You Don’t Need a Gun

By David Glenn Cox

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” ― Robert F. Kennedy

 When I was sixteen, I bought a book at a yard sale titled “Five Chimneys.” It was a true story of a woman who survived nearly three years in Auschwitz. It so shocked my young sensibilities. That I had to know more about the subject. How could a civilized country in the 20th Century fall into such barbarism? I began reading every book in the library about the subject.

Knowledge is power. When the Holocaust deniers would claim there was no such thing. I would then ask; why did the German government accept bids for building large crematoriums. If they weren’t planning on killing people. What did they need with those large crematoriums for?

But after my studies, it became clear to me that for Fascism to thrive requires media. A mouthpiece, to voice not opinion, but outright lies and falsehoods. One of the first purchases made by the Nazi Party was a printing press. They published a newspaper, “The Völkischer Beobachter.” It was a rag and a scandal sheet. A political National Inquirer. Its purpose wasn’t to publish the news but to promote the Nazis and subvert and destabilize the society. To promote the Nazi Party by denigrating everyone else.

We live in an age of lies and propaganda. From Trump to George Santos, not opinion but outright fabrications and lies. Donald Trump claimed the election was stolen. Not because he believed it or thought he could prove his case. But only to subvert your faith in elections and to rile his cultists morons to violence. His attempt was to steal your birthright.

The Fox News of today is not the Fox News of twenty or thirty years ago. It isn’t about a conservative view points. The stories aren’t shaded they are flat out lies. Claims that an 81-year-old Paul Pelosi was having a Gay love affair with his attacker that had gone sour. Get it? The victim was doing something wrong. Everyone but Fox News is lying to you! No differently than The Völkischer Beobachter.”

Fox is facing a $1.6 Billion dollar lawsuit for defamation. Fox lied telling viewers that the election was stolen. But in the front offices of Fox, they knew that wasn’t true all along. But that didn’t matter to them in the slightest. Their purpose was to sow dissent, working hand in glove with Trump to promote lies and disunity.

Years ago, before Facebook or My Space. I was a member of a website called “Progressives and Independent’s. “ It was a left leaning website with a generally welcoming and friendly mindset. But then, a communist began to post on the website. Then two or three more joined, then there were five or six. They began to ridicule and disparage anyone who didn’t agree with their view points. The regulars on the site soon disappeared. Tired of being harangued and tag teamed by this gang of six.

Then, once the six were all alone. They began to criticize each other, for not recognizing Trotsky’s importance or for saying “If” instead of “when.” I would check on them periodically, just to see what they were up too. But the site soon disappeared into history. They hadn’t converted one single protégée to communism, but they had silenced a full audience that didn’t agree with them.

The other day I watched a clip of Jim Jordan trying to conflate George Santos with Hunter Biden. Jordan claimed Biden was hired by Burisma and paid $ 50,000 per month just to sit on a board in a business he didn’t know anything about. Jimmy was spewing straight up Fascist propaganda. Lies of omission, Jim Jordan knows that Hunter Biden is a Yale trained attorney.

Hunter Biden didn’t need to know all the ins and outs of the oil business. He needed to know about international law! Yale trained attorneys dealing in international corporate law earn a fine living. By Jordan omitting important and relevant details. He is trying to frame Hunter Biden as some sort of crook. And because his father is Joe Biden therefore, he is also a crook.

Fox News has accused Hillary Clinton of every crime imaginable from Jaywalking to mass murder for decades. And yet, not a single charge has ever been filed. Fox ranted about Hillary’s missing e-mails until it became clear that Donald Trump was doing the exact same thing. Fox never had a kind word to say about Michelle Obama. They accused her of running Barrack like a robot or having communist sympathies, even of being a biological man.

Then Fox railed because people didn’t like Mrs. Trump’s red Christmas trees. It was unfair criticism and the Left leaning media conspired to keep the beautiful Mrs. Trump off fashion magazine covers. But the truth was, a social secretary contacts magazine editors and lets them know that the first lady is available for media appearances. You don’t just sit by the phone and wait for it to ring.

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee, Fox News immediately jumped on his salary. How dare Kaepernick protest when he was earning a huge salary! Look at all that money he earns, you don’t earn that kind of money and you don’t protest! He must be a no-good ungrateful SOB! Then Vice President Mike Pence attended an NFL football game. Just so he could get up leave in phony outrage when players took a knee. Just to create a false media spectacle and to denigrate Americans for practicing their civil rights. Apparently protesting Police brutality is somehow wrong!

But never mind police brutality, look what these rich bastards are doing! You’re not rich and they are.

The other day on a Facebook page was a, I won’t say Russian bot. (not clear but prit near) But according to him Ukraine is filled with Fascists and Vladimir Putin was little aire angel. The United States could do no right, and Russia could do no wrong. Full disclosure, I have my issues with this country, but civil rights are further down the road now than back when Dairy Queen had two serving windows. We have many sins in this country that must make good on. But this is the land of my birth, and I haven’t yet found a country that also doesn’t have issues from its past.

This joker was railing about “Elites,” running everything in America. Then posts a link from Twitter. Hello Elites? Elon? Above his link was link by Elite Elon, complaining that government couldn’t balance its budgets and implying taxation was theft. Hello, The Völkischer Beobachter?” Complete and simple Fascist propaganda. Government can’t fix your problems and governments are no good.

Many years ago, the Supreme Court ruled there were limits on Free Speech. You couldn’t yell fire in a crowded theater. But today you can and blame the fire on Joe Biden! And you must shout them down! You cannot allow their lies pass quietly as the truth, unquestioned or unchallenged. Their goal isn’t to convert you but to subvert you and silence you. To let the Fascists control the public narrative.

Kevin McCarthy says George Santos was elected by his voters despite all his lies and Kevin refuses to remove him. While at the same time, McCarthy removes Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the intelligence committee for “Lying.”

These Fascists are a danger to our country. Not because of their opinions, but because their desire to silence you and control the social narrative. They wish to ban books and academic courses, because they don’t want you to have the information needed to fight back. They attack higher education because Fascists have always sought to destroy higher education. To destroy the intelligentsia that might argue them down with relevant facts.

You don’t need a rifle or a gun to fight Fascism. You need a brain a keyboard and the understanding that the war has already begun. And when they begin to attack you for disagreeing with them! Smile, that means that you’ve got them on the ropes.

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ― Winston Churchill

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