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    When Fascism Comes To America, It Will Look Like Tea Party Crashers

    When Fascism Comes To America, It Will Look Like Tea Party Crashers

    Liberals love to quote Sinclair Lewis’ line that “when fascism comes to America, it will be draped in the flag and carrying a cross.” Lewis was wrong. We have had the flag and Christianity for over 200 years, but we have not had fascism.

    To the contrary, when fascism comes to America, it will look something like the reaction to the Tea Parties. I do not mean the lunatic rants of the netroots. That’s fine. Mockery, hyperbole, and distortion are not the exclusive province of any one political party or ideology. I also do not mean counter-protests. That is fine too.

    Fascism is not the exercise of free speech, even offensive free speech. Rather, it is the attempt to silence others through subversion and physical disruption. Think brown shirts in pre-war Germany, and anarchists at almost any world economic meeting. And that is what the Tea Party Crasher phenomenon is all about.

    As detailed by Michelle Malkin and others, various groups (mostly from the left, but also from the right) plan to disrupt the Tea Parties by subterfuge. Pretending to be participants to disrupt. Making inflammatory accusations not to express an opinion, but to get the Tea Parties off course or to create a video-opportunity. Co-opting the Tea Parties for another purpose. Phony ambush “interviews” by people pretending to be journalists merely to elicit a reaction. Conduct on the streets similar to the trolls on the internet, who create havoc for the purpose of creating havoc and disrupting the free speech of others.

    When fascism comes to America, it will not be wrapped in the flag or carrying a cross. It will look like it always has looked: Ugly and intolerant.

    UPDATE: See what I mean?

    UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.

    Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event.

    Here’s the video (h/t Paul Chesser). Things get crazy at the 2 minute mark when protesters take over the podium with a large banner “No One Is Illegal,” and again at the 7 minute mark as the organizers leave. Marching under the banner of “No Human is Illegal,” the students chant “shut it down, no racists in our town.” I didn’t see a single flag or cross.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7naTR5QCxo]

    Here is another video from the hallway outside the room (h/t Gateway Pundit):

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ7vcgQjkDQ]

    UPDATE No. 2: Michelle Malkin has more video and links.

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    Don't you love how the loons are swooping down on conservative websites just as the Tax Day Protests are getting into high gear. Very timely, don't you think?
    Lefties, the professor is right. You are embracing fascist tactics in order to slander a group whose sole purpose is to reign in government spending and keep our economic freedoms alive. It's that simple. What are you so afraid of? Why are you resorting to these tactics of intimidation and slander?

    whatgorilla,
    I'd like to point out that your tactic wouldn't be considered fascist. Getting into the Tea Party mix with your own signs questioning the Tea Party and being honest about what you represent isn't as bad as "pretending" to be a Tea Partier with hateful signs and shouting racial slurs in order to smear and marginalize them in front of the media. That's vicious and intolerant. If liberals actually had a point, they wouldn't have to resort to such tactics. Again, what is the left so afraid of?

    How about stopping the lies? Whenever I see the tea parties I see people screaming antibig govt and no to higher taxes. At one rally someone spoke up and said that 2009 taxes were the lowest in decades for the middle class – and he got booed! Fact – you are paying less taxes than yast year, or the prior at least through 1991. The health care death panel scares, the tax lies, the Obama birther movement – all propaganda to scare the hell out of people, no matter if it's real or not.

    Fascism is defined in several ways, one is as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.

    Don't like government spending? Where were you in 2000-2008 when the national debt went up 4.9 trillion? Where was the tea party when manufacturing jobs went down over 20%. Where were you when the housing market started to collapse in 2005? And to use the term "patriotic" is pathetic. There is nothing patriotic about the tea party – all I see is spoiled children throwing a fit because they broke their toys and things were taken away from them in 2009.

    As one of them bleeding heart libruls you so love to hate, I would like to note that the quote you speak of refers to the grandstanding fundamentalists and attendant plutocrats who would not only establish a socially repressive society but concentrate wealth in the hands of the few. If you look at the statistics, the bottom 50% of society's share of the pie shrunk drastically in 2007. Your precious GOP (don't think for a second the Tea Party is independent) has a member doing very well in his Congress race who wants to reintroduce debtors' prisons.

    I do not think the 'fascism' you saw exhibited by the protestors was 'fascism'. Hapless liberal-arts-major protestor stupidity from the part of the left we more rational liberals would like to disown, perhaps (loud noise? The Tea Party spews it too), but not fascism. No; fascism as it really is is the corporatism and authoritarianism – social conservatism combined with a dangerous intermingling of government and business – that the right seems to be trending toward. Ever heard of Benito Mussolini?

    You're supposed to be a learned individual; I had thought you'd read some polisci. I was apparently wrong about that, silly man.

    ugly and intolerant? Oh, so it will look like Maggie Gallagher. Thanks for the clarification!


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