Over the past few weeks, we’ve all witnessed a number of unprecedented civic events; starting with the Women’s March, to people around the country getting up in their representatives grill, to the emergence of movements like Indivisible and Together We Will showing that resistance to a conservative takeover of the U.S. government is real even in red states.
Since the inauguration, Republican’s have been doubling down; on executive orders, on the Senate confirming all of the Drumpf’s nominees who will presumably be busy “deconstructing the administrative state.”
And with the House joining the Senate in removing pollution controls for mountain top coal mining, such deconstructive policies along with opening up National Park lands for exploitation of the nation’s natural resources have become standard operating policy.
Both Brat and Garrett voted for this along with prohibiting any ACA subsidized plans from using federal money for abortions, and removing workplace rules for contractors. And when not busy “legislating” in their sponsors favor, Congress is presumably acting in response to the growing media attention to the “resistance movement” using every trick in the politician’s playbook.
Starting with ghost trains to nowhere, ridiculous excuses, fake Facebook Town Halls, to holding them long after they are relevant. And at the executive level, should be clear that Drumpf’s recent banning of certain media outlets is more than him being a thin skinned fool fond of calling the media the “opposition party.”
This is exactly how an authoritarian strongman behaves, using the power of the state to intimidate the rest of the media into normalizing their extreme behavior. So expect to see more distractions like his speech to Congress to keep everyone’s eye away from inconvenient facts, like the Republican’s “plan” always was to repeal the ACA, never to replace it.
Mostly because it’s paid for by taxes on the wealthy, and like Social Security it clearly demonstrates that government makes people’s lives better. Republican’s goal has always been to eliminate those taxes, and deliver that windfall back to the affluent by any means necessary, including claims that millions with pre-existing conditions are “crooks and grifters.”
Perhaps that’s what Paul Ryan meant when he said health care is “…the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need,” with tax credits. So if you’re rich enough you won’t need his worthless credits, and if you’re not, your chances of joining the uninsured just went up.
When it comes to dealing with inconvenient facts, Congress will refuse to investigate this administrations many malfeasance’s and conflicts of interest and Russian connections.
Because his outright lies builds on years — decades — of Republican’s using lies as a public relations tactic.
It is highly effective, because it’s impossible to argue with anyone who won’t even concede basic facts. And it’s why Republican politicians are falling in line with his most obnoxious lies, reinforcing memes like “paid protesters,” with their own lies.
Distractions which make it easier for his administration to quietly double down on stamping out grassroots momentum with executive actions like Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers that calls for “…recommendations to the President for legislation …. defining new crimes…” and clearly signals to state and local authorities that “they not being tough enough on protesters and activists.”
Nor is it any coincidence that several Republican controlled states are proposing bills along these lines, in addition to new and innovative ways to suppress the vote. Whether these deeds come out of some dusty playbook, or were conjured directly from Steve Bannon’s fevered imagination, the result is the same, a government of the .01%, by the .01%, for the .01%.