The “American Heritage Dictionary” defines fascism as: “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with a belligerent nationalism.”

We do not have a dictatorship yet. We do have a growing number of right-wing extremists and, more and more, our governments (federal, state and local) are forming partnerships with business leaders, namely, corporations with money and power.

These companies are now coming to the public trough, looking for handouts, using the threat of job losses, closings or needing money (TIFs) to expand. At the same time, they are making obscene profits .

Government leaders are bending to these demands, and the taxpayer digs deeper to satisfy these corporate bullies. Wall Street is headed for another all-time high even after the recent downturn of the market. Cutting benefits to the poor on welfare and giving those savings to a corporate slush fund seems to be the wave of the future.

Are we moving closer to a “New World Order”? Why do we allow billions of our dollars to go to countries that hate us? Why do we allow our freedoms to be chipped away? Why do we allow corporate welfare to obliterate our system of justice and fairness?

Have we as citizens of this great country become so self-absorbed that we forgot our leaders worked for us? Have our leaders forgotten they are servants of the people? This country is still the best in the world, but we the people must say no to those partnerships with big business and get our government back to the business of serving the people.

Kevin P. Morrissey

Winslow


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