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The Oncoming Freight Train of the Republo-Fascist Party: With a Disposable Headlamp Named Donald J. Trump

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Steve Schmidt is a well-known former Republican who became a former Republican when the Party changed its identity to that of the Trumpublican Party. However, in my view that is just an interim moniker for it. The Party, as I have noted previously, is now on its way to becoming an outright fascist party*, as in this column's title. An increasing number of observers, from Charles Blow to Michele Goldberg to Paul Krugman to Jamelle Bouie have been noting and documenting this progression. Mr. Schmidt argues that Trump is the leader of the movement, and that he is essential to it. In my view Trump is simply a headlight for it. He has for sure been guiding the Party down the track to fascism in the current era. But there are proto-fascist forces within and allied with the Party that in the long run are much more powerful than he is, and they go way back in time. And these are the ones with which we really need to be concerned.

Mr. Schmidt recently published a well-known statement on Trump and what I call the Trumpublicans. Among other places, it can be found here: Mr. Schmidt summarized his argument very well:

"'Trump is the leader of an authoritarian movement made up of an eclectic mix of extremists including Proud Boy fascists, Neo Nazis, white nationalists, religious fanatics and conspiracy theorists. The Republican Party is the vessel of this movement and the membership of that party is overwhelmingly united around the cause of Trump. . . .

"We are in the early years of a great struggle in this country that will last a long time provided the pro-democracy side can win elections because we are one away from seeing the autocratic side take power. They will not relinquish it again when they do.

"The GOP was not chastened by January 6th. It has grown more extreme and it is on track to take back control of the House in 22. The pro-democracy coalition won a great victory when Joe Biden became President. That victory has brought us some time but all the time in the world can't cure a willful and delusional blindness to the great danger, resilience, ambition and authoritarianism of Trump's movement."

Yes, it is "Trump's movement" --- but just for now. Indeed --- which is the point of this column --- it has been under development since well before Trump made his very convenient racist/fascist appearance for it. And it will be here, unless it is stopped and stopped very soon, long after Trump disappears from the scene. (How might that happen? Natural causes --- he is 74, over-weight, and lives a high-stress very unhealthy life-style. Legal causes, civil and criminal. He goes "nuts" in public [that is really "nuts" or politically nuts] one time too many. On the other hand, as I have speculated previously, he comes to his senses and gets himself and as much of his money he can manage to accumulate out-of-the country. Actually I thought that he would do this well before now, and I was wrong there. The man has nerve. But it could still happen.) Indeed, for the Republican Right he has been a Useful Idiot, just as he was (and maybe still is) for Russia's Pres. Putin.

The Voter Suppression Movement

The Voter Suppression movement started at least as far back as 1989 with an organization called "The Christian Coalition" which designed a strategy to permanently win elections for the far-right, which they called "The 15% solution." Back in 1996 I first published a book based on what might happen were the strategy to be implemented, which strategy I summarized in a column earlier this year.

The Republican right, Religious and other, has been working on this strategy, which focuses on voter suppression (sound familiar) ever since the far-right leader Paul Weyrich famously said (Freedom Writer, Nov., 1994): "We don't want everyone to vote. Quite frankly, our leverage goes up as the vot­ing popu­lation goes down." Now of course in a very disorganized way this has been Trump's strategy since before the 2016 election. Trump, of course, does "galvanize his base." And the thought that he is in the process of taking over the Republican Party and that he is driving it further to the right using the primary strategy of voter suppression certainly has much going for it (as I have documented numerous times over the past 6 years).

But in a document recently revealed by Mother Jones and others, which The Guardian headline summarized as " 'It can't be that easy': US conservative group brags about role in making voting harder," it has now, all of a sudden become quite obvious that this movement towards fascism does not depend on Trump. It is just using him for now, as a disposable headlight. What is really driving the movement at this time is such organizations as the Heritage Foundation and important forces, elected and otherwise, within the Republican Party. (Coincidently a co-founder was Paulk Weyrich, and noticeably for years it has had a Deputy Director married to a Supreme Court Justice [who could that be other than Silent Sam Clarence Thomas]. Can you just imagine what the continuous uproar --- for years - would be from Hannity et al if there were a liberal justice married to a high official of say, the ACLU? But that's another matter.) The specific voter-suppression off-spring is called "Heritage Action." As the Mother Jones article says:

"The leaked video reveals the extent to which Heritage is leading a massive campaign to draft and pass model legislation restricting voting access, which has been swiftly adopted this year in the battleground states of Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Iowa. It's no coincidence that so many GOP-controlled states are rushing to pass similar pieces of legislation in such a short period of time."

So, this is nothing new. It also goes back to the American Legislative Exchange Council, founded by the Kochs in 2007 with a primary goal of taking over state legislatures in advance of the 2010 census, to be in charge of re-districting, and in Republican terms "Gerrymandering," about which they are hardly shy. Although the Democrats had ten years to plan for and implement a countervailing strategy, they did not do much and as is well-known things are even worse this time around.

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I'll grant that the Republican Party and Trump are as bad as you say, but your conclusion, although not explicit, is to vote Democrat.

Both Clinton and Obama continued the sanctions against Yemen which has now become a genocide. We need no longer be told of the coming danger, but to determine what actions to take to avoid it.

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The U.S. ruling clique has backed every fascist dictator in the world so it is only fitting that it should have one of its own.

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Absolutely correct, as I have pointed out on numerous occasions over the years. Are you suggesting therefore that Republo-fascists should simply be ignored? If not (and I don't think that you meant that[!]), how do you suggest they should be fought?

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I'm not optimistic. A people get the government they deserve.

Democrats are not the solution for Republicans; their failure to even act in the House, and Biden's backtracking on all of his promises proves that.

A real politician of the people would fight and go over the head of Congress instead of limply making defeatist excuses and whining, "please don't throw me in the brier patch with my donor class".

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P.S.

The only thing that could possible change things is if there developed an anti-war movement. And I don't see that happening.

No imperialist power has ever cared about the general welfare of its citizens. As long as the U.S. squanders its resources on Empire, then there will never be anything left over for the benefit of the people.

Progressives, liberals, Democrats are all just as imperialistic as Republicans.

OEN has article after article about how bad Republicans are, but nil of them even mention the U.S. illegal wars of aggression and crimes against humanity. Many progressive even act pro-war, and push pro-war propaganda, such as Russiagate, Chinagate, Hamas human shields, Maduro is a dictator, Iran bad, etc.

So, the U.S. is close to being a fascist nation already.

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The problem is, if we had such a leader, they would be assassinated. It has to come grass roots from the people, and like you, I hold little hope of that happening. We are still far too comfortable in our wealth, and unfortunately, most of the poor and middle class haven't the time or inclination to read alternative news sources or can't handle how really bad it's going to get - and anyone comfortably or obscenely rich will want to hold onto what they have and grab more. It's a question of human greed disguised in a political framework that keeps people divided and ignorant. I think we are screwed.

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b. sadie bailey,

You may be interested in checking out the new book Radical Regeneration by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker.

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Ignore the Republo-fascists by electing Demo-fascists?

HR1 will support the Democratic Party, but will also further embed the choice between Democrats and Republicans leaving other parties out of the equation.

All of your arguments keep doubling down on how bad the Republicans are. Everyone who reads Op-Ed News already recognizes that fact. No one is denying it.

The only "solution" you offer is more support for the Democrats. Why?

Are you not hearing us when we say we're not voting Democratic? We elected Clinton twice and Obama twice and both times got screwed. Wealth inequality was hardly reined in by either Democrat. The expansion of the American Empire did not stop. Joe Biden is a (closet?) segregationist.

You seem to be a fairly intelligent individual, certainly your bio is impressive. Yet you refuse to acknowledge us when we patiently and repeatedly explain that we see little difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Your arguments all merely say "Gosh, those Republicans are really, really bad." Not a single one explains how the Democrats are good.

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Best writer on opednews is Dr Jonas. They can lie, cheat steal, murder , threaten but they cannot stop the truth. Thanks Dr jonas

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As always brilliant analysis.

Accountability is needed.

From the progressive Newswire: "Restoring the rule of law begins with restoring the Department of Justice and neither of those can be accomplished without holding Donald Trump and his accomplices accountable. To reestablish the bedrock principle that we are a nation of laws and that no one - not even the president - is above the law, it is essential that Attorney General Merrick Garland assign a task force to investigate and, where the evidence requires, prosecute, those who violated their oaths of office and violated our nation's laws," said Ben Clements, Board Chair and Senior Legal Advisor of Free Speech For People."

"The misbehavior of the Justice Department under Trumpand the GOP, needs to be cleaned up. There is no action to do this . Cleaning up the justice Department is a necessity.. or it will happen again. Some of the worst stuff from the BillBarr JD, is being continued by the Biden administration. THIS is the end. Amidst the controversy of the Biden Justice Department's decision to defend former President Donald Trump against a defamation lawsuit brought by one of Trump's alleged rape victims, more than two hundred thousand people have joined a growing coalition call to Investigate Trump, urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to create an independent task force within the US Department of Justice to investigate the former president, members of his administration, or his campaign, business, or other associates, for any potential federal criminal or civil violations they may have committed."

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Important, supported, and frightening article. But I wonder if the Democrats are not just the other side of the coin and in collusion with the real agenda, which is a greed-glut and biggest land grab in history besides stealing all the lands initially from First Nations. So I can't in good conscience support this system because the Dems have had many, many chances through the years to show their alignment with the people and the environment, and their party leadership and people at the top have screwed us over so many times. And those that supported the people OR the environment, on either "side" of the manufactured divide, were assassinated or disgraced.

Not sure what the answers are but you are right, it will be far worse to have the Trumpublicans in power, and we will see a return to outright genocide and barbarism toward anyone not white, straight, male, and Christian, as well as truth tellers, alternative journalists, and whistleblowers. It is terrifying.

The other thing I would like to see covered here is what happened AFTER the Jewish Holocaust (as it turns out, Adolph Hitler was an insane puppet of more powerful forces than himself too; a useful tool, a "headlight" for that fascist movement). Israel became a fascist country after the holocaust and after Great Britain ordained that the country of Israel should be created and the lands stolen from Palestine, and became as bad or worse than the Germans of that time - fascist genocidal homocidal and extremist toward Palestine; which they still are getting away with today, backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Look at the maps from after WW2 to today to see what happened to Palestine; it's egregious and it's war crimes and genocide. Israel has the most powerful lobbies in the USA; we give Israel more money than any other country, for "defense" among other things - and this is the sacred cow no one is allowed to question.

The corruption is woven into both "sides" of all of this and the only way to root out who's in charge and bring them down is to FOLLOW THE MONEY and EXPOSE THEM to reach critical mass of outrage at who's really dividing us and robbing us and the Planet.

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We must make some core changes today so the next generations won't have the growing problems this one is having.

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Gosh the USA is just getting worse and the Trump barbarian-fascists are at the gates frothing at their mouths to get into power to totally destroy the USA and the world with the and even more nuclear bombs and tactical nuclear bombs and even more nuclear reactors than biden

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Great article. Just like post Civil War historical revisionism which sought to minimize the role of racism and slavery, post WWII society perpetuated the lie that the "average" German either didn't know about atrocities being committed against Jews or that they didn't support Hitler but were helpless terrorized bystanders who had no power to stop it. When the truth is many were as enthusiastic about Hitler as Trump's supporters are about him. Because of the lie that the Civil War was about state's rights and the racism was whitewashed we are now seeing it reemerge. We have to continue to tell the truth about the ugly side of society that loves the idea of rasicm and fascism or it will continue to plauge us. We have to stop allowing the fomenters of hate to minimize their role in these atrocities.

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