No tea, thanksWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of the so-called tea baggers who are running around the country on lobbyist-paid-for buses trying to convince people that they speak for the majority of Americans. In concert with loons like Rush, Glenn and Sean, they feel free to make up the most outrageous lies and scare tactics to try to make sure that Obama doesn’t succeed on any level. It doesn’t matter if the seniors, or the middle class in general, are harmed. The most important thing is that this band of sore losers disrupts anything that might give credit to a Democratic president, especially a black one.
These racist, xenophobic cretins love to preach about how Obama is leading us down the path of socialism, and portray him as a fascist Nazi, when I would be willing to bet my next paycheck that 99 percent of them couldn’t give you a rational description of what constitutes socialism, fascism or even Nazism. One of the favorite ploys of the puppet masters of the right is to accuse their enemies of being what they really are. Perhaps, instead of taking all of their demagoguery at face value, people should take the time to read up on the subjects that are being thrown around with virtually no context whatsoever.
Historian Robert Paxton has spent years studying what makes a country turn fascist. In 1998, he published a paper in “The Journal of American History” in which he laid out the five steps that take place for fascism to gain control. I’m not going to outline them in a column this size, but I would like to cite his definition of fascism according to www.ourfuture.org: “Fascism is a system of political authority and social order intended to reinforce the unity, energy and purity of communities in which liberal democracy stands accused of producing division and decline.”
He further elaborates this as “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy, but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”
If this doesn’t define the right wing to a “tea,” I don’t know what does. These so-called patriots remind me of the Brown Shirts of Nazi fame more than anyone else. They have no respect for this country, the office of the presidency, the constitution, or any of the founding fathers’ vision of what kind of country this should be.
The most recent examples of idiocy are the claim that the president’s speech to schoolchildren was an attempt to advance his “socialist” agenda. Give me a break. Next, we follow up with Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina calling the president a “liar” on the floor of the Congress during his speech because Obama said illegal aliens would not be covered by the health care legislation being debated. Perhaps if Good Ol’ Joe read the bills, assuming he can read, he would have noticed that both the House and Senate versions exclude illegals from coverage. The Republican leadership tisk-tisked the violation of congressional rules and told everyone how wrong they thought it was to do that, but incredibly didn’t disavow the message. Perhaps, they prefer to be illiterate on the subject, too.
The Republican Party has become a party of radical fringe elements, who think the fact that a black man becoming the president of the United States is a direct attack on their manhood, and everything this country is s’posed to be, and corporate shills who will use these dupes to their advantage, even though it is against their own best interests.
How did we ever let the inmates gain control of the asylum for the previous eight years, and why does the mainstream media give these people any credence at all? Why do they let obvious lies go unchallenged, in the name of entertainment instead of responsible journalism?
I would like to thank Sara Robinson for her great articles on the rise of fascism in America, on the Web site ourfuture.org. Her articles are well worth the read.
E-mail columnist Don Burnard at email@example.com.