When Fascism Comes to America…

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In response to articles in the Southampton Press:

“My opponent was attacking me [with those comments], trying to kick me out of office because of comparisons to Trump and Adolf Hitler, and that’s absolutely insane,” Mr. Zeldin said.

Mr. Gershon: “I talked about what’s going on and my fears,” he said. “I see creeping authoritarianism in Trump and Zeldin policies: taking babies away from mothers, siding with dictators against our intelligence agencies and allies, siding with insurance companies looking to take away health care and coverage for people with pre-exisiting conditions, calling the press the enemy of the people. Lee Zeldin has never criticized Trump for any of it.”

James Ewing writes:
The Holocaust Museum in Washington lists 14 warning signs of Fascism: 
1) Powerful and continuing nationalism:
“The nation-state remains the best vehicle for the life intended by God…I will always put America first…I am your voice…I alone can fix it.” —DJ Trump.  
2) Disdain for Human rights: Trump quits the UN Human Rights Council. ”Ignore due process…Torture works.”
3) Enemies as a unifying cause: “…build the wall…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, taking our money. They’re killing us.” 
4) Military Supremacy: “I want a Parade…I too have a Nuclear Button…much bigger and more powerful…and my Button works!” 
5)Rampant sexism: “I just start kissing, I don’t even wait, when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” 
6) Controlled mass media: “What you‘re seeing and what you‘re reading is not what’s happening…FAKE NEWS is the enemy…it may involve putting reporters in jail, a couple days, and they are ready to talk.” 
7) National security obsession: ”Islam hates usThey’re trying to take over our children…We’ll build the wall, folks…zero tolerance….Don’t even worry about it. Go to sleep. Go home, go to sleep.” 
8) Religion and government intertwined: “Trump has the Cyrus anointing to navigate in chaos [making America great again through an] imperfect human agent.”—Lance Wallnau, evangelical author and leader.
9) Corporate power protected: Companies are taking tax cuts, promoting deregulation, and anti-labor laws. Climate-change science deniers and industry insiders are now in key regulatory posts to ensure economic growth at all costs,
10) Labor power suppressed: The Trump administration has weakened health, safety, and consumer protections, cut funding for the National Labor Relations Board, blocked “right-to-work” laws, collective bargaining, family medical leave, and civil rights protections. 
11) Disdain for intellectuals & the arts: Trump cuts funding for: DOE’s Office of Science, The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, NASA, NOAA, NIH, NEH, CPB, NPR and PBS. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have all resigned. 
12) Obsession with crime & punishment: “…punch him in the face…lock her up…They should be forced to suffer…fast trials, death penalty…beheading…society will rot away until capital punishment is used more commonly.”
13) Cronyism & corruption: “…on my team…I’m going to surround myself only with the best and most serious people.” 
14) Fraudulent elections: “Its a hoax.” 
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” 
—George Santayana.
DJT and Zeldin (R) or Perry Gershon (D) in New York’s Congressional race? Your choice.

About D. Posnett MD

Emeritus Prof. of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
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2 Responses to When Fascism Comes to America…

  1. Marc Rauch says:

    And if you want to dig deeper than the “14 warning signs,” you can always read “How Democracies Die,” by the two Harvard professors Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky, which came out earlier this year and lays out Trump’s fascist tendencies damningly, simply and clearly.

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