i started to read this essay thinking that it would be mostly BS. i mean, facism, today? i was sure the analogy would be a reach. then i kept reading, and kept nodding, and it never got far fetched.
my question, is he right, or is this confirmation bias?
Probably not ... but for anyone who wants a little substantiation, give a look at this.
The following is a quote from author and humorist Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion). It was written about the George W. Bush administration, and it is as true today as it was back then. The only word I added is in brackets .
The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong's moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt's evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch [candidate] president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.
Wow. Garrison always did have a way with words. Would love to hear him say them, especially for the benefit of those who, upon seeing those words, would think they had to be spoken with anger or a stressed attitude. Much as I can "hear" him speak those works in his calm, avuncular style, the real deal would very much be worth the having.
Excellent, Pat. Thanks for putting that up!
wow, thems strong words! i'm not familiar with this guy, i'll have to check him out.
I only hear him on NPR. If you don't listen to NPR ever, there is no reason for you to have heard of him.
They made a movie called The Prairie Home Companion, about the show a couple of years ago, I really enjoyed it. I used to listen to his show when every weekend when I worked the shipping post at Honeywell.
I just read it, and it sounds about right to me. Scarier and scarier.
they're just crazy folks set in overdrive bubbles set to stun? odd imho
mormons just capitalize on the undeducated imho
Not saying they were Nazis, but this is from a Wiki article about Prescott Bush (GWB's grandfather)
Bush was one of seven directors (including W. Averell Harriman) of the Union Banking Corporation, an investment bank that operated as a clearing house for many assets and enterprises held by German steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. In July 1942 the bank was suspected of holding gold on behalf of Nazi leaders. A subsequent government investigation disproved those allegations, but confirmed the Thyssens' control, and in October 1942 the United States seized the bank under the Trading with the Enemy Act and held the assets for the duration of World War II.
Roland, interesting post but GHW Bush was a war hero and goes down as the youngest pilot in the entire Armed Forces.
If anything, your post shows how mercenary these people are.
Of course they're fascist. That's why they're always crying about liberals being socialist when they wouldn't even know real socialism if it hit them upside the head. Classic projection tactics and propaganda.
That's not to say that the average Republican is a supporter of fascism. They've just been seduced by the ultra-nationalistic rhetoric and are too proud/stubborn/arrogant to listen to anyone who tries to let them know how badly they're being used by their party's leaders.
It certainly does seem that way, doesn't it? I'm just wondering how far they're willing to go.