God bless Thom Hartmann. He has changed discussion boards numerous times since 2004, but he saved the second discussing board at http://thomhartmann.org/eve/forums that have my original research on fascism still up. I backed up the threads myself a longtime ago.
We are witnessing the consequences of forty years of Republican deregulation policies. BP and American energy companies has done everything humanly possible to not obey and comply with any safety regulation: they bribe, legislated loopholes, lobbied, got exemptions, propagandized, and simply ignored the safety regulations that the US Government complied to prevent an oil spill catastrophe. But in spite of all the subterfuge, the companies still had to install the blow out preventer--but nothing says the BOP actually has to work. Private Enterprise made another bet--a national security risk-- and we all lost.
With the current ongoing Oil Spill catastrophe in mind, I will quote myself from last January, 08.January.2005 8:51 PM.
No progressive individual is ever going to change the minds of conservatives into believing that this syndicate of fascists is leading to catastrophe. The only person that will do that is George Bush himself. Bush and the NeoCons are the ones that will create the massive conversion when government policies actually touch the skin of each American and not a moment before that time of personal crisis. They are too loyal, too committed, and too proud to admit failure. The body count however must reach the threshold of catastrophe and we are not there just yet. The threshold cannot be predicted because the State has unlimited power to hide the casualties of war and suppress economic failure. With mass media help, these fascists can go a longtime concealing crisis before total collapse and so be prepared for the body bags, war casualties, and the economically injured.
Secondly, the fascists have a system of massive fraud that cannot indefinitely defy the laws of gravity, the laws of economics, the laws of societal hegemony. So it will not collapse because we call it evil, but will collapse because it is evil and fundamentally unsound.
At this very moment entire ecosystems are dying. A dynamic cloud of toxic oil and dispersants is drifting under the ocean into the richest and consecrated biological Life Engines on planet earth. Death is washing upon the shores. Maybe the Gulf of Mexico Loop current will transport the toxic cloud all the way to Cape Kennedy, Florida where the US Government in 1970 dumped 3,000 TONS of nerve gas 280 miles off the Florida coast.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/images/1030-04.jpg1964, mustard gas canisters are pushed into the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey
Or the undersea cloud of death may make its way to the New England Coast. This is where many oligarchs live.
A combination of the private corporation BP, and the government are systematically suppressing information and visual documentation of the flow of oil onto the beaches just as they suppressed the devastation Katrina 2005 and Ike in September 2008 to hide the lack of preparation. Before the BP Gulf of Mexico spill, the government is said by Republicans to be "interfering" with private enterprise, but after the spill they say the government is responsible--responsible to bailout out BP.
The government is in fact responsible to enforce safety regulations which they did not. Liability laws were left unchanged to reflect true liability costs, "The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, the operators of the offshore rig face no more than $75 million in liability for the damages that might be claimed by individuals, companies or the government, although they are responsible for the cost of containing and cleaning up the spill." BP actually filled out the safety review forms themselves and gave to regulators. It goes on, and on....until something happens that is so outrages, so grievous, so criminal, so violent that the government and the oligarchs they serve are clearly seen as the Enemy of all Humanity and this Earth.