Nebraska U.S. House Reps Enable Semi-Fascism
In the last few weeks, President Biden has given two high profile speeches warning of the threat to democracy and freedom posed by the extreme right wing of the Republican Party or the MAGA Republicans.
On August 25, Biden accurately labeled MAGA Republicans as “semi-fascists.” “The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security. They’re a threat to our very democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” Biden said.
In his August 25 speech, Biden called on “mainstream Republicans” to join in rejecting that philosophy. He added: “The data shows that a significant portion of Republican Party agrees with us. They agree with the fact that the MAGA crowd has gone much too far — much too far in their view of what the role of government is. I want to be very clear up front,” Biden said. “Not every Republican — not even a majority of Republicans — are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”
Biden followed up this speech on September 1 with another one in Philadelphia in which he correctly called out Trump and the MAGA Republicans as a threat to democracy. “As I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the foundations of our very republic…For a long time, we’ve reassured ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed. But it is not,” Biden said. “We have to defend it. Protect it. Stand up for it. Each and every one of us.”
The Republicans and the “liberal” mainstream media went into their faux outrage mode and condemned Biden’s remarks. Representative Mike Flood (R-NE) falsely claimed that Biden demonized half of the country and divided the country. Representative Don Bacon (R-NE) re-tweeted similar remarks from former Trump U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley.
What Flood and Bacon failed to realize is that Biden only called out the most extreme Republicans. By condemning Biden’s remarks, Flood and Bacon enabled MAGA Republicans and semi-fascism.
The reality is that Trump and the MAGA Republicans have been insulting Biden and other Democrats for years. The GOP must take some responsibility for uniting the country rather than just obstruct and hurl insults.
Just about every Democrat has been called a communist or socialist numerous times going back many years. I’ve been the targets of these epithets for years. The MAGA Republicans have also accused Democrats of being so-called “groomers.” Yet Bacon and Flood have been silent about these smears.
Inflammatory Republican insults start at the top with with their undisputed leader. In 2020, Donald Trump called Democrats “fascists” while he was surrounded by military officials. Similarly, Trump in speeches on July 3 and 4, 2020, alleged that “there is a new far-left fascism” whose ultimate goal is the “end of America.” Bacon and Flood stood by and said nothing.
“For years, (Republicans) stood quietly by as Mr. Trump vilified and demonized anyone who disagreed with him — encouraging supporters to beat up protesters; demanding that his rivals be arrested; accusing critics of treason and even murder; calling opponents ‘fascists’; and retweeting a supporter saying ‘the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.’ But they rose up as one on Thursday night and Friday to complain that Mr. Biden was the one being divisive.” New York Times.
The Republicans are freaking out because President Biden called out MAGA Republicans as “semi-fascists.” Let’s look at the facts. Were Biden’s remarks accurate?
Biden’s Philadelphia speech provoked calls for violence from Trump’s thugs, including death threats against the President himself. Moreover, Biden’s Philadelphia speech worried officials at the Department of Homeland Security who said they fear that calling out Trump’s most unhinged followers would be viewed as a call to arms.
Upwards of 70 percent of Republicans say they don’t believe Biden is the legitimately elected president.
Trump tried to steal the 2020 election through frivolous lawsuits, fraudulent electors and an armed coup that killed 9 people and wounded 140 others.
The Republican National Committee called January 6 “legitimate political discourse.”
Trump has funded and offered pardons to the criminals who attacked the Capitol on January 6. These goons killed 9 people and wounded 140 others, including many police officers.
147 House Republicans voted to throw out the 2020 election and against certifying Biden’s win. Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) voted with those semi-fascists.
Red states have passed partisan voter suppression laws that Republicans have admitted are designed to help Republicans win elections.
Some red states have passed laws that give elected Republicans the power to throw out legally cast votes if the voter suppression should fail.
Republican officials or judges have blocked ballot proposals from the November elections, citing allegedly flawed wording, procedural shortcomings or insufficient petition signatures. In Michigan, the Republicans blocked a pro-choice referendum due a complaint about the spacing of the words.
Extreme Republicans want to force 10 year old girls to give birth to their rapist’s baby. Some red states allow the rapist to sue for child custody and visitation.
Radical Republicans are banning books. Anne Frank’s diary has been banned by school districts in Texas, Florida and Virginia.
Right wing darling Ron DeSantis has used the power of the Florida state government to punish businesses that speak out against his policies.
Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban addressed the influential CPAC convention. Orban has created a rigged system in Hungary in which his party will never lose another election. Orbán gave a speech before the CPAC convention denouncing “race mixing” of European and non-Europeans.
The stakes couldn’t be any higher in 2022. If the MAGA Republicans win in November, this could be the last free election in the history of the U.S. It’s progress versus radicalism this year.
Freedom is on the ballot in 2022. Vote for Patty Pansing Brooks in Nebraska CD01! Vote for Tony Vargas in Nebraska CD02! Vote for David Else Nebraska CD03! Vote for Carol Blood for governor!