From the robber barons, through the early industrial giants, to the big corporation bosses [Ford, DuPont, etc.] who helped Hilter rise to power in Germany, to those who fought every social program of FDR, to the McCarthyites and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, to Goldwater, and especially to Ronald Reagan and the Bushes, there has been an attempt to fight every humane piece of legislation offered in the House and Senate. While the U.S. came close to setting up a fascist state with the attempt to violently overthrow FDR [see General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and asked by DuPont to head this scheme], we have only had bouts with the power of the extreme right, not very far from fascism. McCarthy made a Commie suspect out of everybody. The fight between fascism and communism was fought through the latter two-thirds of the 20th century, and in the minds of the right-wing, that fight is not over until a fascist or fascist-like state is created in the U.S. If you are not a right-winger, you are labeled a communist or socialist.
Through these same years, many peoples' lives were ruined simply from being called a communist. Today the claims of the right-wing have switched, and the term "socialist" in put on any social legislation or program that helps anyone but the richest Americans. Sadly, many middle class Americans have been hoodwinked to believe the rich. The result is a series of complex laws and tax regulations that benefit the richest Americans. Now that that favoritism is in place clandestinely, the right-wing screams "no new taxes" because they already have a system that benefits them to the detriment of the poor and much of the middle class. Greed and huberis reign in the right-wing, and this sort of viewpoint is not only considered best, it is the mantra of everything that goes on in Washington and state capitols.
Barack Obama must be destroyed, this is the secret call from the right. And they have so much power in the U.S. that they just might make that happen. My hope is that the American people see through it finally, and begin to realize that the mirage that they have been presented with since Reagan has come tumbling down. Who will suffer? The rich are already buying up everything in sight at bargain basement prices. The average guy or gal is fearful and struggling to make ends meet for themselves and their families. The right-wing will tell you that the way out of this mess is to give more favors to the rich and to big corporations. But that is exactly what got us into this mess. America's tremendous wealth must finally be shared among all elements of American society. And the rich will then FINALLY meet their responbilities to the general population. We are in this together, but the rich never see it that way. Their comfort zone does not allow them to see anything like altruism or shared responsibility.
America needs a major change in course. The ongoing robbers in Armani suits and Parisian fashions may have to finally be dragged into the reality of "fair share." How long it has taken, how many people's lives have been destroyed, how so much of America's wealth has been hoarded by the few, and how cruel have been those who cannot bring themselves to see the U.S. as a place where community sharing should be the standard not the exception.
[Yes, there really was money made available from Henry Ford to help Adolf Hitler, and the Ford Motor Co. in Germany stayed open making vehicles for the German army to kill Americans, and so did American banks stay open to deal with the Germans all during World War II. And yes, there really was a plot by American industrialists to overthrow the FDR government and Gen. Smedley Butler was asked to help...he refused and has spoken and written widely on the subject. And yes, Prescott Bush, grandfather of recent President Bush, made a fortune trading with the fascist governments during World War II and established a long, ongoing relationship between the Bush family and Saudi Arabia in the process. We have been on the verge of a fascist government several times in the U.S.]