Watching “Maddow” talk tonight on the continuing disenfranchisement of Benton Harbor. And it’s playing out like a nightmare.
(Sorry, the MSNBC Videos don’t embed in WordPress but please follow this link to where I have posted it on my Tumblr Page.)
The good news it that the people in Benton Harbor are fired up and ready to fight! When to the six minute mark of the video, you will the raw anger of a people who know they’re being fucked over.
Unfortunately, it also a snippet of one of the citizens calling the emergency manager Joe Harris “Hitler”.
And this is something we need to nip in the bud right now.
Now make no mistake, this situation clearly fits Webster’s Dictionary second definition of the word Fascism.
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge>
I’ve got no beef with calling this fascism. I’m fine with this. Hell, somebody needs to make a T-shirt that reads “My Governor bought Fascism to my state and all I got was this lousy T-shirt”. (You know, something like that, only less lame.)
The problem is that the minute you start throwing Hitler around, you start muddying the waters and making yourself sound shrill and hysterical.
So here’s a helpful note.
Hitler imposed fascism on Germany to remake Europe and by extension, the world into his own insane vision of racial purity.
The assholes in Michigan just want to own all the shit.
So by all means, call this Financial Marshal Law plan what it is, a very particular American strain of Fascism. But unless Gov. Snyder is hiding some sort of “Boys from Brazil’ like program, it’s best to leave Hitler’s name out of this.
-By the by, for all the latest developments in Michigan, please follow the freshly blogrolled Electablog who’s been writing about about this since the beginning. I have a feeling I may be pointing to him a lot in the days ahead.