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article imageOp-Ed: I'm Smart 'cause I Can Say Fascist

By Samantha A. Torrence     Jul 24, 2007 in
Do people intimidate you when they say words like fascist or sycophant. Do you wonder what they are thinking when they use politically charged words like Regime, or even when they start throwing out comparisons to Hitler? Another Amarant coming at you.
People like to throw the word fascist or fascism around like it were candy during a parade, and sometimes I think they have no clue what they are talking about. It is just another word pseudo-political fanatics use in true narcissistic fashion. In other words they love to hear the sound of their voice when they use politically charged "big boy" words.
A bit of education so people can apply this word properly and in a non dramatic manner.
fas·cism (făsh'ĭz'əm)
n.
often Fascism
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.
Every time I hear the word I think of some teenage wannabe "know-it-all" who has a never ending supply of idiotic government conspiracies which he talks about incessantly and with such fervor that he spits and slurs his words. That manic look in their eye as they attempt to inspire rebellion around them, kinda reminds me of Hitler. Oh wait, that is another thing that truly irritates me.
Hitler, he may be just some madman of history to you, but he is still alive in the hearts of many who have had to feel the pain and suffering he inflicted. It is a disgrace to compare people to him. Comparing people to Hitler has become so commonplace that it is losing its meaning. One website even suggests that in the future everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes. Yes Hitler is becoming a political joke as his name is thrown about by intellectual children wishing to puff out their chests and cause nothing more than a stir. However a comparison to Hitler should be made gravely, not in some triumphant fashion that causes the accuser to beam in self congratulatory delight. You are insulting the gravity of the situation Hitler caused by comparing lesser events to his constructed tragedies. By no means should Hitler be used in this manner, how are we to really learn from history if we do not apply it properly? There are very few people in our time who even come close to Hitler.
Regime. What feelings does this word bring up in you? Does it give you pictures of a dictator standing over a crowd of oppressed people? Does it make you think of a corrupt government? That is exactly what people who use that word want you to think. The word has a very negative connotation. I feel that when this word is used to describe a government administration it is done so to target them as evil. Just be aware of the way this word is used.
re·gime also ré·gime (rā-zhēm', rĭ-)
n.
A form of government: a fascist regime.
A government in power; administration: suffered under the new regime.
A prevailing social system or pattern.
The period during which a particular administration or system prevails.
A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.
There are many other words that pseudo intellectuals use because they learned them on the news or want to invoke dramatic effect. I am tired of these sophomoric individuals garnering the respect of others through the use of "smart words." Honestly I get rather offended when these types try to pull the wool over my eyes in this fashion, and others should be offended too.
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