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Does the GOP support Fascism?

Does the GOP support Fascism?

To the Editor:

With the mewling and whining by Trumpian Republicans at having been accurately branded fascists by the president and other historically informed individuals, those Republicans need somehow to counter the walking like a duck, looking like a duck and quacking evidentiary conclusion.

In a paper published in 2003, Dr. Lawrence Britt, having analyzed the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet, identified 14 characteristics of Fascism, 12 of which apply to the current crop of Trumpian Republicans.

Britt found the following policies embraced cultural affects common indicators of Fascism: powerful and continuing nationalism; disdain for the recognition of human rights; identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause; supremacy of the military; rampant sexism; controlled mass media; obsession with national security; the intertwinement of religion and government; the protection of corporate power; the suppression of labor power; disdain for intellectuals and the arts; obsession with crime and punishment; rampant cronyism and corruption; fraudulent elections.

The Conservative Political Action Committee’s anointment of Victor Orban to keynote their annual convention pretty well puts an end to any further need to examine the appropriateness of the branding. Democracy or Fascism: the new and real American choice.

Frank Peterson


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  • Mr. Peterson, you are one huge ignoramus. Your description of fascism adequately describes the Democrat Party and that "mewling" you here, is the whining of Democrats for being outed as the fascists they are. You Democrats are nothing if not hypocrites.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Monday, 09/12/2022

  • It’s like this guy forgets Trump’s name calling & infantile behavior!! Hilarious!! The hypocrisy among Republicans is deplorable

    posted by Lefty Lou

    Saturday, 09/10/2022

  • Good Lord, so many Leftist Liberal Democrats in these once benign and peaceful Counties. They are like coming out of the woodwork. Where did all these people come from?

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 09/09/2022

  • The nazis had their own word for fake news: lugenpresse, lying press. They denigrated Jews and blamed them for all German problems as Trump does immigrants.

    posted by Patricia Johnson

    Friday, 09/09/2022

  • Well spoken. And true. Blessings to you.

    posted by Helen Geltman

    Friday, 09/09/2022

  • I choose democracy and will vote accordingly, Democrats all the way down that ballot! Thanks for the letter, Mr. Peterson.

    posted by Chuck Zimmerman

    Friday, 09/09/2022

  • To learn who really rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. And we see that on full display every day with the elected and installed leftist liberal Democrats running America into the ground.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 09/09/2022

  • I believebJoe was describing his own party according to the description of fascism…

    posted by Jerry Dunn

    Thursday, 09/08/2022

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