RISE OF THE FOURTH REICH
As anyone who has ever heard Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speak on the subject of fascism already knows, he says that America is not veering towards becoming a fascist state — he thinks we’re already there, friends.
According to Kennedy, we passed that mile marker a long time ago.
In his 2004 book Crimes Against Nature (soon to be a documentary film), Kennedy strongly implies that we live in a fascist country and that the Bush White House picked up more than a few tricks from the Nazis.
“While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the control of government by business,” he writes. “My American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as ‘a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership together with belligerent nationalism.’ Sound familiar?”
He quotes Hitler’s propaganda chief Herman Goerring: “It is always simply a matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
Kennedy then adds: “The White House has clearly grasped the lesson.”
Kennedy also quotes Benito Mussolini’s insight that “fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
“The biggest threat to American democracy is corporate power,” Kennedy told us.
“There is vogue in the White House to talk about the threat of big government. But since the beginning of our national history, our most visionary political leaders have warned the American public against the domination of government by corporate power. That warning is missing in the national debate right now. Because so much corporate money is going into politics, the Democratic Party itself has dropped the ball. They just quash discussion about the corrosive impact of excessive corporate power on American democracy.”
SO AT LEAST SOME OF US SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW…
But how many realize that fascism is hardly new to the United States?
This isn’t something that just suddenly happened over the past 7 years.
In actual fact, the cancer has been growing here since the 1920s, back when Mussolini was still fashionable and Hitler’s brand of socialism looked like a plan that just might work in the USA. Many powerful, influential, and seemingly otherwise intelligent people believed adopting a fascist system here would be the only way to end the Great Depression. After all, it had worked so well in Germany and Italy, hadn’t it?
Charles Chaplin parodies Hitler in his 1939 classic film, The Great Dictator.
In the 1930s, the fasces (an ancient Roman symbol adopted by the Nazis at about that same time) started showing up on our money, in our government buildings and public landmarks. Check out a few comparative photographic examples here.
Our attitudes towards the Fascists supposedly changed after 1940 – but if that is true, why did we bring over so many of the top German Nazis after the war and protect them from prosecution at the Hague?
Why haven’t the fascist symbols in the halls of Congress and on our currency been removed? It’s only been 67 years since the U.S. entered World War Two; you’d think someone would have gotten around to it by now.
And why the hell is there a building on a US Naval Base shaped like a Swastika?
Hardly anyone knew of this building outside the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base near San Diego until recently when Google mapped it. The story spread like a California wildfire through the blogosphere, eventually being picked up by the mainstream media.
Needless to say, the Navy had some ‘splainin’ to do.
Since the building was constructed well after WWII (in 1967), they can hardly claim to be ignorant of the symbolism. Even though the Swastika is an ancient symbol of luck, love and peace in many cultures, the Nazis perverted it into a symbol of hatred, intolerance and mass murder in the 20th century. When you see a Swastika today, what does it make you think of? Your first thought probably has nothing to do with world peace.
Maybe this was not the best PR move for an Allied military in the postwar era. I might wager a guess that any parent who lost a son in WWII fighting the Nazis would be deeply offended by such a building on a US NAVY BASE if they had known of it! Especially if that dead son had served in the Navy or Air Force.
Navy officials admitted to having “discovered” this many years ago (uh, how could they have missed it in the first place, one wonders?) but since there is a no-fly zone above the naval base, they figured no one would see it.
Well, the eagle eyes of Google Earth miss nothing.
And now that the secret is out, the Navy has announced that they will be spending $600,000 to alter the shape of the building into something less offensive — like a square, for example.
TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE GAS
Talk to people in the 9/11 Truth movement and they will tell you that September 11th was a sort of fire sacrifice to whatever Dark Lords these Nazi bastards worship. I don’t know about that, although I’m far from convinced the Twin Towers were brought down by two commercial jetliners. Looked like someone just hit a detanator button to me.
And don’t get me started on whether or not a plane actually hit the Pentagon.
Or the Bush family ties to top Nazis dating back long before WWII. (Although unlike many of the 9/11 conspiracy theories, this is a well-documented historical fact.)
The old adage, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is proven true again and again. The controllers establish total power over us while we nap blissfully in an illusion of freedom. By the time we wake up and fully realize the deep shit we’re really in, it’s too late. We’re already on the train with a one-way ticket to Auchwitz.
We never seem to see it coming, even when it was right in our faces the whole time. That’s the trouble with rose-colored glasses.
“It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them.”
— Adolf Hitler
Some say it’s already too late and that the coup d’ etat has long been complete. They say that fascism is too deeply rooted in our government over too many decades to be rooted out. I hate to join that doom-and-gloom camp, but sometimes I wonder if they are right.
Maybe we missed our golden opportunity to stop this snowball careening downhill 15 years ago when we watched a church filled with men, women and children torched by our loving government and we did nothing. (Besides, everybody knows those Branch Davidians were just a bunch of whacko fundamentalists anyway, so who why stick your neck out to raise a First Amendment question in the middle of a human barbecue?)
Was that us, the United States of America, openly conducting religious genocide in 1993?
So when it happens in other countries, genocide is bad, but when we do it to our own people, that’s acceptable? What the hell are we saying? Do we hear ourselves? And where is this line of thinking ultimately going to take us as the “moral leaders” of the world?
To my mind (and at least that of former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as well), Waco was America’s Kristallnacht and unfortunately the majority of Americans reacted to it the same way the Germans did in 1938 — with either outright approval or disinterested acquiescence.
When will we ever learn?