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     With apologies to Lewis Carroll: The time has come to speak of many things of sails and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings. Well, maybe not but I have a big announcement. All the pieces are coming together for the launch of a new website designed to bring visibility to the issue of fascism. I would like everyone's advice on what should be included on a website designed to provide a unifying issue for as many people as possible.

     Let me start with the soundbite version of tonight essay. While I know there aren't many fascists, do you know that if the conservatives got everything they wished for, this country could become a fascist state? That's the question we should be presenting to everyone.

     I hear you saying, “Has Tom lost it?” “C'mon Tom,  last week you proved that conservatives were fascist,.” and “Tom, for two months you have been the most vocal anti-fascist out here, you are even trying to start an anti-fascist movement.” You can all stop worrying about me. The fact that there are no fascists is the secret behind the entire movement. We have to show the country that while there may not be any fascists, except for one reportedly Ann-orexic Coul-dhearted syndicated columnist and a few other well known broadcasters, the groups that have aligned together to form the conservative movement, when taken as a whole, could very easily create a fascist state without anyone realizing it.

     The conservative movement in this country actually consists of disparate groups who have aligned themselves together. While many people fit into multiple categories I doubt there are very many that fit every category to the point of being completely fascist.

     The first group is what I will call the American supremacists. You know this group by their more accepted name, neocons. These people believe that America deserves to be the leader of the world because we are America. They want to use our economic and military might to dictate terms to the world because if we don't the world will dictate its terms to us. With America's economic might dwindling they are pushing harder with the military might. Their motto would be might is right.

     The second group is the social Darwinians. These people believe the constant competition of a dog eat dog world improve the country. They want to completely eliminate social programs in the belief that since everyone has the same opportunities everyone can succeed. They fail to realize that the playing field is not level but actually becoming more and more slanted every day. They also want to eliminate all welfare programs because they only allow people to survive without contributing to the greater good. Their motto would be root hog or die.

     The third group are the theocrats. These are the ones who want their own version of Biblical Law to become the law of the land. They want to revise history to justify their contentions that this country is something it is not. These people want a Christian nation under Jewish law because they believe that is the only way God will bless the country.

     The next group is the scared rabbits. These people live in their rabbit holes and are scared to the point to which they gladly allow the Government to do whatever it want to do in order in give them some sense of safety.

     The last group are the corporatists, who believe money is power and will do anything to maintain that power. They only care about their profits today and have persuaded the others that strong corporations will ensure a strong country.

     These groups have come together because their individual agendas are mutually exclusive in that they can all get what they want while allowing the other groups to get what they want.

     The first goal needs to be to show as many people as possible that this threat is real and then getting a larger coalition to join together to bring some balance back into government. The proof is all around us, but the challenge comes in presenting the facts of the possibility of fascism in such a way that enough people can be drawn into that larger coalition.

     I try to present these facts in a way as not to turn away anyone who may believe. I ask for everyone's critique as to how well I have been doing and ask for suggestions in how to continue.

          New Readers note

     These are the main Diaries, with commentary, from the last few days that relate, in my opinion, to the possibility that this country is becoming a Corporate Nationalistic Anti-Communistic State. I want to remind everyone that is just part of a much larger series and the citations here only reflect a few days. The entire series presents many more events that have occurred in just the last three months. If you missed the previous editions click here for them.

     And now back to your regularly scheduled diary listings

     Mosquito Pilot, who ran for Congress as a libertarian, informed us that Sunshine defeats fascism. The conclusion is exactly what I have been trying to convey:

     To save this country, we must talk with one another.  Agree to listen.  Agree to disagree.  Fascism wins through assumptions that everyone agrees and fear to confront a perceived majority.  Talking to one another here on Daily Kos is a great start, but we have to get out of the echo chamber and talk to our friends, neighbors and coworkers. 

     This is how we defeat fascism, one conversation, one person at a time.
     These people do not want a fascist country. We must break the grip of fear and the only way to do that is one person at a time.

          1. Powerful and continuing expression of nationalism.

     Cold Fusion04 hit it big with an excellent diary on the right wing ideals that Hard Work Will Set You Free. He was able to pin down the source of a new ad campaign that is promoting fascist ideals as Christian billionaire Philip Anschutz. This ad campaign seems like the stuff you would have seen popping up in Italy and Germany during the 1930s when they were energizing the masses with the virtue of fascism.

          2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

     Meteor Blades hit it big, as usual, with the observation that Torture Isn't the Crime; Publicizing It Is. Jonah Goldberg did a phone interview with Salon's Mark Follman regarding why the right has been so quiet on the issue of torture. His conclusion that torture is actually a good way to get information and those who use it were justified. The problem comes when we publicize torture and give our enemies a propaganda victory. After reading the responses I added that “the wingers don't care about torture, they don't understand that when Christ was sent to be tortured, before returning to Pilate for sentencing, it was because he claimed innocence and Pilate wanted Him to admit to His "crimes" before sentencing Him.” which received some very good feedback.

     Susan Hu decoded a message from Bagram to Abu Ghraib: "Aren't you kind of babying them?" The leading citation in the diary was:
     [Chris] Mackey [a former interrogator at Bagram] says  ... "[T]here was horrible incompetence at the leadership and oversight level. [The prison] was practically a Disney ride, with lots of higher-ups and officials coming through. But the common response we got was, Aren't you kind of babying them?"
     So the senior officers thought Bagram's detention facility where interrogation techniques were developed and tested was a “Disney ride” before the unit was at Bagram was sent to Abu Ghraib. Susan gives a much better presentation that brings together many other disturbing reports that indicate that Abu Ghraib was not just a few rogues having a frat party. I can't do justice to her story with a few lines so I encourage everyone to read the entire diary.

          3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.

     C. Delia wants to make sure we Don't Trust the Census. The Census Bureau has provided the Homeland Security Department breakdowns of how many people of Arab descent live in each city along with a detailed listing of total Arabs by Zip Code broken down by nation of origin. This is the type of information that was used to round up the Japanese at the start of WWII. The Electronic information privacy center (Epic.org) has the specifics and copies of the related documents. The theocrats and the scared rabbits would be the first to call for the lock-up of the Arabs.

          4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.

     Mike Dallas 23 let us know that his Repub. Congressman says that we should nuke Syria. Rep. Sam Johnson during a meeting with President Bush and fellow Rep. Kay Granger actually said "Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on `em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry about Syria anymore." He is drunk on the Kool-Aid. It seems the President didn't let him in on the secret that the Russians didn't move the WMD's to Syria. I called my Congressman Louis Gohmert's office to express my displeasure at this. We need to get the truth of this out for all to see.

          5. Rampant Sexism.

     If you believe that since nothing is listed here it does not exist you need to see my previous editions.

          6. A complaisant mass media.

     Incertus has discovered The Power of Headlines to Piss Me Off. It appears that MSNBC's web site is running a headline that “GOP, Dems seek Social Security middle ground” but when you read the article there is no indication that either the Democrats or the Republicans are actually seeking middle ground on Social Security. This plays to those who only read headlines to make them believe that there is a compromise being worked on. Now when no action is taken on Social  Security reform the Democrats can be blamed for not seeking compromise.

     STOP George has found Further Evidence of Blatant Censorship by MSM. Over 300 newspapers pulled Boondocks from their papers for mentioning the Doug Wead tapes that show President Bush insinuating that he used Marijuana as well as Cocaine. The Chicago Tribune stated that the reason was that the comic strip did not present a proven fact. When newspapers decide that they must present only print proven facts they will become extremely thin.

          7. Obsession with national security.

     RN in NC presented the case of a KY Teen Arrested as Terrorist for Writing Fiction. This boy's story about zombies taking over a High School is somehow interpreted as a terrorist manifesto. I guess the Dept. of Homeland Security has to crackdown on voodoo practitioners who control the zombies. I wonder why Buffy's writers aren't in jail. The local newspaper, The Winchester Sun, said the boy was actively recruiting others to take over the school which, if true, would make this a planned Columbine. The question of whether this belongs under obsession will not be settled until more facts are presented.

          8. Religion and ruling elite are tied together.

     Rose Eriter brought us an interesting source that supports my position in Discipleship Vs Democracy. From Rev. John Dear.
     Most North American Christians are now becoming more and more like these hypocritical Pharisees. We (Christians) side with the rulers, the bankers, and the corporate millionaires and billionaires.
     We have become a mean, vicious people, what the bible calls “stiff-necked people.” And we do it all with the mistaken belief that we have the blessing of God.
     The theocrats who wish more that anything else for God to Bless this country have become disciples of the Pharisees and not the Christ.

     Chilly Willy1126 found for us this tidbit from Tom DeLay: No Separation b/t Church and State. I guess he forgets that there is this thing called the Establishment Clause in the first Amendment. The Ten Commandment monuments, posters, and plaques that are being put up in government buildings are nothing but an establishment of religion, period!

          9. Power of corporations protected.

     If you believe that because nothing is listed here it doesn't exist, you need to see my previous editions.

          10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.

     If you believe that since nothing is listed here it does not exist you need to see my previous editions.

          11. Disdain for the arts and Intellectuals.

     Snowbelt, at my urging, developed some More Arts numbers. This time the numbers include percent of GDP which show the US is even further behind the rest of the world when it comes to support for the Arts. The $6 Dollars per capita is only 0.02% of GDP compared to Germany's 0.36%, France's 0.26% and Finland's 0.47%.

          12. Obsession with crime and punishment.

     If you believe that since nothing is listed here it does not exist you need to see my previous editions.

          13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.

     Modigliani announced that the PAC formed by House Majority Leader Tom Delay Used Illegal Money to Wing Texas Legislature. The story which appears on Yahoo is about how the defeated Democrats in Texas has filled a civil suit which accuses DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority of funneling funds from corporate contributors to races of republican state house candidates in 2002. DeLay is placing the blame on John Colyandro, the committee's executive director. I hope they can put enough pressure on Colyandro to finger DeLay. 

     Animaux added to this story with the fact that a Former Bush adviser says GOP political action committee broke laws. The Austin American Statesman reported that the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Trevor Potter, testified Tuesday that Texans for a Republican Majority violated state election laws. And he is a Republican. This hopefully will lead to the whole truth behind where the money came from that turned Texas red.
     Krazy Puppy added an interesting tidbit to this story with 4 PRESS: Tx Speaker SHREDS Delay Docs! According to the NY Times on Monday; Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick was excused from taking the witness stand after he acknowledged through his lawyers that his office had distributed $152,000 in donations raised by the committee to Republican candidates in the months before his election as speaker, and after conceding that he and his staff might have shredded documents about the committee. The interesting part is that Craddick was running for speaker at the time so the donations were illegal under Texas Law. Here is the link for the latest New York Times latest article

     Staying Positive informed us that More than 1,000 whistleblower cases dropped. In just the last year the Justice Department has dismissed or discontinued the investigations of over 1000 cases. The reason given was incomplete paperwork:
     "According to Scott Bloch [Bush-appointed Special Counsel] there is no waste, fraud or abuse in the federal government that deserves investigation," stated Ruch [Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director], noting that there may be even more dismissals than Bloch reported because the numbers cited above are limited to what was defined as a backlog and do not include new cases.
     In order to speed dismissals, Bloch instituted a rule forbidding his staff from contacting a whistleblower if their disclosure was deemed incomplete or ambiguous. Instead, OSC would simply dismiss the matter. As a result, hundreds of whistleblowers never had a chance to justify why their cases had merit.
     SP forgot the link so I am providing the link to the Common Dreams Article that brings all the sources together.

     Murshed Z gave us an ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to Lobby for Paper Trail Ballots. I called both my Senators and expressed support for S-330 and my Congressman to support HR-550. Since they are all Republican's I doubt it did any good.

          14. Fraudulent elections.

     If you believe that since nothing is listed here it does not exist you need to see my previous editions.

          Class Warfare.

     R Spear wants to know if you believe that the Bankruptcy reforms are just a case of Robbing Peter to Pay Enron? The corporatists and the social Darwinians will assuredly praise this Legislation.

     Norwood discovered an example in FL: Resegregation goal is reached in Tampa schools. It appears that the school choice program in Florida is allowing upper and middle income students to go to the best schools where lower income and minority students who live closer to the best schools actually have to go to the under performing schools. While choice programs sound good the problems come when more money is pumped into the higher performing schools and the families who have the means to transport their children to the better schools are undoubtedly the ones to do so. You take a nice area and build a school with room to grow and instead of allowing the lower income students from the fringes of the district in you allow those who have means to bring their children from other middle and upper income areas to the best schools. While the social Darwinians believe these programs allow the cream to come to the top the truth is that those who do not already have the means to get to these schools are the ones left behind.

     Silence broke down to inform us about More Community Reinvestment Act changes. In a Friday afternoon, as usual, press release the Treasury Dept. announced proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act that exempt many mid-sized banking institutions and to redefine community investment. This would be a win for the corporatists if we can't stop it.

          Silencing Dissent

     DavidNYC posted a front page story that quoted Rep. Gibbons (R-NV): Liberals Should Be Human Shields in Iraq. Even though Anglico touched on this with a recommended diary that came out a half hour before David's piece that said Ed Schultz challenges blogosphere. Ed Shulltz is calling on us to take on Gibbons Comments that Republicans should have sent liberals to Iraq to be human shields. He basically wished the liberals would have been killed off during the bombing and invasion in Iraq. That may not be silencing dissent but it shows that Gibbons regretted the fact that the Republicans didn't. I think what this actually shows is they are running scarred.

          Propaganda

     Lawnorder sent me an E-mail recommending inclusion of his diary on Hippo Eats Dwarf, German post War resistance same as Iraq's. This is about the Pentagon's attempt at revisionist history when they tell us about all the insurgents in post WWII Germany and Japan. I wish we could have had a chance to ask why the “insurgencies” after WWII which produced zero casualties is being used to mitigate the Iranian insurgency? Sometimes you just understand why those in power don't want the populace to know history.

     Nscda found the official report that the Soc. Sec. Admin. is Undermining Public Confidence. Senate Democrats have produced a report on Politicization of the Social Security Administration that concludes:
     A careful review of the public communications of the Social Security Administration reveals a systematic change in emphasis. Although the solvency of the Social Security system has improved over the last four years, the public communications from the agency have grown more dire. Assurances that Social Security will “be there” and is a “foundation on which to build your financial future” have been replaced by warnings that the system is “unsustainable” and “under funded.” The new tone of the communications echoes President Bush’s message on Social Security, raising questions about the political independence of the Social Security Administration.
     Does anyone think that this is not Government Propaganda?

     Dave Weigel found a perfect example of GOP propaganda when he found that the RNC publishes fabricated Dean quote. Instead of getting a correct quote from the official transcript of Howard Dean's comments at Cornell University the Republican National Committee published Bob Novak's misquote from CNN's Inside Politics where Novak accused Dean of saying that Social Security recipients “would lose 80%” of their benefits instead of having their benefits “reduced to 80%.”
     D Day added on Tuesday that The heavens open: CNN corrects Novak quote. CNN's Judy Woodruff apologized and said "we're happy to make the correction."

     Jillian discovered that The Governator Uses Fake News Story to Push Agenda. Governor Schwarzenegger sent a government created tape to local news offices with instructions on how to make the tape appear as an actual news story. The tape promotes legislation to eliminate mandatory lunch periods for hourly employees. It seems our favorite Austrian is learning from the best.

          There is hope! Here are some articles on a way to fight back.

     This section is devoted to those who have done something and are sharing their stories, those who have suggestions for ways to be active, and those who cry out for immediate action. I do what little I can. I am becoming active in my local blue county in the biggest red state. I plan to do as much as I can when called upon. I'm sure I missed many of these Diaries this week so my apologies to all.

     David W in S. F. wants us all to do a small part to Help stop torture - support Markey's bill. We need to all contact our representatives and voice our support for "The Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act" which Re. Markey is introducing. The Bill is available at House.gov as HR 952 and has over 30 Democratic Co-Sponsors. This is the perfect type of ammunition to follow and then use against the Republicans if they don't let it into or out of Committee.

     Pounder provided the details on How to build a local progressive organization.

     Rena R.F. gave us a look at her letter on Propagannon: My Letter to the Editor.

             Kossacks in Action: Running for Office or Working for Candidates.

     NEW INFO ADDED WEEKLY!

     [new] Jeff Seemann For Congress is back in action since he's running for US House in 2006. Jeff made his announcement that includes his website and his blog.

     Susie Turnbull who is a new DNC Vice Chair wanted to send a personal Thank You from Susie Turnbull.

     Kt. in TX let us know that His Father Filed for Office Today in Texas. On Monday Tom Musselman officially filed to run for the City Council of Fredericksburg, Texas. K.T. is encouraging everyone to publicize his father's web site; Tom Musselman for Fredericksburg City Council

      Simon Rosenberg, who has had a DailyKos account since Dec. 23, 2004, produced a diary to tell us, Fellow Kossaks, that he was dropping out of the DNC race and endorsing Howard Dean. Let him know you still support him and thank him for the gesture. Also thank him for being willing to be called a Fellow Kossack.

     R.C. Vanoz also announced that She's running for Congress! This came soon after Dr. Matt's announcement (only one diary separated the two). She followed up with Shout out to Colorado Dems! (w/ poll) where she wants to know who is in Colorado and where they are to see if she can find local support from fellow Kossacks. It seems on four people were in Colorado. If your there let her know.

     [new] Byron Miller is running for the House in Pennsylvania and this week asked us to Take Democracy to Lunch. He is asking for donations to his Campaign no matter how small.

     [new] Tim, ttagaris, Tagaris wanted to know if you Got Five Minutes? Here's how you can help right now. Tim believes that somewhere out there, there is a video of Rick Santorum tripping over a chair while racing out of a room after being confronted by PFLAG members. Nothing says leadership like falling on your face. Kind of like he did during his Social Security town-hall meetings. Go find it for them. Tim added that The Time Is Now: It's About Progressive Values (PA Sen.). With Barbara Hafer and Bob Casey Jr's possible entry into the Pennsylvania Senate race it's time to push Chuck Pennacchio who is not only a Kossack but the progressive candidate.

     [new] Chuck Pennacchio for US Senate has finally posted his own Diary to give us A Personal Introduction. Go get to know Chuck. Chuck spent a lot of time answering questions and discussing issues and strategy in the diary.

     Thank you so much was the first diary from Senator Barbara Boxer, who is now an official Kossack. You need to subscribe in order to not miss any of her posts.

     [new] The Senate Democratic Communications Center gave us a well documented analysis of Bush's Budget: Hiding the Cost of Privatization while Increasing the Uninsured. I subscribed to them so I would not miss out on anything they post. And so should you.

          Some Excellent Series'

     Advisor Jim is having a field day with his Confessions of a Dittohead.

     J.R. Monsterfodder is still doing his new series on how Wal-Mart Deceives the American Public

      MH in PA has started PILR: Progressive Infogeek Listserv Roundup.

      Scott Bateman is good for a laugh and some thought with Today's Bateman cartoon

      Pam in Durham has her weekly LGBT News Roundup. This provides news on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual war fronts against the right wing Republicans and other bigots

      Pastor Dan has started a "What's in the Bible" series to go with his Weekly Sermon and Religious News Roundup.

      Jeffrey Feldman's Frameshop is open again.

      Seattle Liberal has started the Nerd Network News (This Week's Science Diaries) too try and keep everyone on top of the Nerd's. Go see what's there.

      Rub DMC's Iraq War Grief Daily Witness (photo) series if you "can handle the truth" and give mojo too.

      Newsie8200 Does an excellent job with Newsie's Week In Reviewsies and Newsie's Media News Monday!

     While I stand by my comments as my opinion based on available evidence I cannot vouch for the opinions expressed in any diary titles since they were presented as quotes from the Authors. Unless otherwise noted I do not necessarily endorse the opinions contained within the diaries I have listed.

Originally posted to Tomtech's Ramblings on Thu Mar 03, 2005 at 08:46 PM PST.

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