by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Joe Biden caused quite a stir late last week after accusing supporters of former President Donald Trump of following a political creed of “semi-fascism.” But it’s yet another case of the far-left Democratic Party projecting its own grievous sins on the political opposition.
This was Saul Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The Biden administration and the Democrats are following this rule to a T.
They constantly call Republicans, conservatives and those “deplorable” moderate Americans in middle America the most vile names – “racists,” “fascists,” “Nazis,” and worse – and have launched an all-out, non-stop Deep State campaign against the man they fear the most, Donald Trump. …
… What’s remarkable about this is it’s the Democratic Party itself, in both its tactics and beliefs, that appears to be morphing into a kind of neo-fascist party in which racial identity, government control of corporations, political violence, and rigid political directives are forced on citizens, while our historic protections under the Constitution are ignored, diminished or even erased.
But progressive Democrats have long loved to use government to compel people to do things.
It’s a fact that, back in the 1920s and 1930s, many American leftists openly embraced fascist ideals, which, in all fairness, didn’t have the stigma they do today. Both Germany and Italy returned the compliment, admitting their policies were influenced by progressive President Woodrow Wilson’s authoritarianism and FDR’s Depression-era government activism.
In 1931, British writer and progressive socialist H.G. Wells, impressed with Italy’s socialist-fascist government and Germany’s then-nascent Nazi Party, even urged fellow leftists to become “liberal fascists” and “enlightened Nazis.”
But after genocide and a world war, fascism and totalitarian rule lost their sheen. American leftists backtracked on their early support, pretended it never happened, and instead began calling American conservatives and Republicans “fascists.”