Fourteen reasons why I am a Democrat  

jakblack36 49M
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2/6/2006 2:29 pm

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Fourteen reasons why I am a Democrat


Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes.

Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. 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.

2. 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. Mr. Bush and company are heavily invested in carrying out torture, long incarcerations of prisoners. 9/11 seems to have given the Bush company a "need" to carry these immoral acts out.

3. Icompany is pro-life, against same sex marriage, and the Terri Schaivo case proves they think they are the ultimate guardians.
dentification 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. This goes without saying that the percieved common threat is "terrorist".

4. 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. Clearly we live in a government where the domestic agenda is non-existant. Bush is constantly using our militiary as a scapegoat.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution. Hmm let's see the Bush
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to 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. Let's see aren't we like 37th in the world for having limited free speech. Funny how the likes of Hannity,Rush, and O'Reilly are so much more apparent these days

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. This has Bush and company written all over it!! Wanna take thier minds off how corrupt you are..just crank up that old threat level. Although, it hasn't been used in awhile just watch how it bounces when we get closer to the 2006 elections.

8. 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. The most common religion is christianity. Doesn't Bush talk to god like daily?

9. 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. Hmmmm record oil profits with an oilman at the helm...Haliburton is doing a heck of a business to..good job Dick Cheney Oh nad let's not forget Tamiflu..heck of a job Donny Rumsfield.

10. 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. Never in our history of unions has the American worker been at such a disadvantage.

11. 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 and letters is openly attacked. The Republicans hate intellectuals so much they nominated Mr.Bush.

12. 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. Can you say National Ssecurity Administration? Sure I knew ya could

13. 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. "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie."

14. 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. Warm memories of 2000

The above is a summery of the more detailed orignal article "Fascism Anyone?" first published in Spring 2003 edition

tillerbabe 57F

2/6/2006 11:19 pm

Very good! VERY GOOD! The guys and I at work have often talked about the similarity of Al Quaida and the Evangalisitic Christian movement...same stuff....different beliefs. WOW! You rock!


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