The GOP Effort to Destroy Our Democracy

A Quickie: The GOP Effort to Destroy our Democracy


That the demographics of the US are shifting in ways that favor the Demographic party over the Repubes is such a foregone conclusion as to qualify to be a cliche of punditic political analysis. As such, we needn’t dwell on explaining it here or exploring the reasons for its existence any further. It is accepted as a truism of American politics.

What is not accepted as a truism of American politics is the Repube response to the situation. Most people, pundits included, looked at the ramifications of the changing US demographics and expected the Repubes to respond along the lines of trying to slow the demographic trends — thus the anti-immigration rhetoric and policies — and appeal to the rising demographic groups — appeals to conservative Asian-Americans, Latinx, and African Americans as well as greater acceptance of the LGBTQ+ so-called Log Cabin Repubes.

Instead, they responded by going full authoritarian: gerrymandering, voter suppression, packing the courts with radically unqualified partisan judges, violating the norms and traditions of our democratic institutions, ignoring the checks-and-balances of our Constitution, and making everything a partisan political choice.

If there were any situation that made this painfully clear, it is the vote in Wisconsin:

  • They have bought the Supreme Court. Whatever you thought about Chief Justice John Roberts, the Wisconsin decision makes it clear that the Roberts Court has been bought and paid for. The federal judiciary is as partisan as the Legislative and Executive branches are now.
  • The Repubes are willing to let people suffer and die to suppress the vote and retain office. The Wisconsin election proves that. They do not care a fig for democracy or the populace.

The heart of democracy is compromise between the majority and minority. It’s true strength comes from allowing the minority a voice in governing decisions. The ACA is one of the best examples of how this approach to governance through compromise works and how the Repubes have turned their backs on democracy. The Repubes had many of their requirements for insuring the vast majority of the public met, whether they liked it or not.

The Repubes as led by McConnell — make no mistake, they kowtow to the Ol’ Pussy Grabber because he brings the rank and vile flying monkey brigade, but McConnell sets the policy and voting records — intend never to loose another election. They will use any and every means at their disposal to prevent a free and fair election that they fear they will lose.

This is what we’re up against. Our very democracy is at stake. We must organize against the efforts to destroy our democracy by using what is left of our democracy — the vote — to defend it. It has never been clearer than COVID19 has made it.

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19 comments

    1. Howdy Francese!

      After today’s presser, I shudder to think. He’s coming down to last few options and martial law may be looking better and better good to him and the GOP. Sure, it would get challenged in court, but that’s why they bought the Roberts Court.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  1. Ahhh yes Hubris! that thing that has a habit of making fools of humans…….just in time for spring and things like voting etc ,,,,,,,sigh,,,,”Spring has sprung,, the grass has riz ….. I wonder where the birdies is”ds ” well it is only a matter of tinel Seen to be what runs our president, !!

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    1. Howdy Francese!

      Hubris seems to be magic elixir that fuels the groupthink that is the foundation of this administration. If Trump didn’t have hubris, what would he have?

      I can tell what we are, though, we’re fucked.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  2. there will be a backlash ! the sound of rumbling will turn into a roar . weather or not we can get through this hell hole is another story ! But if enough of us push hard enough , it can turn things around….slowly perhaps , but it will come.

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    1. Howdy Francese!

      If past is prologue then 2018 and Biden turnout numbers should bode well for us in November. The election is still seven months away, so a lot can happen. Wisconsin shows that the GOP is not fooling around. They will openly defy the Constitution and democracy and dare us to respond, though.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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  3. I’m thinking of the expression, “Bunker Mentality”. Combine that with Groupthink, and you pretty much have where the GOP are at. The elder leaders do not seem to mind having some token younger black and brown conservatives, but until their last breath they will keep saying, “You will not replace us.”

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    1. Howdy Bob!

      Minority rule has always ended badly. They are playing a very shortsighted game. I hope we can vote them out and right the ship without too much violence and damage, but, man, the Wisconsin scares me. It shows just how far the GOP is willing to go to.

      Huzzah!
      Jack

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      1. Howdy Bob!

        One of the things that make narcissists so dangerous is their overconfidence in their own abilities. Everyone is frightened of the unknown like we face with #COVID19 except for the narcissist who is so supremely confident in his ability to “handle” it. Whoever survives and writes the history of our time will not be kind to Trump, McConnell, and the GOP.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      2. I am sure that whatever future historians, or lacking actual historians, whatever sort of tellers of the tale of our times, will not be kind in describing an age of wonders and magic that offended the gods and came crashing down. Whether the tale is told in academic halls, from pulpits, or around campfires, the judgement will be much the same, the price of refusal to act to meet a threat (COVID, Climate Change, and more) despite decades of timely warning, seeing the status quo as immutable.

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      3. Howdy Bob!

        The thing is the increasingly dangerous and immoral decision making was so predictable. Leaders need to hear contrary views so as not to fall into groupthink. Neither McConnell nor Trump will tolerate opposing views or any suggestion of criticism, thus we are here.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      4. Howdy Bob!

        And that’s what’s happening to Fauci. It’s like we never learn — as a group that is; some of us have figured him out. Trump re-tweeted the fire Fauci tweet to begin softening us up for the day he does fire Fauci. It is a trial balloon and it is the first round in normalizing firing the man. He did the same thing with Mueller. He’d tweet every so often about firing him. Since the ranker over the possibility never died down, he never did. He’d tweet about firing people like Mattis, if I remember correctly, every so often, too.

        He’s dying to fire Fauci. He knows the resulting hoopla would be too difficult to live through right now. In a few weeks or a month, though, Fauci is shown the door like Vindman and everybody else was.

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      5. In Trumpistan there are two fatal sins: (1) To be the bearer of news The Donald does not like or finds inconvenient (including to suggest that Donald might be wrong about something). (2) To take the spotlight, intentionally or not, or upstage the Boss (why Bannon had to go). So, yes Fauci will be fired, probably just before or after Trump declares the country “open for business” (current target, May 1) and tries to force the Governors, mayors, city councils, County Boards, and so on everywhere to drop all stay at home and social distancing orders and reopen everything.

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      6. right now , Fauci has a huge back up of those of us that are on his side… the asshole in chief will have to be very careful to not blow it …… he is obviously in deep doodoo and he knows that we know that….of course he could continue to be an asshole and eventually shoot himself in the foot like he does on a regular basis……there is a smoldering smell that shows that the rest of the world is not as happy with him as he thinks.

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      7. Howdy Francese!

        We live in an age where civic responsibility and duty demands that we use Twitter! It is irresponsible not to tweet your outrage at Trump’s actions, especially any threat to fire Dr. Fauci. Ain’t that just weird, though? Who woulda thunk it would be civically irresponsible to not use Twitter?

        Huzzah!
        Jack

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      8. looking forward to seeing the assholeinchief….how he response to the building steam that is heading his way…..I am glad to see that folks are getting their butts in gear and voicing their opinions…..most being negative response to the asshole in chief’s idiotic blathering.

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