History has taught us a one party political system can make a Military Coup seem like a reasonable alternative form of government.
Paving the way for America’s first political coup form of government.
Ever since the Russian scandal became a daily White House freak show, comparisons between the GOP-controlled form of governing and Vladimir Putin’s form of governing have been creeping into the mainstream media. The GOP is now regarded as a dangerous political failure in America. Famed for their erratic political behavior, they have become a national threat while allowing American and Russian oligarchs who control them to loot the country. The GOP are now seen as issuing heavy-handed, unconstitutional government changes intended to exert total political authority over the country. The GOP is now overseeing the total collapse of America’s living standards due to their rigged privatization of the economy, which their oligarch backers are forcing through with minimal public oversight. The oligarchs successfully seized total control of the GOP in part due to media manipulation, and arguably, the covert interference of a foreign power, the Russians. In retrospect, the GOP’s current tenure of total political authority can be seen as paving the way for America’s first political coup form of governing.
Can make a Military Coup become a reasonable alternative to democracy?
History has taught us a one party political system can make a Military Coup seem like a reasonable alternative form of government. The point is that the GOP isn’t much in the way of being autocratic, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing lasting damage to American democracy. They lack some of the tools of an effective autocratic party, like a centralized secret police force that would give them control over the everyday lives of Americans; moreover, they lack the discipline to build and operate such an apparatus. In fact, they seem to lack even the discipline to pass major legislation. It is precisely the GOP’s total political authority that makes their governess so dangerous. They have created a vacuum in the federal government, and the worst forces in American life have rushed to fill it. The GOP’s governance has amounted to little more than an open house for industry lobbyists to draft legislation aimed at enriching themselves and their oligarch controllers at the public’s expense. The prospect of historic tax reform legislation, in particular, has buoyed markets. American oligarchs see their GOP control as a unique opportunity to defund the government, including vital programs like Medicaid, and rack up profits. So far the GOP’s total political authority has benefited all of the wealthiest Americans, including the ones who find the GOP distasteful.
Our democracy is currently being influenced by anyone and everyone.
But it isn’t just American oligarchs and the GOP who are exploiting our democracy. Our democracy is currently being influenced by anyone and everyone, from white supremacists and conspiracists to the national security establishment and even the Russian government. While the idea of a GOP-led Coup D’état to some seems over the top, what is likely closer to the truth is that Russia was able to compromise the Republican Party which the Democratic Party seemed to have avoided. This suggests not that the GOP leadership is a bunch of Russian sleeper agents, but that the GOP is uniquely vulnerable to influence by foreign powers in a way that compromises U.S. interests.
Giving power to the country’s oligarchs and overseas actors.
As of this writing, it seems plausible either that the GOP could remain in power for the next four years, or that they could retain power indefinitely. Regardless, they are likely to leave our democracy a diminished form of government. While this might seem to have no upside, given longstanding concerns about the dangers of an imperial government, in practice it means power will have been ceded to the country’s oligarchs and overseas actors—an ironic outcome, given the GOP’s superficially populist and nationalist campaign for taking control of the country. A group of ex-presidents must now be called upon to represent all Americans as the only nationally accountable voice in this dysfunctional American government, the role each of them has played in the past. In the absence of such a group, Washington will devolve into little more than a free-for-all for unaccountable wealthy interests.
The social contract will lie in tatters and faith in existing institutions will be weaker than ever.
In the end, it is worth considering who might succeed the GOP. One hopes Americans will rebound from his failed, humiliating presidency by electing a progressive Democrat who will stand up for the interests of regular Americans in 2020. But it is also possible that the GOP will leave behind a demoralized, traumatized and cynical country, where the social contract lies in tatters and faith in existing institutions is weaker than ever. Under such circumstances, America would be ripe for a genuine Military Coup D’état. Surveying the GOP, it’s not hard to identify figures who might relish such a final takeover of America — starting with Vice President Mike Pence, whose newly launched PAC and far-right tenure as governor of Indiana suggest an impatience to rule with the kind of ruthlessness Trump seems incapable of summoning. History has taught us a one party political system can make a Military Coup seem like a reasonable alternative form of government.
Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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