Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Storm the Capitol to Do Good Deeds." -- not James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, November 20, 2015

Modern Business Plot- Fascism in 2017

There were allegations that, after the election of FDR in 1933, a group of wealthy businessmen plotted to seize power and install a fascist regime. They picked the wrong former general to head the plot and he blew the whistle.

Fast-forward eighty years and it would seem that the new version of the Business Plot is to first gain power legitimately. And then would come the fascist police state:
Donald Trump “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the United States, the Republican front-runner told NBC News on Thursday night.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said in Newton, Iowa, in between campaign town halls.

“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems.” When asked whether Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into the database, Trump responded, “They have to be — they have to be.”
Trump is not disguising any of this:
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
This is what would almost be laughable if politics was comedy: The very same voters, who for years have been proclaiming that a requirement to have health insurance is tyranny, are lining up to support a man who is openly promising to institute a fascist police state.

Seriously. For them, it's OK to deport people because of their religion. It's OK to make people of a different faith register with the government and carry ID cards marking them as members of that faith. But health care is tyranny to them?

A lot of Americans are no different from anyone else: Scare them a little, promise them security, they will eagerly hand over their freedoms and liberties and, with a hearty "fuck you" to the millions of men and women who have fought and died for their freedom for the last 200+ years, they will close their ears to the sound of the jackboots.


Deadstick said...

Did you notice he's already selected his salute? With the thumb?

We really, really need to get people to watch "Triumph of the Will".

Stewart Dean said...

-- "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary"
- H. L. Mencken.

-- "...after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Hermann Göring, 2nd in Command of Nazi Party

Sieg Heil, Donald

bearsense said...

Wasn't it once said that when dictatorship comes to the US of A it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross ??

dinthebeast said...

As a partial antidote to this, I recommend going back and listening to Molly Ivins tell the story of John Henry Faulk and the chicken snake: "Some times you'll get so scared that you hurt yourself."

-Doug in Oakland

Leo Knight said...

I noticed as far back as elementary school that it doesn't matter to most people what someone does, as much as who they are. If a member of another clique/tribe/gang does something, no matter how innocent, it must be attacked. If a member of your clique/gang/tribe does something, no matter how heinous, it must be defended. If a male primate makes the appropriate alpha male noises, and flings the appropriate amount of feces, the noisy, feces flinging clique/tribe/gang will follow him.