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  1. RonWF says

    “But the bad news is that none of these socialist reforms had enough political support to be enacted until after the icy dead hand of the Republicans, who like today, controlled the House, the Senate, the presidency, and the courts, brought on the worst economic depression in U.S. history.”

    Do you see that happening now? Unemployment in general is lower than it ever was during Pres. Obama’s administration. Black unemployment is the lowest it has ever been since it was first officially measured. Tell me what you think is going to reverse that into an economic depression – not just that “capitalism is bad”, but the actual indicators that tell you that’s going to happen.

    “There was no economic crisis that precipitated the sudden rise of American fascism.”

    That’s because there has been NO sudden rise of American fascism; in fact, no rise of fascism at all. The term “fascism” has been getting thrown around a lot lately by people who apparently have never looked up what the word actually means. So let me help out. From WIkipedia:

    “Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.”

    Trump does not act as a dictator. A dictator ignores or destroys the law and substitutes his own will. Trump’s actions have all been within the law. When the courts have blocked his actions he has modified them to come into compliance; a dictator shoots the judges. A dictator would never have allowed Mueller to start his investigation and certainly never have allowed it to go this far. What actions Trump has taken with Executive Orders have been in his statutory authority, including cancelling ones cast by his predecessor. And while he has certainly voiced dissatisfaction with his opponents, you don’t have to look too far south of our border to see what “forcible suppression of opposition” really means. Trump’s opponents are not being harassed in the streets, imprisoned or shot. In fact, it is his supporters that are and have been subjected to the first and last of those 3. And his actions have REMOVED controls by the government over industry and commerce – the exact OPPOSITE of a fascist. And as has been said elsewhere, “The people have a right to keep and bear arms” has been said by exactly zero dictators, fascist or otherwise, ever.

    Trump has many bad qualities, but he’s no fascist. Not even close. To apply that term to him shows ignorance.

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