No, Seriously, Trump Is a Fascist

Consider Trump's war with Apple. Trump has said regarding the company's refusal to construct a backdoor to its products' encryption, "I would come down so hard on [CEO Tim Cook] — you have no idea — his head would be spinning all of the way back to Silicon Valley." This was in response to Cook explaining that a federal order to decrypt a phone once belonging to a suspect in the San Bernardino terror attack would require his company to effectively unlock every Apple product on the market and expose customers to intrusion. Cook explained that the means to do so does not even exist, and would have to be created. So not only would Donald Trump violate the Fourth Amendment rights of every Apple customer for the chance of gaining evidence against a single terror suspect. He would conscript slaves to construct him the means, punishing them under the force of law for failure to comply. For those keeping track, that's a violation of both personal and economic freedom, and a "yuge" violation of the Constitution for good measure.

Trump exhibits the vindictiveness of an undisciplined child, coupled with an eagerness to satisfy that impulse with force. Recall his threats to sue Ted Cruz on the question of eligibility, not due to the merits of the case, but as retaliation for campaign ads citing Trump's past comments in favor of Democrats and their policies. In a similar vein, Trump tweeted out a threat to the owners of the Chicago Cubs after campaign finance filings revealed that they had funded a super PAC that ran ads against him. It wasn't all that long ago that conservatives were up in arms over Lois Lerner and the Obama administration's using the IRS to target conservative groups. What do you think Trump will do, given power and the slightest provocation? This is a guy who defines other people by their personal allegiance to him. Question the leader at your peril.

It would be a mistake to brush off Trump's fascist tendencies simply because they pale in comparison to history's villains. Barack Obama is not Joseph Stalin, but both are socialists. Similarly, Donald Trump is not Adolf Hilter, but both are fascists. Each believes that the individual should be subordinated entirely to the state under the whim of an unbridled leader. That's the relevant comparison, and one which should inform a voter's decision.