Andrew Sullivan on the Bush-Cheney brand of fascism:
I think proto-fascism is a better term than neo-fascism. Cheney and
Bush respected the outer limits of constitutional democracy. They
obeyed a Supreme Court ruling that struck down their maximalist views
of their own inherent power as the executive branch. They left office
after an election. They are not fascists. But they do see the executive
branch as a kind of fascist element within a democratic polity, an
element that can simply ignore the law or hire lawyers to twist it into
meaninglessness, an element that has the inherent power to seize
anyone, citizen or non-citizen, in the US or not the US, detain them
without due process and torture them, in the name of national security,
meaning any government response to “active threats” of terrorism.
It is amazing how the Right has embraced this type of thinking and is running with it as a legitimate ideology. Conservative politicians now openly advocate torture as policy and cheer lead the creation of a security state. As Sullivan states, they are willing to do this within certain confines, but their naked ambition to attain power through fear is truly frightening.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.