The language and symbols of an authentic American fascism would, of course, have little to do with the original European models. They would have to be as familiar and reassuring to loyal Americans as the language and symbols of the original fascisms were familiar and reassuring to many Italians and Germans. No swastikas in American fascism, but Stars and Stripes (or Stars and Bars) and Christian crosses. No fascist salute, but mass recitations of the pledge of allegiance. These symbols contain no whiff of fascism in themselves, of course, but an American fascism would transform them into obligatory litmus tests for detecting the internal enemy.
The excerpt is one that Dave uses from historian Robert O. Paxton. One of the commenters gets it. Goldberg’s attempt to render the word fascism either meaningless or just another demonizing epitaph of liberals isn’t new and we should welcome the fact that Goldberg’s drivel has been published. This isn’t the first time the Right has tried to rewrite the history of political thought and actions so closely and justifiably associated with their movement. For instance Neiwert notes that in Goldberg’s revisionism he uses the revisionist history of the right-wing authors of The Pink Swastika, a kind of Holocaust Denial of the persecution of homosexuals. Distorted history layered on top of distorted history all so the Right appears as clean and pure. The Right in Jonah’s version of reality have been the innocent little angels of history who have simply been the victims of bad publicity.
One thing that Goldberg seems to have conveniently ignored is the American Jewish vote. If as Goldberg adamantly claims all liberals are fascists how could he possibly explain the Jewish support of the Democratic Party. The American Jewish Vote
Yet the Jewish vote has remained one of the most solidly Democratic demographics in America. Since the late 1920′s, American Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic in federal elections — and no amount of spin can change that simple fact. (chart at the link, 1972-2004)
Goldberg has by very clear insinuation claimed that the Jewish community of the U.S. is effectively pro-fascist.
This year, Republicans are in the midst of a big internal discussion about how to further curb earmarks, thereby lessening the influence of special interests on the legislative process. That debate is occurring at an event at least partially funded by lobbyists. Capitol Briefing leaves it to his wise readers to decide whether that constitutes irony.
Only Republicans would have a band of lobbyists partially fund an event about corruption and not see the irony.
Third, a dumber army is a weaker army. A study by the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Pentagon and published in 2005, evaluated several factors that affect military performance—experience, training, aptitude, and so forth—and found that aptitude is key. This was true even of basic combat skills, such as shooting straight. Replacing a tank gunner who had scored Category IV with one who’d scored Category IIIA (in the 50th to 64th percentile) improved the chances of hitting a target by 34 percent.
Further evidence that the current level of deployments is not sustainable. If you’re in Iraq or Afghanistan on your third tour do you really want to serve with guys that actually make your job not only more difficult, but more dangerous.
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” S. Johnson