I mentioned the trend in 2004: of 14 defining characteristics of fascism, the U.S. of part of A. was exhibiting 10 outright and 3 were at the tipping point. It's gotten worse.
Back then, the murderous moron was president, product of two stolen elections. (Facts are facts: both elections were stolen by Republicans in outright fraud. Deal with it...although We haven't, really). The murderous moron and his hyena cabal are gone, but is the slide into fascism reversed under Barack "Hope, I Offered" Obama?
--Corporations are now people--PEOPLE--with a """right""" to free speech meaning that these non-men/non-women can spend as much money as they freaking please to support political candidates. This even though bribery is legal in the form of """lobbying.""" What it does is allow corporations--"""people"""--to outright buy political control of the government and use the media to further their control of the government, a pattern the fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini would easily recognize as the path to fascism.
These corporations are many of the same entities that received trillions of dollars in """necessary""" bailouts, most of it going to rich corporate executives and yet to be recovered, but citizens were barely helped by """economic recovery""" programs that basically amounted to "Hang on while We watch the rest of the world recover faster." Makes sense: bought politicians used Our money to enrich """people""" who will buy them again, while "The People" got screwed.
--Military tribunals and "secret courts" now have the power to arrest, incarcerate and keep imprisoned ANYBODY they fucking choose--WITHOUT a warrant, WITHOUT due process, WITHOUT explanation, WITHOUT public evidence and WITHOUT guaranteeing that the person will ever emerge alive. That's right: the military and "secret agencies" have the legal power now to kill your ass, on U.S. of part of A. soil or wherever, merely on """suspicion"""...and never have to really explain what if anything you were under suspicion for.
--Along those lines, the use of military force against the citizens--the posse comitatus concept--has been struck down. The military forces your taxes pay for are now free to pound you into the dust if someone in power decides to unleash them in your neighborhood, not because of some natural disaster (the traditional "safety" role of the military), but because someone declares a """terrorist""" situation or """other condition."""
--If you are deemed an "ally" or "abetter" of terrorism, you can be killed. Legally. Without a trial. And if (when) the government makes a mistake and waxes a U.S. of part of A. citizen who was actually innocent, the family gets shit, for the president can decide where the trial is held, whether it will be a federal court (citizen's-based process) or military tribunal (kangaroos be hopping process). What this means is that the government is now above the law. Remember that phrase, because it's coming up again.
--Your privacy--no matter who you are or what you do or don't do--can now be invaded with warrantless surveillance. No justification, no evidence need be presented, no legal process needed, just a government order...and even that could be kept secret. Want to sue or demand your rights? HAHAHAHAahahahahafuckyou: judicial review of surveillance against you is forbidden. Denied. Fuck off, """citizen"""...because if you don't and become too much of a nuisance, the government can now grab you and pack your ass off to some other country. Leave you there, kill you, tell no one you're in jail there, whatever.
Think I'm joking? You think this is NOT the U.S. of part of A. you live in?
All this is real. Jackboots on the ground and happening as We speak. You are being watched, monitored, tracked and recorded. You have no right of habeas corpus, you have no protection from the government and you have no appeal process to protect you. You are at the mercy of government goons, military thugs and """secret agents""" that owe allegiance and accountability to nobody but themselves.
Read 1984. Read Animal Farm. The hateful and hated concepts therein that were once the abominable traits of tyrannical regimes "over there" are now visible every day in """Our""" government, right here.
Open your eyes and mind and watch how the tangled web of repression is woven, at your expense, to serve those who aren't you. Notice how your rights are increasingly lost to "serve the public good" or "to protect vital interests" that again, are not really yours. Watch as the government that doesn't represent you tries to """protect""" you by increasingly making you the target and victim of repressive laws and processes, treating you worse than a criminal to keep you safe from """terrorists""" that aren't even in this country.
"An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will...Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely."
What We have now--and that Obama has perpetuated--is a government not of the people, by the people and for the people, and not under the rule of law, but a government of corporations that are not people, acting against the people, buying the people in power to control the government and excusing said government from the rule of law. THIS is the U.S. of part of A. now. And no amount of propaganda and double-speak can hide it...unless you simply don't want to look.
We are siting ducks, because as Lord Acton warned, We cannot expect that these near-absolute powers will be used wisely. Not even by the two-faced specter of a president who offered "Hope" and should he win in 2012, will have no reason to hold back or keep """Hope""" (barely) alive.
Prepare yourself: it's only a matter of time.
The Jenius Has Spoken.
[Update: 20 Jan 2012: From Daily Kos, an overview of how voter registration laws are increasingly-aimed at limiting minority votes. And what a coincidence! The strongest pushes are made by Republican-led legislatures against these traditionally-Democratic Party bases. Voter fraud is a'comin'? Nah: it's been here for a long time.]
[Update: 26 Jan 2012: Think that "freedom of the press" is going to keep you safe? Think again. According to Reporters Without Borders, the U.S. of part of A. is now 47th--forty-freaking seventh--in journalism freedom, a drop of 20 from its previous position, ranking below Hungary, Ghana and Botswana, but thankfully above Romania, Latvia and Haiti. Leader of the free world? No way. Leader of the censorship movement? Yeah, pretty much...]
[Update: 4 February 2012: Just to put it in terms of numbers, 27 of the 35 proposed Articles of Impeachment against the murderous moron apply to Obama. That's 77% and counting.]