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Vice President Wallace warned us 72 years ago about rightwingnuts, Trump&Cruz, FauxNews, corporate-supremists, racists, military-industrial collusion, all of the Republicans in Congress, the Bush family, the Koch brothers, etc., etc., etc......

 

Three-quarters of a century ago, the United States was fighting in the world-wide battle against the (then) rising tide of Fascism. Tens of millions of American men and women were directly involved in that struggle (along with everybody else, a little more indirectly), and many of them got to witness first hand the ravages and suffering caused by the Nazis and the Japanese Imperialists. Americans back then generally had a fairly keen understanding of the nature of the evil they were fighting.

 

FDR's Vice President Henry A. Wallace was not only well briefed on the Nazi horrors, he personally investigated what was happening while on his diplomatic trips to our Allies. In April of 1944, just two months before D-Day, he wrote an informative article about the nature of fascism and how it might come to America if the people of America weren't vigilant and aware of the dangers.

 

He tried to warn everybody, way back then, that: "The 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."

...and...

"American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.

 

I think everyone sane and still in-brainwashed can easily recognize what he was referring to - "poison the channels of public information" - in our current situation with billionaire Rupert Murdoch's network of misinformation/propaganda outlets...like, of course, good ol' FauxNews...(and his many newspapers, magazines, radio station, etc.)....and the whole rest of the rightwingnut/corporatist media&internet echo chamber, created and supported by the likes of the Koch brothers (who brought us the tea party buffoons and are now spending close to a billion dollars, by their own admission, to try to buy the coming Presidential election).

 

And "those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery" is quite obviously Trump, and the many, many other racist Republicans striving for political power by promoting prejudice and discrimination against minorities.

 

In plain words....the current attempts by the ultra-wealthy elites and the big corporations to corrupt and take over our democratic system of government is FACISM.

 

The Danger of American Fascism

- Henry A. Wallace - former Vice President of the United States of America

 

Originally an article in the New York Times, April 9, 1944.

From Henry A. Wallace - Democracy Reborn (New York, 1944), edited by Russell Lord, p. 259.

 

On returning from my trip to the West in February, I received a request from The New York Times to write a piece answering the following questions:

* What is a fascist?

* How many fascists have we?

* How dangerous are they?

 

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. The supreme god of a fascist, to which his ends are directed, may be money or power; may be a race or a class; may be a military, clique or an economic group; or may be a culture, religion, or a political party.

 

The perfect type of fascist throughout recent centuries has been the Prussian Junker, who developed such hatred for other races and such allegiance to a military clique as to make him willing at all times to engage in any degree of deceit and violence necessary to place his culture and race astride the world. In every big nation of the world are at least a few people who have the fascist temperament. Every Jew-baiter, every Catholic hater, is a fascist at heart. The hoodlums who have been desecrating churches, cathedrals and synagogues in some of our larger cities are ripe material for fascist leadership.

 

The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The 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.

 

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.

 

American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information, and those who stand for the K.K.K. type of demagoguery.

 

The European brand of fascism will probably present its most serious postwar threat to us via Latin America. The effect of the war has been to raise the cost of living in most Latin American countries much faster than the wages of labor. The fascists in most Latin American countries tell the people that the reason their wages will not buy as much in the way of goods is because of Yankee imperialism. The fascists in Latin America learn to speak and act like natives. Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States. Following this war, technology will have reached such a point that it will be possible for Germans, using South America as a base, to cause us much more difficulty in World War III than they did in World War II. The military and landowning cliques in many South American countries will find it attractive financially to work with German fascist concerns as well as expedient from the standpoint of temporary power politics.

 

Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.

 

Still another danger is represented by those who, paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare, in their insatiable greed for money and the power which money gives, do not hesitate surreptitiously to evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion. American fascists of this stamp were clandestinely aligned with their German counterparts before the war, and are even now preparing to resume where they left off, after "the present unpleasantness" ceases.

 

The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power. It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice. It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. Likewise, many people whose patriotism is their proudest boast play Hitler's game by retailing distrust of our Allies and by giving currency to snide suspicions without foundation in fact.

 

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They cultivate hate and distrust of both Britain and Russia. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly 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 subjection.

 

Several leaders of industry in this country who have gained a new vision of the meaning of opportunity through co-operation with government have warned the public openly that there are some selfish groups in industry who are willing to jeopardize the structure of American liberty to gain some temporary advantage. We all know the part that the cartels played in bringing Hitler to power, and the rule the giant German trusts have played in Nazi conquests. Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise. In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.

 

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of technology facilitates dictatorship. What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us. The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people. It was Mussolini's vaunted claim that he "made the trains run on time." In the end, however, he brought to the Italian people impoverishment and defeat. It was Hitler's claim that he eliminated all unemployment in Germany. Neither is there unemployment in a prison camp.

 

Democracy to crush fascism internally must demonstrate its capacity to "make the trains run on time." It must develop the ability to keep people fully employed and at the same time balance the budget. It must put human beings first and dollars second. It must appeal to reason and decency and not to violence and deceit. We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels. As long as scientific research and inventive ingenuity outran our ability to devise social mechanisms to raise the living standards of the people, we may expect the liberal potential of the United States to increase. If this liberal potential is properly channeled, we may expect the area of freedom of the United States to increase. The problem is to spend up our rate of social invention in the service of the welfare of all the people.

 

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan. Democracy can win the peace only if it does two things:

* Speeds up the rate of political and economic inventions so that both production and, especially, distribution can match in their power and practical effect on the daily life of the common man the immense and growing volume of scientific research, mechanical invention and management technique.

* Vivifies with the greatest intensity the spiritual processes which are both the foundation and the very essence of democracy.

 

The moral and spiritual aspects of both personal and international relationships have a practical bearing which so-called practical men deny. This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world.

 

Fascism in the postwar inevitably will push steadily for Anglo-Saxon imperialism and eventually for war with Russia. Already American fascists are talking and writing about this conflict and using it as an excuse for their internal hatreds and intolerances toward certain races, creeds and classes.

 

It should also be evident that exhibitions of the native brand of fascism are not confined to any single section, class or religion. Happily, it can be said that as yet fascism has not captured a predominant place in the outlook of any American section, class or religion. It may be encountered in Wall Street, Main Street or Tobacco Road. Some even suspect that they can detect incipient traces of it along the Potomac. It is an infectious disease, and we must all be on our guard against intolerance, bigotry and the pretension of invidious distinction. But if we put our trust in the common sense of common men and "with malice toward none and charity for all" go forward on the great adventure of making political, economic and social democracy a practical reality, we shall not fail.

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Here's an interesting article from three and a half years ago that makes a number of good points that support the OP.

 

From Freedom to Fascism, the Fall of the Republican Party

DailyKos

By CLisle

2012/08/30

When was the last time a Republican Presidential candidate warned the American public against the danger of the military? It hasn't happened in my lifetime, and I'm 48. To actually hear a Republican President warn the American people against the danger that the military poses to a democracy, one has to go search the archives and read, or watch now on youtube, President Eisenhower's Farewell Address given in 1961. As far as I can tell, he is the last Republican President to warn the American people that the growth of the American military posed a threat to our democracy.

 

Here's what he said:

 

"A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction...

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence economic, political, even spiritual is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.

 

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."

- Eisenhower

 

To listen to a conversative Republican President warn his country against the dangers of the military is shocking in today's political climate. No recent US Presidential candidate would dare speak against the United States military in today's political environment. Instead, they all affirm how supportive they are of the United States military. Why? Why not speak against it? That's an important question we must answer. The answer to that question and why candidates can no longer speak out against the military shows a serious change in the United States political environment, and the answer should scare you.

 

What happened between 1961 and now? When did the Republican Presidents stop signing great civil rights documents like the Emancipation Proclamation? When did they stop warning the American people about the danger of the military? When did the Republican Party replace conservative fascist fighting generals like Eisenhower with men like Romney who never fought in a war and are elected based on their ability to run a corporation?

 

Something has obviously changed within the Republican party. If the definition of a "conservative" Republican Presidential candidate no longer includes a war hero President like Eisenhower, who led America's "Greatest Generation" in an all out war against Nazi tyranny, then the Republicans have changed from conservative, but to what? The only thing more "right wing" than a "conservative" like Eisenhower is something much more extreme, like a fascist. The Republican party has now morphed into the very problem President Eisenhower warned and fought against. They have become a fascist party supporting the rise of the "military industrial complex" attacking anyone who opposes it as unpatriotic and attacking the very civil liberties of its own citizens in an undeclared never ending "war on terror " being fought in the United States with warrantless searches, wiretapping, and suspension of habeas corpus.

 

During World War II, when Americans were fighting not one but two fascist states, of Italy and Germany, the the people of the United States were worried about the rise of fascism in our own country. Then Vice President Wallace was asked what is a fascist, how many fascists were in the United States, and how dangerous were they. Here is a link to Wallace and his remarks:

 

The Danger of American Fascism

- Henry A. Wallace - former Vice President of the United States of America

 

In this [article], Wallace was using the classic definition of the word "fascist" - the definition Mussolini had in mind when he claimed to have invented the word. (It was actually Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile who wrote the entry in the Encyclopedia Italiana that said: "Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." Mussolini, however, affixed his name to the entry, and claimed credit for it.)

 

As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

 

There is a noted change in the Republican party between then and now. In 1961, they elected Presidents like President Eisenhower and now nominate Presidential candidates like Romney based on their "business experience." Comparing Eisenhower and Romney is like comparing night and day. Isn't it some kind of philosophical oxymoron that the Republican businessmen don't want the government interferring in business yet want a man to lead the country that has business experience? Maybe, they need men like Eisenhower, who never led a business, whose only experience was leading the business of his country, which is the protection of civil liberties here and abroad. The Republican party has gone from electing fascist fighting conservative generals to men, with no military experience, who are elected based on business credentials. By our own dictionary definition of fascism, the Republicans have gone from "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism." The Republicans have gone from freedom to fascism.

 

In 1961, it was more than President Eisenhower saying "farewell", it was the Republican party saying farewell too. On that night, the Republican party of old, made up on the Greatest Generation, had done its service to the country, spilled its blood, led men into battle fighting fascism and liberating the enslaved peoples from it. On that night, they said "Farewell" to the country, and left us, and their own party, a warning, to beware of the rise of the military. The warning has not been heeded.

 

The last President who fought against this military industrial complex was a democrat, President Clinton. He downsized the military significantly. What was the result? The biggest economic and political boom the United States has experienced since WWII. We had budget surpluses, the dollar was king, and we were the political and economic envy of the world. What do we have now? The largest military the world has ever known, the largest budget deficits the world has ever known, senseless casualties fighting wars which will never end, and the largest security apparatus ever created to fight an unending war against terrorism both here and abroad, but if you speak against it, you won't get elected.

 

Where are the Republicans like Eisenhower when we need them?

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