Here, the late Bill Buckley's National Review magazine praises Nazism, peeking out of the fascist closet where it has huddled hidden for so long. They write: "Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly 'senseless.' By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the 'unification of all Germans,' a demand for 'land and territory for the sustenance of our people,' and an assertion that 'no Jew can be a member of the race.' Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded."
They're aren't full-blown Nazis, but I think the 21st Century American right wingers started to sweat when people began identifying them correctly as fascists, so the Frank Luntz bunch decided to destroy the word "fascism." Make it mean everything so it means nothing. Simple.
So we got nonsense terms like "Islamofascism" and "liberal fascism" — anything to distract people from the reality of fascism, which is marked by nationalism, militarism, sexism, racism, repression of labor, worship of corporate power, controlled mass media, contempt for intellectuals and education, religiosity used for political manipulation, rampant cronyism and corruption, fraudulent elections, obsession with national security and the destruction of civil liberties.
They can’t have people recognizing the suspects in that criminal lineup.