Uncommon Sense

November 23, 2022

The Fascist GOP’s Playbook

Filed under: Culture,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 11:59 am
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Recently Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview that Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, is “the most dangerous person in the world.”

“Who’s the most likely to take this republic down? It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing,” the former top U.S. diplomat added.

So, the GOP’s paymasters hate unions because they stand against unbridled corporate power to pay whatever wages and fringe benefits they want, and so the GOP states that unions are evil. They are no longer “bad” or some other wishy-washy description, they are “evil.”

Teachers are “evil” too because they are teaching “filth” and their students can neither do math, nor read, nor write.

As usual, the GOP ignores all of the evidence to the contrary. And they disingenuously use data to reinforce their points. The recent decline in national test scores? All due to bad teaching. Apparently the pandemic and school shutdowns had no effect whatsoever.

So, the fascist’s playbook is to scapegoat enemies they create out of whole cloth. The enemies are Jews, or immigrants, gays and lesbians, or well any powerless group. They seek out the weak as they certainly want no opposition. They don’t claim corporation executives are the “enemy,” oh no. Execs have power and money to fight back. Yet, the evidence that many corporation executives are sociopaths, if not psychopaths, is very, very strong.

So, pick a weak group, say teachers, they are mostly women and effeminate men, and blame them. By declaring them to be evil, you then frighten them with violence. (Consider the recent shooting at a gay bar.) The threatened cower, hide, and don’t oppose the will of the fascists.

All heil the GOP!



  1. By pure coincidence I was reading an issue of Look Magazine from 1938 or 39 or 40 (I think) and ran across an article about some of the things Mussolini and Hitler, along with their fascist and nazi parties, were doing to try to convince the populace to convince the general population to go along with their radical ideas and guess what? Claims that teachers were teaching children filth? Yep, part of Mussolini’s playbook. Condemnation of teachers was right up there to allow them to gain influence over what was taught in the schools. Making scapegoats out of innocent persons? That’s in there too. Pompeo would have been right at home in Mussolini’s Italy. If you look at history, at what was going on in pre WWII Europe, and then watch and read about what is going on with the far right extremists of the GOP it’s downright terrifying how similar it all sounds

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — November 23, 2022 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

    • And Santayana’s dictum applies–those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 24, 2022 @ 9:46 am | Reply

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