Fascism is a radical form of authoritarian government. A Fascist state develops when a small group of people support a dictator, who suppresses their opposition, and then takes control of the country’s industry and commerce. This typically involves violence, such as the beating and killing of people who oppose the Fascists. The first recorded fascist movements happened in Italy, during the first World War, before spreading to other countries in Europe. Its supporters typically react to any other philosophy, including liberalism, Marxism, and anarchism, with violence.
It is important to understand Fascists believe liberal democracy has become obsolete! Fascist are egotistical, and thrive on chaos and violence. Fascism is supported by people who are self-centered, racially prejudiced, frustrated, and angry. They often claim to be preparing the nation for an upcoming battle, and argue a one-party state is needed to prepare for the upcoming war.
Republicans laid the foundation for a Fascist revolution, perhaps out of ignorance, rather than deliberate decision-making. Greed, and a lust for power, led Republicans down a path of deceit and the short-term goals were more important than ethics. (Long-term thinking and planning are not Republican strengths. Global warming/climate change provides an example of their head-in-the-sand world view.)
It started with the Southern Strategy, a program developed by Senator Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon (and used by Ronald Reagan) to attract white voters in the south, by appealing to their fears and prejudices against blacks. Since that time, Republicans have embraced the racial philosophy of “us-against-them.” (There are individual Republicans who are not racists, but the party as a whole, deliberately uses racism as a tool for dividing people and gaining fear-based votes.) A generation later, and unintentionally, the Southern Strategy gave birth to the Tea Party movement.
Republicans continued to lay the foundation for a Fascist revolution when President Obama was elected President. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and “most” members of the Republican party joined in the effort to oppose Obama’s total agenda, because of his race. But there were other, more blatant expressions of their prejudice. During one of President Obama’s first speeches before Congress, the Republican, Joe Wilson, cried out, “You lie!” while Obama spoke of health care reform. House Speaker Boehner, without reason, rejected President Obama’s request to speak to a joint session of Congress, the first denial in the history of the U.S. In a rant, Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook, “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” Later, Boehner snubbed the President by inviting the Israeli Prime Minister to speak before congress, without notifying the President. A white President would not have been treated with such contempt and disrespect.
Republicans have laid the foundation for a Fascist revolution with continuous barrage of fear mongering, racism, and hate.