Someone once said that if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the guise of fighting fascism. Updated version: Fascism has come to America, in the guise of fighting a virus. Nowhere has Democrats’ totalitarian instincts come out more clearly than in their response to the coronavirus.
David Horowitz says: “Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.” In the case of Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the totalitarian is not only out but goose-stepping toward the New Reich. Instead of “Sieg Heil,” it’s “Obey or Else.”
On April 17, 3,000 to 4,000 came to the state capital to protest the shutdown and some of the governor’s more outrageous edicts, to wit: You can’t travel between two residences you own. You can fish in a kayak, but not a motorboat. You can buy lottery tickets but not garden seeds. Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich explained: “We’re trying to keep the peace,” but “The economy is coming apart in northern Michigan…. People are frantic to get back to work. They have been very edgy.”
Whitmer is a particularly nasty piece of work. She railed that the demonstration was a political rally “where people aren’t wearing masks and they’re in close quarters and they’re touching one another.”
Whitmer warned: “That puts us in a situation where we might actually have to think about extending the stay-at-home-orders, which is supposedly what they are protesting,” Mr. Orwell, call your office. (“Right thinking will be rewarded, wrong thinking punished.”)
Fascists don’t like protests against themselves. They expect their commands to be obeyed instantly and without question.
Fascists also don’t understand civil liberties. When New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was asked about the constitutionality of his executive order on social distancing in a FOX News interview, he cavalierly replied that when he issued the regulation he “wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights,” adding “That’s above my pay grade.”
When he became New Jersey’s governor in 2018, Murphy said he did “solemnly promise and swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States,” which, when last I checked, includes the Bill of Rights. Fascists don’t like constraints on government.
On April 14, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he’s planning to give $125 million in public and private funds to 150,000 adults living in the state illegally. Newsom understands that illegal immigration is the future of the Democratic party.
Californians are ordered to stay at home. Illegal aliens are welcome to come there any time.
Everything that Newsom and his party have done for illegals – sanctuary cities, free health care, driver’s licenses, in-state tuition — will encourage more to come here in violation of our immigration laws. Fascists don’t believe in the rule of law, unless it benefits them directly.
Initially, fascists operate through the framework of a democracy. Hitler came to power democratically.
But, little by little, citizens become subjects – surrendering hard-won freedoms to meet “the crisis” at hand – economic collapse, power said to be concentrated in the wrong hands (the 1%, or the Jews), climate change or a pandemic. Liberty is leached away. If people meekly obey, the fascists are encouraged to go further and further.
Propaganda is an important part of any fascist movement. The Democrats’ propaganda machine – AKA: the mainstream media — is finely tuned and can turn on a dime.
Currently, anyone who suggests that restrictions should be lifted is irresponsible and a danger to society. In February, suggesting that changes may be needed to counter the outbreak was said to promote panic. In both cases Democrats said Trump was to blame.
The Washington Post (February 3): “We should be wary of an aggressive coronavirus response.”
The New York Times (February 8) “Fear is spreading faster than the coronavirus unnecessarily.”
CNN (February 23): “Trump’s racist scare of the Coronavirus is causing unnecessary worry.”
February — There’s no cause to fear the coronavirus. April – You better keep fearing it, if you know what’s good for you.
February: Trump’s a racist for ending flights from China. April: Trump’s incompetent for not listening to scientists and taking decisive steps early enough.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” – quote attributed to Democratic consultant Joseph Goebbels.
Former Obama advisor and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said never let a crisis go to waste. For Democrats the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to destroy the economy, defeat Trump, and get Americans used to following orders – no matter how absurd.
As they move toward their nominating convention, perhaps the Democrats should have armbands to complement their face masks.