It’s scarcely an original thought, but I am amazed by the fact that the left are offended (or at least pretend to be offended) when somebody suggests that President Obama is a fascist.
Let’s review, class: The Oxford English Dictionary defines fascism first as the Italian nationalist movement which controlled the country from 1922 to 1943 and then as “a member of any similar nationalist and authoritarian organization in another country”. Mirriam-Webster has a somewhat more useful definition: ” 1. often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a central autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
So, let’s see if the Obama regime fits the definition:
- “Exalts nation and often race above the individual”: Well, certainly the regime exalts groups above the individual, but to be fair, I’m not sure that they are really nationalist. On the other hand, they certainly play the race card often enough to justify the rest of this condition.
- “Stands for central autocratic government”: The health care bill, with its massive centralization of power in the hands of the federal government certainly fits this bill. In addition, the federalist tendencies of the Democrat party adds credence to the notion. In fact, they’ve gone for central and autocratic government at every possible opportunity.
- “A dictatorial leader”: Check.
- “Severe economic and social regimentation”: Again, the health care bill, the so-called stimulus plan (“so called” because even the administration now admits that it didn’t stimulate anything), the TARP fiasco. Yep. This one fits too.
- “Forcible suppression of opposition” : This one’s a bit thornier, since the leftists don’t have quite enough power to actually lock up dissenters. But if you look at the regime’s reaction to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, or Glen Beck, it’s pretty clear that they’d like to lock them up. One of their supporters even recently accused them of sedition! (Ironic, since by my definitions, it was the Democrat party committing treason with respect to Iraq just a few short years ago…)
So perhaps they’re not really very nationalistic, and perhaps they don’t actually forcibly suppress their growing opposition, but I think it’s close enough to use the term “fascist” when referring to the Democrat party and its regime.