Benito Mussolini once said: “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
As a child I was taught against Communism, Socialism, and Fascism. These were horrendous words, almost dirty. We were taught against Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Benito Mussolini. America was about freedom and the U.S. Constitution that protected it. We were capitalists. We were a democracy. We were honest and didn’t propagandize as did the Communists.
At eight years old, while sitting under my desk during a “Red Attack” drill, I began to question our honesty and our use of propaganda. I sat under a wooden desk to protect myself from a nuclear bomb. That made just as much sense as hiding under a tarp during a tornado. It was then, sitting under that desk, I knew our government was trying to use fear to control our beliefs.
Every election year the conservatives proclaim their beliefs and use God as their resource. They preach against moral decline. Abortion, gay rights, and the new one, birth control, become the tools used to suck in the religious believers. Clearly, they believe, with the high moral code of the conservative base, the liberals are casting the nation to Hell. The message becomes: “A vote for a Republican is a vote for God.” Unfortunately, the voters don’t see the hidden agenda.
The bills that are being pushed by the conservative base are anti American, anti Constitution, anti workers rights, anti poor and anti elderly. They want to cut public aid to the poor and tax the elderly. They want to gut Social Security, on the premise that it’s a drag on our economy. Would it be an issue if we didn’t rob Social Security of its $4.6 trillion surpluses? If we rid ourselves of Social Security do the conservatives believe it’s a way of alleviating the debt owed? If we rid ourselves of workers’ rights will America be a better place? We can get rid of the better paying jobs, health insurance, OSHA, and have lots of low paying jobs. Who does that benefit? I believe it would only help big business flourish without any limits. There is a large union forming and it isn’t between the working people and their employers.
The conservative push for corporate America resonates the words of Benito Mussolini. Every bill they sign is pro corporation while they sing songs of privatization. Is it less government involvement, as the Republican Party used to represent, or is it the union of state and corporate America? Are we heading toward Fascism? The threat appears real by the actions taken.
I will not crawl under a wooden desk to hide from the destruction of our officials. Not this time. I didn’t believe it as a child and I’m too old to believe it now. Benito wasn’t joking. There is a new union forming…open your eyes!
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