Fascism incubates in the small, fear bred thoughts of ordinary people -- all fascists are not monsters. A fascist can be a suburban Soccer Mom that feels powerless in the face of uncertain economic times and a rapidly evolving society. "Mexicans" may be coming to steal Jobs away from her children -- Gay married folks may move in next door. Increasingly, as she examines her world through the prism of Conservative, Religious, Nationalistic dogma and associations, she withdraws into a very small sphere of anxiety and fear. She now can be motivated to support and vote for jingoistic, Neo-Conservative opportunists that assuage her fears with promises of keeping the "other" at bay and rebuilding a lost Religio-American (European) stronghold. She can be propagandized into voting for a male candidate that is obviously misogynistic and intellectually unstable and who will strive to enact legislation that will ultimately constrain and diminish her children, most specifically her female child.
Mussolini, Tojo and all the rest of the WWII era Fascists were very confused, bad men. However, they had big ideas -- albeit horrible, destructive ideas. The current roster of high profile American Fascists have very small ideas: also horrible and destructive. They are Dodofascists. They pander and tinker pathetically around and to the fringes of society (37% of Americans are declared gun owners and 26.3% are fundamentalist Christians.) Because they have no transformative or positive plan for advancing this country -- they prey on the vulnerable and the unstable. They neither understand nor cherish the greater society in which they live and operate. Instead of striving for the truly grand idea -- they meddle in the lives of women and the poor and powerless. They reinforce and intoxicate themselves on a perverted form of Christianity -- religion that has recast Christ in their pitiful image.
We here in Texas are facing, come Tuesday, the probability of having Dodofascists as our Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Candidate for Governor, Greg Abbott, wants to shut down all abortion clinics statewide, go to war with Mexico, turn Texas into an armed Nut encampment, and defund education. Lieutenant Governor candidate, Dan Patrick
, is a former Conservative radio talk show and another Rush Limbaugh copycat, he wants to: control women, end Separation of Church and State, turn Texas into an armed Nut encampment, defund education, teach our children that their ancestors had pet dinosaurs, and also go to war with Mexico. Texas is in peril of being captained by right wing extremists
with not one good idea between them.
I cherish my memories and youthful perceptions of Texas as a Big place, full of energetic, innovative Big people with Big ideas and plans bound for something and someplace resembling something out of the Iliad or the Odyssey or the journals of Lewis and Clark. Not long ago our national Dodofascist rose up to his full glorious heigth and read 'Green Eggs and Ham' on the floor of the Senate.
I live in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown and he is a very enigmatic, conflicted historical public figure. However, what if he had concentrated on women's reproductive parts instead of rural electrification? Or, denied the accepted doctrine of Separation of Church and State and focused on insinuating (his) religion into all aspects of government instead of championing Civil Rights and Voters Rights? He was flawed certainly, but he was a flawed giant. By comparison, Abbott and Patrick and all the Dodofascists are pathetic little munchkins swaggering around like petty burglars in the sanctuary of women and the lives of the civically confused.
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(Article changed on November 4, 2014 at 11:39)
Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched (more...)