Moments ago, Ron Paul indicated on CNN that Obama was putting the country on a road toward fascism. Paul is a popular sitting congressman. Coinciding with Tea Parties, a report by the Department of Homeland Security about threats from the radical right, and resolutions in the Texas legislature declaring state sovereignty; the GOP has essentially decided that if they can't win an election, they'll slowly use language to work out a coup (he he). Of course, the last time there was a multi-term GOP president that preceded a massive economic crisis (the Great Depression), the GOP also planned a coup. That was Prescott Bush, George W. Bush's grandfather, who tried to convince a general to take out Roosevelt (move over Reverend Wright, you can't keep up with the real radicals).
We thought socialism was the opposite of fascism...oh well. Paul did later clarify he meant "economic fascism"...whatever that means. He specifically cited Obama's involvement in the management of GM as an example of the US's path toward fascism. Such "economic fascism"usually involves an oligarchy which one could argue is what we had for the last 8 years with Bush and the energy industry (remember Cheney's secret Energy Task Force meetings).
We see some double standards here. For invoking words like fascism, sitting politicians
on the left would have been dismantled (though the liberal blogosphere invoked the word often). No such efforts are put forward by the press at the moment. But speaking of economic fascism or powerful oligarchies...when oil companies were working with the White House
to divide up Iraqi oil fields in an anticipated successful conclusion to the war, that wasn't economic fascism with the government and big business working in cahoots (at leat that's the convenient amnesia being displayed).
When the government is managing the unwind of GM and the deleveraging of the banking system to avoid systemic risk, that's socialism...or now, sorry...fascism. Someone, help us with the logic. You may disagree with the approach and maybe even the intentions, but to suggest that the administration has fascist tendancies requires a bit more proof. We're looking for illumination here. Again, can someone help us out? The press certainly is not...