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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.


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


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

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    “The post is clear that the threat to democracy in this country is …. from those who are intolerant of speech they don’t like and seek to silence that speech.”

    First, mere intolerance of speech, the shouting down of a speaker, is not fascism. Bush wouldn’t allow people to wear t-shirts with dissenting messages into his speeches (or do you consider Bush a fascist?).

    Second, you seem to forget how those of us who opposed the Iraq war were labeled traitors and subjected to very thinly veiled threats of violence (see, e.g., Ann Coulter).

    Third, “loony left”? You’re an attorney and a teacher. Supposedly a learned man and professional. Yet this is the level of your discourse?

    Show us you have the intellectual qualities demanded by our profession. Give us a working definition of fascism which will apply to the fascism we saw in Nazi Germany and in Mussolini’s Italy, and then show us what facts make that definition apply to liberals in the U.S. today.

    This ‘fascism’ thing from the right is mere projection. And your facile invocation of it to tar those whom you find politically unpalatable is both ironic and poorly reasoned.

    The discussion “What is Fascism” is well laid-out in “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg. Other pertinent titles include “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky, and “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William Shirer.

    “Because some forms of fascism resulted in mass murder, does not mean that the term is limited to those situations.”And just because we’ve had the flag and cross for 200 years doesn’t mean they won’t accompany fascism if it arrives someday. Glad you liked my header quote, old man. Have you looked up “tea bagging” in the Urban Dictionary yet?

    Welcome back JBW. Trying to drive some more traffic to your site? And no I didn’t know what the term meant until yesterday, I’m not as sophisticated as you are.

    Facism is NOT the opposite of socialism. it is a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism (like J. Garafalo calling people racist but she’s the racist). Hmmm. Starting to soundly vaguely familiar.

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