If It Quacks Like A Duck.....
By Number Six
Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 08:14 AM
"Six, you're becoming incredibly paranoid!", someone said to me recently.
"Oh, how do you figure?"
"Well, everything you say is, well, Hitler this, Germany that, that Bush is....."
"Logic.", I state coldly. "As Neils Bohr said, follow the clues, the theory, then, writes itself!".........
Even I've noticed it: I cannot help but see the events of these days, these last few months, and I see sharp and distinctive historical shadows falling across the ground. Every bit of news I read, see, comment about, the "symptomology" is assembling before us all.....a sad tale, and a cold reminder: Those who do not study history are forever locked into....replaying it.
So, to the evidence, you tell me, what theory is coming to mind, based on such?
"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."
Sean Hannity starts each episode of his funhouse with a whining "LET FREEDOM RINNNNNNNNNNNGGG!". Mike Gallagher can't open his mouth without sounding like a cheerleader for neoconmania. Flags adorn cars, trucks, toys, goods, you name it. All we need now is someone to do a take on the Horst Wessel tune, eh?
"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."
Um, like, what rights? The rights of those at Gitmo? In the secret prisons around the planet? Or how about denying gays and lesbians something nice like legalized marriage? Or that the work of Doctor King seems to have gone into the scrapyard? Like spying on me, you, everybody? Studying our surfing habits, just to make sure we....?
"3. Identification 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."
Lessee who's on the Hitler Youth "I hate" list: Michael Moore, Bill Mahr, The Dixie Chicks, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Rob Reiner, Al Franken, George Clooney, David Letterman, Ted Kennedy, John Conyers, John Murtha, Muslims, African-Americans, atheists, gays, lesbians, foreigners, the French, the Russians, Trekkies, Cindy Sheehan, the ACLU, the NAACP, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Green Day and need I keep going?
Oh, I'm hated, too. You should see the ugly looks I get, especially after some robot-brained "dittohead" gets their rebooting from Herr Limbaugh...Six is a liberal! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! DESTROY!!!....
"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."
Note: "Glamorized". Our kids are dying every hour, and yet, Uncle Sugar writes it into a script about ready for John Wayne and company to act out, eh?
Il Douchebag asks for more moolah for the military: He gets it without questions asked.
(Sidebar: I get a lot of stuff sent to me from certain retired types, who always send me things from groups of retired soldiers, about all of whom think that whoever's in charge ain't!)
"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. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy."
No shit, there, Sherlock. Quick, where can one get an abortion lately? Are the school boards under attack to promote un-intelligent design? Are women's rights under attack?
Does a cat have a climbing gear???
"6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the 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."
Which is it? Are reporters and journalists that blind? Or scared? Or being given direct orders not to publish anything that might make Das Chimpenfuerher look bad? Why is Chris Matthews so anti-anything? Why can't the Downing Street Memos, the butchery of the elections in both Florida and Ohio...be told over the airwaves?
And why do we even need Media Matters? Why do I have to pay Michael Moore $10 for what I should've seen on CBS? CNN? ABC? NBC? FOX? PBS?
"7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses."
Al Franken likens 911 to "Bush's Little Black Dress", as it is taken out and worn as needed to keep the masses scared shitless. Ever notice that the "terror" levels always rise...anytime a certain dipshit gets his poll numbers lowered?
"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."
Lessee: Our "resident" is a CINO, who uses the more radical fruitcake fundamentalist version of what used to be a religion based on love, unconditional forgiveness, treating everyone like family and oh, yes.......charity to those in dire need of help. These asses? Love thy neighbor? Well, yes, they do that, but you and I would call it......adultery...or....well, let's not go there, the topic sickens me.
"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."
The core seed of fascism, without a singular doubt, the very warp engine to make it go and that, in accordance to Mussolini's own screed on such. Corporations, these days, get the same rights as an individual, except that this individual would be indicted for mass murder, fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, prostitution, EPA fines, money laundering, embezzlement, assault and battery with intent to kill, income tax evasion....were I to do the same shit.
But, add "INC" or "LLC" to my name, well, that's different, right? Right?
"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 ."
Big hint time: Ever notice how everytime some firm goes into a financial landslide, what's the first thing they say? Starts with a "u"...
"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 is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts."
Yeah, like Stuart Varney's little aside about how Hollywood shits on his "precious"? Gee, Stu, you can always turn the channel, asshole!
Oh, too, let us not forget: Every time some esteemed academic hurls out neat, scientific stuff about global warming, ozone depletion, that gays and lesbians might make pretty good parents, that the mathematical odds of Chimp actually winning either election was up there with me winning Powerball 75 times....come under immediate attack as nuts? That evolution is the best we have so far, and no, no, dammit, no, women do not own an extra rib!
"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."
Like Ah-nald allowing a decrepit, sick old man to be lethally injected, like it takes a handful of cops to take down one person. Like how the odds are worse if you're African-American and seen driving a "nice" car....
"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."
Tom Delay. Abramoff. The K Street Deal. Almost all members of the White House staff carrying PNAC membership cards. Like hiring a clown whose resume says "horse judge", not "expert in crisis management"....
"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."
There is a tool used by industries, by others, and by Quality persons. It's called Statistical Probability. Such explains why insurance rates are high for kids, why 747 drivers must endure tough physicals, and why the boss doesn't want smokers at the office:
Although we cannot predict outcome, we can establish "patterns" of "likely events" taking place within a fixed frame.
That said, please explain: Since how, do exit polls and election results so differ from the other? Such liklihood of exit polling offering "bad data"? I'd sooner sit here and wait on Ed McMahon...54 times in a row.
I add a special thanks to Dr. Lawrence Britt for his "evidentiary" analysis. Above are his famous "14 Points" of fascism, and sadly, he's got this bird over the numbers.
I used his 14 points for a damned good reason: Stop calling me paranoid or delusional. The scientific mind states and clearly: When the evidence overwhelms our theory, then that theory is utterly useless. (Bohr)
Then, what? Other bloggers are already taking it to the next level: Another attack by Al Qaeda and that's it, instant martial law, immediate suspension of the Constitution....and a total jackass becomes....The Leader (German: Der Fuerher....)
And as theories go? "Forget the theory; study the evidence, then, the theory composes itself".
Gee, thanks, Neils....