If there is one word that has been overused the past four years, it may be "fascist." This word has come to be associated with Republicans, and most notably, President Donald Trump. Why? It seems as if the left does not even really know.
Fascism means total government control in every aspect of citizenry. This can mean their income, their religious practices, their personal lives, the control of their businesses, etc.
Who does this sound more like than anyone else recently? It was not Republicans who had the Supreme Court rule against one of their governor's for cracking down on religious institutions for having gatherings — it was the Democrats' golden boy, Andrew Cuomo.
Republican leaders are not the ones attempting to interfere with small businesses trying to make a sustainable income by locking down states and freezing the economy; it has been governors such as Oregon's Kate Brown.
It seems those on the left are forgetting what the word "fascist" actually means. The very political philosophy itself comes from the idea of autocracy, in which one individual has all the power within government.
Over the last few months, we have seen a number of Democratic governors doing exactly that by enacting executive orders that shut down businesses, close down religious gatherings, and even limiting how many family members can eat at Thanksgiving dinner, all to "help" slow the spread of COVID-19.
How can the same party that has been rooting for these types of autocratic and authoritarian polices honestly attempt to call the other side fascists? For pandering and attention grabbing, of course.
While Democrats are busy telling their citizens they need to quit attempting to kill grandma and focused on shutting down a church service, Republicans have been encouraging safe protocols for their constituents to have choices and not requiring government mandates to ensure the pandemic is eradicated.
States like Tennessee have launched commercial campaigns encouraging masks throughout the state, and embracing social distancing measures without enforcing a strict mask mandate. This message has been consistent throughout the conservative movement.
While taking safety precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing have been encouraged within states with Republican control, they have had far less government enforced policies that would make citizens practice these measures without consent, and with punishment if they did not comply. That, in of itself, is fascism.
Figures such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk have said as much, calling stay-at-home orders "against all their constitutional rights,", referring to U.S. citizens being locked in their homes because of state government orders.
As well, these government leaders do not even follow their own orders. Democratic governors such as California's Gavin Newsom and New Jersey's Phil Murphy have both been caught out and about dining both indoor and outdoor after forcing their constituents not to do so.
It seems Democrats only care about restricting their lower counterparts and not ones that are of high social status, and then not following along when they are pressed.
Now ask yourself this question: Is it truly the Republicans being the fascists here?
Conservatives have historically advocated for smaller government that stays out of our households, business and personal lives, and there has never been more evidence to support that advocacy than that during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans are not the fascists here, and never have been.
Kenny Cody is a 24-year old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. He has had pieces published on conservative news sites such as The Daily Wire, Townhall.com, and The Libertarian Republic, as well as serves as Chairman for the Cocke County Republican Party in his home state. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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