Critics of the Republican field of presidential candidates are warning that their calls for banning refugees smacks of fascism.
The critics do not know what they are talking about.
The US is already a fascist state.
Fascism does not mean stiff-arm salutes, brown shirts, or hobnail boots. It doesn’t mean cattle cars, labor camps, or death squads. It means that the government is controlled by corporations. Fascism is the merger of state and corporate power.
Some fascist states are kinder than others. Some treat minorities better than others. Some more oppressive then others. But all are in service to multinational corporations, all place capitalism above compassion, the plutocrats over the people.
The Republican feeding frenzy on the misfortunes of Syrian refugees fleeing terrorism and being bombed by their own government is demagoguery at its basest level.
It is reminiscent of the cowardly action of FDR in denying asylum to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, many of whom were interned and gassed in Auschwitz when they were forced to return to France in 1942.
That the Republican base is afraid of grandmothers and toddlers is understandable. Most Republicans are not too bright and are easily frightened. Both the Republican base and the presidential candidates are acting like children afraid of monsters under their beds. They are more terrified of “things that go bump in the night” than they are supportive of the US Constitution, human rights, or simple human kindness. Like children, they wet themselves in fear instead of processing information like adults.
The clown car full of candidates for president seeking the votes of the rather dim Republican primary voters know exactly what they are doing. They are fanning the flames of bigotry, ignorance, and hatred into a conflagration they hope will carry them into the White House.
And the fascists running the Democratic Party are hoping that rank-and-file Democrats are sufficiently appalled by the Republican rhetoric that we will be good little automatons and rush to vote for Hillary.
A choice between a Republican and Hillary is a choice between a fascist bedwetter and a fascist non-bedwetter.
Not much of a choice, as we will be under the thumb of Wall Street and corporate America in either case.
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