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Ted Cruz and I Fail Seth Rogen's Fascist Test

February 4, 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021, is a day that will live in infamy. It is the day actor and comedian Seth Rogen called Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) a “fascist” during a Twitter exchange. Rogen determined that Cruz was a fascist when Cruz openly opposed ersatz President Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords.

Okay, so Cruz and I are in the same boat. Last summer, when I told an adult female (at least, she had physical characteristics of being adult and female, but one never knows these days) that I was voting for The Donald, she yelled, “Oh, no! He’s a fascist!” That makes me a fascist too, I guess, since I agree with The Donald about most things.

Rogen, age 38, is a millennial. He can be forgiven, therefore, for anything he says about anything. But! He’s Jewish, so it’s difficult to forgive him for mis-using the term fascist. He should be ashamed of himself and apologize to Cruz, in fact, but that’s a non-starter.

The authoritative Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fascism as “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.”

Gosh and golly gee whiz! That sounds a like the 2021 version of a Democrat politician, to me. Parsing the definition:

  1. …exalts nation and race above the individual – True, The Donald wanted to, and almost did, make America great again, but up until B. H. Obama, every president, Democrat and Republican, tried to maintain America’s greatness in the world. So, exalting the nation is not exclusively Republican. But exalting race above the individual is what identity politics, exclusive to the Democrat Party, is all about. Strike one against Rogen.
  2. …stands for a centralized autocratic government – The Donald tried to restore the power of the 10th Amendment, the states’ rights amendment, so this doesn’t apply to him either. Today’s Democrat Party is for nullification of states’ rights and centralized government. Once a government becomes centralized, autocracy follows. Once again, Rogen is wrong. Strike two for the Sethmeister.
  3. …economic and social regimentation – Obama increased regulation; Donald decreased it. On day one of his ersatz presidency, Biden struck up the regulatory band. Strike three for the Rogendude.
  4. …forcible suppression of opposition – Since the “election,” quite a few Democrat bigwigs have spoken of wanting to silence Trump supporters, take away their rights, and even force them into re-education programs. No Republicans voiced similar ideas when Hillary lost in 2016. Strike four for the funny man.

I’m a psychologist. According to psychology, to accuse someone of an egregious fault that is true of the accuser is known as “projection.” Very insecure people project their own pathologies onto others because they can’t face the truth about themselves.

I’ll stop right there. I don’t need to say anything else because my readers are a very intelligent group of people.

Copyright 2021, John K. Rosemond

 

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