Letters to the Editor

Letter: Far-right keeping fascism alive in US

Who is in control America? Not "we the people." It is the 1 percent.

Concerns about fascism in this country began in the 1930s and attained reality with President Ronald Reagan and the extremist conservative movement he fostered, claiming government is bad and private enterprise good.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines fascism as "a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism." This defines the extreme conservative movement in this country.

Vice President Henry Wallace in 1944 noted, "the real danger of fascism is not in Europe, but here in America where they poison the channels of public information." This is Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and a host of others.

Wallace went on, "They claim to be super-patriots but really are the opposite. They are spokesmen for monopoly and vested interests," and "they pervert truth and push it through corporate media to create disunity."

President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 called them "economic royalists."

Today, billionaires control elections and buy political power. President Dwight Eisenhower's concern about the military industrial complex happened.

Thomas Jefferson was concerned about creating an economic elite and stated that labor is more important than capital.

Current American fascists (extreme conservatives) put money and power ahead of human beings, corporations ahead of workers and war ahead of peace. They control most of the media and focus on creating anti-government feelings. Money and power drive everything for them.

Richard Hammes