“When Fascism Comes to America, it will be Wrapped in the American Flag and Carrying a Cross.”

SInclair Lewis, Author, “It Can’t Happen Here.”

I read “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis about the beginning of George Bush’s second term.  I was real fearful that I was witnessing an advent of Orwellianism.  Many of you probably read George Orwell’s “1984” or “Animal Farm” and would know that his books, though satirical, were also warnings of what our nation can become if it throws democracy out the window and allow fascism or totalitaranism to rise.

When we think of fascism, we automatically think about Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Josef Stalin.  All of them were dictators.  But we don’t think about fascism coming to America, in a different disguise.  And that’s what I felt when I read Tim Wise’s piece, This is How Fascism Comes: Reflections on the Cost of Silence.” Hat Tip to SleptOn Magazine:

If fascism comes it will be interviewed, lovingly, on talk radio, by hosts whose cerebral inadequacies are more than made up for by their bellicosity, their bombast, their willingness to shout down those with whom they cannot argue, for argument requires knowledge, and this is a commodity with which they have not even a passing familiarity.

If fascism comes it will come wrapped in red,white and blue, carrying a crucifix and a shotgun, projecting its own sexual confusion and insecurity onto others, substituting volume for veracity and rage for reason, and landing on the New York Times best-seller list as a result.

If fascism comes it will have a pajama party at Ann Coulter’s house, pop pills with Rush Limbaugh, and go gay-bashing with Michael Savage, all in the same weekend. And it will refuse to learn another language or get a passport, because doing either of those would make one cosmopolitan–which is just another word for “faggot.”

Go read the rest of it…and don’t sleep on.  Let me know what you think about this article…or if Orwell and Lewis were right?

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