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Does anyone see what is coming?  

Think about this package of ideas: NSA invasion of your privacy, drones and satellites good enough to determine if your barbeque is ready for those steaks, the Patriot Act, bigotry and the suspension of portions of the Voting Rights Act, jail-less crimes on Wall Street, a monetary glut among the wealthiest five percent, ignoring the needs of those in poverty, the starvation of our education system by underfunding 1-12 and rendering a university education too expensive except for the more wealthy among us, and ultimate destruction of democracy through the rigging of elections; the list is long and it is growing longer everyday.  

In the 60s I remember very well the politics of the Berkeley City police, a bastion of the John Birch Society, a fringe group so far to the right that we could hardly see them; and the Koch family was a part of that movement.   The John Birch Society has been replaced by the Tea Party and survives largely on the financing of the very same Koch family.  

Perhaps I have lived too long and have seen too much.  On the other hand, I may be right.  We, as a nation, have grown apathetic, we evolved into an uninformed public that feeds on buzzwords to determine our politics, and our compassion for the downtrodden has vanished.  There are shouts to end any sort of healthcare and Medicare, end the SNAP program, and if you do not have a job – well, that’s the way the mop flops.  At the same time, corporate interests have a free ride.  Fascism is at our doorstep.

“I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.”
Jim Garrison

"Any society where it's a crime or a hassle to be different is a society based on psychological fascism."
David Icke

"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism."
Henry A. Wallace

Corporatocracy is a strain of fascism whereby government and corporate interests join to form a political system.  Public interests and concerns are not a part of Corporatism.  (see Wikipedia – Corporatocracy)  Fascism is here and it has germinated, and we are feeding it by not participating in the government that is supposed to be “for the people”.  President Dwight Eisenhower saw this coming.  We immediately noted this very fine speech, then we promptly forgot all about it.  Read:

" . . . this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together." Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Where is the button that sounds the alarm?

Kootie J

tags:  Corporatocracy , Eisenhower, military-industrial complex

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  •  Well said... (9+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, people understand the individual pieces of good governance but the do not understand the words being used.  

    If you ask people if they feel that government should allow insurance companies to deny health insurance based on pre-existing conditions, they overwhelmingly say no.

    If you ask people whether the government should help the elderly afford food and medicine, they overwhelmingly say yes.

    If you ask the average person if school should be available to all children and should it be high quality, they do not hesitate before giving a resounding "YES".

    Ask them if the government should make sure that their water is safe to drink and their food is safe to eat and they say "absolutely!"

    Ask if the community should provide parks and police departments and roads and a post office and a library and they will say yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

    However, ask them what they think of socialistic programs in the government and the vast majority will say that they are evil and they should be stopped at all cost.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 03:38:59 PM PST

  •  When fascism comes to America... (6+ / 0-)

    ... it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

    Quote apparently misattributed to Sinclair Lewis, apparently a combination of others and an accurate Lewis quote. The commentary on wikiquote is also quite illuminating.

    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
    • Many variants of this exist, but the earliest known incident of such a comment appears to be a partial quote from James Waterman Wise, Jr., reported in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century that in a recent address here before the liberal John Reed club said that Hearst and Coughlin are the two chief exponents of fascism in America. If fascism comes, he added, it will not be identified with any "shirt" movement, nor with an "insignia," but it will probably be "wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution."
    • Another early quote is that of Halford E. Luccock, in Keeping Life Out of Confusion (1938): When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled "made in Germany"; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, "Americanism."
    • Harrison Evans Salisbury in 1971 remarked about Lewis: "Sinclair Lewis aptly predicted in It Can't Happen Here that if fascism came to America it would come wrapped in the flag and whistling 'The Star Spangled Banner.'"
  •  Been seeing it for awhile now. (1+ / 0-)
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    by smileycreek on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 04:32:05 PM PST

  •  Can you provide links for the quotes from (0+ / 0-)

    Garrison, Icke, Wallace, and Eisenhower?

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 04:33:12 PM PST

  •  The other N word. The one linked to the Third (2+ / 0-)
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    Reich.  Yup.

    Anti minority, women, intellectuals and tons of hate filled propaganda.  Stand back and watch what happens.

    I think some of the Dims are beginning to realize this is a lot worse, systemically, than even the 1970's under Nixon.

  •  I don't like Ike. He built the the MIC to win a (1+ / 0-)
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    Unca Joseph

    nuclear war, then cheered for it. He built the CIA and State with the Dulles Bros, who had been pro-Nazi. As JFK and RFK quickly learned, fascism was well established by Ike, and never seriously challenged again.

    •  I hate the memory of Ike . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        As he was a vehement warhawk who ordered our US Airborne and Marines (under Operation Condor) to invade Dien Bien Phu in support of French
      imperialist forces who were trapped there in 1954.   It was squelched . . .

      •  to be charitable, he was like Grant, great general (0+ / 0-)

        under a great president, but was a terrible mistake as president himself. This speech eerily sounds post- 9/11 that we must juggle freedom and security, a red flag that the coup had already happened on his watch.

        •   . . . to be uncharitable, (1+ / 0-)
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            Eisenhower was no "Jumpin' Jim" Gavin, who took part in combat drops;
          the seats of his pants were quite shiny all throughout WWII.
             While his D-Day Invasion of 6 June, 1944 had some effect,
          WWII had already been lost.
             With their smashing victories at Stalingrad in 1943, and the Battle of Kursk between July and August of 1943, wherin over seven thousand tanks had taken part, Soviet Forces had seized the offensive for the rest of the war . . .
              . . . and the sordid remnants of the German military were in ignominious retreat all the way back to Berlin and their total, inglorious defeat.

  •  Corporatocracy is a strain of Fascism . . . (0+ / 0-)

                ! Global Corporatism ='s World Wide Fascism !

    "Fascism should rightfully be called Corporatism, as it is the merger
    of corporate and government power." - Benito Mussolini

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