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Trumping Democracy for Fascism: An Invading Star Emerges on the American Horizon

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I've never been one to believe in conspiracy theories or forebodings of ominous, oppressive, and opprobrious threats to American society. No. I've always written these things off like most would find UFOs and ghosts. Ridiculous malarkey. Crazy talk. That crazy guy three doors down who claims he is being possessed by a Harpy, I, like most, would just say he is nuttier than a parakeet on LSD. And this is the same way I've always viewed those touting conspiracy theories, end-of-the-world prognostications, and Big Brother having it in for us all. Like the boogieman or the green slimy monster from the swamp, they don't exist. But with the way things are going in America these days, I just don't know. . . .

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There are so many harbingers of fascism on the horizon that I feel uneasy. Queasy. Frightened. Politics on the national and international scales are being driven by hatred, paranoia and the credo of "Let's get them before they get us."

And all these forms of evil are seeming to come together and gel as a composite whole. The rise of the police state, along with political contenders for high national office who are quite open with comments of absolutism, authoritarianism and racism. Not to mention a fear-mongering mainstream media that spreads hysteria and dread to make good American citizens into gullible zombies who are becoming so gun crazy that guns just aren't good anymore. The hell with that .44 magnum. It's time for machine guns and grenade launchers to protect our lovely homestead!

And these political hacks for high office don't get ridiculed, but instead, get praised and adored. Their poll numbers shoot up with every horrible statement they utter. And in all fairness, Donald Trump is not the only Republican who is part of this problem. It's safe to say the entire scrambled skillet of Republican eggheads who believed their childhood fancy of becoming President someday are to blame. And they have the infrastructure in the mainstream media at work to fan the furnaces of fascism. Dread and fear have taken the place of liberty and democratic thinking in America.

Donald Trump's comments that he plans to keep all practitioners and believers of Islam - let's just say 'all Arabs' because that's what this lamebrain actually means - from coming to the United States and his plans to build a wall between the United States and Mexico make me wonder - if he's actually going to somehow become our next President - will he also work and put plans in place for opening the gates of Operation Cable Splicer and Operation Garden Plot to incarcerate what he deems as undesirables and potential insurgents? Let's face it, everything this lunatic says gets him more support. He's found a real jackpot playing into the minds and hands of the ignorant and paranoid. Even the most conservative Republicans concede that there's something very wrong with this man. All I can say is when the rhetoric of Fascism becomes popular in what is supposed to be a free country, something is very wrong with that country.

Fellow OpEdNews writer and Constitutional Lawyer John W. Whitehead's piece that ran on Thanksgiving on this online magazine titled "This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State" opens with these disturbing words:

"This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

"Instead, as the following shows, the U.S. government has become a warring empire, governed by laws that are rash, unjust and unconstitutional, policed by government agents who are corrupt, hypocritical and abusive, a menace to its own people, and the antithesis of everything for which Washington hoped.

"Mark my words: if we do not push back against the menace of the police state now, if we fail to hold onto the Constitution and our constitutional republic, and if we allow the government to remain the greatest threat to our freedoms, then future Thanksgivings will find us paying the price with tyranny at home and anarchy throughout the world."

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Samuel Vargo worked as a full-time reporter and editor for more than 20 years at a number of daily newspapers and business journals. He was also an adjunct English professor at colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi (more...)

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