Well what do you think?
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottoes, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
Support the troops magnets and tattered flags.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
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.
Abu Gharib, anyone? How about ‘rendition’ flights to countries for torture?
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
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.
Liberals, ‘towelheads’, muslims?
4. Supremacy of the Military.
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
And how big is the defense budget? How about the domestic spending cuts?
5. Rampant Sexism.
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.
Gay marriage amendment. ’nuff said.
6. Controlled Mass Media.
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.
the so called ‘liberal media’ (lol)
7. Obsession with National Security.
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
‘9-11, 9-11! Fear! Fear! Fear!
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined.
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.
Pat Robertson and James Dobson have the president’s ear. Focus on your own family, a$$wipe!
9. Corporate Power is Protected.
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
I’d need another blog post for this one. Enron for starters.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed.
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
Delphi. $10 an hour my a$$!
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts.
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.
Watch out for those radical Professors!!
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment.
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.
Republicans want to criminalize illegals. Felonies!!
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption.
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.
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.
Evidence exists that 2004 was stolen. Will the ‘liberal media cover it? Yeah, that’s what I thought…
So what do you think? Is this country of ours becoming fascist? Oh and as for the inevitable argument that this country has always fufilled some of the points above, I say that for the first time we now fufill all 14 points.