CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
IS FASCISM COMING TO A RALLY NEAR YOU?
Article in today’s paper about a woman in a hajib being removed from a Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina yesterday. Now, we’ve all read articles and seen television reports about Black Lives Matter and other mouthy and/or rowdy protesters being forcibly ejected from Trump rallies. In those cases the protesters were actively engaged in shouting and/or gesticulating, or, you know, some other felonious, anti-Constitutional, treasonous activity like carrying an anti-Trump placard or wearing an anti-Trump tee shirt.
And Rose Hamid – the Muslim woman who was escorted out of the Trump rally – what was her crime? Well, number one she was wearing a hajib. Number 2, she was wearing a blue tee shirt with the hotly political and outrageously offensive slogan: “Salam, I come in peace.” So there you have it. Flight attendant Rose Hamid flagrantly violated U. S. law – and I’m equally certain South Carolina state law - by wearing a terrorist style hajib and a tee shirt with its disgustingly provocative message of peace. She was joined by – according to the news reports – a handful of others who wore yellow stars with the message “Stop Islamophobia,” (how dare they?) again a sentiment that is so anti-American as to be treasonous.
You know, I get tired of all this shit. Here’s what I want to know: How is it that Trump – and Bush for that matter since the Secret Service did the same thing – get to eject people from a public rally for expressing their opinion? Sure, those opinions are typically very anti-Trump - Rose excepted – but isn’t there some vaguely worded text in the Constitution that speaks to this? Wait. I’ll see if I can Google it:
Yup! Here it is:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now, of course, this literally applies only to the Federal Government so maybe therein lies the problem. Oh, but wait, in 1940 the Supreme Court in Cantwell vs. Connecticut determined that Freedom of Speech and Assembly cannot be curtailed no matter who is doing the curtailing. In fact, there have been a couple of dozen Supreme Court cases upholding the applicability of the First Amendment in a broad range of circumstances.
We all recognize Trump’s Fascist tendencies – you can’t miss them since they are on display daily in every media outlet you run across. But this tendency has been growing for a long, long time. VIZ: The Tea Party has never been supported by more than a quarter of Americans (it now tallies about 17% of American supporters) and yet our Republican controlled Congress has adopted the Tea Party’s favorite public policies – eliminating Obamacare, de-funding Planned Parenthood, Benghazi, the IRS, to name a few. Is this an indication of rampant Fascism? Not directly. But when you think about it, this agenda is not one that the majority of Americans support – 55% of Americans support Planned Parenthood while 36% oppose the organization – yet Congress, one-third of our tripartite system of representative government, passed a bill based not on the facts about whether the organization sold “baby parts” for profit (an easily demonstrated falsehood) but on the sentiments of a fairly small minority of the American public. And nearly every single Republican candidate for the President of the United States is in favor of the de-funding bill.
This kowtowing to the right wing, Tea Bagger base of the Republican Party, by supporting their intemperate, bigoted, xenophobic, racist, views of the world, is more or less how Hitler came to power and it’s why Rose Hamid was ejected from Trump’s South Carolina rally in defiance of Constitutionally guaranteed rights and against all common sense. Substitute “Moslems” for “Jews” and you’ve hit on the formula for Hitler’s rise to power in pre-WWII Germany. And this authoritarian bent on behalf of the right wing, is not a new phenomenon. Viz: the Fascist tactics used by the Tea Party during the summer of 2009 when they forcibly shut down community meetings all across the country that were called to discuss the then pending Affordable Care Act. Hitler’s Brown Shirts would have been proud.
One could argue that current conditions in the U.S.A. are nothing like those of Germany in the mid to late 1930’s when the National Socialist Party rose to power in Germany. And you would be partially correct. Germany was in the throes of a disastrous economic crisis. We are not. At least we’re aren’t according to most of us. But that’s not the case with the right wing. Despite the largest increase in new jobs created last month (290,000) in years and the all time record number of auto sales, you can tune into Rush any day of the week or read online comments and you will discover that right wingers simply don’t believe it.
So our economy is booming mitigating a Fascist take-over here in the U.S. But when you look at the attendant trends – the demonization of Muslims, gays, liberals; the scapegoating of Muslims, gays, liberals; the fact-less and baseless propaganda against Muslims, gays and liberals – you have the ingredients of a very scary recipe for the continued rise of Fascist tendencies. Plus the biggest scapegoating influence in the trend towards Fascism: Barak Obama whom the Tea Baggers, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, the Freedom Caucus, Republican Candidates all hate with an unmitigated, irrational passion.
Thankfully, we have The Donald and his Fascist solutions to all our problems – keep Muslims out, build a wall, eliminate peaceful protesters, just do as I say and I will create paradise in the United States demagoguery – that is so far beyond the pale of reason, good judgement and common sense, that more and more “common folks" seem to be catching onto the dangers to our country inherent in Trump’s and the Tea Party’s vision of future life here in the United States of America. And if their vision resembles the very same German paradise that Hitler raved on and on about, you would be correct. And that turned out so well, didn’t it? As I said just substitute “Muslims” for “Jews” (or “Gays” or “Liberals.”)
By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.
THIS RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE IN GERMANY'S WORK CAMPS AND DEATH CHAMBERS.
All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
HAVE A GOOD DAY!