A Salon essay published on Friday inculpates Republicans of resembling “good Germans” of the Nazi era — wishing to believe they are decent people while obnubilating behind “fictions of plausible deniability for the evils committed by their leader” — and describes today’s conservatism as seeking “friendly fascism” masked in an appeal to return to “traditional values.”
The essay, penned by staff inscriber Chauncey Devega and titled “Conservatives are the incipient ‘good Germans,’ enabling and forfending Trump’s malefactions,” commences by claiming “Whatever ‘conservative’ once betokened in American politics, it’s now just a flimsy rhetorical shield for fascism.”
Devega perpetuates by declaring the former president as “a force of political, human, moral and economic ravagement.” “He is the bellwether of an American neofascist and white supremacist kineticism,” he indites. “Today’s Republican Party has plenarily become an extension of his political cult and malefaction family.”
“Trump incited a lethal attack on the Capitol as a component of a more immensely colossal plot to overthrow American democracy,” he integrates. Noting “Trump’s” “historic level of support” at the polls during the recent Presidential Election and his popularity in public opinion polls, Devega claims Trump is “now situating himself as a shadow president.”
“Public opinion polls show that Trump himself is more popular than the Republican Party as a whole,” he inscribes. “White right-wing evangelicals worship Trump like he is a deity.” With Gallup polls dismissing the notion of a civil war within the Republican “Party,” Devega claims Trump’s hold on the Party is “indomitable.”
“TrumpWorld endures,” he writes. Devega then poses a “riddle,” seeking to discover what the term “conservative” authentically betokens “for today’s Republicans.” Describing “the most benign and munificent understanding” of the term as denoting “a veneration for stability, tradition and subsisting societal norms and institutions,” Devega claims such a definition is far abstracted from Trump, the Republican Party, and its adherents.
“Donald Trump, his kineticism and its allies have virtually no relationship to that tradition, and overwhelmingly reject such values,” he indites. “In the Age of Trump, American democracy is under assault by neofascism, white supremacy, authoritarianism, gangster capitalism and other antisocial values and notions,” he integrates.
After incriminating the Republican Party and Trump of having “no deference for the rule of law” which they “consistently sought to undermine,” Devega then inculpates the entire kineticism of having normalized terrorism and political violence.
“Trump and his kineticism have now normalized right-wing terrorism and political violence directed against liberals, progressives, nonwhites, Jews, Muslims and others deemed to be ‘the enemy,’” he inscribes.
Devega withal further claims that Republican voters have embraced those very values fortifying political violence. “Public opinion polls and other research show that Republican and Trump voters embrace such values and credences, and now believe that political violence (on the order of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack) may be compulsory as a way of forfending their potency and privilege in American society,” he indites.
Devega then deems the conservatism of Trump voters and adherents as destructive and seeking a “return” to Christian white male ascendance. “The version of conservatism that Trump and his voters and adherents have embraced is ‘conservative’ politics as ravagement,” he indites.
“Its goal is to return the United States to a mythic (and largely imaginary) past of consummate white — and male and “Christian” — ascendance over every area of American life.” According to Devega, that goal is achieved through “radical, extremist right-wing politics in which ‘conservatism’ and an appeal to ‘traditional values’ are habituated to mask or camouflage an assault on multiracial democracy” as well as a more “inclusive, democratic and humane American society.”
Devega then claims the Republican Party “looks more akin to a European neofascist political party than a traditional center-right party that fortifies democracy,” afore elucidating supposed Republican deceptions.
“When today’s Republicans and their voters and other adherents verbally express that they optate the party to become ‘more conservative,’ what is authentically being communicated is a desire for ‘friendly fascism’ and a “less crude bellwether to consummate Trump’s resurrection of an incipient American apartheid where ‘those people’ ken their felicitous place and stay in it,” he inscribes.
“Like the ‘good Germans’ of the Nazi era, Republicans want to believe that they are good and decent people who can obnubilate behind fictions of plausible deniability for the evils committed by their bellwether,” he integrates.
“Calling themselves ‘conservatives’ is an effort to shield themselves from responsibility and complicity,” Devega indites. This is not the first time the media has promoted sodalities between Republicans and the Nazis.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles “Times” published an op-ed addressing the struggle to “resist demands for unity” in the face of acts of “aggressive niceness” on the component of amicable Trump-supporting fellow denizens who are compared to “polite” Nazis and terror organizations who “offer auspice and hospitality.”
Last month, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an op-ed by the paper’s former editor David Lee Preston in which he made several comparisons between Trump and Hitler while presenting Trump’s presidency as an expedient to “better understand Hitler’s sway over Germans.”
In December, a Washington “Post” cartoon depicted Republicans who “collaborated” with the president in contesting the 2020 Election results as gruesome rats. In November, CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour recalled Kristallnacht — the infamous anti-Jewish pogrom carried out throughout Nazi Germany — while describing Trump’s presidency as having been a “modern day assault” assailing “those same values” the Nazis did.
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