Asbury Park Press, Aug 31, 2012
I lived through eight years of irrational nationalism under Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. With Obama’s election, I felt relieved by the change of administration, at long last, and I anticipated a total repudiation of the Bush-Cheney ideology.
Hopefully, I eagerly awaited the discrediting and condemnation of much of what the Bush-Cheney-Rumfeld administration stood for, mainly the coddling of the super rich and the primacy of the military-industrial complex. Wasn’t it a Republican president, namely Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned us about this in the early 1960s? It seems we, as a society, are incapable of learning.
The rabid neo-cons are still in charge of the issues and the agenda. The pusillanimous Democrats are perhaps vaguely aware they are being manipulated, but their virtual silence facilitates their opponents’ agenda. The silence even confuses their supporters.
It is time for all citizens to wake up to the fact that the Republican/Tea Party is drawing this nation closer and closer to fascism. It was so clever of the Republican bloviators to accuse Obama of being what they themselves are: plutocratic, fascistic, hateful of “others.”
Please don’t think I am exaggerating. Perfectly good and reasonable people like the Germans, the Italians, the Spaniards of the 1930s-40s, would never have predicted their devolution into fascism.
I think it can happen again, and here.