Monday, March 06, 2006

Prescience

Asked in 1944 about the possibility of an American fascist movement, Vice President Henry Wallace had this to say:

The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power. …

They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.

And of course we all know what Sinclair Lewis had to say on the same subject.

4 comments:

Lone Ranger said...

A perfect description of the democratic party.

leolabeth said...

Aaarrgghh.
I'm sure you read about the Intelligence Committee's decision not to investigate the NSA wiretaps. Thanks a bunch Senator Snowe. I'm sickened.

Who do you like as her oppostion? Hay Bright or Mehnert? I'm loving Hay Bright simply because she's an organic farmer and I love Dixmont. Mehnert looks pretty but leaves me cool.

Alna Dem said...

I met Hay Bright and have to say I wasn't bowled over. She didn't have good answers on jobs, defense, small business... but it was early in the cycle and hopefully she's tightened up the presentation. She's definitely smart.

Don't know about Mahnert yet.

How bout that Lone Ranger - isn't he piece of work. Wonder how he landed here.

leolabeth said...

Hmm. I checked out the Lone Ranger's website. He doesn't seem a bad sort for a right wing wacko. Maybe I have a soft spot for the guy because he's in broadcasting.

Someone on dk mentioned Mehnert as a good guy. God, it would be a coup to get Snowe the hell outta there. If he has anything to offer I may have found myself yet another no wage occupation.

Can you explain why reporters don't begin or end every conversation, of which there have been about a billion in the last two weeks, about lobbying reform with a question about publicly funded campaigns? It just baffles me.