In the pages of the Daily, Democrats consistently label members of the Republican Party as “fascists” and other derogatory names. As a member of the Republican Party who grew up in a Democratic household, I find this deeply disturbing. I contend that all people are individuals and should not be categorized or labeled into distinct groups and doing so impedes progress in establishing a constructive dialogue between parties who share differing opinions.

I recall from my college psychology classes that there is a phenomenon known as “projection.” Projection is defined as “the ego defending itself against highly negative parts of the self by denying their existence in themselves and attributing them to others, breeding a misunderstanding … projection incorporates blame shifting. ”Wow it appears that one political party uses this method to accuse us of what they are doing!

While Democrats accuse Republicans of being fascists, they are the political party that manipulates and distorts the news for political gain. The suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story by Facebook prior to the 2020 election and the recent revelation of censorship at Twitter vindicate this statement. Democrats consistently suppress free speech and then cancel those who do not hold their progressive views. It is rather ironic that those who backed the free speech movement in the 1960s have now become today’s thought police and censors.

Democrats accuse Republicans of a “war on women” but yet they work to eradicate the concept of gender. Women’s hard-won gains in high school and college sports through years of effort have been wiped out through their push for “gender fluidity.”

Democrats accuse America of “colonialism” and “systematic” corruption while they have seized control of nearly all of America’s cultural institutions: primary and secondary education, the media, the entertainment industry and Big Tech. We and our children are told not only what to think but how to think or suffer the consequences.

Why does the Democratic Party do this? The answer is quite simple “Accuse your enemy of what you are doing, as you are doing it to create confusion.” The above quote has been attributed to both Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky. Many on the left today are a disciple and intellectual descendant of both — Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on Alinsky. This tactic was also employed by Joseph Goebbels, chief propagandist for the Nazi party. Germany cleverly accused their enemies of what they themselves were doing.

I am advocating my fellow Republicans give the Democrats a stiff dose of their own medicine — projection — NO! If we are ever to solve the many and complex issues facing this nation, we must put partisan politics aside and work for the greater good. Ronald Reagan consistently reached across the aisle to not only Democratic opponents but to the “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union without compromising his conservative principles for the betterment of mankind. Perhaps there is a lesson here …

James R. Poplar III, of Quicksburg, proudly served with the U.S. government for over 40 years. He specialized in national security affairs at both Vanderbilt and the National Defense University.

(17) comments

JPoplar

Dear Mr. Skipper, so again you must resort and default to name calling “classic passive-aggressive” vice a civil discussion. As the Chair of the SHENCO Democrat Party one would think you would exercise more decorum and rise above ….So let me take you up on your assertion that I am “thoroughly disingenuous with the truth and facts.” In the Commentary above please point out specific examples of where I have done this. Standing by …

JPoplar

All, thank you for your timely and cogent input. My intent is to generate civil disccussion to increase understanding which is the first step to moving forward. Message recieved ....

Brad Skipper

Poor Mr. Poplar. That's not at all what we're saying. We're clear to note that MAGA R's are the ones we call fascists, and they're a shrinking part of their party, now that the full details of their attempted coup are coming to light. Projection is what they are doing with their phony “investigations” and so on.

Mark Meadows’ and Scott Perry’s cellphones are what they hope that Hunter Biden’s laptop is, even though the chain of custody is tainted, at best. But better yet, if H Biden is guilty of committing crimes, so be it. Let Justice takes its course, that’s why the President hasn’t interfered, unlike the TFG in the White House and the current House R's.

I’ve got a BS in Political Scientist and never heard of Saul Alinsky until R’s started screaming his name, because he’s a nobody. No one cares about him but Republicans. And forcing pregnancy on women at any age is a war on women, propped up by insecure males that seek their cro-magnon dominance once again. It’s heartless and pathetic. As for Reagan? He ran the most corrupt Admin in history until Trump. Iran-Contra sealed his racist fate.

We feel sorry for one that doesn't process well and tries to confuse and conflate issues. It's a bunch of poppycock

JPoplar

Brad, thank you for the sympathy but no need to feel sorry for me -- i can asure you i "process well." Lets compare curriculum vitae as not quite sure what is a "BS in Political Scientist."

Valleynative

Regarding curriculum vitae this article is interesting reading. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/07/trump-republicans-harvard-yale

Brad Skipper

Way to jump on a typo, I mean you really proved your superiority with that one! I'll be glad to compare my background with yours. Not being an elitist, I refer to my background work experience as a resume, however.

JPoplar

Brad, quite frankly it is futile to have a civil discourse with you because it is apparent you default to attacking the individual rather than addressing and debating their respective ideas or beliefs I may not areee with you but i respect you as a person and would never infer you are "slow to process." or "feel sorry for you." Have a good weekend.

Brad Skipper

You're right, it is challenging to have a civil discussion with one that misrepresents or is thoroughly disingenuous with the truth and facts. As the Democratic Party Chair in Shenandoah County, I must call you out when you print blatant falsehoods about the political party I'm a member of. You're the classic passive-aggressive, stating a falsehood, and when you get called on it personally, you claim victimhood.

JPoplar

Fact Check - "True"

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ronald-reagan-fascism-liberalism/

Ronald Reagan: 'If Fascism Ever Comes to America, It Will Come in the Name of Liberalism'

"The former California governor and future U.S. president made the comment during a 1975 interview with "60 Minutes" over a discussion of his economic philosophy."

Valleynative

Just because Reagan altered something from an earlier quote lowering its original value doesn't make it true. Here is the history of the original quote.

https://english.illinoisstate.edu/sinclairlewis/sinclair_lewis/faq/faq-homepage.shtml

Steve F

So because saint Reagan modified someone else’s quote, we can take that as wisdom and prophecy? Other greatest hits from Reagan: “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do,”; "trickle down" and "Reagonomics"; ignoring the AIDS epidemic, Iran Contra and preventing America from becoming a leader in alternative energy.

When I search for “how many Reagan administration members were indicted”, this is the response:

The presidency of Ronald Reagan in the United States was marked by numerous scandals, resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any president in American history.

Steve F

You did not address any of the points I raised about your party. We desperately need two responsible governing parties in order to function as a society. Currently we have one party taking care of business, and one party mired in revenge fantasies and conspiracy theories. This must be addressed, and since they gain their strength from the base, it must be recognized there first.

Valleynative

"When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross". Quote attributed to several.

JPoplar

Ronald Reagan: 'If Fascism Ever Comes to America, It Will Come in the Name of Liberalism'

Steve F

James, I think delusion is a more appropriate term for what we are dealing with currently. Specifically, the party you are defending has repeatedly shown their true colors by displaying their intentions regarding democracy. Approximately 300 Republican candidates who denied the results of a certified and rigorously examined elections were seeking office in the midterm, most of whom were defeated. Far too many Republicans continue to believe this myth, including the main character in the Republican performance play. These beliefs appear to have infected our neighbors in Brazil with the childish and dangerous presumption that an election that goes against their wishes cannot be accepted.

It was not the Democratic Party that hosted an Eastern European autocrat at CPAC. It is your party that still permits the “stolen election” lie to fester, your party that has proven unable to act to stem the scourge of guns that they promoted to begin with. Your party proved incapable of dealing with a pandemic, with the result that thousands died needlessly, and at a higher rate in red states. Your party has been the roadblock to making progress on environmental matters. Your party provided tax breaks to those least in need of assistance, and passed that burden on to future generations. Your party violently attacked a Constitutional process with the intent of thwarting the votes of millions of Americans. Now your party, after an almost comic episode of nihilism, will back endless and pointless investigations aimed not at truth-finding but at creating spectacles for the right wing to devour.

Your inability for self-reflection is stunning. The GOP has become a danger to our nation. As they say the first step to healing is to recognize you have a problem.

RZingraff

If only something in the commentary recognized a distinction between the authoritarian fascist (and always loud!) wing of the GOP and the others who could actually be collaborators on democracy, it would elevate the dialogue. But he doesn't. You have to get the blinders off to find the humility that self-reflection requires. Thank you, Steve F, for this clear, fair and true reply.

Valleynative

Perfect example of self-plagiarism.

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