When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
– A quote wrongly attributed to Sinclair Lewis
Note that this quote, which has been cited in these pages in another context, sets up the arrival of fascism as certain — not “if” but “when” fascism comes. As the United States marks its 238th birthday, that “when” appears to be imminent. The country is under assault from an enemy within, a hodgepodge insurgency of neo-Confederates, Christo-fascists and Ayn Randian anarchists funded and driven by soulless oligarchs who will not stop until the American dream is dead and this once great nation has become a Third World country.
The “when” in the fascism quote may be as soon as the midterm elections in November, when the insurgency seems all but certain to take over the U.S. Senate while also tightening its grip on the House. Once elected, the anarchist majority in Congress will resume with renewed vigor its ongoing campaign to demolish every aspect of the United States government that does not benefit its wealthy sponsors and corporate masters.
The insurgents will distract the hapless Fourth Estate from covering its sacking of the capitol by holding endless show-trial committee hearings in both chambers in which portentous allegations mask empty charges, all of which will be in service to their ultimate goal — the spectacle of the impeachment of America’s first African-American president.
This sounds dire because it is. The best hope — the only hope — we have for defeating the right-wing march to theo-fascism is that those among us whose rights are most at stake — the middle class and poor, women and minorities — will vote this November. That’s a risky hope to pin our fortunes on, however, because these voters also tend to be the most disengaged.
Let’s hope America’s shaky ideals can withstand this assault from within and that the republic will be standing when the Fourth of July comes around again.
So Happy Birthday, America … And many more.