Fascism, by definition, entails autocratic control by a central government. It is often characterized by a strong dictatorial leader.
Enter Rahm Emanuel.
A former kingpin of the Obama administration and now mayor of Chicago, Emanuel demonstrated fascist policy when he attempted to block a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in his city. The mayor was following precedent of others who disagreed with the restaurant company's vocal policy opposing non-traditional marriages.
Under public and media pressure, including criticism from the left, Emanuel backed down his tough stance opposing the business. Nonetheless, his initial actions are a demonstration of fascism. Most understand that Emanuel would have prevented the restaurant from opening had it not been for that public pressure. That is, his change of mind was not that of contrition nor a change of conviction. It was political convenience.
Fascism is sometimes characterized by preferring one people group above another. Consequently, the term fascist is often incorrectly used as a mere synonym for racist.
Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston, preceded Emanuel in attempting to block Chick-fil-A. Both men are Democrats and both favor one group, homosexuals, above another group, fundamentalist Christians.
The autocratic, central control of business and their preference for one people group over another qualify both Emanuel and Menino as fascists.
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