All that changed on June 1, 1941, as Operation Barbarossa saw the Nazi supermen storming across the border into Guthrie's Mother Russia. He took some paint and wrote on his guitar: This machine kills fascists.
It's probably unfair to blame him for not recognizing that fascists fought on both sides of the Eastern Front. Stalin paid lip service to the Socialist Dialectic, and the West's Useful Idiots (like Guthrie) let him get away with it, but the U.S.S.R. was fascist in all but name. Non-Russians were second class citizens (as the population on Ukraine found out to their sorrow), the State controlled everything, and above all was the all-seeing, all-powerful fuhrer (well, General Secretary).
But Woodie knew how to get an idea popularized, and did.
We live today in a political world that people from Woodie's time simply wouldn't recognize. The growth in the Leviathan State is steam rolling all before it - the War on (some) Drugs is crushing the Fourth Amendment, Kelo v. New London crushed the Fifth Amendment, Medicare is killing the Tenth Amendment. Obamacare is killing the First Amendment. The Second Amendment has - for now - fought off a series of restrictions from 1968 through 1994 that sought to kill it. That battle is still raging.
On one side of those battles stand the People, trying to protect their rights as recognized in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. On the other side are the fascists*, seeking to establish the Leviathan State above all. Everything within the State; nothing outside it. Thankfully without all the boxcar and Concentration Camp drama, but fascists nonetheless.
Both Dinosaur political parties are allied in the fascist struggle. With the exception of the lack of furherprinzip (the embodiment of the People's Will in the person of a strong leader) and the lack of nationalism as an organizing principle (the two parties are somewhat divergent here, but only somewhat), all the fascist principles are prominent:
- Subordination of industry to political direction (Sarbanes-Oxley, Military Industrial Complex, Solyndra)
- Subordination of the People to political direction (public education, TSA, NDAA, No Child Left Behind)
- Subordination of independent organizations to political direction (McCain-Feingold, Obamacare)
That system is fascist.
I'm afraid that I'm not big on the "compliance" part of this, and so must respectfully** decline our Governmental Overlord's offer. And so, I'm going Woodie Guthrie. I'd like to invite all y'all to join me.
This blog kills fascists, by pointing out who they are, what they do, and who it hurts. This Land is your land and my land - not their land. We are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights, despite the best efforts of the fascists to take them away. And so, here are the fascists:
The Tea Party? Might be fascist, might not be. Might get coopted by the fascists in the future. There's a lot of money in fascist government, if you're the government. Time will tell.
So what does all this mean? It means that we need to get the message out, to sing the message from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Water. The chains may sit lightly upon you (for now), but chains they are. It was Woodrow Wilson (perhaps the first fascist President) who laid it out, starkly:
Conformity will be the only virtue and any man who refuses to conform will have to pay the penalty.Sorry, no thanks. Keep your nose out of my business. I'll keep singing the anti-fascist song, thank you very much. I'll call them for what they are, as we all need to: Fascists. Nice fascists (maybe), but fascists nonetheless. Both parties.
Feel free to use the image, and sing the song. This land was made for you and me.
* Before anyone freaks out, I guess I need to point out (again) that you can be a fascist without gassing Jews and that sort of thing. Mussolini (the Father of Fascism) didn't. Franco didn't. Peron didn't. Oh, yeah - FDR didn't, although he did put Japanese-Americans in Concentration Camps. But they were nice Concentration Camps, and FDR was a God Among Men. A fuhrer, you might say. That's what they teach in school.
** OK, that was sarcasm. Nothing respectful at all there, actually.