Democrats have always labeled conservatives as “fascists.” There’s nothing new there. I mean, they are the Party of Projection, after all.
And conservatives have always been irritated by the complete misrepresentation of the word. By any definition of the word, fascism runs completely counter to the small government, individual freedom, capitalist style of government conservatives have been advocating for decades.
Here are some definitions:
- “…stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” – Merriam Webster
- “…they had many characteristics in common, including extreme militaristic nationalism, contempt for electoral democracy and political and cultural liberalism, a belief in natural social hierarchy and the rule of elites, in which individual interests would be subordinated to the good of the nation.” – Brittanica
- “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc.,” – Dictionary.com
- “authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy… A fascist state is led by a strong leader such as a dictator and a martial law government composed of the members of the governing fascist party to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society… Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature and views imperialism, political violence and war as means that can achieve national rejuvenation.” – Wikipedia
Who, or what, does that describe to you? Given what you know about conservatives, liberals, socialists, or capitalists, which follows a philosophy closest to these descriptions?
If you said socialists, with liberals being a close second, you would be correct. They’re entire philosophy is based on the idea that government is all powerful and can assign, give, or take away the rights of its citizens. Joe Biden’s immediate executive order spree is just a small piece of evidence available after the first few weeks of his administration.
Here’s what I didn’t share from those definitions:
- From Merriam Webster: “…that exalts nation and often race above the individual…”
- From Dictionary.com: “…that exalts nation and often race above the individual.”
- From Wikipedia: “…is a form of far-right… Opposed to liberalism, democracy, Marxism, and anarchism, fascism is placed on the far right within the traditional left–right spectrum.”
This is how it’s done. It’s the secret sauce. Fascism is clearly a left-wing approach to governing that we’re starting to see in our own American government under the Biden administration.
But see how simply adding notes about race and nationalism suddenly make it right-wing? After four years of prepping these definitions by simply calling President Trump and his supporters nationalists and racists (easy to do when those bastards go on and on about “making America great…), it’s an easy pivot to add this to the definition and say, “See? The right wing are a bunch of racists… and fascists.”
Because Wikipedia is crowd-sourced, I went into my account and attempted to change the words “far-right” to “far-left,” because clearly, the rest of the definition fits. You can’t have decentralized, state’s rights, and personal freedom in a fascist state, and yet that’s what conservatives, and even Republicans, have always been about.
When I attempted to make the change, this is the message I received:
Sweet irony. See how Wikipedia employs their own form of fascism to make the point that “unity” means agreeing that “fascism” is now a right-wing ideology, not a left-wing one. You will agree or you will be blocked from making any further changes on this site.
As conservatives attempt to wake Americans up to the reality that is quickly taking hold, some may head to the internet to look up some of the words being used, and they will be told that conservatives are racists, homophobes, sexists, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists, and now fascists.
This is getting serious. Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, we are in a war, and we have been for some time. It’s a war everyone would rather fight without violence, including me. My fear is that we’re running out of options quickly.
Hopefully, we can wake up and rise up in time.