Am I a fascist?

War is not healthy for children and other living things.

War is not healthy for children and other living things.

I’m not really a political person. I don’t get warm and fuzzy with labels like “conservative” or “liberal” because I really think it’s too difficult (in some cases) to be strictly one or the other. I’m very socially liberal, I’m very fiscally conservative. Imagine that hell, you know?

So today, someone called me a fascist because I said that West Virginia was a socialist state.

Because Dean asked, here’s the definition:

“A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.” [Robert O. Paxton, “The Anatomy of Fascism,” 2004]

Holy. Crap.

I think that’s a bit extreme. Especially for someone who’s against the war! A nationalist militant, I’m not.

Anyway, I was told I’m smoking crack if I think West Virginia’s a socialist state. But that’s not the overriding theme … This person said that all he wanted was socialized health care and for everybody to have an equal chance.

“Everybody to have an equal chance.”

It’s beautiful in theory, isn’t it? Here’s where I have to dive into the cold reality surrounding everybody.

Life. Is not. Fair.

No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, it’s absolutely impossible for everybody to have an equal chance.

So, in that vein, I said, “I’m not a fascist. I just think we’re breeding a nation of pussies. It’s why I can’t stand most millennials.”

His response?

“We’re breeding a nation of self-absorbed greedy people that started in Texas and has worked its way north.”

It all goes back to Texas, doesn’t it?

I said that I thought there was a generation of people who were born thinking they’re important. His response?

“This from a person with her own radio show.”

… Really? That’s all you’ve got?

Nevermind that I do it for fun. As a release. As someone who really couldn’t care less if anybody listened. Hell, we probably have six listeners anyway. And that’s OK. It’s a great time on Sunday nights to throw back and laugh a little with each other. I’m not under any delusions that having a radio show (or a blog, for that matter) makes me any cooler than the next guy. It’s just me.

But it did get me thinking … Am I a fascist? If you think I’m a fascist, that’s cool. I just want to make sure so I can properly label myself when I go to complete my state of Maryland voter registration.


7 Responses to “Am I a fascist?”

  1. July 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    It would be nice if Americans didn’t throw around labels such as fascist and socialist so easily, since there isn’t anyone that fits either category in mainstream American politics. As someone who grew up in a country that nearly got annexed by Fidel, I’m well acquainted with bona fide socialists, and I don’t mean the warm, fuzzy Scandinavian kind either…

    At any rate, like my momma always says, “Fascism is as fascism does.” George Carlin makes the same point you do, in his final HBO special: today’s kids are missing out on a valuable learning experience due to no one ever saying to them. “You lost, Johnny! You stink at baseball!” The concept of “no one is a loser” is only appropriate for the Special Olympics; for America to have made it a tenet of child-rearing is just plain silly…

    But you’re right, GoDub: having a blog (or a radio show) doesn’t automatically make you cool; you just had that coolness intrinsically 🙂 Being fiscally conservative and socially liberal probably makes you like the average American voter. But I guess if a black politician can be described as elitist in America, then I guess a West Virginia girl being called a fascist isn’t out of the question… Giant heart, babe…


  2. 2 Paige
    July 14, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    My BA in Political Science says you’re a Libertarian, and that your sparring partner was being an idiot.

  3. July 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    TW: Your check is in the mail. 🙂

    Paige: I trust your fancy learnins.

  4. July 14, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Awww… Compared to Jamaican dollars, American bucks are still considered hard currency, so I appreciate the gesture…

    Paige: I trust your fancy learnins.

    She does seem mighty schooled, don’t she? But is political science as unscientific as computer science? And does being a Libertarian mean you only eat free-range chicken? I always get them and Pagans mixed up…


  5. July 15, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I think being a Libertarian means I hate everybody equally. 🙂

  6. 6 Joe
    July 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Amen Sister. BTW, an anarchist is just a libertarian without property.

  7. July 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    You don’t have a hateful bone in your body. Those free-range chickens, on the other hand…


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