Saturday, December 31, 2016


I keep hearing the political left calling Donald Trump a Fascist. In as much as I suspect most of those individuals do not know the definition of Fascism, I looked it up: "Fascism - a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government". In my opinion, this sounds more like the Democratic Party of the last eight years than the Republican Party or how President-elect Trump has acted since winning the election.

Consider the following:
  • "a government ruled by a dictator" - would not the 260+ executive orders issued by President Obama in order to circumvent Congress and our duly elected representatives be akin to a dictatorship.
  • "controls the lives of the people" - would not the 21,000+ federal regulations that were passed in the last eight years be a way to control our lives.
  • "not allowed to disagree with the government" - would not calling someone a fascist, racist, misogynist, homophobe or climate denier be a way to discourage disagreement with the government, not to mention an assault on the first amendment (free speech).
Which leads me back to Donald Trump being called a Fascist. His stated goals are to reduce the size of government, limit federal regulation and lower taxes. He has met with and listened to both proponents and opponents of his agenda. This seems to me to be just the opposite of a Fascist.

PS - If you have not read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, I would highly recommend it. In the book there is a fictional language called "Newspeak". It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality and peace. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as "thoughtcrime"

Another great read is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. It's a little wordy for my taste but presents an excellent portrayal of government and politicians run amok.

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