The music had barely ended at the Inaugural Balls when conservatives took aim at President Obama's big government policies. Since then their aim has only sharpened.
Townhall.com's David Limbaugh may have one-upped his conservative brother Rush by telling a radio audience in San Francisco that the President is the head of a "Gestapo government."
Glenn Beck actually dropped the "F-Bomb" (as in Fascism) when talking about the Obama administration's plan to stimulate the economy. "We're into socialism now (but) that's not our final destination. Our final destination is happy-faced fascism." Watch
And the American Spectator's Quin Hillyer of the Washington Examiner wrote a column in the American Spectator" titled "Il Duce, Redux?"
Hillyer told CNN that when he looks at the Obama administration what he sees are "historical comparisons (to) Mussolini's Italy." He says that "it first started with the takeover of the banks, and when you start taking over banks you've done the very first step that Mussolini did."
The University of California's George Lakoff isn't surprised at the conservative furor over Obama's big government solutions. "This is part of a general conservative mode of operating to get the base stirred up for electoral reasons and reasons of support," he says.
CNN's chief political analyst Bill Schneider says it's unusual that opposition attacks started so early in a new President's term, but that may be because the Democrats have hit a conservative nerve. "The complaints are really about economics, and they are very loud," says Schneider. "But these are things that (are) core beliefs of Republicans."
Lakoff adds that Obama's scrutiny of failing banks and business "is something that conservatives hate, the very idea there is any kind of regulation from the outside."
As for the public, CNN's own polling this week shows that two-thirds of Americans think the President's plan to get involved in how businesses are run is either just about right, or ought to be increased.
What do you think of the comparisons between President Obama's administration and Fascism?
It’s a sobering subject to talk about. More Americans have been killed in mass shootings over the past month than have died in Iraq so far this year. 13 people were murdered in Binghamton, New York alone last Friday and three Pittsburgh police officers were shot dead by an alleged white supremacist who supposedly believed the Obama administration was coming for his guns. John Avlon, columnist for the Daily Beast, says we can't solve the problem if we don't keep track of the dead. Avlon spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN’s American Morning Friday.
Kiran Chetry: You started a running tally on the website the Daily Beast. You say keeping a tally is an important reality check. Please explain.
John Avlon: I think so often we cover the tragedy of these shootings and then we move on to the next thing and we don’t see it in the larger context. You can't understand this violence unless you see it in context. And when you realize that more Americans have been shot in mass murders this month than have been killed in the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan this year, that’s a sobering reality check. And it’s the kind of thing that can maybe help us face reality and then marshal our forces to change it.