If you've been paying any attention to prevailing social and demographic trends over the last decade or two, then you know as well as I do that American Conservatives have a serious problem. Their political philosophy is a relic of times long dead and the ability of their movement to be taken seriously is coming to an end. This is because their beliefs do not appeal to younger demographics.
With each new birth, Conservative's ability to win democratic contests continues to wane. But rather than evolve their platform and beliefs to accommodate new information and irreversible changes in the world around them, Conservatives have decided to go a different way. Instead they have embraced a fully regressive worldview emboldened by an ever-growing host of conspiracy theories:
- Hunter Biden's laptop
- 2020 Election Stolen
- False Flag School Shootings
- Democrats are Pedophiles
- January 6th was a Peaceful Protest
- January 6th was Staged by Antifa
- Replacement Theory
- George Soros is a Super Villain
- All Anti-Trans Rhetoric
- COVID Conspiracies
To be clear, if you believe any of the things listed above, you are detached from reality. It pains me to say that, as I know a number of people who meet that definition. But this truth can no longer be denied:
"A large segment of the American populace has lost its collective mind and there are a large number of Republican politicians looking to capitalize on that. This has created a very dangerous situation. The politicians trying to take advantage of this populace know that their ability to legitimately win is disintegrating so they have begun to write and pass laws that allow them to work around this reality."
- Jay Little; May 6th, 2023
MAGA politicians are basically moving to reject Democracy under the false pretense that because the majority disagrees with them, the system must be unfairly rigged against them. They refuse to grapple with the truth which is that over the course of human history the general course of progress has always trended towards collectively embracing and accepting our differences rather than trying to purge them from the population. When a group or person adopts a position that goes against that general trend, they are effectively limiting their own effectiveness by ostracizing the sane majority.
Don't believe me? Let's check out the recent legislation that has either been signed or will be signed by MAGA governors:
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill allowing the creation of an oversight commission that has the power to unilaterally remove elected District Attorneys. It is no coincidence that this is being passed even while the investigation, spearheaded by an Fulton Country District Attorney, against Trump and criminal enablers for attempting to extort, bribe and otherwise coerce officials in Georgia to declare him the winner of the 2020 election in that state really begins to heat up.
In Texas, the Senate has passed a bill allowing the Secretary of State to force a new election if polling places in any county with over 2.7 million people if 2 percent or more of the polling locations run out of ballot paper for more than an hour. This bill is written to specfically target the largest county in the state which just so happens to be Democratic.
Both of these bills are designed to allow MAGA state level politicians to either indirectly overturn the results of a Democratic election they don't like, or to at least allow them and others to more easily evade accountability for attempting to do so via other means. If enough swing states pass these kinds of laws, MAGA will have the tools they need to effectively "steal" (a loaded term thanks to MAGA, but accurate in this case) the 2024 election.
So is MAGA a Fascist party? Let's review the definition of Fascism and see how well it lines up with their beliefs, actions and history:
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
Let's check off the requirements:
- Capitalist Economy: Check
- Stringent Governmental Controls: Check, but only on the things they want controlled ala Abortion or anything that p0wns "The Libs"
- Violent Suppression of the Opposition: January 6th, Check
- A Policy Belligerent Nationalism and Racism: Anti-Mexican, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Trans: Check
MAGA is a fascist movement. They attempted to install their dictator on January 6th, 2021. Even though they failed, they scare the living hell out of me and they should scare the living hell out of you as well. They are armed to the teeth and becoming increasingly unhinged as their beliefs are detached from reality.
The remainder of the Republican party is is no position to hold back the MAGA contingent. If you want any evidence of that, just listen to the weak sauce comments that emerge from the lips of declared and non-declared non-Trump 2024 contenders when asked about Trump. They avoid the issue like the plague. They refuse to talk about him and when pressed, they almost universally tow whatever line is being pushed by Trump.
On the flip side, depending on the Democratic party to stand firm against real domestic oppression is akin to depending on a wooden shack to protect you from an oncoming avalanche. They are collectively spineless and incapable of countering the threat that stands before them. They have shown us this time and time again.
Truth be told, I almost didn't write this post. That's because I knew it was going to end on an extremely depressing note. I don't have any fixes or solutions to offer. I myself have basically decided to opt out of voting entirely, because as a socially liberal progressive in a deeply red state, I have been politically disenfranchised for decades.
But after punting on writing this post yesterday after attempting to fruitlessly brainstorm for other topics, I decided that I needed to just get this one out of my system this morning. Sometimes you just gotta be real no matter how unsettling the words are. This is one of those times.
As as a certified pessimist, I still sincerely hope that I am wrong. Nothing would make me happier than to be wrong about this one.