I’m so happy that you are visiting the inaugural post of Ye Olde Blogge’s new irregular series Fascification WATCH in which I document new signs and indications of the GOP’s promotion of a fascist regime in America. Given that this is July Fourth, I thought I’d start with the Trump’s grand homage to his own impotent incompetent ineptitude?
I’ll very briefly outline the definition, signs, and symptoms of fascism, which I’ve gone over in more complete detail in previous posts, just search fascism using the search widget in the right-hand column.
Robert Paxton has defined fascism as a form of political practice distinctive to the 20th century that arouses popular enthusiasm by sophisticated propaganda techniques for an anti-liberal, anti-socialist, violently exclusionary, expansionist nationalist agenda. He goes on to explain that the only goals that seem common to fascist regimes is to make the state stronger, bigger, and successfuller. And by successful they mean enriching the ruling regime and their corporate allies.
Another thing fascists have in common is the way they achieve their aims: they mobilize the passions of their base of support by using these seven weird tricks and number two is going to feel very familiar: (1) Promoting the supremacy of the their base of support, which is often an ethnic group or other easily discernible group. (2) Playing the victim card. (3) Individualism and liberalism are decadent and erode the supreme group. (4) Building a strong sense of community among their base. (5) Basing the self-esteem of the individual members of their base on the social standing of the group. (6) Fanatic support for the “natural” leader. And ( 7) a glorification of violence and will.
Of course we can see how the Ol’Pussy Grabber is implementing each of these points. But, the antics that he’s ordered up for the Fourth don’t quite match up, so there must be more to the qualities of fascism.
Here’s where the un-American shrine to bloated ego and permanent majority that we’re all going to be funding fits into fascism: fascists don’t distinguish between the party was and the state. Any opposition to the party is seen as opposition to the state and any defense is justified. The o converse is also true: anything that is good for the party is seen as good for the state.
We all know from the Unproductive Malignant Narcissist WATCH series that the Ol’Pussy Grabber is an untreatable and unrepentant major flaming narcissist. How perfect is that for the “natural” leader of a fledgling fascist state? The Ol’Pussy Grabber can’t distinguish between himself and the rest of the world: what’s good for him is good for everybody. The GOP won’t distinguish between their needs and those of the country, so as long as the Ol’Pussy Grabber’s antics keep meeting their needs, the two are married and indistinguishable.
So, the Ol’Pussy Grabber’s extremely stable genius comes up with his idea to parade military porn across the National Mall for his aggrandizement. Make one of his “speeches” aka campaign speech and have the US taxpayer pay for it all.
What’s good for the Ol’Pussy Grabber is good for the country. It is the perfect symbol the United Fucking States of Fucking Stupid.
Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained
At long last, Trump is getting his DC military celebration. Watchdog groups aren’t happy about it.
President Donald Trump is set to address the nation on July Fourth at 6:30 pm ET from the Lincoln Memorial as part of his unusual, controversial “Salute to America” event.
While Trump relentlessly hyped the event on Twitter in the days leading up to the holiday, tanks were transported through the streets of DC on Tuesday evening in scenes that, for some, evoked images of countries ruled by militarized regimes. Others, however, characterized the presence of tanks in the capital city as a mere “holiday photo-op.” Meanwhile, watchdog groups raised concerns that the whole thing is a massive abuse of public resources for the benefit of Trump and the Republican Party.
For Trump — who often conflates support for him personally with patriotism, and vice versa — “Salute to America” will ostensibly be a celebration of the country in general, and in particular of the military build-up he’s overseen as president. Critics, on the other hand, see it as a fundamentally un-American glorification of militarism.
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