If you have read this blog before, you’ve heard me suggest more than once that fascism is ascendant in America. If you still think that’s an overstatement, perhaps this latest bit of evidence will change your mind.
Michael Scheuer, a former senior CIA official and author, wrote a blog post in which he explicitly calls for Trump opponents to be killed. This is justified, in his mind, and no doubt the minds of others, because Trump opponents are involved in a coup against the Trump government. Note the detail he provides:
Fortunately, they have in hand a long and very precise list of the names and photographs of those who hate and threaten them, their families, their way-of-life, their liberty, their livelihoods and their republic. No self-respecting and determined-to-remain-independent citizenry can let themselves forever be held hostage by thug-civil-servants like Strzok, Comey, McCabe, Page, and Rosenstein; worshipers of tyranny, like the Democratic members of Congress, the Clintons, the FBI, and the Obamas; apparent traitors like Brennan, Hayden, and Clapper; all of the mainstream media; and the tens of thousands of government-admitted-and-protected, violent, criminal, and illegal immigrants.
Just in case you missed it, “all of the mainstream media” and “Democratic members of Congress” are on Scheuer’s death list.
Notice that he’s not calling for the government to round up people. He’s calling for civilians to pick up their guns and go out and kill their neighbors on behalf of the government. This is precisely how fascist violence begins, as it did, for example, in Italy in 1922.