Tuesday January 2, 2018
With all respect due to Robert Sproesser ("President's actions helping middle class," Reading Eagle, Dec. 25), I don't think that Jane Beck requires medical attention for perceiving fascism in today's White House ("Trump administration pushing U.S. downhill," Dec. 20).
Some may recognize fascism, others may not. However, Beck listed 14 characteristics of fascism, some right out of a dictionary definition, and many of which apply to our president and his agenda.
I note in particular: An egocentric - I hesitate to say "egomaniacal" - and authoritarian leader; nationalism, arguably ultranationalism; xenophobia with marked disdain for immigrants, certain nationalities and religious groups; and disdain for established institutions including the news media and the judiciary, and for anyone who disagrees with him.
People certainly have the right to support President Donald Trump. However, they shouldn't be blind to the nature of his leadership.
Carroll A. Fossett Jr.
There is good reason to fear the White House