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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/02/2020 11:25:29

This...is America. 80 years ago now, Edward R. Murrow used to open his broadcasts from wartime London with similar words. I can easily imagine a BBC reporter returning the favor as London, and the rest of the world look on in increasing dismay.


I want us all to go a little bit back in time - to the quaint, early days of the administration of George W. Bush. Horrified, we all were. Bush and his cronies seemed hell-bent on leading the United States down the road to fascism. Remember the 14 points of fascism that made the round in those days? It's worth reading them all again.


Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.


Call me crazy, but I think we've marched a little closer to the ol' Reichstag in the ensuing years.

Over the weekend, an un-declared war broke out in the United States. Cities around the country have seen demonstrations, clashes, mayhem. Boston burned on Sunday night. I'm awakening this morning to find that Providence had their turn last night. In the wake of these actions, the Hitlerite vermin that passes for leadership has called for the United States army to be deployed. This is just about a declaration of a new Civil War.

Part of our founding was citizens rioting for their rights. The powers in those days ignored them too, and chose instead to deploy the army. You should probably know that this eventually did not turn out too well for the "loyalists", and a full-fledged war was the result

Today - it seems impossible that we should be fighting this battle again. Only today, we're fighting against ourselves. While we cling dearly to the Constitution of the United States, that's not actually our most important document. After the revolutionary war, the US operated under something called the "Articles of Confederation", or "America 1.0" if you will. After a decade or so, the shortcomings became apparent, and a Constitution Convention was convened to fix those problems. 1787 was the year that "America 2.0" was sent to the states for ratification.

But of course the most important document is neither of those - it is the Declaration of Independence. The Articles and The Constitution are the operating manuals for the country. The Declaration...well, that's our masthead. It's WHY we did it. I'll quote the one paragraph that truly matters.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,


That was all fine and good - but like today, those actions all took place on the world stage. Thomas Jefferson went on to list all the offences of the old government, and while I won't list all of the "facts submitted to a candid world", cherry-picking a few is enlightening.


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. [militarized police - ed.]

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.


Some states are pushing back. Once again, it is perhaps Massachusetts taking those first steps, as our governor noted yesterday after the histrionic phone call with King George III:


“I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him — but I’m not,” Baker said during his opening remarks Monday afternoon.

“At so many times during these past several weeks when the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it was simply nowhere to be found,” he continued. “Instead, we got bitterness, combativeness, and self interest. That’s not what we need in Boston. That’s not what we need right now in Massachusetts. And it’s definitely not what we need across this great country of ours either.”


We are on the verge of something big. The country is tearing itself apart, and the leadership is ready to send in the army to quell the protesters and restore their perceived order.

The question now is - are you still a Patriot, or are you what I am going to brand a "New Loyalist"?

 

26 comments (Latest Comment: 06/02/2020 19:46:04 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by Scoopster on 06/02/2020 12:31:57
Good morning,

Last night while I was asleep, a mostly non-violent protest turned violent. Provocateurs attacked the police, set one of their vehicles on fire, and looted the mall downtown. Then they got dispersed into the nearby neighborhoods and vandalized several locally-owned businesses.

I'm hearing some chatter about the ones who started the violence being not part of the actual protest, but out-of-state saboteurs who showed up just after midnight. I'm trying to confirm this information now, but I'm inclined to believe it because there's been calls online (on Twitter and the nazi co-opted platform 4chan) for violence and it wouldn't surprise me one bit that these people are deliberately infiltrating protests just to destroy property & blame the protestors.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/02/2020 12:35:59
Morning

Just livid and frustrated this morning.

Scoop, I've been thinking along those same lines of agent provocateurs causing the majority of the chaos.

Comment by Scoopster on 06/02/2020 12:49:27
After checking out the Youtube channel of the guy who uploaded the video, it looks like HE is one of the saboteurs. He's has all kinds of shit going back months where he's doing the same bullshit that James O'Keefe does.

Comment by livingonli on 06/02/2020 13:16:29
If anyone needs to be locked up, it's all these Hitler wannabes.

Comment by trojanrabbit on 06/02/2020 13:34:29
Quote by livingonli:
If anyone needs to be locked up, it's all these Hitler wannabes.


That's not the proper treatment for Hitler wannabes. It will take a strong disinfectant (think Nuremberg) to remove this contagion.

Day after day I'm glad Charlie Baker is in the Governor's office here.

This morning the station manager of WCVB spoke of two crippling diseases we are dealing with. One, COVID-19, the other the sickness of racism, that we've been dealing with for centuries.

Comment by livingonli on 06/02/2020 13:41:18
Donnie and his administration need to experience Nuremberg.

Comment by Raine on 06/02/2020 13:46:20
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Comment by Raine on 06/02/2020 13:47:18
Quote by Scoopster:
After checking out the Youtube channel of the guy who uploaded the video, it looks like HE is one of the saboteurs. He's has all kinds of shit going back months where he's doing the same bullshit that James O'Keefe does.

This is what I had feared.

Comment by trojanrabbit on 06/02/2020 13:48:32
If you ever wanted to peruse the Internet Archive, better do it now.

Comment by TriSec on 06/02/2020 13:52:16
Morning, comrades. Death to Fascists!



Comment by Scoopster on 06/02/2020 13:54:38
One of the better livestreams of protest coverage: https://www.twitch.tv/pragmaticanarchist

He's part of a group of streams that have been tag-teaming coverage for the past six days.

Comment by Raine on 06/02/2020 14:00:20
I am shaking in anger this morning.

Comment by trojanrabbit on 06/02/2020 14:14:54
According to this Trump's fascist goon squad STEPPED ONTO CHURCH PROPERTY to remove people so Trump could have his Hitler moment holding his fucking Bible.

That Bible should have burst into flames while he was holding it.


Comment by TriSec on 06/02/2020 14:19:01
Dear Governor Baker:

Can we stop pretending? The United States is over. The longer we stay in this failed union, the more damage it will do to our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

The Northeast coalition needs to secede and put the needs of its citizens ahead of the needs and wants of a megalomaniac hell-bent on destroying everything we once held dear.

TriSec


Comment by trojanrabbit on 06/02/2020 14:20:27
Wonder what Putin and Trump talked about yesterday.

Comment by TriSec on 06/02/2020 14:26:37
Quote by trojanrabbit:
According to this Trump's fascist goon squad STEPPED ONTO CHURCH PROPERTY to remove people so Trump could have his Hitler moment holding his fucking Bible.

That Bible should have burst into flames while he was holding it.


The only action at this point is revolution. Congress won't do anything. The Army has been called out to support the dictator, instead of defending the Constitution...the United States is over.




Comment by livingonli on 06/02/2020 14:35:32
The fact that Donald Trump keeps getting away with everything his whole life that maybe he is the antichrist.

Comment by BobR on 06/02/2020 15:12:18
As always, even worse than this soul-less shell of human skin are his supporters cheering him on and welcoming the fascism they don't ever realize they want.

Comment by livingonli on 06/02/2020 15:13:04
Comment by wickedpam on 06/02/2020 15:21:53
Quote by livingonli:
Coincidence? Read the Bible.


Yeah, this isn't too freaky.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/02/2020 15:24:53
Good morning, bloggers!!!

I am relaxing a bit before a little more cleaning of the basement. (My hope is to get everything back to normal soon.)

TriSec, I hope that this republic can still be saved although it is fraying. I believe that Putin and Xi would love to see the United States of America dissolve and there are reports that the Russian state media are exulting over our division.

I chose to face this time with courage. We should be our brother's keeper, not his oppressor. We need to support the peaceful protesters while condemning violence and property damage. We also NEED to address the underlying inequalities in our nation. I still have hope for America. It may be a vain hope but I still love this country's ideas and will strive to make those ideals a reality for all.












Comment by Raine on 06/02/2020 15:34:25


Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/02/2020 16:15:40
Thom, I don't think the Senate Republicans would have the moral courage to remove Trump from office even if he executed a child, an elderly unarmed protester, and a dog on live television.

Comment by trojanrabbit on 06/02/2020 16:17:32
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Thom, I don't think the Senate Republicans would have the moral courage to remove Trump from office even if he executed a child, an elderly unarmed protester, and a dog on live television.

Senate Republicans need their own "come to Nuremberg" moment. ESPECIALLY McConnell.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/02/2020 19:10:44
Quote by trojanrabbit:
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Thom, I don't think the Senate Republicans would have the moral courage to remove Trump from office even if he executed a child, an elderly unarmed protester, and a dog on live television.

Senate Republicans need their own "come to Nuremberg" moment. ESPECIALLY McConnell.



I doubt that this will happen. The GOP is now about seeking power for themselves and their backers.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 06/02/2020 19:46:04