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FA in Chief June 28, 2020

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FAinChiefBy Dean Adams Curtis

From assaults on protesters in a small Ohio town (Bethel) by biker gang members to assaults on a family camping in a state park in Oregon (near Coquille) who were accused by armed vigilantes of being protesters, and perhaps yesterday in a Louisville, Kentucky park where a gunman shot more than a dozen bullets into a crowd of people protesting against excessive use of force by police, a segment of our U.S. population is following the president’s verbal attacks with actual attacks on people that he and his fans call “antifa.”

You will never hear the president use the full descriptive term anti-fascist because the president cannot bring himself to say the word fascist. The president cannot say anti-fascists without pointing out that the brave Americans he vilifies are standing up spontaneously, nonviolently, to modern-day fascists on the march. From the start of his presidency he has used the abbreviated term for those who stood up to often heavily armed bullies chanting hate speech, calling them “antifa” for the first time in 2016.

Are the president’s verbal attacks against “agitators,” “anarchists,” and “antifa,”  a preview of coming tactics as the election nears and Trump strives to justify in advance his impending law and order tyranny? Of course. Hopefully, they do not portend assaults by Trump supporters on those who will take to the streets if the president loses the upcoming election, but decides he will lie about the loss and attempt to stay in power? But sadly, they probably do.

Former Republican Senator William Cohen commented recently that if Trump realizes he is not going to win on November 3rd, he sees more “absolutist dictatorial rule” from the president ahead.

When columnist Maureen Dowd asked a similar question to Tim O’Brien, a Trump biographer, i.e., what can America expect “as the man obsessed with winning faces humiliating rejection?” O’Brien responded, “He will descend further into abuse, alienation and authoritarianism. That’s what he’s stewing on most of the time, the triple A’s.”

Well over 2000 years ago, Plato “defineth him to be a tyrant that hath leave and power to do whatever he list [wishes].” That pretty much defines where Trump hopes he is headed. It is undoubtedly where Putin, Xi, and a growing list of the globe’s other tyrannical leaders, also hope he is headed.

Asked in April of 1944 to write an opinion article about American fascism, then Vice President of the United States Henry Wallace wrote the following thoughts.

“A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

Veep Wallace went on to write, “The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public, but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.”

Note my prior post “Liar in Chief.”

The vice president under President Franklin Roosevelt continued, “American fascists will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition between the cartelists [one who belongs to a cartel, or supports them]…and those who stand for the KKK type of demagogue. Every year, however, the deliberate, systematic poisoning of the public channels of information is becoming more evident….always and everywhere [American fascists] can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.”

As VP Henry Wallace was eloquent and descriptive on the subject, I will close by giving him the last words, “The American fascists are more easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that using the power of the State and the power of the market simultaneously they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”

No, my bet is you will never hear the president use the description anti-fascist. Perhaps he even knows himself to be fascist. Even if he does not, by almost every statement and act of his political career, by the definition offered by Plato, and definitions almost eighty years ago by an American vice president, as well as by his ominous omission of the last five letters of the word fascist, the current occupant of the White House shows himself to be the FA in Chief.