Fascist?

D L Henderson
3 min readJun 3, 2024

June 3, 2024

Watching the News this morning, about 5 am, I saw and heard short statements of opinions very much in lockstep. For example, several people at a Trump Rally stated that we are living in a fascist country.

The first thing that came to my mind was that by their very boldness in expressing their opinions reflects the fact that we, in fact, are not living under fascism. Fascist governments do not tolerate rallies to exercise any freedom of speech. That sort of open discussion is verboten. It is not tolerated under a fascist regime.

Such thinking is showing a convoluted logic in which they are actually debating against themselves. Here’s the definition:

Fascism — “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition” (MerriamWebster.com)

That particular group at that particular rally were exercising their particular rights of Assembly and Speech — rights which they claim no longer exist in this country. Really?

Now, I realize that change can be difficult. Regular routines, the status quo, social continuity, the sun coming up every morning, all familiar things give us, not only a sense of security, but an overall feeling of comfort. We Humans like comfort, peace of mind, and reliable routines. So, big changes can make us really uncomfortable.

Presidential Elections in this country offer continuity, not chaos; freedom, not fascism; equality, not superiority and domination… Our elective form of government offers corrective changes that might make our lives better — in one Party’s opinion or the other’s. Those goals are always modified by the Two Party System which very much preserves the status quo — to the dissatisfaction of the more radical groups.

Another even more disturbing idea that was expressed in the canvassing of the people at the rally was that if the political process didn’t go their way, there would be another military rebellion that would make the January 6th Insurrection seem like child’s play.

Immediately, in response, I ask, “Who is oppressing who here?”

Who is playing the part of the fascist? Who is making intimidating threats? Is it the MAGA Camp at this rally? Or is it the rest of us who are peacefully just trying to live ordinary lives at work, at home, and at play?

Which camp has been threatening physical harm to Election Officials and ordinary Citizens who have simply volunteered to do the necessary work to fulfill the basic functions of Democracy?

Oh, and by the way, many at the rally claimed to be Christians, doing the work of the Lord… Bull crap.

Their god is Trump — merely a man, a man who has claimed that he doesn’t need to repent, because he’s never done anything wrong!

Basic Biblical Christianity states, “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

I shouldn’t have to say one more thing.

However, it seems necessary that I do…

Trump puts himself above everything Biblical.

The folks that claim they are Christian and who are exalting Trump don’t even come close to God’s glorious standard. They are not even on the same planet as the rest of us. They are not Bible Believing Christians.

How can they foment hate and call themselves Christians?

How can they rally for a man who has a history of deceit, fraud, womanizing, perpetual lying, and other such narcissistic behaviors?

Have they all become like ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing?

I’d say so.

Christians?!?

Not according to the Bible.

…More like heretical haters — in my opinionated observations…

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D L Henderson

Born 1950; HS 1968; Born again 1972; Cornell ILR; Steward, Local President/Business Agent; Husband, father, grandfather; winner/loser/everything in between