It’s Like, Total Fascism, Dude!

When it comes to gettin’ her 80s on, nobody thinks she’s gnarlier than Alana Goodman at the Daily Mail.  Somewhere between sneaky photos of Amal Clooney’s baby bump and Mariah Carey’s cleavage, Goodman managed to squeeze in this blockbuster bit of skinny from the Reagan Decade:

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal.  The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school near Washington D.C.

Whoa.

Gorsuch founded the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ during his freshman year at Georgetown Preparatory, a now-$30,000-a-year private Jesuit school that is one of the most selective in the United States.  He served as president until he graduated in 1985, according to his senior yearbook.

That’s right!  Goodman actually got a hold a copy of of Neil Gorsuch’s high school yearbook and pried the awful truth from the pages within:

The 80s, ladies and gentlemen.  It wasn’t just mullets and parachute pants.  There was also the dark, black, beating heart of fascism lurking just beneath the glittering surface.

Gag me with a spoon.  Fascism was, like so five minutes ago even back in those days.  Personally, I was more intrigued by Gorsuch’s work on the Committee to Reform the Beast–especially in light of the epidemic of back-masked lyrics hidden in popular music at the time.  Hot lead in hand, I reached out to one of the ringmasters of 80s era Satanic panic, Ozzy Osbourne, to get his take on this nefarious discovery.

“Beast. . .beast,” he mused, getting that even-more-confused-than-usual look.  “Could you be more specific about which beast?”

“The one Neil Gorsuch tried to reform,” I replied, handing Ozzy a Nutter Butter cookie.

“Oh, that beast!” Ozzy said, a dim twinkle of recognition in his eyes.  “Yeah, he was a right git, that one.  Neil got ‘im under control good.  Sold ‘im his soul, he did, right there on the spot.”

I raised an eyebrow.  “Neil really sold his soul to the Beast?”

“No, mate!” Ozzy chuckled.  “The Beast sold his soul to Neil.  Now be a doll and give us another cookie.”

I was so excited I gave Ozzy the whole package.  Seriously, I couldn’t believe my luck.  Not only was Neil Gorsuch a closet fascist, he was a full-blown reaper as well!  He-loo, Pulitzer!

Still, was the story too good to be true?  Granted, Ozzy was a pretty solid source–but holding up the highest standards of journalism meant that I needed at least a little more hearsay.  I took a spin through my old paper Rolodex (culled from back issues of Tiger Beat), stopping at Limahl, who’d had a hit back in ’83 with “Too Shy.”  Pickings had been slim for Limahl since he slugged Boy George at the last Live Aid show, so I figured he’d take my call.

“Limahl, baby!” I said.  “How are things?”

“A never ending story,” Limahl snapped.  “This isn’t about playing another class reunion, is it?”

“No, I’m looking into this Gorsuch thing.  You know anything about him and some Beast?”

“That scene wasn’t really my bag,” Limahl said.  “Not good for my image.  I will tell you one thing, though–that bastard Neil broke up my band, he did.”

I was incredulous.  “Seriously?”

“God’s truth, mate.”

“Neil Gorsuch. . .broke up Kajagoogoo?”

“Bloody saboteur,” Limahl spat.  “I passed out before a show one night, and what does he do?  Steals my bloody wig and sings the whole bleedin’ set.  My mates said they couldn’t tell the difference.  Well, it was all over after that.  Ruined my career, he did.”

I forgot all about the Pulitzer.  This was full-blown screenplay material.  I don’t remember if I thanked Limahl before hanging up, because my fingers were already on my keyboard, writing up the story of a lifetime.  I couldn’t wait to throw it all in Alana Goodman’s face.  Not only was Neil Gorsuch a disciple of Satan (or one of his lower minions–either one worked), he was also the Yoko Ono that broke up one of the signature one-hit wonder New Romantic bands of the 80s.

Oh, and a fascist.  Or something.

“Too good,” I said to myself as I typed away.  “Too good to check.”

More Republicans Prefer The Visible Hand Of Fascism To Free Markets

It’s downright dangerous for Republicans to give Trump a mandate to  manipulate companies. At best, it’s corporate cronyism run amuck. At worst, it’s the seeds of actual Fascism.

I long for the days when Republicans were for free trade, less government, and letting the market determine winners and losers. You know, like a year ago. Now all that has changed with the rise of Trumpism.

Ben Shapiro noted this in a tweet citing two sources showing GOP voters reacting with elation over Trump’s Carrier deal.

Now, as President Obama says when he’s about to obfuscate, let me be clear: One deal made by a sitting governor who happens to be vice president-elect, and cemented by quasi promises from the president-elect (who has no authority to make them yet), does not a policy make. Therefore I refuse to jump to conclusions about anything Trump will do as policy–other than to say he’ll do whatever he thinks will work and encourage more people to love him.

However, the reaction by Republicans, who should show some level of concern for this blatant line-crossing of the chief executive to be into corporate cronyism, is quite shocking.

More Republicans are okay with the president and vice president playing tonsil hockey with private businesses than Democrats or independents.

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Something is wrong with calling the GOP “conservative” when more Democrats recognize the undesirability of the executive branch singling out companies to negotiate deals on behalf of workers. (Of course, many Democrats love unions and have no problem with public sector unions calling the shots, or having Congress pass onerous laws that predetermine outcome-based winners and losers based on social goals, but that’s a different horse to slaughter.)

Corporate cronyism (I won’t call it “crony capitalism,” because it’s not capitalism at all) is bad policy, unless you think it’s okay for companies to worm their way into the White House to make the best deal for the CEO or shareholders, directly negotiated with the CEO of America, Inc., while workers, consumers, and other stakeholders lose market power. Ask any Comcast customer how they like the cable franchise system. Or ask Aereo how they like losing in the Supreme Court against Big TV.

Whipped into a frenzy of MAGA, support for such lofty and ethereal notions such as a free market economy and government-interference-free capitalism has flagged among Americans–especially self-identified Republicans and conservatives.

In the weekly Economist/YouGov tracking poll, 57 percent of Republicans agreed with the statement “The free market has been sorting [the economy] out and America’s been losing.” And 55 percent who agreed identified as “conservative.” Those numbers were higher than Democrats and independents (33 and 38 percent respectively) and liberals and moderates (31 and 38).

That’s just crazy. Even given the bias for/against Trump, conservatives should realize that it’s the restraint of a free market that is causing America to lose, not the other way around.

It’s downright dangerous for Republicans and conservatives to give Trump a mandate to bribe, browbeat, threaten and otherwise manipulate companies into doing his bidding. At best, it’s corporate cronyism run amuck. At worst, it’s the seeds of actual Fascism, where corporate resources are folded into a government political plan for production.

And don’t think Trump isn’t listening to the hoots and cheers of approval. Just look at his latest tweets:

When Trump tweeted that he would cancel the order with Boeing for the new Air Force One 747, Boeing’s stock took a tumble.

His explanation: “The plane is totally out of control,” adding, “We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.” In what universe does the POTUS and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces get to decide how much money Boeing gets to make? I understand that wartime contracts for goods production specified the profit margin on government procurement, but this isn’t a war economy. Boeing can bid like any other company.

Corporate America is watching and listening very closely.

“Some of us may share our turn in the bull’s-eye,” Caterpillar Inc.Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

Nice. American public company CEO’s are now lining up to play footsie with the president-elect before Jan. 20–and after.

Senior advisers to Mr. Trump have signaled that he plans to continue intervening in issues that pertain to specific businesses as he sees fit once he is sworn in on Jan. 20.

If you thought Solyndra, Solar City (and other Elon Musk businesses like SpaceX and Tesla), and President Obama’s favorite green charity cases were egregious examples of government picking winners and losers, strap in for the ride, because with Trump you ain’t seen nothing yet.

First They Shut You Up, Then You Will Be Made to Care

I have to quibble, slightly, with the Washington Free Beacon’s Sonny Bunch. In a piece last week Sonny wrote that he did not think I was quite right with my phrase “you will be made to care.” Instead, he thought it should be “you will be made to shut up.”

I would suggest that he stops too soon. Yes, along the way to making people care, many of us must be shut up first.

In fact, we see that is the initial play with the left. A young man last week pointed out that transgenderism is largely a mental health issue and started receiving threats on twitter and general harassment. The Fire Chief in Atlanta referred to homosexuality as a sin and lost his job. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty quoted scripture and the left tried to drive him from the airwaves. The Benham Brothers are evangelical Christians and had their TV deal cancelled for offending the gay mafia.

Christians will be made to shut up. Those who question political correctness will be made to shut up. Now there is a new troubling story out. A tenured professor at Marquette University lost his tenure and was fired for a blog post in which he took issue with a graduate student who told a class only bigots and homophobes could question gay marriage. The one student who did question it was failed. Again, a tenured professor lost his job for raising questions about the appropriateness of a graduate student’s class instruction on gay marriage.

Yes, they’ll try to shut us up. But that is only the halfway point.

As I have written before, particularly on the issue of gay marriage, gay rights activists want the entire veneer of normal. They want the whole package. That involves the Christian florist being forced to provide flowers for a gay wedding. That involves driving from the airwaves anyone who calls homosexuality a sin. That will, eventually, involve forcing pastors to marry gay couples. After all, normally weddings happen in a church. For those of you who say this will never happen, we’re already about to move on to polyamory, which was also, like gay marriage, never going to happen. Just wait.

I’ve had more than one employee of major Fortune 500 companies tell me they are “strongly encouraged” to participate in gay pride events. I have had corporate employees tell me they have had to fill out surveys, with their name on them so that there is no anonymity, that ask frank questions about their views of gay rights.

Eventually, you will be made to care. Once the gay mafia has established that everyone agrees with them because all other voices have been made silent, those of you still thinking you do not have to pick a side or can compromise and nuance your position will have to take a side. You will be made to care about gay marriage one way or the other and if you care the wrong way, good luck finding or keeping a job.

I encounter, on a near weekly basis, more and more Christians who say gay rights is increasingly becoming a modern mark of the beast — either celebrate gay rights or be forced to the sidelines of society. I don’t hold to that theological view, but I completely understand where they are coming from. And it is only going to get worse, requiring a braver, more vocal church.

Sonny Buch is right that you will be made to shut up. But then you will be made to care. And that is precisely why people of faith cannot shut up.

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