Is Clinton or Trump a Fascist?
Fascism–Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as follows:
a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.
It would seem to me government by definition is fascism. The only difference being the degree of authority exercised and the latitude of disagreement allowed. It is this balance which is always being weighed. When you are in favor of the law (including Executive Order) and want to see it strictly enforced it is not fascism. But when you are faced with having to obey what you disagree with it is fascism.
Every government must have a leader. It is the leader’s aggressiveness in enforcing the law (whether created by him or by Congress) and whether you agree with it or not that will determine if he is a fascist. The same conduct of any given leader will be either fascist or proper depending on how the individual making the assessment is affected.
There is a substantial difference between fascist rhetoric and actual administration. My guess would be, whether Trump or Clinton is elected, actions will be undertaken and implemented that will be subject to the charge of fascism by a substantial segment of the American public. Each candidate has taken verbal positions they vow to relentlessly pursue, using the full force of government. Fascism? Whose ox is being gored? You might also quote another cliché—fascism is in the eye of the beholder.
Ironically, God could be called a “loving Fascist.” He has made the law, we have free will to obey or not, but our eternal venue will be set by our choice. Do we like that coercion? Many do not.