In Palin Rallies Ignite Widespread Talk of ‘Fascism’, Jeffrey Feldman says that because he published a book recently on the harm done to U.S. democracy by violent rhetoric, he gets called a lot when it’s published a book recently on the harm done to U.S. democracy by violent rhetoric, I get lots of calls when people here it. He says that while fascist isn’t an accurate description of Sarah Palin, the concern and conditions that her rallies engender is worth noting.
The most common point brought to my attention in this new concern for Palin is that her events remind people of the kind of ‘rallies’ people have seen in old newsreels and exhibition photographs in history museums about the fascist period.
Many people have said to me, in so many words, ‘I went to a Holocaust museum, recently, and the kinds of rallies they had in the 1930s are exactly what we are seeing now at these Palin events.’
…Interestingly, I have heard these observations from Democrats and Republicans. The logic is that it is not just one feature of the Palin events that leads people see them as ‘rallies’ of the sort they have learned about in history museums, but three elements combining together: claims of Obama’s covert terrorist ties and desire to see the military fail, combined with voiced calls for harm to Sen. Obama.
I confess that I was a lot less nervous about Palinmania before I saw this photo titled Put her out of her misery, please from bobster1985. I’m guessing he’s not going to be voting for her. These people probably won’t either.