Yeah, I know, the headline sounds so ridiculous that you had to look to see what it really referred to.
But it's not symbolism, or some double-meaning play on words: it's genuine.
That's right, two of the people running to represent the state of North Carolina in the US Senate equate interstate toll lanes with fascism:
[Candidates] also united against public-private partnerships, particularly proposed toll roads. Brannon and Flynn suggested such partnerships were close to “fascism.”
And no, that wasn't the only breathtaking thing said at this gathering of scary nut jobs. In an apparent attempt to see who can be the looniest tea party nut job of all, we got these:
Harris said the election is “about the survival of the United States of America.”
Brannon added: “Woodrow Wilson’s dream is coming to fruition (where) we have a monarchy.”
Three candidates – Brannon, Grant and Flynn – called for eliminating the Internal Revenue Service. Flynn called it a “rogue agency.”
This is some really disturbing stuff. It shows just how crazy extreme the tea party -- and the GOP, with the tea party's stranglehold on it -- has become. And how they're using hatred, especially directed at the president, to rile up their base, which is sizable enough to do some real damage to our nation, as we've seen recently.
So we've gotta work extra hard. On second thought, Harris's hyperbole isn't too far off: elections in the near future just might be about the survival of our nation after all.