“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “to talk of many things”.
Dodgson could have written those words at nearly any time in human history and they would have of course been apt, but it is perhaps today that they have their deepest meaning for each of us as individuals. It is today when the most powerful people in the most powerful nation on Earth seek to consolidate and even to increase their power over the rest of humanity. They choose to do this through their shrill and incessant attacks on the weakest and most vulnerable among us.
Our elderly, our sick and lame, our children… all have had a turn at being squarely pegged in the bullseye… of being favored targets for the wrathful selfishness that governs the waking thoughts of the parasitic non-producing idle rich who occupy their “rightful” place at the top of the food chain that they have created and that the rest of us are expected to live in our allotted positions on.
We’ve seen and still see ongoing attacks on the very social fabric of the nation as one by one the self-styled “upper class” have rained or attempt to rain destruction on those ideals and institutions that supposedly made us something other than just another Fascist dictatorship. In so doing, we have become… or are very close to becoming exactly that. There is little in the master plan that governs the actions of the corporate oligarchy that is executing its takeover of the United States as we speak, that would differentiate it those put forth by Mussolini himself, often touted as the “father of modern Fascism and other Fascist leaders of the “modern” era.
The goal of our American Fascists is the same goal that Fascism has had throughout its history… to establish a regime that… exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition (Mirriam Webster).
Each wannabe dictator has had his (or her) minor variations on the theme but they’ve all had the common goal of making sure that all power was concentrated in the hands of a tiny number of the “right” people and again it is those self-same “right” people who get to determine who the “right” people are. Since money is seen as the primary measure by which power can be quantized and measured against that of others, it is only reasonable that those with lots of money be granted power over those without, hence the concept of “haves” and “have-nots” and the notion that “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” is somehow a normal and even desirable state of affairs, .
To a “have”, making sure that you have nothing is just as important as he or she having it all because either way allows that person to display their power while demonstrating that you have none and this is the primary motivating force behind what we refer to as the “one percent”. It’s the thing that Mitt Romney simply cannot stop doing, even while he’s trying to make us think that somehow… in someone’s unimaginably twisted, totally perverted imagination… he’s one of us.
And the horrible thing is that fascism not a new phenomenon. None of this is anywhere near new, by any means. We’ve been watching it happen right here in America for decades, yet the majority of us have still… by dint of hard work and supreme effort of will… managed to remain almost totally ignorant that it’s taking place. Ask a lot of people why we got into a ground war in Europe during the 40s and they’ll tell you it was “to stop the spread of fascism”. Actually, that was only partially true. It was mainly to stop the spread of fascism by the Axis powers until we were ready to start spreading our own and that wouldn’t occur until it had been established as our form of government beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Former Vice President Henry Wallace managed to become a tad famous in certain circles for some rather poignant observations on the emergence of military/corporate Fascism, not only in Europe during the decades between the world wars, but right here in our own country, and I’ll bet that if you stop and think about it… which I’m not too sure some of our friends on the far radical right are capable of doing… I’m sure you’ll see the parallels between Wallace’s Fascism of the 20s and 30s and that being propagated in our own country today. For example:
The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.
I’m pretty sure there’s nobody out there that would even try to deny the relevance of that statement… made some 70 or so years ago… to what is occurring today. The same can be said for just about everything he ever said about the subject. The entire drive toward a Fascist dictatorship in the United States has been characterized by a slow steady advance punctuated by hiccup and do overs. The most recent of these was of course, the need to subvert the “Fourth Estate”. He also said:
The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.
Come on now, are you actually going to try to tell me that’s not exactly what is going on today? Can you honestly look out upon the wreckage of what we once called “journalism” and tell me that the vast majority of those who either call themselves “journalists” or would like to, haven’t sold their very soles to those who would use them for their own ends and not those of “the people”? Of course they have. How about:
Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States.
Substitute oil/energy for chemical, Chinese for Germans and Middle East for Latin America and you’ll see it’s a matter of “Same sh*t, different era”. Hell, they even had Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity types in old Hank’s day:
The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned.
Like… until recently… the Kochs. And last but not least:
If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.
And if we don’t admit to another freeping thing, the one inescapable fact that we can’t duck, dodge or hide from is that there are indeed millions of Americans from one end of the country to the other who do exactly that… either because they are conscious turdminions in the overthrow of democratic principles in the US or… as in the vast majority of such cases… have remained blissfully ignorant of the situation. This ignorance is quite often a product of deliberate choice, wherein these folks have developed the kind of mentality that fights being informed because being informed might require them to get up off whatever piece of La-Z-Boy furniture they’ve got their ample asses planted on at the moment and do something about the situation.
The world could be ending on Monday, but that green flag or kick-off or tip-off better damned well go down on Sunday or there’s gonna be hell to pay. Another game the Fascists play quite well… remember “Hitler’s Olympics”?