Open letter to Mike Braun:

How can a U.S. Senator Appear to Favor Fascism Over Democracy? 

It’s a funny word really.  I’d heard the word from time to time but never explored what it meant nor from whence it came.  Mussolini and Hitler were the infamous fascists.  The word would reappear at odd times on TV or newspaper articles with no explanation.

The word remains hard to define as it is more of a descriptive of the aforementioned malefactors and the movement they inspired. 

From Leslie Gornstein at CBS News, we get this snippet: “”Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers,” George Orwell wrote in 1944, “almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.”

And again “Then-Congressman Ron Paul (now Senator), a libertarian-leaning Republican, did not intend any compliments in 2012 when he warned, correctly or not, that America was “slipping into a fascist system.” 

“We’ve slipped away from a true republic,” Paul said. “Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen. “From <https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-is-fascism/>

The formal definition from Merriam-Webster:

a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascist) 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

From <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism>

There are some poignant caveats that remind us how different the information age is from 1943.  During World War II, a president could not hope to garner and hold support for deeds done contrary to the scope and vision of the nation. 

In 2020, a legal election has been confirmed naming Joseph Biden President of the United States.  State electors from both parties have certified the results and have satisfied all constitutional requirements for a peaceful transfer of power. 

Active attempts by sitting president Donald Trump to alter the results of the election, to foster a state of anarchy, and to hold the presidency are actions of a fascist. 

How is it then that you support this action? It appears that you are in favor of fascism rather than the democracy we sent you to Washington to uphold.  This is a deal-breaker.  Please resign from the Senate.

Guiliani, Braun, Parnas [photo courtesy of lawandcrime.com]

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