Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were technically on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but both were unabashed in their embrace of fascism.
Millions of innocents died at the hands of their ideology — whether far-left or far-right. Extremists always end up in the same place, using the same tactics to impose their ideology — whatever it may be.
Hitler and Stalin embraced government authority to an awful and hopefully unrepeatable degree.
Political persecution then: Long before Nazi Germany’s horrors were fully exposed, the political opponents of Hitler’s regime were the first victims of systematic persecution. Stalin’s purges similarly cleansed the Soviet Union of dissent under the guise of security.
But history is now repeating itself as America drifts perilously closer to actual fascism. While the right is really closer to the center, radical leftists have gone so far leftward that they are hardly recognizable.
Political persecution now: Free speech is now suppressed on social media and college campuses. The radical left is cracking down on “misinformation” and “disinformation.” Lest we forget, former President Barack Obama sought to place government censors in newsrooms, while the Biden administration proposed a “Disinformation Governance Board” to silence dissenters.
Taxation explosion now: Biden Democrats are empowering the Internal Revenue Service with nearly $80 billion in new funding and doubling its scope, with the intention of expanding audits to entrap more taxpayers. For perspective, $80 billion is on par with the entire economy of Luxembourg, the wealthiest nation in the world per capita.
Education monopoly now: How about the Bernie Sanders plan to make college education “free”? Or the radical left’s monopolistic stranglehold on academia? Or public schools promoting concepts like climate activism and gender identity — to elementary school students, no less? For Biden Democrats, the ideal education system reinforces their worldview and indoctrinates the next generation.
Of course, 21st-century America is not 1930s-era Germany or Russia. But fascism is fascism, and we can see the seeds of it being planted here. With a common theme of sweeping control over the economy, gun ownership, health care and ultimately everyday life (see: COVID-19), the self-serving use of state force is increasingly common.
If we accept a raid on a former president’s private property today, what comes next? What will Americans accept tomorrow? The imprisonment of former President Donald Trump? We already live in a world where Trump supporters may be fired or lose their businesses because of their political views, and it’s not so far removed from the Obama IRS targeting conservative organizations.
Yes, fascism can happen here. Banana Joe Biden’s Gestapo tactics just popped up at a Florida resort — unprompted and without explanation. When even Andrew Cuomo is asking questions about Biden’s tactics, Republicans probably have a point.
Never forget Biden’s Federal Bureau of Investigation — under the Merrick Garland-led Justice Department — storming Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, allegedly over paperwork. Americans across the country witnessed two federal law enforcement agencies target a former U.S. president with paper-thin justification at best, simply because he is Trump and “orange man bad.”
Federal officials like Biden, Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray are the same sorts of people who threw my grandfather in a Soviet gulag for seven years — because of greed and politics, because they wanted to, because they could. They are the same types of people who drove my family to the United States in search of freedom.
Americans need to speak out loudly against those who actually do what fascists have always done. Soon enough, it may be too late to undo the damage.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.