What American 'conservatism' has become fits closely within the definition of fascism: an intensely nationalist movement intent on defining membership in the 'nation' on linguistic, religious, and (increasingly) ethnic/racial criteria, accompanied by an unquestioning loyalty to (male) authority, enshrined in family leaders, business leaders, religious leaders, and especially, the leader of the nation, who is seen as embodying the Nation. Loyalty to the Party or Movement and its ideology is of great importance. Violence is the preferred means of accomplishing goals. Diplomacy, compromise, negotiation, are all identified with (feminine) weakness. The rule of law is also despised, because it lacks the immediacy of (violent) action, and its emphasis on balance and its concern with proper procedure is also seen as a sign of (feminine) weakness.
This is the outcome of the bargain the GOP made with the Devil back when it decided to go for the Wallace voters after the ’68 and ’72 elections. Kevin Phillips has repented a hundred times over for counseling the Southern Strategy, but too late. The GOP has discovered that when you sell your soul to the Devil, the only question is when does the Devil come to collect? Well, he's come.
The source? One of Sully's readers, quoted with apparent approval.
As the perpetually on-fire Greenwald points out, these strange times have made relative heroes out of less than heroic men. How warped our world has become when John Ashcroft and his loyal lieutenants look like the principled defenders of the Constitution and the rule of law.
Impeachable offenses now likely number in the hundreds, perhaps the thousands. Only Democratic cowardice stands between Bush, Cheney and Gonzales on the one hand and justice on the other.