"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power" ~~~ Benito Mussolini
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar." ~~~ Author Unknown
"Can Bush destroy another country's whole army? Why not? He did it to ours." ~~~ Bill Maher
I realized something the other day, something from those bright college daze of yore. According to Poli-Sci 101, we are living in a classically defined dictatorship. We have already gone through the ten steps that all dictatorships go through whether they replace a Democracy as in Greece or a Republic like Bush did in the United States. It works as well today as it did for the Romans. It's tried and true! What are these ten steps I hear you cry? Go get a pencil and write this down! First you... ??
1. Create a terrifying internal and external enemy. ??
A good place to look for this enemy is in a minority population within the country. Some group already marginalized by the people. You can do this by staging a false flag attack, by burning down your Reichstag or by looking the other way while your patsies fly airliners into buildings. Then you... ??
2. Create your very own gulag archipelago ??
To be really effective these concentration camps should be both foreign and domestic. Just as Bush has done throughout the world from Poland to Cuba to Texas. Once they are established and accepted by the populace you may begin building them locally. You'll then need to... ??
3. Develop your own "Brown Shirted" Thugs.
??They can be a private army like our own "Blackwater" who'll work hand-in-hand with the local Gestapo as they did in New Orleans in the round up of all those pesky darkies from their private property. These groups are used not only to intimidate your target group but the general populace as well. An example could be the RNC hit squads sent to Florida to disrupt the vote recount back in December 2000. Or as recently as last week when the so-called "gathering of eagles" gang got their kicks by attacking unsuspecting, peaceful, anti-war protestors; I understand that beating old men and little girls is a specialty of theirs. The next step is to... ??
4. Set up a surveillance system.
??First you'll announce that this will only be used against the enemy and not against citizens but soon it will become apparent that everyone is being watched. The citizenry will then be told that if they have nothing to hide they shouldn't be concerned, The state will then suggest that neighbors spy on neighbors thus splitting the citizens up. This is important because it's the only practical way to control the population with just 4% of the people in power and the other 96% as slaves. If the people stand together the dictatorship will fail. Once the people are being watched then it's time to...
??5. Attack citizens' groups
??The best way to do this to infiltrate the groups being targeted whether it's church or anti-war groups. This is an old American tradition dating back centuries and is very effective, especially when the group suspects that one or more of it's members is working for the state. This will, of course, begin to splinter the group which may be the most important thing that the state can do. Then... ??
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release ??
Ask any of the anti-war protestors how this works. I'm willing to bet that Cindy Sheehan and Ken Ashe could write several books on the subject. This is designed to make examples and scare the general populace. This is also very popular in China and Russia except that there they are not really "catch and release" programs but catch, announce and keep programs! Next you'll need to... ??
7. Target opposition leaders... ??
A leaderless army becomes a mob and is easily dealt with. In a tradition that dates back to the Romans, dictators target members of academia as they did in Italy and Germany during WWII and as we have done today on campuses all across America. Other good targets are entertainers. Ask Yoko what they did to John Lennon during the Vietnam War or the Dixie Chicks how this works today! Of course, none of this will work unless you... ??
8. Control the Media ??
While most all of the media has long been controlled by various and sundry corpo-rat goons they were forced for the most part to give both sides of a story if they wanted to stay in business. The most important part of the media, i.e. TV, was ruled by a "Fairness Doctrine" from 1949 until the Crime Family Bush had it repealed by their puppet, old Dementia Head, and the judicial criminals Robert Bork and Antonin (Tony Light-Fingers) Scalia and the head of the FCC, a Ray-Guns appointee who ended the law in 1987 saying that it interfered with 1st amendment rights. So now all TV "news" is carefully controlled rat-wing nonsense, where you never ever hear the truth. Do you wonder why the Sheeple are brain washed? The next step is claiming that... ??
9. Dissent equals treason ??
You're either with us, or against us! Ring any bells? After you've done all of the above the final step to the "final solution" is to... ??
10. Suspend the rule of law
??From signing statements putting Smirky above the law to "The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" giving him control of the National guard through the "Military Commissions Act" which suspends the 6th amendment amongst other things. Step by step the fascists in control of America have bit-by-bit chiseled away most of our rights. In fact, all that stands between us and total dictatorial power is an excuse to institute Martial Law which Bush can do whenever it pleases him. ??
So what are you going to do about this, America? Will you do anything at all or are you just going to meekly get on board that shinny white boxcar for the ride to a "Happy Camp?"
??In Other News
??From our "Much Ado About Nothing" department comes the strange tale of the reaction to MoveOn's "Betrayus ad." If you've seen the ad then you know that it was not only right on but really didn't go far enough in what it said. Not only has Betrayus betrayed all of us but he's also betrayed himself not to mention humanity but what would you expect from a man who willingly became Bush's toady when the real, honest generals told the Fuhrer to go f*ck himself and resigned rather than sell America out. Not our boy David; he was as happy as General Pace was to make that fourth star and all it cost him was his soul, cheap enough price for some I guess, eh? ??
Then along comes everybody's favorite traitor from Taxus the once honorable Sen. John Cornyn with his amendment condemning MoveOn for telling the truth. Twenty Two Democratic traitors joined all the Senate Rethuglicans in voting for this amendment. ??
As you may have noticed the "mainstream media" long ago got that message that if you step out of line from the corpo-rat script there will be hell to pay. Even the so-called leftist blog-sphere writers are condemning MoveOn for giving the rat-wing media more ammo. ??
If telling the truth gives the fascists more ammo then I say let's load them up. No more trying to make nice with the enemy, no more trying to reach a consensus, no more Mr. Nice Guy! ??
Besides I've been calling Betrayus, Betrayus for years before MoveOn did and nobody gave me a million dollars for doing it! Now what up wid dat? ??
And finally, in this rapidly changing world it's good to see that some things never change. Everyone's favorite academic bigot and racist, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University was up to his old antics the other day when he welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Columbia. Bollinger, the well known Zionazi and Israeli 5th columnist, played right into Ahmadinejad hands as the welcoming became a lynching before Ahmadinejad was allowed to speak to the crowd of young Zionazis. While the JDL had a field day and Bush had an orgasm, the rest of the world got to see what America means by "freedom of speech." ??
Don't get me wrong. Ahmadinejad is no Gandhi or King but mostly a puppet to the Ayatollahs much as our beloved Fuhrer is a puppet to the corpo-rats, ergo, his statements about there being no gays in Iran. The man has a PhD in engineering and no doubt knows better. Would he, if he could, destroy Israel? Of course he would, who wouldn't? Does he want the bomb? No doubt, if you were in his place, wouldn't you? Would he use it? No chance, unless he was being invaded and then only as a last resort as to use it would bring instant destruction and the man, no matter how he is portrayed by the mainstream media, is no fool. ??
Bollinger, who single-handedly almost destroyed my old Alma Matter, is doing the same thing to Columbia. While he's feeling all warm and fuzzy, he's also helped drive several more nails into America's coffin in the eyes of the world. Not to mention pushing this country just that much closer into Bush's WWIII. I just wonder if Cheney has paid Lee his 30 pieces of silver yet? ??
Meanwhile way down in "foggy bottom" ole "Tail-gunner Joe" Lieberman, I-Israel, introduced a resolution urging the State Department to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds force a terrorist organization. The resolution passed 76 - 22, thus giving Bush the signal from the Senate that he is cleared to attack Iran at his leisure.
Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for the last 6 years managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. In his spare time he is an actor, writer and an associate producer for the new motion picture "W."