Love America, fight fascism
Friday, January 12, 2018
This listing of the early warning signs of fascism is from a poster that was once for sale in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Powerful and continuing nationalism; disdain for human rights; identification of enemies as a unifying cause; supremacy of the military; rampant sexism; controlled mass media obsession with national security; religion and government intertwined; corporate power protected; labor power suppressed; disdain for intellectuals and the arts; obsession with crime and punishment; rampant cronyism and corruption; fraudulent elections.
Does this sound alarmingly familiar? Is it possible that the United States of America is turning toward fascist ideology and away from democracy? Yes! Not only possible, but actual! Donald Trump and the pushover, right wing ideologists in Congress, supported by a mass of paranoid, deluded voters are taking us down this totalitarian trail.
Our only recourse for maintaining the democratic form of government we desire is to exercise those freedoms we still have, while we still have them. We’ve got to oppose this current, corrupt administration with our voices and our votes. We’re not Nazis! We’re not fascists! Peaceful protest is needed now as much as it ever was. As is pointed out in a recent book title, the second through fifth letters of Revolution, looked at in a mirror, spell “love.” If we love our country we must act now.