I cannot count the number of times I heard liberal professors and liberal writers quote the phrase: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
The phrase is brilliant. There is actually no threat to America of fascism coming from the right. The essence of the American right, after all, is less government; and fascism, by definition, demands ever larger government.
Therefore, if there is a real fascist threat to America, it comes from the left, whose appetite for state power is essentially unlimited. But because the left has so long dominated American intellectual, academic, artistic, and media life, it has succeeded in implanting fear of the right…
The only question is: Will Americans awaken to the increasingly rapid deprivation of their freedoms — not draped in an American flag but draped in tolerance and health?
My two cents
I’ve been looking for a comeback to the aforementioned liberal quote for a while—and now I’ve found it.
I think when people hear of terms like fascism, they tend to think of the execution of rebellious citizens who don’t line up with the hard-line position of a given government. But that’s only one side of the coin. The expanding odour of state power and interference is the other half; in other words, so long as no-one is being put to death (outside of the womb), that becomes a decoy for underhanded interference and ever-stricter controls on living life. Obey the newly-concocted controls, or else.
This machine is continuously lubricated through more tax dollars (followed by more debt).
Prager, D. (2013). Tolerance, Health and Fascism. Available http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/08/27/tolerance_health_and_fascism_119725.html. Last accessed 3rd Feb 2014.