How Republicans “protect” the legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Click to enlargeMartha Raddatz

On Tuesday evening, the Lincoln Memorial was a place only for the police and troopers who, standing behind metal barriers, kept the public away.

Masked troops — some wearing vests that read “military police” but most simply in camouflage battle dress — stood in even rows on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday. They appeared to be National Guard, but many lacked flags, name tags or other identifying badges.

Welcome to the Fascist Nation of 21st Century America. That’s neither an abuse or even overuse of the term. The definition fits better and better every day remaining of the Fake President in office.

Yes, this is Fascism

Trump is sending an unambiguous message to a country in turmoil—and his armed supporters, from cops to vigilantes, hear it loud and clear.

Where is your federal government? Donald Trump, the bigoted septuagenarian country-club magnate and bullshit artist who wheezed to the presidency with a minority of votes cast on promises that he alone could fix the “American carnage,” began his weekend with a trip to Florida to watch a rocket launch while “Macho Man” blared in the background. Feeling sufficiently phallic, he powered through the weekend with a throaty defense of shooting protesters…and announced he would seek legal dispensation to treat anti-fascist activists in the United States as terrorists.

“You have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time,” Trump ranted in a phone call with governors on Monday. “They’re going to run over you, you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate.” He said that “throwing a rock” is “like shooting a gun.” “You have to do retribution, in my opinion,” he said. “You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years, and you’ll never see this stuff again.”

I tire of the tippytoe brigade who think we’ll prevent a full-on fascist takeover of our government by sticking to the polite nice-guy terminology of the Democratic Party. They have their role, they have a place in the fightback against a rightwing offense determined to maintain control of our federal government by any means necessary.

They are not in charge!