When the GOP crunched the numbers and learned that it could not win a popular election for President unless it became more inclusive, the party developed strategies to bypass traditional election structures and devise new ones that would guarantee that a Republican would win the next national election.
We already know about their foresight in drawing up some pretty extreme districts when they had the opportunity. This resulted in the gerrymandering that has been oft discussed but which cannot be reversed until after the next census. This did not set off too many alarm bells because gerrymandering is an old strategy used by both parties from time to time. We do have one insightful Democratic Senator setting out to even out this advantage.
We know about attempts to suppress voting in ways that will make it harder for those who typically vote Democrat to vote.
We have seen the ways Republicans have manipulated 501 C 3’s and C 4’s to turn them into “dark” and untaxed campaign funding organizations and we saw how they cut Democrats off at the pass when they accused Democrats of conniving with the IRS to stop their illegal use of these tax-free groups. We also saw how their accusations that the President might be involved in this “scandal” stopped any IRS audits. Republicans were given complete freedom to subvert these not-for-profit categories of tax exemption. In a way they have found a way to get all Americans to back the GOP. Diabolical and effective!
We have seen the Supreme Court help the GOP by giving rulings in favor of ending limits on private and public campaign donations with Citizens United and McCutcheon v the FEC. As if that were not enough we have learned that the Koch brothers plan to spend almost 1 billion dollars getting Republicans elected, especially a Republican president.
We know, and yet seem helpless to halt the successful assaults the GOP has made on state and local governments. They don’t just go for the top office of Governor; they also set their sights on the legislatures and the courts. They even have ALEC to write verbatim laws that the GOP wants to see passed, and many of these bills have become laws, approved in the exact language ALEC set them down in.
The map of America has become redder and redder. Everyone notices it but for the life of me I can’t understand why it doesn’t alarm anyone.
We are actually thinking that Scott Walker, that little Wisconsin union busting and school closing governor, might successfully run for President.
We already know that, waiting in the wings, is a GOP plan to change the electoral vote count so that the whole of a state’s electoral votes no longer would go with whoever gets the highest popular vote, but the electoral votes would get divvied up proportionally amongst the parties as per the percentage of the popular vote each party achieves. This is a transparent ploy to defuse the power of the greater numbers of voters in metro areas who tend to be more liberal and to inflate the importance of rural voters, who tend to be Conservative.
This could look like greater equality, a sort of redistribution of voting power; except that it will mean that numbers no longer choose our President. Rural voters are much fewer in number than urban voters but occupy vast areas of many states. So if you choose to live in city centers that are densely populated you’ll be screwed.
Republicans have stubbornly held off tax changes and have refused to allow any changes to gun laws and we have let them. We have backed off, put up our hands, and said, “OK, if it means that much to you buddy, well you’ve got it. We’ll wait you out.” (Are we patient or are we intimidated?)
Do you really believe all of this has happened by accident? Doesn’t it all look like a very intricate strategy to co-opt the next election? Doesn’t it look like a subversion of the Constitution, even though it claims to be a purer interpretation of the intent of our forefathers? It is a perversion which uses and abuses the Constitution in very subtle and not so subtle ways to achieve one end – to make America a Conservative State’s Rights Nation Under God that will belong, lock stock and barrel to white men, and those they have granted dispensation to be allowed into the company of white men (although perhaps not at the highest levels).
This is a blueprint of a bloodless coup and, even if we wake up and work hard to rebuff this coup; it is probably too late.
I know I sound like an ideological left wing nut but I was not even all that political until I got a load of these activities. I care about justice and fairness and I am focused on doing anything that can be done to keep our planet intact and functioning, including outing these plotters and planners who care nothing about the things I care about. Notice how quiet the Republicans have become recently, how sober they seem. It’s an act. They are the same extremists who have been playing head games in Washington. They are being quiet so they can get elected.
Of course, hardly anyone reads what I write, and I believe it is possible that there are forces on the internet focused on keeping my opinions out of the mainstream and making sure they do not show up in search engines. I did not make up any of the items I have discussed. They have all been explored in the media in some depth. Perhaps the media cannot put these items together as an organized plot because it will seem like a conspiracy theory. Still, I bet there are many others who suspect that there might be an organized set of steps that are being checked off on the right as they attain one more goal on their way to the 2016 election.
By Nancy Brisson
<a href=https://plus.google.com/10640005355488737390?=author>Nancy Brisson</a>