“Simply put, the Republicans hate Democrats more than they love America.”

There’s an interesting piece by Robert Freeman titled ‘The US Is Facing A Weimar Moment’ over at Common Dreams. Freeman details a comparison of the current state of the United States with the life and death of the Weimar Republic in Germany after World War I, and demonstrates how the Party-of-No in America is following the same game plan as the German wing-nuts did back then. It’s a lengthy article, but worth reading.

From the conclusion:

Resentment and obstruction are all the right wing in America have to peddle. Their policies are utterly discredited. Their ideology – even by its own standards – is a sham. They are so bereft of leaders, their de facto leader is a former drug addicted, thrice-divorced radio talk show host. That is literally the best they can muster. But they have built a national franchise inciting the downwardly mobile to blame the government, not the right, for their problems, exactly as Hitler did in the 1920s.

The Republican propensity for fascism must not be underestimated. Witness their phony justifications for the war in Iraq, fanning the flames of nationalistic aggression, just as Hitler did with Austria, the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, and Poland in the 1930s. Consider their symbiotic embrace of corporate interests in the oil, weapons, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, finance, and other industries-the same type of corporate interests that sponsored Hitler’s ascent to power. Look at their efforts to dismantle civil liberties with the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act. Or their relentless, pervasive propaganda laundered through their corporate-owned right-wing media machine.

These are the classic hallmarks of fascism. The strategy is to obstruct recovery, facilitate collapse, and then incite the faux-populism of public resentment to re-install a corporatist oligarchy which has failed, but which will not abide a reduction of its privileges or a diminution of its control. It is a fetid, seditious agenda, awaiting only its own latter day mustachioed messiah for its final fulfillment.

Frankly, The Lion wouldn’t put too much stock in the stock market’s upward bump last week as an indicator of any kind of recovery. The problem is too profound and the people who created it are still running the corporations that brought this down on the world, and they are still feeding the Republicans. And too many of them are in the White House and have Obama’s ear.

What’s needed in the Presidency is a vicious infighter willing to get bloody on the Republicans and their corporate enablers, and Obama so far doesn’t appear to be capable of that or to desire to go that route.

As Jon Stewart said to Jim Cramer, this isn’t a fucking game.


4 Responses

  1. Maybe I’m dreaming this up, but I believe I posted about a year ago to the effect that America’s culture war is coming to a head. I think it still has a ways to go, but it’s getting more violent – not less.


  2. When the MSM starts flogging expected violence ahead of the Mar 21 march on the Pentagon protesting the ‘War -TM,Reg’d’, one familiar with events at the RNC Convention expects repression to become even more evident.
    ANSWER’s fines for legally posting posters of the event – like those levied against informing of the veterans’ protest in 2007 – are dealt with by Clapso at WordPress.
    Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy on Blogspot has written more revelations on Bush and Fascism than enough. I called it The Fourth reich for years w/o all his research just because of behaviour.


  3. Afghanistan is the acid test for the warlords/Republicans. So far they have our president’s ear to not leave the war they started. The place we cannot “win” a war in. And who are we fighting? Mountain men who are out of the area an hour before you identify them being there and set out to attack. Just like North Vietnamese did to us in the jungles of Vietnam. It is a good money maker for those supplying the war, though, and the recession is providing plenty of boys for the all volunteer military’s needs. This is the moment to expose the real reasons we are fighting there and why the military wants to increase the troop level. We were lied into believing if Vietnam fell all southeast Asia would too. Same today with Afghanistan and the their part of the world. Time to call the Republican bluff. Use the money spent on the 8 year war accomplishing nothing but murder and destruction to finance universal health care and alternative energy. We as a people need to either grow up as global responsible citizens or die from the consequences of the status quo we are enabling by our inaction.


  4. I note Obama campaigned on going into Aghanistan and not leaving Iraq for some 16 months. As far as I’m concerned, Democratic Party/Republican Party is no more than a “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” or “Bad Cop/Not As Bad Cop” routine.
    Nobody campaigned on Bringing Them Home and got any press. Kucinich, Paul, Nader : they all made better noises…and got nowhere.
    Torture : Check
    Invasion : Check
    Mercenaries : Check ( don’t bother calling Blackwater etc. anything else )
    Defence spending impovershing American people : Check
    ( Money for killing strangers in their homes on the other side of the world – none for getting rid of graft and corruption )
    ‘Change You Can Believe In’ : a scam too far

    You know the real sad reality ? Foreigners can’t understand how generations can be fostered to think they are being responsible global citizens by programs supporting weapons sales and training. They keep thinking the brainwashed must grow up.


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