Fascism ⇓⇓ A radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology. It advocates the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy.
In early 2011 the Old Man took a broad look at the political landscape of our country. When I compared what we have today - the results of gradual changes over the past 30-plus years - to what we had 40 years ago, a horrifying picture emerged. It takes absolutely no imagination to see where we are headed: governance by fascism.
The links above are to the original post on the subject and my original chart of how we got to where we are today. This document covers new events and occurrences since then that add support to the claim.
Follow the links below to find attempts to stifle or kill support for the opposition and expose the GOP. Subject matter includes the disruption of commoner's to organized, assemble, vote, and be heard, as well as efforts to control the news media and publications.
This document is evergreen; therefore it is update periodically.
Fascism Has Come to America Courtesy of the GOP - Fascism is a conservative philosophy of government that stresses the primacy and glory of the state, unquestioning obedience to its leader, subordination of the individual will to the state's authority, and harsh suppression of dissent. A right-wing nationalist ideology or movement with a totalitarian hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism and instills a will to dominate in people's character but protects businesses and landowning elites while preserving class systems.
It does not take a rocket scientist to understand exactly what is occurring with many of the newly elected Tea Party Republican Governors; all who have begun to show their 'cards' in dealing the American workers a 'hand' that will drive every middle class family into oblivion and enact real 'death panels' for the elderly, sick and children.
Not only are these Republican governors seeking complete control and elimination of democracy, they are funded by Corporate Koch Brothers Industries who are seeking to install an elite ruling class over the will of the people and the U. S. Constitution, they are following a fascist plan to install corporations in place of the U.S. Government.
Totalitarian Democracy - "Those of us who have wondered how fascism would come, if and when it came, did not sufficiently credit the possibility that it would arrive through the process of law and 'freely chosen' representatives of the people."
The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law monitors a wide range of public policing-making. Among those are changes to voting rights. The Center has produced a publication of voting law changes in 2012, which is an update of their 2011 report.
“Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. In 2011, however, that momentum abruptly shifted.
State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Some states require voters to show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Other states have cut back on early voting, a hugely popular innovation used by millions of Americans. Two states reversed earlier reforms and once again disenfranchised millions who have past criminal convictions but who are now taxpaying members of the community. Still others made it much more difficult for citizens to register to vote, a prerequisite for voting.
These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center's analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:
These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 - 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.
States have changed their laws so rapidly that no single analysis has assessed the overall impact of such moves. Although it is too early to quantify how the changes will impact voter turnout, they will be a hindrance to many voters at a time when the United States continues to turn out less than two thirds of its eligible citizens in presidential elections and less than half in midterm elections.
This study is the first comprehensive roundup of all state legislative action thus far in 2011 on voting rights, focusing on new laws as well as state legislation that has not yet passed or that failed. This snapshot may soon be incomplete: the second halves of some state legislative sessions have begun.
” The following reports are only a few from the Brennan Center on voter suppression.
A Party Gone Mad - Today's Republicans are Yesterday's Fascists - "Growing up, I always wondered how an entire nation could go mad. I was thinking about Nazi Germany, and millions of good, decent Germans, seeming to lose their minds for Hitler and National Socialism and its repressive brutality. I never thought I was[sic] see it for myself. It would be a long time, I told myself, before a nation would lose itself again as Germany had in the 30s. Then came the 2008 elections and the Tea Party" [Bold added].
Inside ALEC: Naked Contempt for the Press and Public in Scottsdale - A reporter was covering an ALEC meeting at a hotel in which he, the reporter, was a legally registered guest at the hotel. ALEC officials, who had hired off-duty cops, has the cops apprehend the reporter, forced him to check out of his room and leave the premises.
Nullifying Democracy - Republicans are saying that they don't like a law that was legally passed so they are going to behave as if it didn't. That's new, I think. It's not a nuclear option, it's a dirty bomb thrown into the middle of the democratic process.
Police State Fascism Is Now Rampant: Martial Law Is Next! - It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume ... that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him. ~ H.L. Mencken
Rigging the 2012 Election - An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging. But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.
Shrinking The Vote: Using Election Reform To Decrease Turnout - As the U.S population grows and the number of eligible voters continues to climb with each election cycle, a disturbing trend of limiting voter access to the polls is taking place. With 2012 on the horizon, states are already gearing up to ensure that barriers are installed across the voting process, from restrictions on voter registration to strict requirements at the polls. It's been called "the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century."
The Republican Party's War on Democracy - All of the current efforts to reduce the number of people who vote are aimed at disenfranchising Americans who are less wealthy, less mobile, less knowledgeable about voting requirements - and, of course - the young, particularly on college campuses.
The War On Workers - We need to be paying attention - careful, specific attention - to the war on working people. Not just union workers, let's be clear. Although unions are often the most visible target (or scapegoat), this extends way beyond unions to an assault on the broader American middle class.
Plan Solicited By Chamber Lawyers Included Malware Hacking Of Activist Computers - Lawyers representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the most powerful trade associations for large corporations like ExxonMobil and CitiGroup, had solicited a proposal from a set of military contractors to develop a surreptitious campaign to attack the Chamber's political opponents. The lawyers sought military contractors for assistance.
GOP targets Democratic base groups at the ballot box - There are several ways to win an election. One is to promote policies that appeal to a majority of people. Another is to fight like hell to turn out your supporters, and hope they number more than the opposition. And when all that fails, there's the GOP way.
The GOP's Campaign Finance "Sneak Attack" - It will roll back more than 30 years of law born out of the Watergate scandal, eviscerating one of the few remaining protections stopping corporations from heavily influencing, if not outright buying, American elections, reform experts say.
The Expendable Middle Class as Republicans Push for Autocracy - Republicans continue on their path of annihilation of the American middle class and even children have become expendable in their game of power and greed.
A foreboding sign should have been an indication of what was to come when the Republican led Wall Street collapse decimated American savings and retirement and not one individual who engaged in this massive financial assault has been jailed or even arrested. It was then Republicans and Wall Street realized the American people were impotent to stand against their power as the decades long shift of income to the top 1% of Americans has paid off handsomely.
Florida's GOP House Speaker Pushing Court-Packing Plan To Neutralize Democratic Justices - Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida is not satisfied with a Democratic-controlled state Supreme Court. So he plans to neutralize them by adding three more members to the Court which, of course, will be Republican justices. Then he will split the 6-member court, assigning the three Democrats to crimial activity and the three Republicans to the civil division. Naturally the civil division is the court that decides things such as new voting districts and anything else to do with political ideology.
The Continuing Death of the FEC - The FEC is now ignoring their own rules and the law about the honesty of printed campaign materials, in particular the disclaimer.
Citizens United Didn't Give Enough Away to Far Right, Corporate Interests - "Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that allows unlimited corporate spending in 'independent' political advertising isn't enough for conservative political activists, Politico reports. They're pushing every possible angle to 'eliminate the remaining laws restricting the flow of money into politics'."