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(Note: Irma’s stark reminders are voiced at about the 5:20 mark)
Liberals erroneously claim that the conservative right are fascists, or generally speaking, the farther right a society travels on the ideological spectrum the closer to fascism it gets. It is simply untrue. In fact, conservatism and fascism are on complete opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. Progressivism and fascism, however, are firmly located on the same side of the spectrum as fascism — the left.
Unfortunately, those who lived under fascist rule know this all too-well because, to them, there is no faux academic supplement for reality.
Buck Sexton, of the Blaze Radio Show, received a phone call Saturday from a nearly 84-year-old woman named Irma, who lives in Massachusetts today. Irma was born in 1930 under Nazi Germany fascism. Her father fought against the tyranny of big government for years, which resulted in his imprisonment first under the Nazis, and again “under the worst conditions” after communism took over in what was then-East Germany.
Big government liberals, otherwise camouflaged as progressives, falsely argue that their big government ideology separates them from fascism because their purpose is a “moral imperative.” However, historically, there is simply no such thing, there is only the choice of either centralized tyranny or decentralized freedom. As Irma said, “progressivism and fascism come from the same ideological root.”
According to the Merriam-Webster definition, fascism is “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
In truth, we are hard-pressed to distinguish a difference between progressivism and fascism when we actually review what they mean, ideologically. Both believe in big government control and a dynamic, powerful executive that renders the liberty of the individual subservient to the collective. From his takeover of 1/6 of the American economy through ObamaCare to his defiance of a president’s constitutional duty to uphold the law on immigration and DOMA, though he is often charged of being a socialist, President Obama seems to resemble more a fascist than anything else.
And the reason is simple: Socialism, communism, progressive and fascism all “come from the same ideological root,” just as Irma said. They all in one form or another, at their core, believe that people are best ruled by those educated enough to rule, because people are not capable of making their own choices.
“My biggest regret is that I came here, and we lived a life trusting that we lived under a Constitution that will always be there,” Irma told Sexton. She went on to say that she was “always leery” about what took place in the 1960s and the political correctness movement that took hold in universities, prompting her to ask herself, “What in the world is this?”
There is one more aspect that connects socialism, communism, progressivism and fascism that is significant. Sure, they all lead to tyranny, but they also all fail.
(Want to read more about political ideologies and their implications, read my book Our Virtuous Republic, which dives into great detail about what each philosophy presupposes about human nature. “Liberals who read this book will never see the same face in the mirror again, and conservatives will never find a better argument against big government.”)