The biggest threat by the federal government to our individual freedoms and liberties have come from the right-wing. History gives us a multitude of examples.
Henry Ford, duPont, and other American industrialists sought to have the U.S. government give unfettered freedom to big business so it could rape the average citizen as Mussolini and Hitler had done in Italy and Germany. Corporate behemoths have always leaned more in the direction of fascism than social democracy. And no system of givernment ever interfered in the lives of citizens the way fascism did. Interference in private lives also brought about the slaughter of six million Jews by the right-wing in Germany. Fascism decimated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. American industrialists and right-wingers helped put Hitler in power.
Led by duPont and other industrialists, a plot was conceived by industrial right-wingers and others to have Major General Smedley Butler lead a revolt to overthrow the elected government of Franklin Roosevelt and establish a form of fascism in the U.S. Fortunately, Gen. Butler did not go along.
Following World War II, the right-wing members of Congress, encouraged by big corporations, set up the House Un-American Activities Committee to snoop into the private lives of citizens in the U.S. and get the federal government into every aspect of American's private lives. Corporations were left alone.
Then came McCarthyism, strongly supported by the right-wingers in Congress and the corporate world. U.S. Senator Josephy McCarthy was the front dog for government intervention and snooping, and he was a darling created by the extreme right. This right-wing cabal ruined many lives of American citizens, especially progressives and labor union leaders. It was a dark period and ran us close to fascism. Again, McCarthy was told to leave big corporate leaders alone.
Then came the John Birch Society, and its intention to get the federal government to snoop into the lives of every liberal American The conservatives went after innocent Americans and tried to divert any attention that the government might have had towrd unfair practices by big business. Fascism revisited.
Along comes Ronald Reagan. Yes, Mr. Reagan ratted-out everybody he could to the FBI and other intruding government agencies. And Reagan claimed to be a labor leader while he was squealing like a stuffed pig to the government. J. Edgar Hoover, that famous closet transvestite who headed the FBI, loved Ronnie's double-crossing. It would be good to look into ole Ronnie's private life in many ways at this time. He was quite a womanizer. This is the way the right-wing expresses its patriotism. Ronald Reagan was some kind of patriot.
The last 8 years under right-wing neocons have been classic American brand fascism. Americans were spied on by their own government, with or without court permission. In fact, most things done by the Bush-Cheney administration were done with or without the Constitution's permission. Torture was used. And when the Bush neocons wanted to invade Iraq, they did what Hitler did before invading Poland, they lied to the public and made up some amazing stories to justify everything they did. This was looking less and less like a constitutional democracy and more and more like fascism. Big business was granted very special favors to support all the lies, and in the end it broke the banks and left the American economy in ruins.
Now amid the wreckage we want a progressive president to fix it all instantly. Whatever he tries, the right-wing yells "socialism" Is "socialism" by the federal government only OK if it benefits big business?