Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Wrapped in a Flag

Sinclair Lewis warned: “When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”  I’m concerned that Donald Trump’s victory will result in America becoming a fascist nation.

Some Republican politicians called Trump a fascist.  That’s surprising, since the Republican party is already an authoritarian party.  On the local and state level the Republican Party has consistently attempted to suppress voter turnout in swing states, because it has always placed it’s own authority above the authority of the electorate and above the values of a representative democracy.  The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that more than 5 million voters have been affected by voter suppression.

Fascism is a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.  Fascist governments tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion.  Religious terminology is very common from their political leaders.

Republican politicians knew that their views wouldn’t be acceptable if their real agenda was revealed to the general electorate.  However, Trump boldly laid out the real Republican agenda during his campaign in a language everybody understood.  The Republican Party is mostly a party of fascist, however in 2 years voters may still have a choice.

Hitler made the Jewish population his scapegoat.  Today, Trump and congressional Republicans are using undocumented Mexicans and patriotic Muslims as scapegoats.

Hitler’s designated successor, Hermann Goering claimed: "Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same way in any country."


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