As she promised, Sara Robinson has posted 7 Ways We Can Fight Back Against the Rising Fascist Tide, a follow-up to her earlier post. In the new post, she reviews her responses to the first post, and suggests means by which we can “turn back the tide” so to speak. Since her first post, even more evidence has appeared that indicates that we are well into “stage three” of her five stages of fascism. Two additional senior Republicans have made public statements containing blatant lies about the pending health care legislation, reinforcing ties to their lunatic fringe.
She finishes with a call to vigiliance that spells out what the next seven plus years will be like if we do manage to excape what could become a hard-line Christian theocracy:
Finally: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Even if we succeed this time, let’s not kid ourselves that this is over. The conservatives are investing a lot of money and effort to build a mass movement that is explicitly aimed at destroying a Democratic government — and if we learned anything from the Clinton years, it’s that they’re not going to let up for a second as long as the Democrats are in control.
This is our new reality — and it comes straight out of Hitler’s playbook (check out Chapter 6 of Mein Kampf). Their intention is to keep the outrage junkies high by giving them a never-ending supply of new, made-up reasons to act out.
When the birth certificate fracas cools, they’re standing by with “death panels.” When that one’s run its course, there will be something else — over and over, every few weeks, for as long as the Dems rule.
Which means that even if we win this round, we can’t stand down. We’re going to be pushing back against these bullies, over and over, for the next three to seven years.
There are only two outcomes here. Either we get very good at spotting and stopping these attempts at a brownshirt takeover the minute they crop up; or they’re going to get very good at public intimidation and keep ratcheting it up further toward outright violence and goon rule.
That’s how it’s going to be for the rest of this administration. The sooner we resign ourselves to the zero-sum nature of this fight, the sooner we can get on with getting good at it.