October 18, 2008 archive

So did I mention Pat Buchanan is a fascist?

So did I mention Pat Buchanan is a fascist?

He supports policies that would lead to an authoritarian corporatist state dedicated to global hegemony.

He admires fascist politicians, like explicitly Hilter.

Pat Buchanan says Adolf Hitler only sought to dominate Europe, making him, “no physical threat to the US” after 1940. He observes that to push Japan into starting a war, Franklin Delano Roosevelt “froze all Japanese assets, cutting off trade, including oil.” He refers to Roosevelt as “a base appeaser of Stalin” and that his administration was “shot through with Communist spies and traitors.” “In World War II,” he writes, “patriots argued the wisdom of FDR’s ‘Europe First’ policy that left our men on Corregidor to the mercy of the butchers of Bataan”. He says, “Responsibility for the lack of American preparedness at the time of Pearl Harbor rests wholly with FDR. He had been in power nine years and had controlled both Houses of Congress for all nine of those years. Blaming our lack of preparedness on the isolationists (or even on the Communists) is the shilling of court historians”.

In a 1977 column, Buchanan said despite Hitler’s anti-Jewish and genocidal tendencies he was “an individual of great courage…Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path.”

He’s also a racist-

In a 2002 speech, he said, “In the next 50 years, the Third World will grow by the equivalent of 30 to 40 new Mexicos. If you go to the end of the century, the white and European population is down to about three percent. This is what I call the death of the West. I see the nations dying when the populations die. I see the civilization dying. It is under attack in our own countries, from our own people.

And believes in Kulturekampf.

Pat Buchanan says that America is divided by a culture war. He calls it a conflict over the power to define society’s definition of right and wrong. Fronts include environmentalism, feminism, abortion, gay rights, freedom of religion, women in combat, display of the Confederate Flag, recognition of Christmas and taxpayer-funded art. He also said that the controversy given this idea of culture wars was itself evidence of polarization.

Pat Buchanan is an unreconstructed, brownshirted, unionist beating Fascist and his opinions about it or instituting a McCarthyite witchhunt on Capitol Hill for communist lefty fifth columnist Congressmen are hardly unbiased.

Fascism is a totalitarian and nationalist ideology. It is primarily concerned with perceived problems associated with cultural, economic, political, and social decline or decadence, and which seeks to solve such problems by achieving a millenarian national rebirth by exalting the nation, protecting the nation from what fascism deems as the excesses of the internationalist ideologies of capitalism and communism by advocating a Third Position, promoting the territorial defense or expansion of a nation through a constant state of military preparedness and promotion of militarism as well as promoting cults of unity, strength and purity.

Are you listening Tweety?

Friday Philosophy: No Hate

Perhaps as penance for something I did in a past life, I am prone to perusing the back pages of Daily Kos.  Like Diogenes looking for a human being among his fellow Greeks, I search for those who might learn that hatred starts small and begins with the words we use.

I seek to teach.  Mostly I discover people who are unwilling to learn.  I find people who are so invested in their juvenile attempt at humor that they can’t stop to learn why it is juvenile, why it is demeaning, not to its supposed targets, but to those whom it actually hits, and as the conversation progresses (I refuse to give up the hope that everyone can learn not to hate), I get to learn how deep and varied their hatred actually is.

I find pseudo-intellectual  analysis of why only the so-called normal people deserve equality in this society.  Upon challenging their reasoning, I often find the same people have a very low opinion of education.  I ask questions that don’t get answered.  Apparently, those questions do have an effect, however.  You’d be amazed at the number of times people assume that the questions I ask must be asked in anger and respond in kind…and never answer the question.

And I find hatred, both the small and the large of it.

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