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America's Hitler?

Bruce Luske

America's Hitler won't come to us (and soon enough, after many of us) sporting a mustache and military garb. Rather, she is likely to be wearing lipstick, a skirt, high heels, and, as Sinclair Lewis warned, will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. And she'll be smiling and winking winsomely at us with a carefully orchestrated disingenuous folksiness that, truth be told, radiates more soft core porn than back porch neighborliness. Thus her greatest popularity with regressed straight white working class men who can only fantasize. This utterly male identified woman ("momma grizzlies" notwithstanding), this perversion of genuine feminism as in empowering women, could very well become America's first fascist president.

Yes, that's right. I give you Sarah Palin, who, while even dumber than Bush (Who thought it possible?), is just as deceptive and far more cunning--but also terrifyingly charismatic, vivacious, chirpy, and seductive to boot. She would make an outstanding hand puppet for the American ruling class. Accordingly, she would dutifully pluck all the strings necesary to tweak and stoke the people's fear and confusion as she ruthlessly worked to carry out the final destruction of American democracy and the installation of totalitarian corporate rule. High heels backed by iron heels as the "SS-American-style" corporate military contractor thugs (Blackwater, now Xe?) fan out across the land to stamp out all remaining sparks of dissent and opposition--the chief targets being in the universities and erstwhile independent media.

Preposterous, you say? Can't happen here, you say? I beg to differ. Things look to me a lot like Germany between 1923 and 1932, only with an American cultural twist.

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Bruce Luske has been the resident sociologist at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY since 1993; and he welcomes all responses to his work. You can reach him at

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