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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:34 PM

How Trump's Reelection Could Spell the End of American Democracy

"Trump's Reelection Could Spell the End of American Democracy," Thom Hartmann Op, Truthdig, July 19, 2019. Excerpts:

It’s often said that if Trump is reelected, it’ll be the end of democracy in America. But how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? Turns out, there’s an actual project to rewrite our Constitution, turning America into a corporate-run oligarchy: They’d end the income tax, eliminate federal regulatory agencies like the EPA, end all labor protections (including laws against child labor), let states ignore anti-discrimination and other federal regulations, and impose term limits so the only “institutional memory” for legislatures will be the corporate lobbyists.

All it needs to succeed—within just a few short years—is for Trump and the GOP to win big in 2020. And the prospects of that happening are going up every day. With a big Trump win will come a rewrite of our Constitution itself, if the billionaires funding it have their way. But how could he win? With another $2 billion worth of free publicity, just like in 2016.

One example is how Trump’s reelection campaign got a great boost recently when the media, just like in 2016, went all-Trump-all-the-time around his ICE raids, and when he told four congresswomen of color to “go home” to the countries of their ancestors—a racist trope for centuries. The ICE raids were merely arrests of undocumented people who actually have committed crimes (beyond crossing the border) and currently have legal deportation orders already in place; they’re arrests like the ones Presidents Bush and Obama did daily. There was nothing unique about them, and year over year, Trump has actually deported fewer people than Obama did.

But Trump tweeted the media into a frenzy, and like obedient hounds, they frantically ran after the bits of hamburger he threw their way. As Ayanna Pressley noted Monday, the media shouldn’t “take the bait.” Nonetheless, literally every week—virtually every day—since Trump was elected, he’s gotten the media to put his name on the front page of the nation’s newspapers and at the top of the TV news shows.



And in America, as P.T. Barnum (whom Trump has cited as a role model) said, it doesn’t matter if publicity is positive or negative, “As long as they spell my name right.” And they always spell Trump’s name right..NBC trained Trump well; they spent millions teaching him how to do a reality show, from cliff-hangers to pitting “heroes” against “goats.” And instead of his old “Apprentice” weekly show, he’s now producing a daily show from the White House. But to what end? It’s looking more and more like the endgame here for Trump—and the right-wing billionaires who support him and the GOP—is not just to get reelected, but to actually rewrite our Constitution and end the American experiment.

The group leading this charge for the billionaires is called Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG), which SourceWatch.org says, “is a right-wing political organization … that is campaigning for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.” SourceWatch notes that, “Through its ‘Convention of States’ project, CSG promotes an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution pursuant to Article V, which provides that thirty-four states (two-thirds) can trigger a convention to propose an amendment, which must then be ratified by 38 states (three-fourths).”

They add, CSG director Eric O’Keefe “has deep ties to Charles and David Koch and has been a founder and funder of numerous right-wing groups including Wisconsin Club for Growth,” and the CSG, “Through its Convention of States project, is pushing for a constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power..And they’re actually doing it, complete with annual dress rehearsals in the Washington, D.C., area. Wikipedia notes: “In December 2013, nearly 100 legislators from 32 states met at Mount Vernon to talk about how to call a convention of states..“In September 2016, CSG held a simulated convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution in Williamsburg, Virginia. An assembly of 137 delegates representing every state gathered to conduct a simulated convention."

15 states have signed on, and enough to hit the critical 38 are lined up, just waiting for right-wing billionaire takeovers of their state legislatures. And taking over state legislatures in 2020 just became a huge priority for those billionaires because of the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing radical gerrymandering...

More, https://www.truthdig.com/articles/trumps-reelection-could-spell-the-end-of-american-democracy/

Video: The Rich Will Rewrite the US Constitution
https://freespeech.org/stories/rich-rewrite-constitution/

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appalachiablue Jul 18 OP
gordianot Jul 18 #1
appalachiablue Jul 18 #2
FiveGoodMen Jul 19 #4
appalachiablue Jul 19 #5
Arthur_Frain Jul 19 #6
FiveGoodMen Jul 19 #7
FiveGoodMen Jul 18 #3

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:45 PM

1. Even if Trump is removed the shit show will not be over.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:53 PM

2. The next in waiting and the long game plan:

"...when the last American who remembers how quickly democratic constitutions were replaced in Europe in the 1930s dies, the replacement of democracy in America becomes inevitable."

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 03:37 PM

4. And those who DO remember history ...

are condemned to watch helplessly while those who don't remember history repeat all of its mistakes.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 05:08 PM

5. For sure, knowing some history and loving it is difficult

at times, like now. We are really in it, with plenty more challenges ahead until there's a breakthough IMO.

I was just reading about Robert Wolfe, Archivist of Captured WWII Records at the National Archives when I worked there. With the present state of affairs I wonder what he would think of it all. Hard to imagine.

https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2019/03/21/robert-bob-wolfe-captured-german-records-expert/

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 05:28 PM

6. I forget the source, but I'm a big fan of the quote

“It isn’t that we are doomed to repeat history we’ve forgotten, the truth is that human nature is immutable”

It’s a pessimistic outlook to be sure. I wonder if any of us will recognize the America we are living in even 5 years from now.

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Response to Arthur_Frain (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 19, 2019, 05:41 PM

7. That quote may, indeed, be true (i.e. correct in its assertion)

But it would mean that everything we do is a waste of time.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:59 PM

3. Not by a llllooooooonnnnngg shot!

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