Skip to main content

View Diary: My thoughts on American Fascism (16 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  bush vs mussolini (4.00)
    This article cites a Federal judge who makes some interesting observations. It is titled "AUDIENCE GASPS AS JUDGE LIKENS ELECTION OF BUSH TO RISE OF IL DUCE.

    some passages:

    "In a way that occurred before but is rare in the United States...somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power.That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power," said Guido Calabresi, a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan.

    Illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution.

    "The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy," Judge Calabresi continued, as the allusion drew audible gasps from some in the luncheon crowd Saturday at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society.

        "The king of Italy had the right to put Mussolini in, though he had not won an election, and make him prime minister. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in. I am not suggesting for a moment that Bush is Hitler. I want to be clear on that, but it is a situation which is extremely unusual," the judge said.

    He goes on

    "When somebody has come in that way, they sometimes have tried not to exercise much power. In this case, like Mussolini, he has exercised extraordinary power. He has exercised power, claimed power for himself; that has not occurred since Franklin Roosevelt who, after all, was elected big and who did some of the same things with respect to assertions of power in times of crisis that this president is doing," he said.

    "That's got nothing to do with the politics of it.It's got to do with the structural reassertion of democracy,"

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (183)
  • Community (81)
  • Baltimore (76)
  • Bernie Sanders (57)
  • Civil Rights (47)
  • Freddie Gray (43)
  • Elections (35)
  • Culture (34)
  • Hillary Clinton (32)
  • Law (29)
  • Racism (28)
  • Labor (27)
  • Education (24)
  • Economy (24)
  • 2016 (24)
  • Media (23)
  • Politics (22)
  • Rescued (22)
  • Texas (21)
  • Barack Obama (19)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site