Goose stepping into history?
Ever noticed the more radically Right groups give their endeavors those “patriotic” sounding names to cover up their fascistic leanings?
Groups like the Freedom Caucus….that batch of Tea Partyers that do little governing rather are there in the House to obstruct and being the government to a halt.
First there will be a new Trumpism think tank….the America First Policy Institute…..
Malcolm X, Mark Twain, Malcolm Gladwell. Lewis Carroll, Steve Jobs. Douglas Adams, Mohandas Gandhi, Rocky Balboa – all seem unlikely sources of inspiration for a definition of Trumpism.
Yet these are among the prominent figures quoted by members of a new thinktank dedicated to resurrecting former US president Donald Trump’s populist-nationalist agenda.
The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) describes itself as both “non-profit” and “non-partisan”. Critics, however, regard it as a cash cow for alumni of the Trump administration whose stained reputations make it hard to find gainful employment.
Trump’s policy achievements on criminal justice reform, the US-Mexico border and the pre-pandemic economy are worth preserving, studying and developing. “I think bottling that up into a thinktank and asking questions from an academic point of view – how was it that we achieved that? – is really important,” he said.
The AFPI is organized around 20 “policy centers”, such as homeland security and energy independence. A profile of the “Center for 1776” rails against “academic elites and demagogues” who are choosing to “embrace identity politics, division, and submission”. It appears to be picking up where Trump’s “1776 Commission”, a thinly disguised rightwing backlash against the New York Times’s 1619 Project, left off.
Well guess what….the “C word” of a representative from Georgia (the state not the country) has decided to give us more fascism and form yet another far right “patriotic” waste of time….and we pay her salary.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is not on any congressional committees, is forming her own “America First” caucus based on “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” Membership hasn’t been announced, but Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama said he’s interested, as is Rep. Louie Gohmert. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who faces a House ethics investigation as well as a federal sex trafficking case, tweeted that he’s in. Greene’s office confirmed the launch Friday, CNN reports. A flier posted by Punchbowl News lays out the caucus platform, including nativist arguments and conspiracy theories, starting with election fraud. “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” the seven-page document says.
Several Republicans immediately attacked the idea. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted. “Completely disgusted,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger posted. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, posted that Republicans teach tolerance. “Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate,” Cheney wrote. “America First” was used as a slogan not just by former President Trump, but by Americans opposed to involvement in World War II, per NBC, even after Germany’s slaughter of Jewish people became known in the US. A Democratic lawmaker, Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, urged ignoring the caucus and its members. “They are as relevant or irrelevant as WE make them,” he wrote.
Let’s be honest….we can call these attempts anything you like….but fascism is fascism and this is as fascistic as we can get.
But to be fair here is the pdf of the foundation statement for the “America First” caucus….
Surely you can spare some time after all it is only 7 pages and if you can read then it will be a piece of cake.
At what damn point do true Americas wake the Hell up and see this crap for what it is?
The GOP needs to purge these slugs and political parasites from their midst….
The Republican party, however, both behaves and is ideologically most similar to Hungary’s Fidesz party, Turkey’s AKP party and Poland’s PiS party.
All three are, essentially, fascist parties. As Zach Beauchamp of Vox notes, Turkey is one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists, Poland’s party has threatened judgeswho don’t rule the way they like with criminal punishment, and Hungary scapegoats immigrants as a strategy to gain and grow political power.
But will they?
After I wrote this post and saved it to be posted today news came out that this attempt to form a fascistic caucus within the GOP has been political squashed…..
There won’t be an “America First” caucus in the US House after all. Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene let go of the idea in the face of quick, broad opposition from members of both parties to the group’s apparent founding document. Greene then tried to put space between her and the platform, the Wall Street Journal reports, saying it was “a staff level draft proposal from an outside group that I hadn’t read.” The document called for adherence to “Anglo-Saxon political traditions,” going so far as to endorse the use of European architecture in US infrastructure. Republican House leaders Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney were among those who denounced hate and nativism after Punchbowl posted the policy online. “The hatefulness of this statement is only surpassed by its ignorance of American history and values,” Republican Rep. Ken Buck tweeted.
Greene blamed “the scum and liars in the media” for taking “something out of context.” She didn’t mention which parts of the document she disagrees with or were misunderstood, per the Washington Post. “The Congresswoman wants to make clear that she is not launching anything,” a spokesperson said, per CNN, though Greene’s office had said Friday the caucus would be formed “very soon.” Nonetheless, Greene promised in a tweet to keep working for former President Trump’s “America First” agenda. “America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children, and ultimately the world,” she said. The House already has removed Greene from committees over her past comments, but McCarthy kept her in the GOP conference. GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday that any Republican joining an “America First” caucus should receive similar punishment.
About time someone put these goose stepping morons in their place.
But on the downside….the think tank, America First Policy Institute, remains to spread the BS of the American fascists.
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