President George Walker Bush, unseated from the Oval Office through the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified shortly after the record four-term presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. The emotions ran high on that cold, January day, as the 43rd President boarded his final flight out of Washington D.C. amid boos and cheers alike, and made way for the 44th President to take his seat in United States history. President Barack Hussein Obama – the first African American President of the United States – took his place along side other executive heads and delivered an emotional inaugural address and a flubbed up oath of office.
Now the error in the oath was not any fault of the President, as a matter of fact it was quite discerning to me that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the interpreter of the Constitution, could not administer the oath properly. The symbolism of the oath being corrected by the President after the error, whether intentional or not, holds an interesting meaning; but this is a topic I will discuss a little later in this series.
So all is now well and good in the United States of America now, right? We have a new leader and now it is time for “change” and “hope” to take over, right? I wish, my friends, I could enjoy and share in the sentiments of the rest of the country and world regarding this new day in American history. I cannot, however, betray the very unsettling feeling I have about Barack Obama for many reasons which I plan to disclose to some extent in this new edition of my 14 Points of Fascism series.
Now, originally the 14 points of fascism was a blue print or a lay out of what every fascist regime in the history of the modern world had been composed of. In 2004, political scientist Dr. Laurence Britt, crafted an essay in the Free Inquiry periodical in 2004. His expertise lie in the study of such regimes as Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Suharto’s Indonesia, and Pinochet’s Chile. I found myself in agreement with the generalized planks defined in the essay and, in 2007, proceeded to compare the given points to the political environment of the United States under Bush. The parallels were frightening, and the study re-enforced my understanding and belief of the path the United States has been taking for several years, if not decades.
Now, with a new president in place, and a highly charismatic and highly adored figure at that, real power can be given to any direction he chooses to push the country in. The warning signals I have received from the now President of the United States, Barack Obama, however, had made the the last three months dreadful to cope with. Much like investors watching the stock market, I had adopted a creed of hoping for the best and anticipating the worst. The stage has been set and the powers centralized and embodied from the original check and balance system to that of a single branch of government. The words of “hope” and “change” have been drilled into the heads of America without any reasonable explanation of what kind of “change” they can expect so long as it is anything but the policies of the original Kaiser, and no concept of how negative and helpless the word “hope” truly is. Again, it is my desire to share in the fervor of this historical time in our nation, however it is my own research and instincts which direct me to believe the only change we will see is a quickened pace towards the now inevitable future of the United States; a centralized, totalitarian fascist state.
Please stay tuned next week as I take on the first two points of the Britt essay and analyze the current political climate against these points.
Point 1 – Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
Point 2 – Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights