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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:13 PM

The Optics of Weakness and Bringing a Rope to a Sword Fight

As I consider my situation, a private citizen who would like to combat and discourage the rise of fascism in my country, and the tools that I have at hand, including my fellow citizens who are also not fans of fascism, there is one weapon in my arsenal that consistently lets me down. It is sword-shaped, but has the consistency of an over-boiled noodle. Fighting fascism is completely impossible with it. And it is the national leaders and the political elite in my country who (theoretically) wield a lot of power but are either on board with fascism or are too afraid to fight it.

Is there any situation in which our nominally anti-fascist political elite would present themselves as STRONG rather than WEAK? Every response to the proto-fascism in this country is marked by weakness, by capitulation, by caution, by inaction. Can we not fashion an action that would both fight fascism and also appear STRONG to our benighted citizenry? It doesn't take much. It doesn't even require actual strength, just the appearance of strength.

Can't we muster a show of strength in our dedication to not become the Fourth Reich that signals to our people that fighting fascism is worth it? Or did that die after WWII?

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ProfessorPlum Jun 2019 OP
watoos Jun 2019 #1
ProfessorPlum Jun 2019 #2
triron Jun 2019 #3
Turin_C3PO Jun 2019 #4
hedda_foil Jun 2019 #5
ProfessorPlum Jun 2019 #6

Response to ProfessorPlum (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 12:29 PM

1. It's too soon

 

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Response to watoos (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:15 PM

2. powder equals dry

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Response to watoos (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:18 PM

3. Irony?

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Response to ProfessorPlum (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:23 PM

4. I wish Democrats could do something more.

But what? They already have a dozen investigations ongoing and Republicans are refusing to comply with subpoenas. They can ask the courts to intervene but what if they refuse court orders? Who’s going to enforce the court order? Certainly not Bill Barr’s US Marshalls.

We can impeach but apparently Dems in red districts are nervous that voting to impeach will cost them their seat.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 01:51 PM

5. Ask yourself WWMD. What Would Mitch Do? That's the answer.

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 03:30 PM

6. seriously

if a Democrat ever just declared that the rule of law was over and he/she wasn't to be held accountable for anything, what would McTurtle and the Grand Old Racist party do?

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