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by The Press and Standard | September 3, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 30, 2017 at 10:31 am
Here is some information you might not know
I have had enough of the media lying to us by protecting violent protestors, while at the same time blowing up conservative groups. I am tired of the left spewing its hatred for America without any debate. Here is some information you might not know.
Violent Groups Are Represented On Both Sides
Throughout the presidential race, the media tried to describe the Tea Party as right-wing Fascist troublemakers. Any group supporting Republicans is automatically racist and Fascist. Fascist has become the new word of the month used by the media and all right wing groups. It replaced “bigot” and “collusion” as their verbal weapon of attack.
Liberal Political radicals often shout, “Fascist! Fascist!” at anyone who doesn’t agree with their views. The term is especially popular among college students. But do such people actually know what Fascism is? Have they studied it? I don’t think so. Here is outline of views on fascism.
What is Fascism?
Benito Mussolini is credited by many for creating Fascism. It is a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and people are not allowed to disagree with the government.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines it: “A tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.”
“Fascism seeks to organize a cadre-led mass movement in a drive to seize state power. It seeks to forcibly subordinate all spheres of society to its ideological vision of organic community, usually through a totalitarian state. Both as a movement and a regime, Fascism uses mass organizations as a system of integration and control, and uses organized violence to suppress opposition, although the scale of violence varies widely.” Matthew N. Lyons, “Challenging the Right, Advancing Social Justice”
“Fascism is based on free enterprise — but with constraints (the primary constraint being, “Is the particular economic activity in question good for our nation/people?”) Also, a businessman can become wealthy in a Fascist country, and the government has no objection to this (this is in stark contrast to Communism). Fascism also encourages private ownership of property (again, in stark contrast to Communism where private property is not allowed)”
The intelligent straight-forward description of Fascism shown above can be compared with this description. “The third ingredient is a sense that the country used to be great. People look to a charismatic leader to restore the nation to greatness. They tolerate the loss of civil liberties if it allows them to regain past glory.” (Source: “What Is Fascism?” Live Science, January 24, 2017.) This politically-based definition attacks President Trump even though he has never been known to be a Fascist. This is how easy it is to insert propaganda into the national conversation about Fascism.
Could the United States succumb to fascism? Not without violating the Constitution. First, it protects the rights of minorities from the very persecution that Fascists thrive on. It has checks and balances. The Fascist leader would have to dissolve Congress, the Supreme Court, the entire Judicial branch and attain full power over the law enforcement forces.
While I reject White Supremacy and all of the right wing groups such as the KKK, I do not believe their views should be shut down or banned. It is strange that left-wing groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa are given special treatment yet they are disruptive and destructive. Antifa, for example, was the group who did over $100,000 in damage to the University of California Berkeley protesting a conservative speaker appearing on campus. You cannot limit free speech without laying the foundation for its destruction. (Antifa is an anachronism for antifacist.)
Antifa groups brag about shutting down speakers who disagree with them. They believe their violence and destructive actions are justified. They feel entitled to make judgment on what is hate speech, what is bad for the country and then take action to stop it. This is commonly referred to as anarchy. The media has thrown an umbrella of acceptance over Antifa groups, allowing them to avoid criticism while serving their political goals. The next time there is confrontation at a demonstration look for the people wearing black and wearing masks while brandishing sticks and other weapons. They are the equivalent to the “Skin Heads” and both create violence as their means to get attention.
Political correctness, the father of forbidding free speech on campus, now has reached the point of determining who speaks in any public place. San Francisco recently banned several right-wing groups from having a rally there. Their explanation: “We are a liberal city and it is not a place for hate or bigotry of any kind. People who come to spew hate are not welcome in this city.” The decision on what defines hate speech is not done by a judge or written in law. It is decided by an indeterminate and unelected group of left-wing zealots. That is the future of our freedom of speech as liberals seek the power to control us.
There are forces in this country slowly building power through any means to tear down our existing form of government in exchange for socialism or communism. Listen for the sounds of negativity. Listen for continual demands to satisfy their ever-expanding rights. Listen for the defamation of our history. Listen to the ridicule of our religious beliefs. Listen for voices that demand the forbidding of speech that does not match their ideology. These are the starting points for revolution.
We must stay united. We must stand up to political correctness. We must speak out against any attacks on our free speech and other rights given to us by our Constitution.