COMMENTARY: Will the Real Fascist Please Stand Up—The Left’s Assault on Individual Rights

It is five o’clock in the morning and I am suffering from jet lag. Instead of getting the sleep I sorely need, my mind keeps replaying a recent interview that I watched on Fox News.

Judge Jeanine Pirro was being accosted by a cantankerous, middle-aged black man who described himself as a communist. He was expressing his utter disdain for the election of Donald Trump. This man did not vote for the president-elect because Trump, he says, is a fascist. Since he didn’t vote for Trump, this man doesn’t feel he is required to accept the results of the election…and he doesn’t want you to accept it either. In fact, he wants you to act out your disapproval by doing everything you can to protest Trump and the fascism he represents.

“Are you an anarchist?” Pirro asked, getting right at the core of the matter as she always does. You could tell that she hit him where it hurt. Instead of answering the question, the man went from the ridiculous to the ultra-absurd, comparing Trump to Hitler. This interview is a perfect example of how the left attempts to project its own fascistic tendencies onto the right.

The way it works in this republic is, we have an election and the winner is the president for the next four years. When Obama was elected in 2008, I didn’t like it but the voters had spoken and I knew I would have a chance to change it in 2012. Progressives don’t feel they have to abide by this basic concept. They believe that they are wiser than the rest of us. Therefore they are entitled to subvert the entire process. That sounds to me like fascism.

Coincidentally, I just happen to be reading a 1944 book entitled The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek, a man whose ideas were way ahead of his time. Hayek places fascists and socialists at one end of the political spectrum, and respect for the rights of the individual at the other end. His thesis is that a collectivist ideology—socialism, communism, fascism—will always lead to totalitarianism and the obliteration of individual rights. He believes that “the force which built our civilization” is the acknowledgment of the rights of the individual. “Freedom from coercion, freedom from the arbitrary power of other men.” This originally was a liberal concept, Hayek explains, but today’s liberals have a different approach to social problems. “The change,” he says, “amounts to a complete reversal…an entire abandonment of the individualist tradition which has created Western civilization.”

Judge Pirro’s interview subject is a classic contemporary liberal “progressive.” He doesn’t give a damn about your individual rights. He only cares about his own point-of-view, which he deems to be infinitely superior. “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality,” said Alexis de Tocqueville in 1848. “But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Ironically, the enemy of Pirro’s interviewee is the older version of liberal who cared about liberty and individual rights. Today’s liberal will go on at length about “social justice” and the “common good,” but his bottom line is a society that conforms to his ideological aims and his alone.

And that is why it is 5:00AM and I can’t sleep. This aggravating man on Judge Pirro’s TV show represents a palpable danger to our republic because he seeks to destroy the very assumptions that make this country possible. He calls Trump a fascist, but in reality he is the fascist. I believe in the rights of the individual and the rule of law, the opposite of anarchy. My perception is that Donald Trump shares my belief system. Trump’s political ideology is the diametrical opposite of fascism.

Under the ideological leadership of Obama and his friends from Chicago, the Democratic Party has been waging war on individual freedoms, especially the freedom of speech. They have attempted to demonize and prosecute anyone who denies the left’s global warming agenda, or who is guilty of “anti-Muslim rhetoric,” or who advocates a stronger military. The Obama presidency has encouraged left-wing extremists—like Pirro’s guest—to come out of the woodwork. I take comfort that, under President Trump, the ideological balance will swing back to a semblance of sanity—by which I mean respect for individual rights and the rule of law.

Okay, now I can get some sleep.

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Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.

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