Hillary Clinton is a fascist? Give me a break!

Nov 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

To me, the word “fascist” conjures images of World War II, crowds of people changing and cheering in support of Mussolini and Hitler. It’s a pejorative word, describing a radical perspective that supports authoritarian government and is on the far right of the political spectrum.

When I read Hamid Mir’s column, Liberal Fascism, I was completely confused by his assertion that Hillary Clinton is a fascist. I continued through it, and realized he had just finished Jonah Goldberg’s book, also titled “Liberal Fascism,” and no doubt it was weighing on his mind as he asked three questions of Secretary Clinton and found her answers unacceptable. He is, of course, entitled to his opinion of her answers but the fact remains, calling her a fascist is utterly unfounded. It continues the ugly name-calling and adrenaline-filled style we see in Pakistani media, and does absolutely nothing to improve US-Pak relations.

Let’s take a moment to discuss Goldberg’s book. He launches into rants against the liberal movements in the United States, going so far as to call Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy American fascists. For Goldberg, pushing forward the ideas and agendas of a party equals fascism. That is a grossly unfair standard and cruel label, and is applicable only to the Democratic Party. For example, he strongly condemns Kennedy’s urging of national service and volunteerism as the government controlling the lives of its citizens. Yet, the menacing horror of the McCarthy era escapes his notice. The sweeping changes of President Ronald Reagan do not make it into this book. President Bush’s bulldozing the nation with his agenda (political, economic AND social) does not show up in here, either.

To make something very, very clear: none of the aforementioned men are fascists in anyway. Goldberg fails to understand that when a political party is in power, it will do its best to push its agenda through. That goes for Republicans or Democrats. As FDR changed the country, so did Reagan. Neither are fascist. America has not had a fascist President. Goldberg should be condemned for using that label in his disgustingly partisan, biased and vicious book.

Those, however, were the thoughts percolating in the mind of Hamid Mir.

Calling one of the most liberal, open-minded and ardent supporters of Pakistani democracy a fascist is deplorable.

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