"Fair and balanced" means sucking up to the proper side.
Along with the whole crew of corrupt mess of people that go from government to lobbying and back and forth.
I have posted this article before, but it needs reposting. Each element accurately describes the Republican Party as a Fascist organization dedicated to Fascist principles.
Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism ("Fascism Anyone?," Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt is in accordance with the magazine's policy.
The 14 characteristics are:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.
6. Controlled Mass Media
Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed .
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Copyright © 2003 Free Inquiry magazine
Reprinted for Fair Use Only.
This article was based upon the article "The Hallmarks of Fascist Regime" by Skip Stone, at www.hippy.com/php/article-226.html.
Fascism. Pure, undiluted, unmitigated authoritarian Fascism.
Timothy Snyder's book On Tyranny should be required reading for all DUers, IMHO. available here. It's happening in America, my friends. It MUST be stopped! Republikans do NOT want to govern--they want to RULE.
Its clear that most GOP (especially Ryan, Mcturtle) are corrupt and implicated.
Maybe they should all plead guilty and beg for mercy, and take their licks.
Put it all out there.
Do the time.
Voter suppression, gerrymandering, promoting hatred, lying, stealing from the poor to grease palms of rich donors.
GOP clearly does not represent America. They will do anything to hide and continue their criminal destruction of democracy.
And they are aided by their enablers. They do way more harm than good for society.
In my mind.
Millions got insurance because of Obamacare.
It wasn't perfect but for 10 million people it made their lives better.
I Hate Them
Also, there is no god, but if you are religious feel free to invoke him/her/it.
I will move heaven and earth to throw these f&uckers out of every office they inhabit. I used to want to be a wealthy investment guru. Now I want to go into demolition work. I want to be the guy who pushes the plunger to demolish the GOPee headquarters--with the last two living GOPhers trapped inside. Then I want to do bulldozer work--to push the whole flaming fetid wreckage of the GOPee into the deepest hole mankind has ever dug, and fill it in.
but they are far worse than anyone could have imagined.
Nixon's "Southern Strategy" is still practiced by them today, and it extends far beyond the South. They appeal to every bigot, hater and know-nothing in America.
But beyond that, their "policies" are to take away the social safety net and "make everyone responsible for themselves." They claim to believe that no Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or any kind of government benefit is necessary. In reality, they believe no such thing. They're there to make wealthy donors and themselves wealthier. And their government health care plans are gold plated. They don't give a rat's ass if thousands, or perhaps millions of Americans die because of their "policies." After all, you've got to thin the herd from time to time.
Any rational person who votes for a Republican is playing Russian roulette with their own well being. Today's Republican Party is a disease and their demise cannot come come about quickly enough.
I always quote this passage from the book, which I think is the actual philosophical core of it:
And today on my twitter feed, there was this excellent and terrifying thread about how the GOP has become a sociopathic party obsessed with maintaining power and shaming or discrediting anyone who dares disagree with them:
Please check out the entire (very long) thread:
Repub voter who is well-informed?
They do not read pertinent news, but only right wing propaganda. They do not get their news from several sources either.
... the rest of republicans