Breakdown In Practice of American Democracy
Updated: May 18
Hitler had Paul von Hindenburg hand him power and Trump has Mitch McConnell. McConnell takes whatever actions he can to promote Trump's agendas, including breaking the system for judicial nominations and empowering a dangerous man under the delusion he can be fully controlled. McConnell and other Republican leaders may have reservations about Trump's character, governing style, and criminality, but they delight in the payoff they have received from their alliance with him and his base, HUGE tax cuts for the wealthy, environmental and financial deregulation, two conservative Supreme Court justices and a host of other conservative plans for our government. They are celebrating too soon in the very early return of Trump's government.
These tax cuts for the super rich, deregulation on polluting industries and similar agendas are not wildly popular with the U.S. population. To win elections Trump and the Republicans have struck an expedient pact with lower educated white nationalists who are attracted to the populist rhetoric that claims the Democratic Party rigs the system and minorities are getting ahead of them; and their rhetoric is tinged with racism. So we have some of the richest powers in the country aligning with those that feel left out and stepped on.
But it is the ordinary man's partner, super rich America, that has rigged the system, not the Democratic Party. Take for instance Mitch McConnell who married super rich shipping magnate heiress Elaine Chao. When Trump became President, McConnell reached out and said he wanted Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary. As recompense for aiding Trump win the election Elaine Chao became Transportation Secretary.
Transportation Secretary is an important job and The Transportation Department awards tons and tons of grants. Since Elaine Chao became Transportion Secretary most of those grants are awarded to Kentucky. Mitch McConnell is Kentucky's senior U.S. senator.
Republicans love to yell FAKE NEWS but they should be warning you about the news agencies they maintain are unbiased and REAL NEWS. Top among these is Fox News. Rupert Murdoch and his son Lachlan Murdoch own Fox News and they are also major donors to Mitch McConnell. Actually 4 out of 5 of McConnell's top major donors are Fox News executives.
Donald Jones, Sr., cofounder of HUMANA, who after he died McConnell stated was his single most influential friend and mentor throughout his entire career, wrote him two letters (along with his sons) in which he called on McConnell to do his job - to stand up for the Senate and use his constitutional authority to protect the nation from President Trump and his incoherent ad incomprehensible international actions.
The second letter asked what is the point of confirming judges if the republic is crumbling around us. Jones died without ever receiving an answer. The Jones' are not Democrats but strong Republicans.
Mitch McConnell and many other Trump supporters have surrendered good reputations built on years of service for the citizens of the U.S. They have damaged their reputations by allowing Trump unprecedented power and control even beyond the scope of power granted to the President of U.S. Whether his base of supporters have outright aided him in achieving his goals or whether they just did not interfere with his achieving them the reasons are the same for such incomprehensible actions. First they are operating under fear of retaliation if they hamper his plans and secondly the promise of lucrative promotions prime the decisions they make.
Whenever Trump's rule may end we will be left with a damaged America. The racial division, cultural conflict, and political polarization Trump has encouraged and intensified will be difficult to heal. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, and uncontrolled campaign spending will continue to result in altered elections that are unrepresentative and undemocratic. Growing income disparity will be difficult to halt, much less reverse.
The threat o the U.S. is Trump but it is also the breakdown in the practice of American democracy, and the Republican Party's commitment to extreme tactics in pursuit of it policy goals. They seem to have adopted the Machiavelli slogan, "the end justifies the means."