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Fascism

The word gets thrown around a lot. It’s a word with a lot of sting. “Fascist.”

But do people actually know what it means? Let’s define it:


Fas-cism [fash-iz-uhm]–noun
A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc.

Tyranny, oppression of opposition, absolute governmental authority…these are the attributes of Fascism.

Now which political philosophy would be considered more fascist…the philosophy of limited government-control, emphasizing the rights of the individual (i.e. Conservatism and Libertarianism), or the philosophy of infinitely expanding government-control, emphasizing “the greater good” (i.e. Liberalism and Socialism)?

Let me put it a different way. Neal Boortz, an avid Libertarian, dedicates much of his radio show to exposing Hillary Clinton as the socialist that she is. The health care plan that she proposed during Bill Clinton’s presidency was nothing more than government-controlled socialized medicine. There was actually a provision in her plan which stated if you act as an individual and seek to provide for your own health care, the Government can throw you and your doctor in prison. If you want to control your own health care, you are a criminal.

So, Neal brings up this fact on his show. Then, he receives the following email from someone named George Ellano:

Hey Lying Bastard,

I am sick and tired of you criticizing Hillary Clinton's health care plan. She is the only person who has taken a bold and refreshing approach to reforming a broken system. When she is elected she will fix the system, and hopefully she will use the FBI to throw ASSHOLES like you, lardass Limbaugh, Con Hannity and the other fascists in prison. By the way, your name should be Neal "Baits", because you bait your audience with lies placed on a hook of deception.



Aside form the very clever names George has come up with for other talk show hosts, look at what he says. He wants Hillary Clinton to be a President with no checks and balances. He wants Hillary Clinton to have the power to throw out the Bill of Rights. He wants Hillary Clinton to have the power to throw voices of opposition behind bars.

This is the type of Government that George Ellano wants. This is the type of Government that Hillary wants.

“We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." (Hillary Clinton, 1993)



So, I ask again. Which political philosophy would be considered more fascist? The philosophy of limited government-control, emphasizing the rights of the individual (i.e. Conservatism and Libertarianism), or the philosophy of infinitely expanding government-control, emphasizing “the greater good” (i.e. Liberalism and Socialism)?

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