Sunday, October 29, 2023

Not Neo-Nazis

After venting my frustration and anger over our American radical Right’s war on truth, decency, and democracy, I’ve decided on a kinder gentler term for addressing this authoritarian, insurrectionist, Trumpist, white nationalist Christian movement. I want to clarify my position. They are NOT all neo-Nazis.

I’ve elaborated for several years on their similarities to the original Nazis of Hitler’s Third Reich. Their shared extremist sentiments are easily found in any list of the characteristics of fascism. Intolerance of diversity, blatant racism, authoritarian nationalism, amplified anger, and resentment towards those they need to scapegoat to frame their manufactured sense of victimhood, white Christian identity, a blind loyalty to strongman leader who appeals to their bigotry and tells them who to blame and hate, etc.

I distinguished them from Hitler’s National Socialist fascism by referring to them as American neo-Nazis, since they share the same type of bigotry and authoritarian personality. These are the Americans who would have been ardent Nazis had they lived in 1930’s Germany.

Holocaust survivors have expressed their disturbing realization, witnessing the growth of this same kind of white nationalism festering under Trump as it’s beloved Fuhrer. A friend’s elderly mother who was a German war bride reacted to Trump with exasperation, “I should have STAYED in Germany”.

I have reconsidered how much I have used the term “neo-Nazi” for Trump’s loyal supporters. Some truly are. It’s not for lack of similarities, but technically speaking, most are not neo-Nazis.

In 2017 we all saw the real tiki torch neo-Nazis at Charlottesville chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” They are Trump supporters. So were all the others who attended the deadly “Unite the Right” rally. Marchers included members of the alt-right, neo-Confederates, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and far-right militias. All of them are Trump supporters.

Notable attendees were neo-Nazi Daily Stormer writers Robert "Azzmador" Ray and Gabriel "Zeiger" Sohier-Chaput, white supremacists Richard Spencer and David Duke, and Daily Caller contributor and rally organizer Jason Kessler.

Again, not all Trump voters are white nationalists or bigots. Many are mis-uninformed, incurious,  or just gullible. And while not all of the bigoted Trump loyalists are neo-Nazis, they ARE radical right American white nationalist “Christians”. And they will insist they are conservatives and Christians.

Just ask them. It’s not the first time fascists presented themselves as such.

“It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life." - Adolf Hitler, Proclamation to the German Nation, Berlin, February 1, 1933

By their fruits we will know them.

Henceforth in consideration of their delicate sensitivities I’ll refer to Nationalist Conservatives as “Nat-Cs”.  

The Urban Dictionary even defines Nat-C: “A Nationalist Conservative who doesn't believe they are racist, xenophobic, homophobic, religious zealots, in a cult even though they are.”

Close enough.

And I’ll add a note to any white Nationalist Conservative who might take umbrage and strongly disagree with my words. I get it. They have strong opinions, albeit usually groundless. My opinion on opinions is here.

I sincerely welcome their corrective facts, evidence, and information if I am in error.

Usually, their dissenting opinions are limited to “But the Biden Crime Family™” and name-calling.

To assist our fellow Americans in forming a cogent rebuttal to my points, I offer this easy-to-use template.

“Dave, I have to say you are stating falsehoods by claiming (_____) and (_______). These facts and evidence (_____) and (____) suggest you are quite mistaken.”


Sounds simple, right?

Alas, not as simple as regurgitating indoctrination and flinging personal insults.

Perhaps the "F" and "E" words derail them?

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Trump's Traitors


MAGAt slimeball loyalist Mike Johnson has been elevated to Speaker of the House under direct orders from their criminal party leader. This is how democracy falls to fascism. 

Here are his "qualifications":

Johnson was one of the organizers behind an amicus brief signed by more than 100 Republican members of Congress urging the Supreme Court to consider invalidating the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

His betrayal of our democracy was clearly echoing Trump:

“In every election in American history, there’s some small element of fraud, irregularity, error. We just know that. You just accept that that’s the case.

But when you have it on a broad scale, when you have, you know a software system that is used all around the country that is suspect because it came from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. When you have, you know, testimonials of people like this but in large numbers, it begs to be litigated and investigated. And the problem is, it’s exceedingly difficult to do that in a 45-day time window. You know, and that’s the problem that we’re up against. And that’s why the president is so frustrated and that’s why so many, so many 71, 73 million Americans around the country feel like the election was stolen from them.

The allegations about these voting machines, some of them being rigged with this software by Dominion. Look, there’s a lot of merit to that. And when the president says the election is rigged, that’s what he’s talking about.”

Johnson revealed that he believes Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are “absolutely” a threat to our American way of life and “our whole form of government.”

It isn't enough for the fascist traitors to gut our Constitutional provision for the general welfare. They are actively working to overturn the next election for their Malevolent Mendacious Messiah. House Republicans are in locked goosestep following their Furious Fuhrer’s demand for an insurrectionist Speaker of the House. (Watch Mike Johnson attempt to steal the 2024 presidential election, as he tried in 2020.)

America’s neo-fascist party of Trump share the same fanatic loyalty to their Fuhrer as Hitler’s Nazis had for theirs in the last century. American authoritarians are no different from German authoritarians. They just haven’t faced the destruction their ideology can wreak. The gaggle of House Republicans supporting Johnson booed and told a reporter to “Shut up” after asking about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

"Shut up" is the universal fascist message to journalism.

Like Hitler and his Nazis, American neo-Nazis demonize and scapegoat the press, educators, liberals, unions, equal justice under law, elections, and every defender of democracy.

They are a party of racists and bigots who relentlessly attack minorities and LGBTQ people. This is MAGA. This is hate. This is evil.

They delight in lying about, and punishing, people they detest. Look no further than how Georgia election workers who happened to be Black were treated. Trump and Giuliani viciously smeared and slandered Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, accusing them of cheating for Biden. Their lives were threatened by a number of Republican thugs, emulating the tactics of Nazi Brown Shirts.

The same kind of threats were leveled against FELLOW REPUBLICANS who wouldn’t support Jim Jordan for House Speaker.

But they spew their most vile bile and blame towards President Biden. Remember the “Biden did this” stickers on gas pumps, as if HE personally jacked up the prices?

It should come as no surprise that these as well as all their accusations are really confessions. It’s always projection from the fascist party of Trump. 

On 4-2-2020 Trump tweeted: “Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil and gas industry!”

Shell raked in $9.45 billion in profits last quarter of 2022 and has announced $4 billion in stock buybacks, but American consumers are supposed to blame government spending for inflation?

ExxonMobil currently benefits from very generous federal tax subsidies, ranging from the tax exemption on Foreign Oil & Gas Extraction Income (FOGEI) & Last-In First-Out (LIFO) accounting method. Every year these tax subsidies cost the American taxpayers an average of $19billion.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse adds:

“While you were robbed blind at the pump this year (and GOP blamed Biden), Exxon made $55,700,000,000 in profits.

Over $1 billion per week.

$152,600,000 per day.

$1,766.24 per *second.*

Congress should heed POTUS’s call and pass my bill to claw back Big Oil’s excess profits.”

The real reason for high gas prices is Big Oil greed and price gouging…and Trump.

Surprise! It isn't Biden.

Remember “Biden’s supply chain” crisis and “Biden’s inflation”? 

Guess what. That’s right, none of it was Biden’s fault.

There WAS radical Right obstruction of supply during rising demand.

On November 21, 2021 the Wall St. Journal reported:

“Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing. Asian output is coming back and some bottlenecks are clearing.”

Well, that wouldn’t fit the radical Right narrative of lies, would it? So they did something about it.

Reporter Ron Filipkowski tweeted: 

At Michael Flynn & Eric Trump’s event today, (1-21-23) Leigh Dundas says she coordinated behind the scenes with Flynn & others to secretly organize a mass sick-out of supply chain & transportation workers before the Christmas season in 2021 to create havoc & try to shut down the country.

The MAGA QAnon Scientologist and lawyer gloated, “We were running a back-channel to the judges, AND THEIR WIVES”. (She’s in THREE CULTS! Count ‘em.)

Thank Flynn and his fellow Q-anon MAGAt traitors for the “Biden Supply Chain Crisis.”

Washington Press, January 21, 2023:

SUPPLYCHAIN SABOTAGE: Far-right conspiracy theorist confesses to blocking flow of goods”

Far-right conspiracy theorist Leigh Dundas admitted to organizing major supply chain disruptions nationwide in 2021 during a speech at Eric Trump and Michael Flynn’s Re-Awaken American event on Saturday… Dundas bragged to the crowd about staging a “sick out” by transportation workers unhappy with vaccine mandates. Dundas went on to say that she talked with General Flynn, former Trump attorney Lin Wood and convicted insurrectionist, Dr. Simone Gold, about her plans to organize a coast-to-coast walkout, which the QAnon associate claims spread worldwide.

“How much of a backlog is created when you guys are sick for a day?” Dundas allegedly asked a worker, who reportedly told the anti-vaccination activist that one day causes a month-long backup.

“You’re not gonna get the Fauci Flu for 24 hours,” Dundas said. “You’re not gonna get it for 48 hours – you’re gonna have it for a week. You’re gonna have it November 8, 9, 10, and 11th – two weeks before Black Friday and the start of the Christmas season.”

And catch the flu they did…Leigh Dundas says she coordinated behind the scenes with Flynn & others to secretly organize a mass sick-out of supply chain & transportation workers before the Christmas season in 2021 to create havoc & try to shut down the country.

They are traitors. Every last one of them. Republicans are domestic enemies of our Constitution and democracy. Not even Nazi Germany posed such a grave threat to our republic. Hitler would have been proud of these American neo-Nazis.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

One More Wish


Wouldn't you know after all the wishes I wished last week, I have one more to add.

As the Mar-a-Lago kitchen orders more table linen, porcelain plates, and cases of ketchup, I'd love to see someone ask, "Mr. Trump, what about that crazy Sidney Powell and snitch Ken Chesebro flipping on you?"

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

I Wish...


I hate terrorism and condemn Hamas. I also hate fascism and condemn the Netanyahu regime.

I wish there were no Hitlers, Putins, Kims, Ayatollahs, Mohammed bin Salmans, Dick Cheneys, or Trumps.

I wish there was no such thing as radical Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim fundamentalism and nationalism.

I wish there were no such terror organizations like Hamas, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. I wish there were no such thing as Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, the KKK, and other American neo-Nazi groups. But they are emboldened by the party of Trump, as we witness open insurrection against our democracy, and Blacks, American Jews and Mexican Americans gunned down.

I wish it were true that Palestinians are not being forced from their homes, and there were no illegal Israeli settlements. I wish it were true that Palestinian citizens who have the right to vote are free from discriminatory policies and actions.

The fact is not all Palestinians ARE Israeli citizens. 

I wish people would try to understand why Jimmy Carter sees apartheid policies in Israel.

I wish there was no systemic racism in the US. I wish we didn't have the party of Trump that sees CRT and "anti-white racism" as the real threat, instead of poverty and racism against minorities.

I also wish it were true that African Americans, who have the right to vote, are never subjected to "driving while Black" police stops and harassment.

I wish having "equal rights" means equal treatment and equal justice under law.

I wish it were true that Native Americans were not slaughtered and forced onto reservations only to see their homelands stolen and children taken from them and forced into white indoctrination schools.

By today's standards Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were the "terrorists" of their time, weren't they?

I wish I knew how to tell Native Americans why Israeli Jews have the right to evict others to reclaim ancestral lands but they do not.

I wish the human race would stop blaming victims instead of the authoritarian rulers who abuse their power.

I wish the human species would evolve beyond authoritarianism into expanding and into developing education, tolerance, understanding, consciousness and conscience instead of regressing into ignorance, fear and bigotry.

I wish I had more answers than wishes...