Osborn Sees Fascism in Trump RNC Speech, Powers Ignores

Pat Powers eagerly reprints Sheldon Osborn’s political commentary from Drinking Liberally when Democrat Osborn criticizes the South Dakota Democratic Party. But when Pat starts his own pathetic revisionist crawl toward Trumpism over the pebbles of policy in Trump’s RNC speech, he whispers nary a word about the obvious phallic pillar of Trump’s entire convention performance that Osborn sees quite clearly:

I watched Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last night, all one hour and 28 minutes of it, and I can only describe it as a very scary speech. Tic-toc….. ” I will protect you from ‘them’ “……Tic-toc…..”I will make you safe” .….. Tic-toc…. “I will make you strong “….. Tic-toc….. I will make America great again”…… “Trust me because I am strong…I will be strong for you.”

It all seemed too familiar but unable to put my finger on it I turned to my trusty Merriam-Webster:

Definition of fascism

  1. often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
  2. a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control…

[Sheldon Osborn, Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog, 2016.07.22]

Like Powers, Huron delegate David Wheeler offers nervous revisionism, calling Trump’s speech “great” and “presidential”. But Osborn rightly observes that Trump’s xenophobic pounding on law and order and his declaration that “I alone can fix it” shout fascism (führerism, I called it yesterday) more clearly than anything.


6 Responses to Osborn Sees Fascism in Trump RNC Speech, Powers Ignores

  1. Steve Sibson

    The definition fits Obamas support of Islamic fascism.

  2. That definition cannot possibly exist Sibson, Islamic fascism is impossible. Obama shows each day that he does not believe in anything that terrorists do. In fact, we are in constant war because of it and will be for at least two more generations, if we survive the climate. Here is that Obama adding more troops to Mosul (my youngest was wounded there some 10 or so years ago) to fight those ISIL guys. http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2016/07/11/iraq-us-troops-deploy/86938318/

    Your boy Bush and company opened this can of worms. We will continue to use blood and treasure to keep at it for who knows how long, generations for sure. Good news though, your grandchildren’s children will get the opportunity to get into the action there as it does not look like change will come anytime soon. Iraq is hot and now, with the climate change, it is even hotter. Who would have thunk it that the lands of Babylon would be such a continued death trap. Of course, it is a violent place now, but what the hell, it always was with the burnings and so on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbR6oB17UDw

  3. Roger Cornelius

    The definition cited by Osborne sounds like he is describing Sibson.

  4. I don’t even read Steve’s distractions. Sheldon’s point stands unrefuted: Trump’s fascism is as self-evident as the Mussolinian impression of that big gold “TRUMP” dwarfing the American flags on the RNC stage Thursday night. South Dakota’s most prominent Republican blog refuses to acknowledge that fact. Other conservatives wallow in false equivalencies between fascist Trump and unpleasant, triangulating, but not fascist Clinton.

  5. John Wrede

    I read an article (albeit on line) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2016/02/is_donald_trump_a_fascist_an_expert_on_fascism_weighs_in.html that tends to support the observations. Is the interview and subsequent article credible. I don’t know. I was heavily criticized a week ago in public forum for making the connection between Trump’s demeanor and behavior and the displays of fascism in WWII Germany. According to the bloggers, such prognostications do no good service to voters trying to make an informed and responsible choice. To them, it was dirty politics. Admittedly, it wasn’t very compassionate or issue driven but I just figured that turn about is fair play. Particularly considering Pat Power’s itinerant rants.

    On another note. Can somebody please explain the most recent revelation on the Trump/Russia connection. Morning TV news commentary suggested that several major US Banks have refused to finance some of Trumps endeavors due to his bankruptcies so Russia has stepped up to the plate. Seems Trump’s son has said that the “Trump” empire routinely does business with Russia………. Is there any substance to that……. Trump isn’t smart enough to avoid being an international patsy for Putin’s Russia.

    On another

  6. mike from iowa

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing

    This is a longer read, but interesting.
    Bloomberg figures Drumpf is only worth about 3 billion, not the in excess of 10 billion Drumpf claims.