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Fascism Coming? Communist-Loving Congressman Doth Protest Too Much

Posted on December 31 2010 1:00 pm
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Few things drive leftists to the brink of insanity more quickly and more effectively than the Citizens United decision, which happened to be a wonderful, ringing affirmation of free speech and the First Amendment. That’s the Supreme Court decision that allowed —heaven forbid!— corporations to participate more fully in the democratic process. (It’s not as if they weren’t already involved in influencing government before the decision came down.)

But according to excitable one-termer John Hall, whose time as the Democratic congressman representing the 19th district of New York is about to draw to a close, America is on the verge of descending into Fascism if more isn’t done to reduce the influence of corporate money in the political system. Says Hall,

“I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. So that’s really the question— is that the destination if this court decision goes unchecked?”

Strict government control over businesses is indeed the essence of Fascism, or more precisely, Mussolini-style corporatism. As Mussolini himself said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Corporatism boils down to this: government tells industry (and labor) what to do and they do it for the supposed good of the country. But no one has done more to advance the cause of corporatism than Hall and his party, which has presided over the nationalization of various industries including the massive health care sector.

Like the rest of the activist left, Hall is in deep denial. The results of the November midterm elections weren’t a stunning repudiation of the radical left-wing policies of the Democrats and President Obama, according to Hall, but were the end result of corporate shenanigans.

“The country was bought,” Hall said. “The extremist, most recent two appointees to the Supreme Court, who claimed in their confirmation hearings before the Senate that they would not be activist judges, made a very activist decision in that it overturned more than a century of precedent. And as a result there were millions of extra dollars thrown into this race.”

Of course this ahistorical view is nonsense, but what would you expect from Hall, pictured above, who also co-founded the 1970s band Orleans (“Still the One” was one of their hits) and performed at the 90th birthday celebration of unrepentant Stalinist songbird Pete Seeger. (As recently as 2004 Seeger affirmed that he was “still a Communist.”)

And Hall doesn’t even understand who on the Supreme Court voted for the majority opinion in Citizens United. If by the “most recent two appointees” he means most recent as of today, then he is referring to Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. The problem is Kagan wasn’t even a member of the Court when the decision was rendered on Jan. 21, 2010, and Sotomayor dissented from the majority opinion.

What exactly did Hall mean? Did he intend to (correctly) describe Kagan and Sotomayor as extremists or was it a Freudian slip? Who knows, dude. Left-wingers aren’t exactly known for making sense.

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