WE THE PEOPLE have lost control of our country to a clear and ever so present danger. The control of our country and our beloved democracy has been stolen from us by the GOP. To do so was a very deliberate decision and a treasonous choice that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made. They have made it clear to all Americans that they are willing to piss on every value our nation holds dear and dance with Fascism while the nation burns around them. So they can rape our country for profit and deprive millions of Americans and their children of a decent standard of living.
They can’t even hide behind the shield of the so-called “conservative values” they pretended to adhere to for so long and casually discarded at the drop of a dollar. They cannot hide behind false ideology or empty patriotism any longer. They have sold out the American people and sold their souls to a foreign power in order to take total and final control of the country.
The public discourse must now change to include the short term central task of regaining control of the Executive Branch and the long term central task of regaining control of the country. For the short term the public discourse must change from simply resisting Donald Trump. He will eventually seal his own fate through his own insatiable greed and total disregard for the Constitution. Our short term objective must be the setting aside the results of the Presidential election and the calling of new elections. Our long term central task must be to figure out how to retake control of the country away from the GOP— how to respond to the Totalitarian controls the GOP has put into place over the last decade that has given rise to their zero-sum, grab-what-you-can thinking and their total political control over the country.
Before calling for the total insurrection of the country through armed national rebellion we must all understand the current situation the country is in to understand how to fight and reverse the GOP’s final solution for America. In this article I will attempt to explain just how the GOP is currently (1.) Establishing; (2.) Implementing; (3.) Legitimizing; (4.) Entrenching; and (5.) Reinforcing their Totalitarian Agenda to strengthen their total political control over the country.
How the GOP is establishing its agenda of control
The GOP intends to destroy your rights and they are hoping you won’t notice. Republicans in Congress seem disturbingly complacent about the unhinged President and the exploding Russian-gate constitutional crisis. Congress is quietly destroying multiple public protections by passing new laws to harm the public’s health, safety and economic security. They are rigging the civil courts against everyday Americans, and striping away legal rights guaranteed by state and local governments. The House Judiciary Committee is one of many means being used that would harm the public that would do just that – demolish our legal rights.
The bills being submitted by this committee will endanger the health, safety and economic security of hard-working Americans. This same committee voted out other harmful anti-civil justice measures, that benefit gigantic business lobbies. Consumer rights, civil rights, environmental rights, labor rights, legal rights, all are planned to be restricted similarly by this committee.
How the GOP could be implementing its agenda of control
The GOP are publicly claiming their mandate and the GOP controlled Congress are laying waste to the country with a new sweeping conservative social agenda of control. When the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, they created an agenda that would see financial regulations being UN-spooled, business taxes being slashed, Planned Parenthood being stripped of federal funds and the ¬Affordable Care Act being repealed.
In the House and Senate Republicans will use a procedure known as “budget reconciliation,” to pass their agenda with a simple 51-vote majority rather than a filibuster-proof 60 votes, to repeal the ACA and the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform and killing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans intend to use this reconciliation process to pass tax changes they want to use to lower rates and end the estate tax. While they use the 21-year old Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to cast simple majority votes of disapproval for any regulations they want to repeal such as school lunch standards, tobacco regulations, laws that set higher wages for contractors and elements of the Paris climate-change agreement.
The Republicans intend to enact the new RIENS law that would subject any regulation with an economic impact greater than $100 million to a vote of Congress, a change that could repeal nearly every climate or employment rule passed. Republican lawmakers also intend on passing legislation that would stop courts from deferring to federal agencies’ interpretations of statutes — a practice known as “Chevron deference,” after the 1984 Supreme Court case that went against the energy company — and have them instead defer to Congress.
Currently there’s less clarity about how to respond on other Republican agenda priorities. Such as their desire for a law to allow concealed weapons to be carried across state lines, a major goal of the National Rifle Association, being endorsed by the GOP and which may be hard for red-state Democrats to oppose.
How the GOP is Legitimizing its agenda of control
While the new President may be unpopular, the new GOP agenda of control is even more so. The GOP has control of the White House, they hold both chambers of Congress, are set to pass a sweeping agenda that would gut the safety net, confirm hard-right jurists to the Supreme Court, and hold a majority of governorship’s and state legislatures. Republicans are entering into the New Year with a united and popular agenda, led by a united and popular GOP. All of this will exist against a backdrop of corruption and influence-peddling, as Trump refuses to disentangle himself or his children from their opaque and sprawling web of business interests.
If the GOP can mount an effective opposition they can capitalize on their political power to implement and legitimize their agenda. While the GOP admits there may be certain weak spots in their agenda, nothing exists that threatens the structural integrity of implementing their agenda or the political fortunes of the Republican Party itself.
How the GOP is establishing its long term agenda of control
The GOP will now run Congress under a new ambitious agenda of control for the next decade. The Republican-controlled Congress is implementing one of the most sweeping long term conservative agenda in decades, which will allow them to gut the Affordable Care Act, slash corporate tax rates and undo thousands of protective government regulations. Along the way Republicans will have to come to terms with some high-profile issues — such as how aggressively to investigate Russian hacking in the 2016 election — vetting/confirming controversial Cabinet members— managing the President and the Executive Branch and finally scoring some legislative wins after six years of trying to block most of Obama’s initiatives.
It would also seem the details of the GOP’s tax reform beyond the lower rates proposed in the House GOP’s “Better Way” blueprint agenda will still require further work sometime within the New Year. Meanwhile the GOP is expected to go after low-hanging political fruit such as — reining in the executive branch by requiring congressional approval for new federal regulations with an economic impact of more than $100 million — imposing new rules on floor protests and allowing the Affordable Care Act to fall victim to the “Repeal and Delay” approach pushing its repeal and replacement back until 2018 or 2019, after the midterm elections.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will almost certainly retain full control of all floor voting, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will retain control of all influential and top Republicans, as well as any independent panels or bipartisan commissions/ investigations that threaten the GOP agenda implementation. Clearly the GOP has hit the ground running as it has adjusted its calendar to work more, with several five-day work weeks in the House, instead of its normal four day weeks, as it races to implement its agenda.
Establishing the GOP’s White House agenda
The GOP controlled Congress will need to craft a mandate and agenda for the White House that is consistent with and supports the GOP’s public agenda. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have established the mandate for the White House which only allows for — the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act — to have a conservative Supreme Court justice nominated to the bench — to have the House Republican’s policy agenda passed and signed into law and nothing else.
The GOP intends to enforce their mandate in the Executive Branch by using budget reconciliation allowing them to bypass filibusters and to pass new laws and repeals through Congress and simply ordering the President to sign them into law. The GOP mandate for the White House does not allow for such agenda priorities as — addressing immigration issues — building a wall on the Mexican border — or term limits on members of Congress all of which the GOP considers empty election policy issues.
This article is the first of a series of articles to be published intended to change the public discourse to include the short term central task of regaining control of the Executive Branch and the long term central task of regaining control of the country. Watch for future articles published in this series.
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