A New York Times reporter asked a man the following question, What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they? The man answered,
The really dangerous American fascist….is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power. They claim to be superpatriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise but are the spokesman for monolopy and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjucation.
The man who answered that question? Vice President Henry Wallace in 1944. Dr. James Luther Adams, an ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School who passed on in July 1994, had known this for a long time. During 1935 and 1936 Dr Adams was working in Germany with the underground anti-Nazi church, also known as the Confessing Church. Because of his work with the dissidents of that group, he was interrograted by the Gestapo who suggested he return to America, which he did, along with rolls of home movie film he took of the German Christian Church. He saw in our christian right and our corporate dominance exactly what he saw during those early dark days in Nazi Germany. He was advising his students as early as 1982 that when they were close to 80 they would all be fighting the Christian fascists. He also warned his students at that time that intellectual snobbery would blind them to the signs when they came. At that time, the religious right and their demogagues were in the infancy of their eventual corporate reign. Today, it is not so far-fetched that they are poised, with the SCOTUS ruling, to set their course for complete dominance in the political arena.
The corporations and the right have been setting the stage for several years for dominance over the middle class. We have stood by and watched as our manufacturing base has been decimated by jobs sent overseas to places where they can pay pennies on the dollar for labor. We have watched the Wall Street institutions and the Mortgage industry take this country to the brink. We watch a Federal Reserve, which is not a government entity, work in secret with trillions of our dollars. And all the time, the right screams “Less regulation, let free market capitalism work, free market capitalism will right itself” In other words, do nothing, we like what is happening right now and want to see it to its proper conclusion. What could that conclusion be?
Is there another “situation” out there that is going to take the American public to the brink, then over? Many of our fellow countrymen right now are in despair because they cannot find a decent job with fair wages and benefits. Abandoned by the economy, beleagured by their dissappearing middle class status, their loss of community when forced to leave a foreclosed home, all of these could be the kindling for a mass movement. In fact these very people are the people who need a friend most and who the religious right is waiting in the wings to lead them to Jesus who may solve all their problems. Or not, but where will that movement go, will they turn to the people who will say they will make their lives better with Jesus, or will they turn to people who will help them fight their way out of the mess we are in? We all know that bigotry and resentment are lurking just below the surface, under the right conditions can that be roused to promote a creed that calls for the destruction of democracy? There are forces out there who are waiting for just the right time and SCOTUS gave them a big shot in the arm with their decision that corporations are people too.
I believe with the right organizational cooperation, this can be flushed and dealt a death blow.
Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead