Hitler said; "We stand for the maintenance of private property ... We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order."
The 1980 edition of, Webster's New World Dictionary defined Fascism; a system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, private economic enterprise under centralized government control, belligerent nationalism, racism, and militarism, etc.
In 1936 syndicated columnist Heywood Broun, wrote;
"Fascism is a dictatorship from the extreme right, or to put it a little more closely into our local idiom, a government which is run by a small group of large industrialists and financial lords ... I am going to ask latitude to insist that we might have Fascism even though we maintained a pretense of democratic machinery. The mere presence of a Supreme Court, a House of Representatives, A Senate and a president would not be sufficient protection against the utter centralization of power in the hands of a few men who might hold no office at all. Even in the case of Hitler, many shrewd observers feel that he is no more than a front man and that his power is derived from the large munitions and steel barons of Germany."
Perhaps a sweeping change of the party in power in our government will not be enough, but we must try.
Dennis G. Gordon
Support equal participation
If someone came to you, and said he needed your help to kill someone, would you help? It's hard to conceive of a circumstance justifying this, especially if you don't know either party.
He gave you compelling arguments, and you started to think you might help. Most of us in this situation would check, double-check, triple-check the reasons before ever considering killing. Then he also says if you don't help, he'd consider you his enemy.
So, you went ahead and killed the targeted person.
Shortly afterward, you found the person asking you to commit this murder had lied about every single reason he gave. When confronted, he gave other reasons, which upon checking turned out to be further lies.
Outrage. Anger. What would you want to do to this person now?
When someone decides to support a president or support what the troops are doing, it's a decision to participate in murder. There is blood of children on everyone's hands who waves the flag, "supports our troops", or in some other way supports what is happening. Would you personally be willing to kill? Was it justifiable and reasonable? Support is participation. Our laws call it being an accessory.
Mr. Bush is the grandest liar and cheat I've ever seen in the White House, but I'll give him this: he's good at it. Mr. Clinton lied more than his share, but most of us were more easily able to see through him.
We must face ourselves honestly --the most violent and selfish nation on earth.
We're shocked and appalled at a student shooting students or teachers, the Oklahoma bombing, the Jonestown mass suicide. But what message are we sending to ourselves when we carelessly and casually decide to support war?
How easily some decide to support war!
Is it any wonder?
Don't buy gas Wednesday
It is time we let the big oil companies know who really runs this country. It is us, you and me, and our neighbors. we need to send a powerful message to them that says enough is enough! Do not buy gas on Wednesday May 19. This will make a huge difference if we all stick together. I know of one place of employment that the employees there have not received a pay raise in going on three years! What does that have to do with gas prices? Plenty. Just think about it. This could be a modern day Boston Tea Party. We have more resources than our forefathers did. Do we have the backbone to stand up for what is right? I think we do. If we all work together, we will get things done. If it doesn't work on May 19, we will do it again and again, until they finally get the message. Don't wimp out on me people. Stand tough, you can make a difference. If you buy gas on May 19, don't let me hear you complain when it's three dollars a gallon. This is a patriotic thing to do. Let's all stand together and get this done.
Ain't free speech great?
There sure are a lot of whiners on the left who, when their aiding and abetting actions are criticized, start crying: "Free speech! Free speech! You are trying to take away my free speech."
No, no, mi amigos! No one has ever said the leftist appeasers -- or anyone else -- do not have the right to criticize and condemn whatever and whomever they want. But, wow, that crowd sure gets upset when the right side of the coin uses its free speech rights to criticize and condemn the left side of the coin. Hey, do I smell a double-standard here? Goose, gander?
Free speech is the foremost of our Constitutional guarantees; it guarantees me the right to express my belief that the left's actions border on the treasonous and undermine our troops! Free speech helps determine who is a friend or foe: " Tis always better to know thine enemy...." said someone somewhere! Ain't that free speech great?
Attention store managers
I have noticed while shopping that few clerks say, "Thank you." "There you go," or some such words is not a substitute. "Have a nice day," is not either.
Few clerks count your change back to you. They count it to the register and hand it to you without your knowing if it is right or wrong. Money making is not a substitute for courtesy.
Store rest rooms are not adequately cleaned, i.e. dirty corners, urine on the floor, trash overflowing, etc.
It takes little time to clean a rest room, then three or four checks during the business day should keep it reasonably clean.
A grump at the pump doesn't please customers.
Make your store a welcome place, your customers will feel wanted and will be back. Stores who do not offer good service deserve to be nonprofitable.
Otis W. Lael
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