What is Fascism?
What does Fascism look like?
Oh yes it is definitely the time to open this can of worms.
Henry Agard Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) was the 33rd Vice President of the United States (1941–45) a man clearly qualified to observe and speak about fascism wrote:
A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends…. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.
Perhaps I should allow a Jewish writer to persue this theme, and squash ones’s understandable concern about making Hitler comparisons -a charge that should never be made without a great deal of thought and evidence.is a political and communications consultant in New York City . From 1999 to 2003, he was Press Secretary to New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and was critically important in getting the media to write about the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to respond properly to the environmental damage caused by the fall of the World Trade Center
As a Jew, I don’t like people making Hitler comparisons. I don’t like when they do it to President Obama. I didn’t like when people did it to President Bush. There was only one Hitler, and we have not had a politician who rose to that level — yet.
That said, a chill went down my spine when I saw private remarks from Chris Christie, regarding one of Donald Trump’s first moves, if he is elected. Reutersreports:
If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers, Trump ally, Chris Christie, said on Tuesday.
Why is this scary? It is literally one of the first moves made by Adolf Hitler, upon democratically attaining power.
The Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service was passed just two months after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.
It was such a major piece of his plan to ultimately become dictator, that the Holocaust Museum notes it on their timeline of events:
The German government issues the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service (Gesetz zur Wiederherstellung des Berufsbeamtentums), which excludes Jews and other political opponents of the Nazis from all civil service positions.
Gutting government of any civil service officers who are not completely and blindly loyal to the new leader usually is one of the first moves of someone looking to become a dictator. Another act is one Trump previously voiced support for – tighter control over a free press.
Donald Trumps rhetoric, his stated plans are really quite epic in their inflammatory nature. The traction he has found with the Stupidparty base forces us to consider what we all hoped would be unthinkable in America. A forced population transfer greater than any attempted in history, greater than the French and Spanish expulsions of the Jews in 1308 and 1492; greater than the Nabka of approximately 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from British-mandate Palestine; greater than the 1.5 million Stalin consigned to Siberia and the Central Asian republics; greater than Pol Pot’s exile of 2.5 million city-dwellers to the Cambodian countryside, or the scattering of Turkey’s Assyrian Christians, which the scholar Mordechai Zaken says numbers in the millions and required 180 years to complete. Trump has promised to move 12 million Mexicans in under two years—“so fast your head will spin.”
Trump /Putin 2016 – allying to weaken NATO, Europe and the USA. This growing scandal will be tackled elsewhere, but Putin is supporting every little fascist he can find -and Trump is now totally entwined in Putin’s web.
Who did Hitler hate? Jews, the disabled, homosexuals, Gypsies—all other non-Aryans.
Who does Trump hate? Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled, Homosexuals* women**, and all ***other races and other non-Trumps (losers).
*Trump would allow the government and others to discriminate against gays, ban gay marriage, pick homophobic Supreme Court Justices.
** To Apprentice contestant: I bet you make a great wife. (Not Verified, but commonly asserted: But just a great wife. Not a businesswoman and a wife—that doesn’t exist, obviously). But this and proof of his misogyny can be found here.
*** Trump’s fascination with Hitler is just one form of his racist actions. In 1991, John O’Donnell, a former Trump associate, wrote an exposé entitled Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump. During O’Donnell’s tenure as president of the Trump Plaza Hotel, Trump told him that he hates “black guys counting my money!” He added that “the only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” To Trump, “laziness is a trait in blacks.” Several years later, Trump didn’t bother to deny it: “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”
Soon after Adolph Hitler became Germany’s chancellor in January 1933, he began instituting policies that isolated German Jews and subjected them to persecution. Among other things, Hitler’s Nazi Party, which espoused extreme German nationalism and anti-Semitism, commanded that all Jewish businesses be boycotted and all Jews be dismissed from civil-service posts.
From the 1990 Vanity Fair article revisited in 2015—perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveals his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
The Daily Stormer neo-Nazi web site endorsed him, advising its readers to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.”
From Authentic History.com:
Germany was soon engaged in a gigantic program of industrial military output. The plan was that by the end of 1937,Germany would have a standing army of 300,000 men, organized into 21 divisions, which in wartime could be increased to 63 divisions. This was the defensive phase of the plan. Offensive capability would be added between 1938 and 1941
“I believe in the military and military strength more strongly than anybody running by a factor of a billion.”
Now consider the implications of the following two statistics
- 94 % of SP disciples, being constitutional experts, believed the healthcare mandate unconstitutional (although the Supreme Court begged to differ).
- 43% of SP disciples “would hypothetically support the military stepping in to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the Constitution—which is odd because of the small technicality that the military taking control of the government for “violating the Constitution” is, in fact, violating the Constitution.
Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that his supporters would respond with “riots” if he fails to secure the nomination at July’s convention in Cleveland.
“I think you’d have riots,” Trump told CNN on Wednesday. “I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”
Is the truth relevant or necessary in any shape or form to this type of person?
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.
Make America Great again… I will be the greatest jobs President…I will build a wall… Ban Muslims from entry… I will torture more. I will blow up families of terrorists. “Crooked Hillary”.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
I am a great business man. I am not a racist. Obama was not born in America. I love the Blacks. I love the Mexicans. The Mexican government is sending rapists and murderers into the U.S.
Trump has “perfected the outrageous untruth as a campaign tool,” said Michael LaBossiere, a philosophy professor at Florida A&M University who studies theories of knowledge. “He makes a clearly false or even absurdly false claim, which draws the attention of the media. He then rides that wave until it comes time to call up another one.”
The first thing he (Hitler) did was to prohibit regular uniformed police from interfering with Nazi Brownshirts out in the streets. This meant that innocent German citizens had no one to turn to as they were being beaten up by rowdy young storm troopers drunk with their new found power and quite often drunk on beer. These young Nazi toughs took full advantage of police leniency to loot shops at will and terrorize Jews or anyone else unfortunate enough to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Donald Trump on Monday proposed punishing Americans if they don’t turn in their friends and neighbors for behaving suspiciously.
From Holocaust Encyclopedia
The first wave of legislation, from 1933 to 1934, focused largely on limiting the participation of Jews in German public life. Government agencies at all levels aimed to exclude Jews from the economic sphere of Germany by preventing them from earning a living. Jews were required to register their domestic and foreign property and assets, a prelude to the gradual expropriation of their material wealth by the state
Donald Trump: He also remained open toward registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, the news outlet added.
“Forced federal registration of US citizens, based on religious identity, is fascism. Period. Nothing else to call it,” Jeb Bush national security adviser John Noonan wrote on Twitter.
“If Obama proposed the same religion registry as Trump every conservative in the country would call it what it is—creeping fascism.”
“Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,”
Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and a major contributor to Republican candidates, railed against Mr. Trump on Friday at a closed-door meeting of Republicans in Park City, Utah, comparing him to the Axis leaders
A Mussolini Quote.
Fascist regimes have disdain for the recognition of human rights—by inciting fear and hatred the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored to an ever greater degree. Now people either ignore or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Hitler and Mussolini, with the use of propaganda, worked to create a unifying patriotic fervor to eradicate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; homosexuals, socialists, terrorists, etc.
Trump on his GOP opponents
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thought his Republican primary opponents who vowed to support the Party’s nominee should follow through or be banned from running for public office.
Trump on Torture:
He vowed to “strengthen the laws so that we can better compete” with ISIS‘ brutal tactics—rejecting out of hand the argument that allowing torture would be stooping to ISIS’ savagery. “Waterboarding is fine, but we should go much much further.” Killing Civilians: Billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States should kill the family members of ISIS terrorists in order to defeat the jihadist group, a tactic that would likely be considered a war crime.
Death Penalty “My only complaint is that lethal injection is too comfortable a way to go.”
Incarceration rates (America has absurdly high incarceration rates, many for really petty crimes like pot) “The next time you hear someone saying there are too many people in prison, ask them how many thugs they’re willing to relocate to their neighborhood. The answer: None.”
Private Prisons “They work better.”
A clear trend emerges: Trump would very likely be “tough on crime”—he would very likely back tougher prison sentences and invasive policing practices, and would likely continue the more punitive aspects of the war on drugs
The more StupidParty you are, the higher your incarceration rate. But I guess a fascist would not be satisfied:
How do fascists take down the media?
Donald Trump’s latest threat against the media came Friday at a rally in Texas. Once elected president, Trump promised, he will “open up” federal libel laws to make it easier to sue news outlets like The Washington Post and New York Times—a pronouncement to which journalists reacted in predictable horror.
Donald Trump says he is “revoking” the Washington Post’s press access at his campaign events because the newspaper is “phony and dishonest.” Trump has already barred other new organizations, including Politico, from obtaining press credentials and then reversed course. Ben Smith, executive editor of Buzzfeed, responded that his news organization, which targets millennials, is also banned from covering official Trump events. The Huffington Post posted on Twitter that its reporters are also barred.
How do fascists take down the Judiciary?
Evidently anyone who has Mexican or Muslim heritage cannot be a judge in any case against Donald Trump. But now just imagine if the government is Donald Trump? I will let Elizabeth Warren explain.
Trump’s own bigotry compromises any one from being able to judge him–that would mean all losers (99% of the population) would be disqualified from the judicial system. That would mean only Trump’s bigot supporters would qualify. Now we have Hitler’s Germany. Ken Burns will now explain.
Robert Paxton, professor emeritus of social science at Columbia University and author of several books, including “The Anatomy of Fascism.” Has been described as the father of fascism studies—chooses to describe the threat in more understated academic light:
Robert Paxton,“If Donald Trump puts his followers in colored shirts and they begin to fight in the streets, then you’ve got fascism.”
But Trumps Trumpeteers don’t care. That is why he loves the uneducated—”we won with poorly educated! I love the poorly educated!”
StupidParty leaders have been working long and hard to dumb down America, and now that the have created their own Frankenstein (oblivious to the fact that their monster would someday become self aware) which is more than can be said about the Trumpeteers flocking to Trump’s “political ponzi scheme.”
Trump fans enable Trump—and we must all fight back, as it is unacceptable to be a Trump supporter. Trumpeteers must be torn to shreds. Anyone who votes for Trump -well we will for ever know that at the very best they are extraordinarily ignorant, we know who they would have supported in Germany in 1928 -1933. These voters, these enablers of fascism are far far worse than those Germans who where lead by the nose back between 1928-1933. They are much much worse for two huge reasons — 1) America in 2016, unlike Germany in 1933, is not going through the great depression, in fact the reverse is true – we are emerging quite strongly from the trickle down inspired great recession. In fact support for Trump has very little to with the economy as I prove here… and 2) America in 2016, unlike Germany in 1928-1933, can look back at Germany 1928-1933 and see what happened, learn from those mistakes and thus not repeat history. Thus Trump voters are utterly repugnant as they would have been trying to repeat an unforgivable crime. Voting for a third party candidate is equally pathetic. Oh and do not think that these people can hide behind the false notions that both parties are equally bad -or that Hillary is crooked or dishonest. Trumpeteers only believe that because the choose to listen to a fascist and or the party that created Trump and allowed Trump to stamp his name on a building built by Stupidparty.
Organizations fighting back;
- The Huffington Post adds this to every article about Trump:
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims—1.6 billion members of an entire religion— from entering the U.S.
- A top editor at The Daily Beast is calling for a boycott of Donald Trump’s businesses and said his patrons are supporting “racism and neo-fascism.”
- BuzzFeed pulled out of $1.3M advertising deal with RNC over Donald Trump.
- NBC quickly dumped him as host of Celebrity Apprentice, a gig that netted him millions of dollars per year.
- Univision, Macy’s, Serta and others began unwinding marketing relationships with him.
- Real estate partners have talked of taking his name off developments, and a home furnishings retailer in the Middle East took Trump products off display. In Vancouver, 50,000 people have petitioned to prevent the brand name from decorating a skyscraper under construction.
- According to a report issued by Hipmunk, an internet travel booking and data service, reservations at Trump-owned properties have plummeted by nearly 60% over the past year.
- Arabian Business has reported that the regional retail powerhouse Landmark Group has stopped selling Trump’s products in over 160 stores from Libya to Pakistan
- PGA Tour Moves Historic Tournament From Trump Course in Mexico
- On July 6, a week after both the PGA and the USGA distanced themselves from Trump’s comments, ESPN announced in a statement that it would be moving the upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump’s National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Los Angeles.
- Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf club to no longer host The Open Tournament amid anger over controversial remarks.
- 1,500 Amazon Shareholders want company to Dump Trump.
- Coca-Cola dumps Trump and declines to sponsor The Republican Convention.