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  •  I don't know if it's actually the (1+ / 0-)
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    fascism itself that has begun to fail, or whether we simply managed to block the downward slide for the time being. As others have pointed out, the numerous fascist tools and mechanisms they've put in place over the years are still there. I'd say our democracy is still on the critical list. All we've managed to do for now is breathe some life back into the two-party system by winning these elections; I was truly concerned we wouldn't be able to, and in that case the scenario might have turned ugly. Of course, if the sheeple had just sat back and accepted it once again (and it is hard to imagine today's couch potatoes actually going out into the streets and revolting), that would definitely have been the beginning of the end.

    For now we've gained ourselves some breathing room, and I hope steps will be taken to correct a lot of the horrible things that have been done.

    Quite possibly, a true failure of fascism may only be able to occur if and when the entire country and the world realize and acknowledge that there was a fascist regime installed in the first place. As long as the process is still ongoing, there will always be those who deny it, or simply don't or can't recognize it. And for this reason it becomes doubly difficult to stop (like the boiling frog analogy).

    The other night on TV over here, on a news program commenting on the results of the U.S. elections, someone laughingly mentioned (and the others in the studio chuckled in agreement) how some people had incredibly, naively, exaggeratedly maintained that the U.S. had become a dictatorship, but of course they have obviously now been proved wrong, because otherwise the Democrats would not have been able to win the elections. I felt extremely frustrated by the simplistic superficiality of the analysis at that point, and found myself shouting at the TV. There was a sort of condescension toward those who were seen as crying wolf about fascism (as if to say that Americans don't even know what "real" fascism is like, whereas Europeans do) and, at the same time, a blind faith in the "American system", as if to say that something like fascism could never happen in the U.S., that democracy and freedom would always prevail.

    But then, within a half hour's time, I also heard Donald Rumsfeld referred to as "Ronald", Robert Gates called "Bill Gates", and a reference to Nancy Pelosi having been "elected" as the first woman Speaker of the House. That was enough for me, and I changed the channel.

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

    by Donna in Rome on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 09:12:42 AM PST

    •  My supervisor, whom I consider a decent and (1+ / 0-)
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      gentle man, said something yesterday about "Now that the Democrats are in power, we won't have any money." I don't know whether he meant funding or taxes. But it was sad and infuriating, the way he simply doesn't get it. We stepped back from the brink of fascism, IMHO, and all he cares about is $$$, since he still believes that Chimpco is a bunch of moral people doing God's will.

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      The wingnuts will now be on a pre-emptive strike schedule. They will be trying to frame any activity on the Dem side as fascism.

      Even if we find smoking guns that demand impeachment for the traitors Bush and Cheney, the wingnuts would compare Pelosi to Hitler with millions of dollars a day pumped into the corp media and the talk radio megaphone.

      Remember, facts are fungible in right wing world and lies are acceptable when the results are authoritarians in power.

      The biggest threat to America is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy... -- Frank Zappa

      by NCrefugee on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 09:22:53 AM PST

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    •  We must use this brief respite (0+ / 0-)

      to undo all the damage done so far.  You are absolutely correct that this is only a pause in the campaign.  We must seize it.

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