These are a couple of excerpts from my history textbook that I sort of stole from school. The form of government being referenced has been substituted with blanks to preserve the surprise ending.
'_______ was a movement designed to secure the support of the masses for a leader without the intermediary of a democratically elected parliament. It gave the masses the illusion of power without the reality. Thus, though violent, _______ appeared to support the existing social and economic hierarchy of society and so appealed to the right. It stood for 'strength through unity' at the expense of civil liberties. The cult of the leader was fostered by the leader aove all and his principal liuetenants. It was stridently nationalist. _______ derived its strength as much from what it was against as from what it was for.'
If you couldn't guess what the blank stood for, I'll give you a hint; it's not democracy. Still can't guess? Surprise, it's FASCISM! Literally pulled straight from my textbook, it's a disturbingly accurate description of our government under George Bush. A lot of left-wing loonies throw around the term fascism without really knowing what it means. The excerpt is a pretty clear defintion what it means, and it is a perfect description of what our current form of government is. The dictionary defines fascism as the alliance between corporate power and government power, which once again, is a perfect description of our current government.
The thing is, now that the Republicans have created a system (electronic voting machines) where they can guarantee election results on a national, and in some cases state, level, they can be in power as long as they please. They don't neceassarily need one totalitarian leader like Mussolini or Hitler, they just need a conservative mouthpiece in the Oval Office, whether it be W, Jeb, or Rudy. And now that they have the media firmly reigned in, they can discredit any opionions, no matter what reputable source they come from, that propose the election system is rigged. I'll leave you with one last excerpt from the textbook regarding Mussolini; 'Massive propoganda showing happy Italians and the Duce stripped to the waist in the fields might fool foreigners but could not better the lot of the poor.' Bush clearing brush on his ranch in Crawford, anyone?
We have an old saying down on the bayou....Blehhhhh!!!