Fascism: The Ultimate Definition
I think in the case of the United States strong institutions in the police and military grounded around a ideological rule of law prevent fascism from coming to power. That said a lot of these were in place in early 2002. American had deadlock between GOP and Dem and the leftists went for Nader giving the GOP a win the the closest of elections. The economy under Bush, even at its best, was pretty piss poor. Much of the vague feelings of humiliation are in place.