So hopefully I’ve had some success in defining fascism. Real fascism. See Fascism, I Know It When I See It I don’t hold to the belief that anyone who disagrees with me (politically or socially) is a fascist. That horrible designation is reserved for those who embrace and employ the worst in human nature and what is found at the core of fascism. Those things I believe are 1) abusive authoritarianism 2) overwhelming hatred for a select group and opposition 3) an overwhelming sense of superiority and entitlement and 4) the systemic use of power to suppress and persecute.
So now I’m going to name a few names. :)
First off… Barack Hussein Obama. I know, big surprise? Right? Not a fascist… or to be more accurate I have no clear evidence of it (meaning I could be corrected). He definitely has tendencies of all three requirements in my opinion, but if that rises to the definition then many from all political persuasions deserve the label.
Obama is leftist. He is wrong about most issues. He has been leading this nation to ruin (fiscally, socially, morally) for six years now. His very name should be associated with abject incompetence. But I believe him to be no more a fascist than equally (maybe) incompetent Jimmy Carter. Wrong, destructive, and incompetent do not a fascist make.
That said, I would change my mind if I had but one question answered in the affirmative. What did Obama know about the IRS targeting (and persecution) of conservative (Tea Party) organizations? And when did he know it? And the fact that such effort, and resources have gone into preventing those questions from being answered scares the crap out of me.
Which brings me to the first name in the affirmative fascist category… Lois Lerner.
Lois Lerner fits the bill. She used her position and her authority to attack, oppress, and suppress a group of people she showed unadulterated hatred for. The arrogance displayed after the gig was up shows a complete disregard for the principles of freedom and democracy. Might and means justified everything she did in her mind. Today, Lerner sees herself as a hero for justly squashing the civil rights of those whom (she believes) are not entitled to such things. She is also a victim of those bastards who brought her crimes to light and eventually put a stop to what she was doing.
So a few key questions remain about Lois Lerner (and the IRS).
1) Where was she in the organizational chart? The hierarchy? A leader, an instigator, or just a guard following orders?
2) How systemic was this behavior and leftist hatred for conservatives in her department? How systemic is it in the IRS? In the federal government and bureaucracies in general? There was clearly collusion between the IRS and other agencies. How so, and who was involved?
None of the questions are being asked (much less answered). Why? Two reasons. One, Republicans are $#@%less. And two, the mainstream media doesn’t care. It’s ox is not being gored here. Had Lerner been a conservative attacking leftist groups, she (and her co-conspirators) would have been exposed, tried, and in jail by now.
More recent events bring me to an obvious practitioner of the fascist arts; one much closer to home; Anise Parker, mayor of Houston Texas. Again as I move forward with my case, I invite my readers to keep in mind the four attributes of fascism. (Authoritarian, Hatred, Suppression, Entitlement)
Having lived in Houston Texas for 20 years, I got to see first hand the heavy handed, undemocratic, treatment of people (especially conservatives) who ever dared opposed city government. All this goes at least as far back as I can remember starting with the likes of Mayor Bob Lanier (and co-conspirator Ken Lay of Enron) as they constantly laid waste to common decency. But I digress… Let me just say that Anise Parker has had plenty of role models (leftist role models) in past Houston city governments to pattern her abuse after.
Anise Parker is a lesbian, not that there’s anything wrong with that. :) She’s also a leftist, not that… oh wait, I’ll just stop there… :) And, as is found in practically all major cities, the Houston City Council is made up almost entirely of leftist with perhaps one (maybe two) “moderates” and a gerrymandered conservative. Thus leftism rules the day.
Houston, as championed by Parker (and the rest of the leftist) enacted the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” (HERO) intended to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and “public accommodations” on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, etc…
Now, I as a conservative would not agree with nor support such an ordinance; but I’m not looking to debate the morality, sanity, or even possible secondary effects of the HERO ordinance. All that’s out there, knock yourselves out. It really serves little purpose since we (the left and right) are not going to agree on the issue.
No… I’m simply looking at the actions and re-actions of those involved in implementing HERO and those involved in trying to stop it.
HERO was passed by the due process set up in the charter of the Houston City Government. That process is absolutely one sided and heavy handed, but it is the system implemented and tolerated by the majority of the people of Houston. HERO was (and is today) the “law of the land” and unless some higher law adjusts or supersedes it; that settles it. It’s like Obamacare… :) But the “law of the land” can be changed… otherwise HERO and Obamacare never would have been implemented; and there are means, legal means by which opponents can attempt to undo what they see as bad law.
In Houston Texas, that is a referendum process. The same charter, the same law that made it possible for Anise Parker and her cronies to pass HERO also give ordinary citizens the means to bring to force a vote on any law passed by the city they don’t like. All it requires is enough signatures of enough concerned citizens (registered voters). And that’s what some concerned citizens did (including the Houston Area Pastor Council).
They collected signatures to put HERO to a vote. I’ve heard various numbers, but the lowest I’ve heard is that they collected double what they needed to put the issue on the November ballot. These people simply followed the law, whether you agree with them or not.
Now… we get to the fascist part… the part where the law doesn’t apply to those in power and is used to suppress and later persecute. The City Attorney (Dave Feldman) took the petition of signatures and determined that there were not enough valid signatures. Dave Feldman, out of hand, decided there would be no referendum because not one in eight signatures was valid.
To be blunt, it was bullshit. I don’t know the guy (Dave Feldman); but I’ll bet you dimes to donut holes he’s a fellow leftist and if not working on behalf of Anise Parker agrees with her enough to make the decision that these cretins, these bigots, are not entitled to the due process of law. That is something reserved for the civilized (read liberal) folk.
The concerned citizens actually took the high road. They followed the law again and filed suit to have their collection of signatures reviewed, perhaps by someone (I don’t know) slightly objective. This solicited yet another fascist response for the powers that be in Houston. The city issued subpoenas to five local pastors who opposed HERO for a broad range of documents including “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance), the Petition … Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
I submit this had little to do with gathering information and more to do with intimidation and suppression. THIS my friends it what the separation of church and state is all about.
Even some leftist lawyers who would completely agree with Parker and the HERO ordinance see this basic truth.
“It is so inconsistent with American law and American tradition. That’s what separation of church and state is all about. That’s what Jefferson meant when he wrote the first Virginia statue separating church and state. That’s what he meant when he and Madison joined together to draft the First Amendment saying freedom of religion, the exercise of free religion has to be protected… What it’s [the subpoenas] suggesting is that the minister may have been organizing opposition to some law referendum that would be pro-gay and the ministers were anti-gay. I’m very much pro-gay rights and pro-gay marriage, but I’m not going to start going after ministers … We have to err on the side of permitting free speech. You don’t go after the minister for preaching the gospel in a way that you disagree with.” – Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School Professor
That right… You don’t… unless you find that gospel abhorrent, and it’s practitioners less entitled to basic human rights than civilized secular humanists.
Since this all blew up in her face, Anise Parker has spun like a top. At first (Oct 15) she initiated the Obama-Defense. She was uninformed, uninvolved, and clueless of the contents of the subpoenas. Then it was all the fault of those dammed outside council/consultants. (Side Note: Remember Lois Lerner throwing those rogue agents in the Cincinnati Office under the bus? :))
Clueless or not, Anise seemed to have no issues with the subpoenas early on when she twitted “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A” This proves, all the backpedaling Anise has been doing is just BS to cover her ass.
And backpedaling is what we’ve seen a whole lot of by Parker and the City of Houston. The subpoenas have been withdrawn. Why?
“I didn’t do this to satisfy them. (opponents) I did it because it was not serving Houston. I don’t want to have a national debate about freedom of religion when my whole purpose is to defend a strong and wonderful and appropriate city ordinance against local attack.” — Anise Parker, Mayor of Houston
No, you especially don’t want to have that debate when it’s obvious you are having your proverbial ass handed to you. Parker has also decried being a victim of villainization by the likes of “Fox News” and of course you’ve got the standard accusations of things being mis-characterized or blown out of proportion. Me? I don’t think so. A fascist thwarted, it still a villain, just not a successful one.
All spin aside; this has been about one thing from the beginning; stopping the public vote on HERO no matter what the law or the people say. It’s like Anise said herself, “I’m not going to let the citizens of Houston vote on my civil rights.” No, of course not. Tyrants seldom hold votes they don’t absolutely control. The law, democracy, and common decency be damned… So Anise Parker set her brown shirts and jack boots to work to stop …that… vote!
Still, this is but a taste of what Christians (and our churches) have to look forward to from the homosexual left (one of two segments of the left that most embrace fascism) in the near future. Anti-homosexual speech will eventually be criminalized (as it is in Canada) and churches (and businesses and individuals)… will have to accept and tacitly participate in gay marriage ceremonies or face government imposed consequences. Anise is just a dead canary in a coal mine.