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Fascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniforms Mitt Romney once wore



There have always been warnings
Lipset Mills Goodman Nisbet
But it is sufficient to note that when democracy itself is under attack
Fascism is advancing if not yet marching in the uniforms
Mitt Romney once wore and may still be wont to don
Yes when we see that democracy and tolerance
helpfulness and non-idolatry
are the real values which underlie life
we need merely look for their opposites 
to ,parse what we are up against
FOX Koch Rove GOP Congress Romney
Within this complex we find
Intolerance at all levels
The open and defiant suppression of democracy
And the rejection of helpfulness as weakness
We find underlying this innumerable idolatries
which become obvious if we speak of the veneration of
money and power and corporatism
and government in the hands of corporatism
The seminal warning is in the texts that somehow survive in our Bible
Mingled with the authoritarian utterance of those who
turned a way of peace and reconciliation 
into a creed whose sign was and remains war and death
By their fruits you shall know them




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Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…