Wednesday, October 19, 2011

We No Longer Remember Fascism

I read this as part of a comment on the Republican debate, especially the Herman Cain comments blaming the unemployed for their plight.  Blaming the victims has been standard fare lately.

14 characteri­­­­­­stics of f*s­cism:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalis­­­­­­m

2. Disdain for the Recognitio­­­­­­n of Human Rights

3. Identifica­­­­­­tion of Enemies/Sc­­­­­­apego­a­t­s as a Unifying Cause

4. Supremacy of the Military

5. Rampant Sexism

6. Controlled Mass Media

7. Obsession with National Security

8. Religion and Government are Intertwine­­­­­­d

9. Corporate Power is Protected

10. Labor Power is Suppressed

11. Disdain for Intellectu­­­­­­als and the Arts

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

14. Fraudulent Elections, Voter Suppression, Political Redistrict­­ing

When I have seen or heard Limbaugh, Beck and other Righties blather on about the Occupy Wall Street movement they hit all of these buttons.  Am I tired of this?  Uh, yes, I am tired to the point of cranking up all of my old political activism.

When I have seen or heard Limbaugh, Beck or other Righties blathering on about the Occupy movement they hit all of the above buttons.  It used to be that you could have a decent discussion with the "other side" and it would remain fairly civil.  Now the above list IS the PLATFORM of the Republican party... it is now impossible to have a discussion because they can never agree with a basis for discussion.

Free enterprise is not the same as unstructured markets.  Without regulations (rules) the market will go out of its way to show as much greed as it can.  That is human nature and why greed has always been seen as a sin.

Get control of Congress:
Salary of retired US Presidents ………….$450,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members ……….$174,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of Speaker of the House …………..$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …..$193,400 FOR LIFE

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