SB 1248, calls for the state Division of Elections to cancel the “filings” of a political party, to include party registration and approved status in any and all elections if that party’s platform had previously advocated for slavery, or involuntary servitude. 

Although not explicitly listed, the Democratic Party, which was popular in the nation’s South during Reconstruction, would fit the description. Economics and civil rights fueled significant changes in both parties in the years since. The bill includes language that would require any voter currently registered as a member of a canceled party to be notified by that political party to update their voter registration to an approved and active political party. 

The bill was filed by Florida state Senator Blaise Ingoglia.

Finally I present the latest neo-Nazi bile from the man the Republican Party cannot stop from running for president again.

"This Animal Prosecutor that they stuck on me over the Boxes Hoax is trying to TORTURE my people into telling lies. It’s all for political reasons, and the fact I’m leading big, in all the polls. He’s flying people from all over and throwing them in front of a D.C. Grand Jury. They are confused and scared – they’ve never done this before. These Democrat Marxist Pigs should be the ones that are investigated. The nice guy prosecutor in the Biden documents case hasn’t even started yet!"

Along with the perversion of justice, the victim card, the commie card, and the projection card are all there, lifted directly from Hitler's playbook.

If not for our fragile Constitution and weakened democratic institution of fair elections and representation that allow us to vote them out, these monsters would be even more destructive. How can anyone doubt what horrible violence and bloodshed they would inflict if they thought they could get away with it?

Past warnings are forgotten at our own peril.

"I could hire one half of the working class to kill the other half." – “Robber Baron” Jay Gould 

Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere. - Benito Mussolini

“Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear, and greed.” - Albert Einstein

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” - Isaac Asimov 

Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. - Bertold Brecht 1941

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

- Pastor Martin Niemöller’s words at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum


Team Marty said...

That Isaac Asimov quote reminds me of an argument I got into with a Tea Bagger once. "My facts are as good as your facts. I don't care if your facts are "real".

Dave Dubya said...

Yes, Marty. Their "facts" are nothing but beliefs, and since they don't know the difference, they believe their beliefs are facts.