Senator John McCain and fascist, How do you define Fascism.

United States
March 31, 2007 7:26am CST
Before Bush became president he was going through the primaries and his biggest opponent was McCain. I being the independant have voted for who ever I thought would do the best job, a choice of the lesser of two evils you might say. A friend and I got into the discussion on why I would have voted for McCain and I told her that because he was a Vietnam veteran and had been a POW that I felt he would be less likely to send out the troops over some stupid reason and might be more willing to try deplomacy knowing the cost of war first hand. She thought this was Fascist thinking. At first I had to argue it after all I didnt think it was fascism or atleast my definition of it. After doing some reading I came accross the description that fascism is the belief that only through the baptism of war can one truely lead or have the right to lead. Now of course this was never the description of Fascism that I had in mind or was my intent. I must admit part of me still holds this idea in my head that it would be a valid reason for selection of a leader is to have been a veteran. So I was wondering what everyone else thought of electing people on the bases of having been a veteran, not solely of course but just as one of the criteria for getting your vote. Whats you definition of fascism?
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
23 Jun 07
My definition of fascism is simply this. It is the political expression that takes place when the intitutions of state are too weak to prevent it happening blessed be
• United States
23 Jun 07
Thank you for the reply
• Philippines
2 Jun 07
i can understand why you prefer a war veteran for president. most of the best ones that the country had for a president, were all war veterans of old. you are right about them being very much aware of the cost of wars. the heaviest of consideration involves the value of lives and its economic implications. those war heroes are strong leaders and mean what they and know what they are doing. as for fascists, these are the war lovers lovers like hitler and bonaparte. they go to war because they love to be winning one war after another. conquering countries and people are the laurels of high value for them.
• United States
3 Jun 07
Thank you for the reply. I must admit I never really knew the definition of facism but after are talk I looked it up and it said the belief that only those who are tested in war being truely suited to lead. Like you said my definition was a bit different people like Hitler and Napolean came to my mind.