I come from a Communist country. This means that I come from a country in which the rights of the people are subservient to the State. Or, to put it even more briefly, individuals have no guaranteed rights. Not so surprisingly, Fascism evokes the same ideology. Fascist ideology consistently invoked the primacy of the state. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but applied them to what it saw as the more significant conflict between nations and races rather than to class conflict, and focused on ending the divisions between classes within the nation.
But, here is the bottom line in both Communism and Fascism. In both cases, the State is supreme and the security of the State is more important than the civil rights of the individual. In fact, any individual rights of the individual can be suspended in case of national need. It is very important to note this sameness.
Currently in the USA, many hold that neither priests nor pastors should engage in politics. There is good reason for this most of the time. If our priests and pastors are too involved in partisan politics, there exists the danger that the faith become identified with a particular political position. I should note that there is the opposite danger, which is that if clergy never speak up, then they equally risk being identified with some type of political philosophy. Currently there are those who are seeking to identify Pope Francis with conservative fascist ideology precisely because he supposedly failed to speak out strongly enough against then reigning military junta.
But, now I feel as though I must risk some slight involvement. Some Republican congresspeople are again upset because the US bombing criminal was read his rights and will be arraigned in a court of law. They are willing to deny a USA citizen his constitutional rights because of national need. More than one has suggested that torture should be authorized despite clear Constitutional law that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”
And thus, as one who was a citizen of a Communist country, I am of the opinion that I must speak out against those on the right who are willing to behave just like the Communists that my family fled. Look at the history of South American and you will read about the “desaparecidos” during the right-wing military and civil dictatorships of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Civil rights were suspended by the right-wing for the good of the country. This is not what we want for this country.
Many on the right are concerned about their constitutional rights particularly those concerning the Second Amendment. Be very careful lest in defense of the Republic and the Constitution you are inadvertently talked into giving away other equally important Constitutional rights. If you are willing to give away the Constitutional rights of some (on the ground that they were not really born here), how long do you think it will be before the Constitutional rights of those who were born here are equally constricted?
So, let me speak out clearly. Either all American citizens (born or naturalized) have the same rights or none of us have any rights at all. Let us defend the rights of every American citizen regardless of how horrific the crime that s/he has committed. To do otherwise is to risk a much greater evil.