In September of 2007 Naomi Wolf released “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. I think it was around 2009 when I stumbled upon this book at the local Barnes and Noble. I grabbed it off the shelf, grabbed a burnt Starbucks coffee and sat down in one of those big comfy chairs and began to read. What stood out to me the most at the time and still does today, was what Wolf believed to be the ten steps that would transition America into a “closed society”. At the time Wolf argued what was happening in America in the early 2000s paralleled steps taken in the early years of the twentieth century’s worst dictatorships.
At the time, Wolf and many progressive minds were saying that the Bush Administration was leading us towards a Fascist American society. Many of her 10 steps seemed to take place during the Bush Administration; “Create secret prisons where torture takes place”, “Set up an internal surveillance system”, “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy”. The list itself seemed to be directed at the Bush Administration. In 2008 Hope and Change came, the rise of Fascist America would be over. The 10 steps would be stopped and Barrack Obama would save civilization. Well, it didn’t turn out that way, President Obama took Bush’s policies and jacked them up with a dose of Fascist steroids and continued down the path towards a Fascist America.
President Obama surprisingly seemed to follow these steps better than his predecessor by “Targeting key individuals” beefing up “..an internal surveillance system” and “Subverting the rule of law”. Even though President Obama continued down this path, he was reelected in 2012 for a second term. During the sunset of his term speculation began to mount on who would replace him as president, and all bets were on Hillary Clinton. Well to the surprise of everyone that is not the way things turned out when it was announced realty show star and overall blowhard Donald J Trump would become the 45th President of the United States of America.
So have the steps that began back in the early 2000s, to shape this nation into some sort of Fascist America halted or have they just begun? Since this President likes to Tweet out every single weird thought he has, we have a nice history of his first year as President. So I am going to take Naomi Wolf’s 10 Steps to a Fascist America and see if President Trump is following past Presidents in the steps to making this great nation a fascist country.
Invoke A Terrifying Internal and External Enemy.
Create Secret Prisons Where Torture Takes Place
Develop a Thug Caste or Paramilitary Not Answerable to Citizens
Set Up an Internal Surveillance System
Harass Citizens’ Groups
Engage in Arbitrary Detention and Release
Target Key Individuals (I don’t have enough space for all these Tweets)
Control The Press
Cast Criticism as Espionage and Dissent as Treason
Subvert The Rule of Law
Three Presidents, 10 Steps, and a Twitter Account. Is this the end of The United States and the final steps to a Fascist States of America? Bush, Obama, and Trump all helped to create the political environment we are currently experiencing, and all have followed the 10 steps to take an open society and turn it into a closed regime. All that remains is that final step when the rule of law is totally ignored and one leader is granted all power and is questioned by no one. Hopefully we will avoid the end game of these steps, and stay united under one Constitution. Stay vigilant young patriots.