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Donald J. Trump has a strange and unhealthy fascination with the “strength” of those who pummel, terrorize, and kill people. At the Miami Republican debate, he stood by comments in support of the Communist Chinese dictatorship for killing protesters during a “riot,” and he praised the leading killer in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, for being “strong.” Despite these shocking assertions, Trump was seen by some in the media as turning in a respectable or even “presidential” performance. At least he didn’t talk about his body parts or use obscenities.

Once again, according to Trump’s leading media cheerleader, the Drudge Report, the New York businessman won the debate. Drudge said he got 63 percent in an online survey, versus 24 percent for Senator Ted Cruz.

It seemed bizarre to me. But in a matter-of-fact manner, moderator Jake Tapper noted that Trump has been criticized for “praising authoritarian dictators.” He quoted Trump as saying about China’s massacre of pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square, “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it, then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.”

Despite the clear meaning of his words, Trump lamely replied, “That doesn’t mean I was endorsing that.” He added, “I said that is a strong, powerful government that put it down with strength. And then they kept down the riot. It was a horrible thing.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich had the Reaganite response. He said, “I think that the Chinese government butchered those kids. And when that guy stood in front—that young man stood in front of that tank, we ought to build a statue of him over here when he faced down the Chinese government.” He was referring to the famous picture of a pro-democracy demonstrator standing in front of a Chinese tank.

The estimates of the dead in Tiananmen Square range from several hundred to more than 2,000.

President Reagan wasn’t president at the time, but his partner in foreign affairs, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Britain, said she was “appalled by the indiscriminate shooting of unarmed people.” The French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, was quoted as saying that he was “dismayed by the bloody repression” of “an unarmed crowd of demonstrators.”

Today, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is defending the “strong, powerful government that put it down with strength.” At the same time, he’s critical of U.S. allies around the world now facing threats from the Russians, the Chinese and the North Koreans. Trump said, “…we take care of Germany, we take care of Saudi Arabia, we take care of Japan, we take care of South Korea. We take—every time this maniac from North Korea does anything, we immediately send our ships. We get virtually nothing.” It’s a lie, of course. In fact, the South Koreans have a “burden sharing agreement” with the U.S. under which they paid $861 million last year.

Trump seems to have no interest in maintaining America’s strategic alliances, throwing into doubt the survival of tens of millions of people who depend on the United States for their freedom.

Under a President Trump, there could be another domino-theory scenario, with American allies falling like dominoes around the world. In the Middle East, because Trump wants to pursue a strategic alliance with Russia, we are likely to see NATO member Turkey fall to Russian aggression, and the Saudi oil fields would then be a major target of the Russian-Iranian military axis. Israel comes after that.

At the debate, Trump said, “As far as Putin is concerned, I think Putin has been a very strong leader for Russia. I think he has been a lot stronger than our leader, that I can tell you. I mean, for Russia, that doesn’t mean I’m endorsing Putin.” Oh, really? He has defended Putin against charges that the Russian dictator kills people, saying, “we kill a lot of people, too.” He gladly accepted Putin’s support for his candidacy. “When people call you ‘brilliant’ it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” Trump said.

It’s bad enough that he admires “strong” foreign leaders who carry out military aggression and kill their political opponents. His own campaign has now been accused of wrestling a young female reporter named Michelle Fields to the ground and bruising her arm. She worked for Breitbart News, a media organization named for the conservative journalist, Andrew Breitbart, who won the Reed Irvine Journalism Award for confronting the political and media establishments. Ironically, most of the editors and reporters at Breitbart News have been promoting the Donald J. Trump candidacy. They’ve been forced to come to grips with what happened to their own reporter, a development that may or may not cause them to reconsider their support of the New York businessman. After the debate, Trump said he didn’t believe Fields had been manhandled by his staff.

This incident, which was not brought up during the Miami debate, occurred after a protester was sucker punched by a man during a Trump rally. The Trump supporter has been charged with assault and was quoted as saying that, next time, the protester should be killed.

Robert Zubrin, who has written on why the Kremlin is openly backing Trump for U.S. president, told me during a recent interview that “Trump constantly talks about strength. He never talks about liberty.” It is a telling observation. He says Trump is offering America “strong man rule.” He made these comments before the Republican debate in Miami, and the physical confrontations with Fields and the anti-Trump protester. Trump says he does not condone the violence, but he seems to encourage physical confrontations at his rallies. His cult-like followers pledge personal allegiance to him.

In this context, Zubrin noted, Trump re-tweeted a quote from the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The quote was, “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” Trump called it “a very good quote.” Zubrin asserts, “Trump actually imitates the gestures of Mussolini, upturned chin and so forth.” Not willing to hide his opinions, Zubrin believes Trump is a fascist, or a national socialist.

As the incident with Fields demonstrates, it appears that Trump and his campaign want to muscle the press and anybody else who gets in his way. The use of muscle has mostly been unnecessary until now. The Trump campaign has had the media feeding out of their hands. However, Trump has threatened lawsuits against the Cruz campaign and the Club for Growth for running ads. Trump’s lawyers sent a “cease-and-desist” letter demanding that the Cruz campaign take down a campaign ad showing Trump on “Meet the Press” in 1999 saying, “I am pro-choice in every respect,” and adding that he would not ban partial-birth abortion.

In other words, Trump didn’t want the America people to be informed about his own previous positions on this issue. How’s that for someone about to get the nomination of a political party that claims to be for individual freedom and freedom of expression?

In the Fields case, the behavior by the Trump campaign seems to be somewhat similar to the case of Melissa Click, the University of Missouri professor who was fired for blocking a journalist’s access to a left-wing protest. “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click was caught saying. “I need some muscle over here.”

These totalitarian tendencies can be found on the right and left. During the Democratic Party debate with Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refused to disavow his support of the Castro dictatorship. Trump hasn’t said so, but perhaps he, too, respects the Castro brothers for being “strong” leaders like Putin and the Communist Chinese.

Zubrin, the author of Merchants of Despair, noted with concern that Trump has already announced that he wants to “open up” newspapers and other media to lawsuits for saying bad things about political and government officials. Trump says, “One of the things I’m going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we’re certainly leading. I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected.”

Our media are “protected” by the First Amendment, designed to encourage a diversity of voices and hold government accountable.

Zubrin said Trump seems to think “our press is too free,” and that “we don’t have enough lawsuits.”

In fact, without these proposed changes, Trump and others like him can still sue the press, and he has done so.

Trump in the past filed suit against a New York Times reporter who wrote a book that Trump said had misrepresented his net worth. Trump considered this malicious. Trump had demanded $5 billion in damages and spent $1 million in legal fees over a five year period before the case was thrown out. The Washington Post reported that Trump said in an interview that he knew he couldn’t win the case but pursued it anyway just to make the reporter’s life miserable. Trump said he was “happy” about it.

“America does not need a dictator,” Zubrin told me. “That’s one thing we don’t need. So it’s almost beside the point what his positions on the issues are. His ultimate position is he wants to be a strong man backed by a mob.”

And the party of Reagan and Lincoln is about to nominate this guy? It’s no wonder that conservative journalist Fred Barnes predicts that conservatives will launch their own candidate for president if Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination.

America will never be the same. In fact, the country that Ronald and Nancy Reagan loved has already changed in very disturbing ways. Both major political parties seem to be having a fascination with adherents of totalitarian ideologies—Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald J. Trump on the right. Whatever happens to Sanders, he has already pushed Hillary Clinton further to the left. The Democratic Party has already become a vehicle for imposing socialism on the American people.

On the other side, if the Republican Party accepts Trump as its nominee, it may be finished as a major party, as conservatives desert the GOP and regroup under a different banner. It truly is a time for choosing.



Comments

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Fascism is just socialism with a gun. It is a lefty philosophy not a righty.

  • RMThoughts

    American Fascism is forged in a marriage of the Corporate/State that produces this demented offspring, the ruling class that govern us as a monocracy — the rule by one of a criminal class.

    The criminals that infest Washington have nullified our Constitution and abolished the rule of law and mocking legitimate governance. We are government by lawless fascists by any standard dominating both parties.

    Our government legislates ignoring the electorate serving monied interests exclusively, appropriating trillions of dollars of tax payers dollars for corporate handouts and bailouts. Trillions more dollars are spent for regime change and global “police actions” targeting one sovereign independent state after another turning them to rubble. The Third Reich wanted to export their undesirables, while the globalist Fourth Reich wants to destroy the natural citizenry by importing unwanted illegals.

    Power politics always serves the interests of the corporate and banking elites, who control the political process, own the financial capital and manipulate the media viewpoint of events. This reality is pure fascism. We live under this system. . . it is the lamentable truth. You need not look for the Boys from Brazil in Russia to find today’s Nazi’s. They do their business in New York City, run their international institutes from London and order their bombing from Washington, DC. The New World Order is the definition of our national suicide.

  • RMThoughts

    The essence of crony-capitalism is of course the merger of state and corporate power. There are two sets of laws, one for the non-elites and one for cronies,

    Since crony-capitalism is set up to benefit parasitic politicos and their private-sector cartel benefactors, reform is impossible – the essence of crony-capitalism is the merger of state and corporate power–the definition of fascism.

    When it comes to the real world, the difference between fascism, communism and crony-capitalism is semantic. Let’s start with everyone’s favorite hot-word, fascism, which Italian dictator Benito Mussolini defined as “the merger of state and corporate power.” In other words, the state and corporate cartels are one system.

  • RUexperienced

    Never Trump.

  • Goldcoaster

    Maybe I expect too much. I expect people to know more about our reality than they actually do. It’s so frustrating. So allow me to explain.

    We already have fascism. Fascism, according to the quintessential fascist Mussolini himself, is the marriage of State and Corporate power. This we have now, and yet many do not see it. They do not know it because it is masked, masked because we are distracted.

    The fascists are the 1%. The elite, the plutocracy, the super wealthy. They own the corporations. They have virtually unlimited resources to affect their distractions (The mainstream media, Think Tanks, Foundations, special interest groups like Moveon.org, SPLC, Left/Right, they support them
    all).

    What do the fascists want? They want money and power. They want cheap labor. And they want a divided population. They want a divided
    population squabbling amongst themselves – continuously – so that the people are distracted away from the fact that the 1% own everything and the
    corporations get everything their way.

    So all of the jobs have been shipped overseas for the last 40 years to source cheap labor. Our middle class shrinks. The 1% get richer. And we are divided and distracted. It is the perfect strategy, honed over many years and brilliantly implemented. They employ techniques taken from many sources.
    Communism (give them just enough to keep them happy ie Obamacare), Edward Bernays (propaganda) Saul Alinsky (revolutionary tactics)……

    Obama was the perfect distraction. Hope and Change, the man of the People. A black man. Give the people what they want and they think they have won. They have won nothing. No jobs came back. The rich got richer, and the corporations are getting their Transpacific Trade Partnership.
    Obama is The Establishment, plain and simple. And he fooled everyone. Brilliantly. (Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. Written by the radical Left. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1849351104/counterpunchmaga.)

    The people were distracted with talk of gay marriage, abortion rights, BLM, Obamacare and rights for illegal immigrants. These special interest group issues are all that anyone talked about, and they dominated the headlines. And yet they are issues that affect only small percentages of our population. The Big Issues were conveniently never discussed.

    Now Trump is being labelled the fascist. This is classic Alinsky. You, the fascist, get useful idiots to call your opponent – who is calling you out on shipping all of the jobs overseas – a fascist, thereby distracting from
    the fact. And you get the Left to do it. Brilliant.

    You also play the race card, that old Alinsky ace in the hole. This riles up the minority base to do your bidding, at their own expense. Bringing the jobs back would help everyone, minorities included, but would hurt your corporate profits. And they are too short sighted and emotional to understand. Brilliant.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Now as more people are seeing who and what Trump really is, It is too bad the other candidates did not get on board with Rubio from the start when Rubio was taking on Trump re the issues and the other candidates from the start afraid of Trump hid, and the worse, Ted Cruz who made nice with Trump through the early debates.
    It is hypocritical for Cruz and Kasich to now speak out against Trump when they had their chance from the get go.

    Worse yet, Trump does not have a clue about National Security and Foreign Affairs.
    The other weak link in Cruz who has voted with Democrats against NSA

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The New World Order is communism, not fascism. Most corporations support a leftist causes.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    We are moving towards communism, not fascism.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    They are all on the far left of the spectrum. Communists were at odds with German fascists because communists believe in world conquest and Germany was nationalist in scope. We are headed toward communism not fascism.

  • terry1956

    I’m wondering if Ben Carson is right about Trump, giving the above quote if that is all that was said then Trump did say what the Chicoms did was horrible and yes it did show power, yes the evil use of power and in the long run a self destructive use of power but still a use of power.
    Except for the numbers did the Chinese communist party leaders actually do worse on the square than what Bill Clinton did in Waco.
    If there were only adults in the square then what Bill Clinton did maybe was worse and he still can be prosecuted in the state of Texas for the mass murder of those kids, maybe Hillary can also.
    Actually what the Chicoms did in the past and still does today is worse than what they did on the square.
    Durning Maos time hunger got so bad that cannibalism became common not only of those already dead but people would kill other people to eat them.
    Today they kill people to harvest their body parts but that is done ” legally” in the US as well since organs can not be transferred from a dead person. Tissue can be transplanted from a dead person, a paired organ can be transplanted from a live human and the donor live afterwards but a non paired organ must be taken from a living human then they die after the transplant and often because of the transplant.
    The body parts of a older teen or young adult is worth well over 1 million dollars per person to the transplant industry.
    The Chicoms also kill over 18 million babies in China every year through abortion with 1 million without the consent of the mother.

  • terry1956

    Socialism is the government owning the means of production and International Socialism is a world central government owning the means of production.
    Fascism allows for private ownership at least on paper but the government is still the defacto owner.
    Corporate Roundtable centralization has a few large private corporations controlling the means of production via a consensus of the Roundtable of the leaders of those few corporations.
    All 3 of those systems are Un American.
    While I still don’t trust Trump and still wonder if he is the type of leader than Hayek warned us about in Chapter 10 ( Why the Worst Get on Top) in the Road To Serfdom much of the press against him and some of the words against him by his GOP rivals including to my surprise Ted Cruz is out of line.
    I actually agreed with Cruz on more things than any of those who ran this year including Ben Carson but I voted for Carson because he is the most honest of any of them and I still think he is even with his endorsement of Trump although to some degree I suspect Trump is pulling the wool over Carson’s eyes.
    Trump is more right than any of them on foreign trade but still so wrong because he still does not get that foreign trade authority belongs to congress not to the president which likely would make the Constitution Party nominee the best choice for president since their Platform on Tariffs and federal taxes is both constitutional and rational but of course under the current system of winner take all electoral votes in the states a third party can not win the president seat.
    Still the Constitution party is the best choice for many local and state races and maybe a small number of US House districts plus a Republican running for the US House or US Senate still can adopt the Constitution Party platform while still having the R and possible in some districts or a state a D beside their name on the ballot .
    So I encourage people to look over the platform of the Constitution party at their website
    constitutionparty.org

  • terry1956

    Both are very bad but I think most of the post constitutional thinking political class in DC ( the real ruling class in the US) has come to favor fascism over socialism, the same in the EU and Japan being that under fascism the political class still has the private sector to use as a scape goat when things go wrong and things usually go wrong with central planning.
    With Socialism the political class gets the blame when things go wrong.
    Also Fascism is a bit more efficient than Socialism and ROI tends to be better so the Individual political class members tend to do better and the Bureaucrats at the top do also.
    The US Congress is in ways similar to the Chinese Communist Party in that it favors a mixed system and those two groups are in competition to rule the world as well as in competition with the trots ( and other international socialist ) like Bernie Sanders and in competition with the international fascist like the Clintons and Obama, in competition with the Muslim Brotherhood, Putin and the International Chamber of Commerce/Business Roundtable.
    If any of the above wins the game to rule the world and I don’t think any group or individual human will ever reach that goal then the likely winner will be the ICC with its Roundtable consensus rule by a few top corporate leaders but I doubt it would even last 10 years because any system of central planning will fail over time and even in a shorter time than if a one world central government had been successfully established after WW 2.

  • terry1956

    Facism is leftist also, as well as Communism,NAZISM and Corporate Roundtable rule, rule by kings and dictators.
    No not on the Continental Europe scale but on the Americanism scale which the John Birch Society explains in a good video on Americanism.
    Americanism being the proper role and amount of government is in the center, Anarchy or no government is on the right.
    Government by one or a few is on the left but since Anarchy can never last but a very short time then the left steps in to fill the vacuum .
    overviewofamerica.com
    On some things I disagree with the JBS and sometimes their conspiracy theories go to far out ( although not near as bad as Alex Jones) but often they have good points and the above Video is a good case for the superiority( often called exceptionalism) of Americanism .

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    There were corporations in the Soviet Union.

    G Edward Griffin: “From your personal experience, what is the difference between life under Communism and life in the United States?”

    Bezmenov: “Well, life is obviously very much different for [the] simple reason that the Soviet Union is state capitalist economically. It’s a state capitalism, where an individual has absolutely no rights, no value; his life is nothing; it’s just like an insect. He is disposable.”

    — Interview with Yuri Bezmenov

  • RMThoughts

    Just like Democrat and Republican is two side of the same Uniparty coin. Fascism and Communism are two way to serve egalitarian revolutionary socialism.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd
  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Socialism is the goal, I agree.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The left is saying that the trend in marketing is toward collectivism:
    https://youtu.be/XcHfAOTY4Vk

  • terry1956

    Nazism means National Socialist Party so at least in name the NAZIS were Socialist not Fascist while Mussolini was a fascist in at least name but in actual practice both had a totalitarian mix of socialism and fascism.
    Both also wanted to rule the world as did theMiltary rulers in Japan, the Communist Party rulers in the Soviet Union and Putin today, as Mao did and the Chinese Communist Party today, as does the EU leadership today, the UN leadership today and the US Congressional leadership today, as does the International Chamber of Commerce which the US Chamber is a member.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I’m well aware of that Nazi is socialist. The communist party stated in 1936 that “Dictatorship can be established only by a victory of socialism in different countries or groups of countries, after which there would be federal unions of the various groupings of these socialist countries, and the third stage would be an amalgamation of these regional federal unions into a world union of socialist nations.” European Union, African Union, South American Union, etc. You call it a roundtable, but it is the hegelian-dialectic consensus process, also known as a soviet council form of government, that is bringing about world government. Few noticed, but the occupy movement was governed by little soviet councils, or dialectic process. It is being facilitated by those who envision collectivism. Education declared the future to belong to collectivism, in the 1920’s.

  • terry1956

    Collectivism is bad but what they really want on the left which includes Fascist and NAzis is total control by a few rulers with even a competition between the individuals for that one ring or in other words the individuals want to share no power with anyone.
    Most on the far left socialist and fascist are just useful idiots to the few elites or the vanguard.
    Technocracy is another movement to dominate the world by the few and each of the competitors including the US Congress is trying to use that for top/ down domination of what they consider the masses and also their competitors in the power play.
    Population reduction is also part of their plan being that they think that will give them a much better change of living forever as Transhumans.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Well if you believe the bible — which I do — it will be one ruler with ten kings or rulers under the the Antichrist. (Regional Unions) Norman Dodd’s Investigation of Tax Free Foundations is a great example of how the people in the stratosphere go on unscathed, while the people fight amongst themselves at ground level. A few years back an Internet of Things boasted that everything would be hooked up to the internet including people. They have scrubbed that information since. That’s on schedule for completion in the mid 2020’s. I study marxist ideology, all of the NWO is based on marxist ideology and satanism, it really does not point to fascism, when you understand the drivers, social psychology, dialectic process, etc. Corporations embrace gay marriage because of the communist party, not because of fascism.

  • Your full of bull….

  • The USA is not a democracy. We are a republic- a ruling party controls everything- republicans..

  • Roy F Wilt

    Damn!!!! Hate STUPID People!!!!The Author has no idea as to what he is talking about!!!! Fascism and Socialism are both Left!

  • Jerry

    Trump is a Republican, Your calling him that because You don’t have your claws into him. GO TRUMP! OHIO VOTE TRUMP!!!BRING OUR JOBS BACK!!!!

  • Jerry

    But are Republicans really Republicans???? More Progressive???

  • John Hicks

    Stupid left hit piece!

  • Robert DeLong

    This is total utter Bull Poop. Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich are for open borders to enrich their wealthy benefactors, period. Cliff Kincaid you are a poser. I will be canceling my subscription because of you. Accuracy in Media my foot. Nothing but bootlickers for the GOPe.

  • D. G. Williams

    Many of the most wealthy in this country are Democrats. Cruz and Rubio are against open borders. The Clintons are very wealthy people and belong to a very elite group of Americans. Where are you getting your information? Go ahead and cancel your subscriptions because evidently you are not learning anything from reading them.

  • Ted

    Either one might prove more amenable than the “New Feudalism” (Rule of the FatCats) that’s been developing here since the Reagan administration.

    Of course, the foppish GOPs in the congress over the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama administrations … with DEM assistance … have done everything they could to feed those FatCats … while slowly stealing away economic and political power from all of us serfs-to-be!

    Go Trump!

    Go Sanders!

  • Douglas Mayfield

    Whatever one thinks of Trump, his success so far should be laid at the feet of the top of GOP hierarchy.
    That is, voters are angry at the cowardly, mealy mouthed, ‘me too’ semi-socialist RINOs, who, having been presented with majorities in both houses of Congress, have not done one damned thing to oppose the socialist and nihilist, who also embraces of Islam, Obama.
    That anger has produced the Trump phenomenon on the right while angry Left wing voters are ‘feeling the Bern’.
    But anger is not a source of good political insight. Trump may win the nomination and the election, but if he does, I don’t expect anything from him other than he will do less damage to America than would either of the Democrats.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The communist Americans don’t want their welfare to end – These lobbies are going nuts and protesting the heck out of it – Trump isn’t like George Soros and the Democratic Party – Theirs no comparison – Soros will destroy your economy and your entire government and is known as an economic war criminal around the world ! Soros wants America to become subservient to international bodies and spends millions on causes like the legalization of hard line drugs. With comments like ” I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of my self-importance” I take it he doesn’t have a self image problem. He thinks he’s —to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god – I mean come on – or should I denote the main backer of Move On, The hedge fund operator’s net worth rose from about $9 billion before President Obama took office to over $24 billion today. To the betterment of America ? I think not ! Come on – Trump isn’t any thing like the Democratic Party – He’ll probably donate his Presidential Salary to some Child Charity ! With all the Democratic Party’s Jew hating crap that keeps rolling out of their mouth , I should point out that their Chief Lobby is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry. Maybe it was his idea to give Iran a Nuke –

  • Steven Barrett

    My late father, who was a career AF officer told me the incoming Ford Administration and Richard Nixon’s closest advisors did a remarkable job in making sure the transfer of power at the nadir of the Watergate scandal went as peacefully as it did minus any steps taken by the Pentagon to “secure” things “in the meantime.”
    I’ll never forget his words, and he was by no means any buyer of “conspiracy theories,” but a seasoned observer of Cold War realities, — when he said flat out, “If the Soviets thought for a second that we allowed a coup to occur in Washington, they’d immediately be preparing for all out war.”
    And he couldn’t blame them because as Lincoln put it, we are the “last best hope on earth,” and if we allowed our rightist-militarist kook factions, right out of the book “Seven Days in May” stripe take over … who could blame them for taking us out in a preemptive first strike?
    I realize most readers of this forum will think I’ve lost my bearings, reading too many conspiracy novels (trust me … LOL, I don’t have time nor patience for bad lit), but for the moment, put yourselves in the Politburo’s box, not really knowing what you’d be facing in a once solid democratic-republican and most importantly, civilian-led chief rival that suddenly became a military dictatorship. Not even the Soviet Union was a military dictatorship then. Even Def. Minister Ustinov, the big man next to Brezhnev at all the parades in Red Square was a civilian, as was Sec. Brezhnev. The Soviet leaders certainly had more leeway to exercise their levers of military power than our elected civilian leaders, but one thing our respective civilian leaders had in common then, they couldn’t just willy nilly decide to “knock off” other countries, much a less a nuclear super power.
    I hate to even conjure up what kind of harebrained ideas and fears a Trump administration would drum up and use to the entire world’s greatest and most fatal disadvantage. This grossly ill-informed and mentally unstable amateur has no place in the Oval Office. He’s far too damned dangerous for all of us to ignore at our peril.
    And as for any attempt to make even the slightest comparison between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump … this is really beyond the foul lines.

  • Maria-Erlinda Martinez

    This is a piece of insanity and malarkey never seen before in Cliff Kincaid’s routinely excellent writings.

    FIRST, fascism is just one form of socialism as enormously clear Friedrich A. Hayek exposed in in his seminal “Memo”…and as Joseph Goebbels lays it out in the section “Why Are We Socialists?” of his piece sarcastically titled “Those Damned Nazis”…and as Benito Mussolini’s Marxist militancy confirms it before founding the Italian Fascist Party. Fascism is nationalistic socialism; the other main forms of socialism (e.g., social-“democracy”, “democratic”-socialism, and Marxism) are internationalist socialism. In fascism there is mixture of government CO-ownership, coziness with, and tight control of SELECT ways and SELECT means of SELECT production and SELECT distribution of SELECT goods and SELECT services in society (this is the Corporatist face of fascism, which deceivers and ignoramuses –maliciously the former, idiotically the latter– call “crony capitalism”, a term introduced by a Time Magazine columnist in the early 1980s. In social-“democracy” the same recipe is applied, only that now CO-ownership changes to FULL-ownership, with SELECTIVITY staying. Then in “democratic” socialism, the SELECTIVE characteristic change to ALL; that is in “democratic” socialism, government FULLY owns ALL the ways and ALL the means of ALL the production and ALL the distribution of ALL the goods and ALL the services in society. In fascism (ditto in Marxism-proper), the path to gaining overall power in society can be either peaceful or violently (i.e., “either ballots or bullets”)…or via a combination of the two. In social-“democracy” and in “democratic”-socialism the path to gaining overall power is strictly peaceful, via the ballot.

    SECOND, despite deceitfully claiming to be a “democratic”-socialist, Sanders is not such and he is not even a vintage socialist, he is a Marxist, that is, an authentic Marxist socialist –i.e., classless, internationalist, and a mere steppingstone toward what Marx called “the ultimate aim”, i.e., Marxist.

    THIRD, now that he has dropped his idiotic babbling in support of “Universal healthcare” (a cute name for socialized medicine), Trump has nothing of socialism. He doesn’t show any sign of sympathy for corporatism, but show dangerous signs of plutocratism (e.g., his “wonderful people”, i.e., billionaire buddies, such as his Carl Icahn) and authoritarianism (e.g.,., rhetorical flirtations with using “executive action”, i.e., the grossly unconstitutional dictates by Obama — his silly babbling, lauding “strong leaders”), although in several occasions (not many enough, though) he has explicitly offered to SERVE the people.

    Yes, Trump is a risk, but Hillary (a Leninist of the Cultural Communism strain) and Sanders (a Marxist proper) are much more of a danger.

    Kasich is a status quo android.

    Rubio is a sorry demagogue that defrauded his constituency when, once enthroned in the U.S. Senate, he went back to advocating amnesty for illegal aliens, and, to such effect, shacking up with the infamous Gang of Eight.

    Cruz gives the impression of being of the “read-my-lips” genre; that tells it all.

    And no one of the three shows the fire in the belly needed to dismantle entirely the product of Obama’s maliciously anti-American malfeasance and the product of DECADES of DemocRAT malfeasance, and at the same time Making America Great Again.

    Although Trump stupidly attributes all that malicious DemocRAT malfeasance to pubertal “incompetence” –dangerously dismissing the hardcore-Left ideological real motivation of the DemocRAT Party– he seems to have the guts to slash it for good.

    And then you have the despicable behavior of Cruz, Rubio and Kasich of abominably siding with the traitorous DemocRAT Party, the RINOs and the establishment REPUGNicans futilely attempting to justify the physical attacks on Trump and his supporters by the DemocRAT’s street attack-mastiffs.

    As for Trump’s intentions to “…open up our libel laws…”, suing for libel is lawful; left it to the courts of law (which must be properly sanitized) to judge the merit or demerit of the case.

    Yes, the First Amendment “…is designed to encourage a diversity of voices and hold government accountable…” but it is not designed to purposely and malevolently promote the destruction of the democracy that spawned the First Amendment in the first place, for the vast majority of the mass-communication media are in the hands of ideologues that agree with monsters like Lenin, who explicitly preached that the only role of his followers in democracy consists of arduously “laboring” for the destruction of democracy itself from within.

    “America does not need a dictator,” Zubrin told Kincaid, referring to Trump’s PROBABLE behavior at the presidency; and anyone of us, Trump supporters fiercely agree on that. But Zubrin said nothing of that order to Kincaid, in reference to Obama’s CONFIRMED dictatorial (e.g., his use of pen and phone, and his unconstitutional “executive action” dictates) and tyrannical (e.g., unleashing the IRS, the DEA, the ATF, the EPA, the FBI, the DOJ, etc. upon GRASSROOTS-conservatives, particularly if adhered to the Tea Party MOVEMENT, but not bothering elitist-conservatives, RINOs, establishment-Republicans or libertarians). And no word from Zubrin about Obma’s outrageous divisive, and thuggish behavior from the White House.

    As for Fred Barnes, he is a despicable elitist-conservative, a sorry girondist, hence full of disdain, and most likely hatred as well, for us, GRASSROOTS-conservatives, particularly those among us adhered to the Tea Party MOVEMENT.

    FOURTH, it was Rubio who started making belittling comments on Trump’s genitalia; Trump only recoiled in kind to Rubio. No suggestion from Kincaid that Joseph Biden is not presidential because of his potty-mouth. Biden is the VP, and if the grim reaper comes visiting upon Obama, Biden will be Prez. Regarding Trump, a sewage-mouthed president is much more preferable than any in the Hillary, Sanders, Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz sour “salad”. Were not (and aren’t still some among) Bush (Dubya), Carter, Clinton, Johnson (JBL), Nixon, Obama and Truman known for infuriating Miss Manners with their potty-mouth tirades?

    FIFTH,Trump has spent decades RULING over his legitimately companies, he already tasted to satiation and overindulgence absolute power, so there is a non-zero probability that now he may have an urge –patriotic, we must make sure it is– to serve, in this case, to serve us, We the People.

    Why not instead of attempting to destroy the prospect he offers (objectively better than the one offered by any of the HSRKC sour salad) we grassroots-conservatives play Pygmalion and make out of that piece of good marble –Trump, the mostly businessman– an exquisitely sculpted Galateo (male for Galatea LOL)? Of course, without the infatuation, but with a vigilant hawk-eye making sure we understand that, as the human being he is, logically he will have failures now and then. Our task will consist of making sure that such failures are minimal and not that consequent.

    His former personal butler Tony Senecal left completely reeling in deep confoundedness that DemocRAT operative laundry-moneyed via CNN’s payroll named Carol Costello, when this harpy of a “journalist” attempted to bait Senecal into a kiss-and-tell trap trashing his former boss, and instead Sencal didn’t have enough words to praise the human and the America-loving patriot in Trump. Kincaid knows that.

    The truth is that there are very plausible indications that Trump is very good timber to deliver to us, We the People, utmost servantship and utmost statesmanship. (dismiss that so touted in America hara-kiri contraption called “leadership” whereby our public SERVANTS en up being our masters; Benjamin Franklin saw the danged when advising: “In free countries, government officials are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns.”

    Grassroots influence already made Trump:

    — Back off from his idiotic offer to “get along with the DemocRATS”

    — Metamorphose from advocating “Universal Healthcare” (the fellow, not knowing that that is just a deceptively “cute” name for socialized medicine, given the generalized utter ignorance in regard to hardcore-Left ideology/creed/praxis in America) to vowing to dismantle Obamacare, and instead vowing to propose legislation for something vaguely “better”. CAUTION: We must make sure that such “something vaguely better” is not Universal Healthcare, but something similar to what Milton Friedman’s Chicago Boys installed so successfully in Chile in the early 1980s, and still running very successfully:, privately owned savings/investment/healthcare/retirement accounts managed by free-enterprise managing entities where the contributors constitute more than 2/3 of the boards of directors.

    Yes, we still have more Pygmalion-work to do on him; we must make him move away from:

    — His atavistic hiccups of authoritarianism and plutocratism
    — His idiotic ostrich-head-buried-in-the-sand isolationism
    — His lack of understanding of the geopolitics around America’s genuine and fair national interests at the table of nations
    — His ignorance regarding Pax Americana, the utmost beneficial tool for peace and harmony abroad, to help prevent physical aggression upon us
    — His smoldering ambers of support for Planned Murderhood
    — His attributing to “incompetence” the hardcore-Left ideology/creed/praxis based malicious and premeditated malfeasance of the DemocRATs

    Again, he very much seems to be very good raw material, but we must follow Reagan’s commonsense advice: “Trust but verify”; we must hold Trump’s feet to the fire, holding him “gently” by the testes, with gloves clad in barbwire…so as to keep him firmly in line.

  • John Cunningham

    I used to say the only thing that kept Socialism from turning into Communism was the USA. I still believe that but, not sure it applies today. Barack Obama, with a little help from the Republican Senate and the second half of the Bush Administration has kind of set us back a bit. Barack Obama took full advantage and, is just waiting for the big explosion. Now, that is my view and I am entitled to it.

  • cargosquid

    WELL SAID…..very well said.

  • J. Glenn Hanson

    The guy in the White House is a fascist like few others, acting as a figurehead while his hench(wo)men take over GM and sell Chrysler to the Communist Fiat (Ford was already socialist) and deal brazenly with GE, Microsoft, Comcast (NBC), Berkshire, New York Times, etc. These same fascists, including Obama, also hate Jews.

  • GrimmTale

    Nah…makes a better fairy-tale which the lefty’s gobble-up if it’s spun toward Trump …notice it’s ONLY Trump – not Cruz or Markie. People who believe this drivel deserve to have miserable lives. It’s just that they try so damn hard to take the rest of us down with them. If they can’t be happy in their misery …well damn-it – make someone miserable in their self-crafted misery instead.
    To them, it’s all very logical. And if you don’t believe them, they will MAKE YOU BELIEVE THEM …got it? {{ pffft }}
    Hang in there though …stupid people always end-up alone in the end.

  • GrimmTale

    A+. Thank you for taking the time to write what you did.
    I too believe Trump is not the be-all-end-all for America and this country’s true Patriots. I do believe that with Trump, and the points you’ve made, he is a very very good start at reclaiming our potential to BECOME something great, and finally the potential to bring America back to where she once was Constitutionally, and move us forward as a FOR THE PEOPLE nation. I have confidence in most of our citizens, but have confidence in none of our government to turn this country back over to the people where it belongs. Trump may be the guy to catapult this country’s people into a prosperous future, a future created by the people! For too many years, citizens have relied on the govt to DO for THEM, resulting in failure for both. For our sake, I cannot give up hope, but I will not turn a blind-eye and wait for “him” to do it all. It is up to all of us to make it happen, Trump would just be there to make sure we have the means to fight for it. As our govt should have been doing in the first place – give the people the reins, but make sure the horses are safe and rested for the people to ride upon.

  • Trump is a highly skilled demagogue with fake hear. Trump is NOT the Republican ready to be president and commander in chief. Trump is essentially a political chameleon, if this was 2008, he’d be running as a
    liberal democrat and we wouldn’t hear one word about illegal immigration. Trump is a cynical, genius marketer who knows which buttons to push to get the most ratings, and that’s about all he has to offer. Trump could be a disaster! He never criticized Putin. Russia is a Military Fascist Dictatorship. Soviet expansion should not be tolerated by the free world, period. Trump wants to be Putin’s friend. Stalin wanted to be Hitler’s friend as well. Remember how that worked out??? Trump is not the people’s choice. He’s the choice of the blind, the desperate, the lazy, the uneducated, those that are out of touch. You people would NEVER give a pass like this to Hillary or Obama. So why are you giving this guy a pass??? He WANTS UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE! He says American workers make too much money! Trump
    writes in his book: “I play on people’s fantasies, it’s a great way of
    promotion.” Trump supporters wake up! Trump voted for Clinton twice and for
    Obama twice. Trump is a TROJAN HORSE. He is often more liberal than even Hillary Clinton. Trump pulls his calls for tariffs straight out of Bernie
    Sanders’ playbook. He is Obama of this race, political chameleon.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    You Say that – Zubrin said Trump seems to think “our press is too free,” and that “we don’t have enough lawsuits They were accusing Trump of being a tax evader ! That’s a pretty substantial allegation.
    But I think most poor people would agree with Trump. Why should the community MPA’s , Secret Societies , Corporations , Political Parties and government be allowed to run programs of felony extortion against our citizens so they can benefit socially and financially through a political system that dictates the social order. Their just character assassinations for social gains and frequently have nothing to do with the truth or that persons character.
    If one of their communist members embeds a ridiculous rumor about you it becomes their reality no matter how false it is and once it’s collected and processed to the FBI’s Buddy System it becomes a life long political attack. It’s the same process used in Communist Red China and by the Soviets and you have no way to respond to it or police it because no one has a file on you. They all just have these crazy stories that their using for a purpose to deny you the right of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness through a process of malicious prosecution. It’s the biggest violation of the sixth Amendment and the due process clause which acts as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the Government outside the sanction of law.

  • snowshooze

    Rather amusing.

  • missieb2000

    Had to find an ‘ism’ for Trump, didn’t you? Never mind that you are erroneous. Catchy title is enough, I guess

  • RMThoughts

    All the GOPe and their pundits can talk about is overthrowing the will of the GOP voters who have clearly chosen front-runner Trump. The ruling class GOPe Facistist conspires to installed their own crony at the convention and the pundits applaud and tell us to be careful with the Democrat fascist and Trump is a fascist. What is wrong with this picture.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/16/we-choose-the-nominee-not-the-voters-senior-gop-official.html

  • Rightatcha

    You are so right in recognizing this. There is either Collective misery or Individual Freedom!

  • Fran Joseph

    Endless argument over whether we have fascism or oligarchy or anything else is distraction, after a point. We can agree on its impact. I see that through many of the thread entries. Let’s do the truly revolutionary thing and come together and find a way to change things for the betterment of the citizenry of the USA and the world.