I’ve been reading a lot of commentary from the ex-GOP and GOP “Never Trumpers” who are having a meltdown over who the Democrats select to be their next presidential candidate for the November 2020 elections to compete against the republican President Donald J. Trump. They’ve been hard at work to steer the Democrats towards choosing a more moderate candidate.
Then there are the progressives in the Democratic Party who tend to be mostly from the the younger members who are insisting on an agent for change as they’re frustrated with the snail pace and gridlock of Congress where little gets done to help average Americans, like with reasonable gun control measures, developing a serious plan to combat the negative consequences of climate change which includes revamping US infrastructure, having everyone who resides in the USA have access to affordable high quality healthcare, making college and post high school training affordable, and assisting young people’s with the expense of quality, affordable day care for children, for starters. They want more accomplishments instead of a lot of talk.
The third wing of the Democratic Party are the more moderate/ establishment wing of the who have learned to become more pragmatic in developing legislation.
Finally, there are peoples like me who are solely focused on the defeat of President Trump in 2020, end of story. This is going to require unity among the coalitions of the decent to accomplish this goal.
I’m pledging to support whoever the Democrats select to be their 2020 presidential candidate. My only goal is to save our US democracy with the values of encouraging diversity which is our strength: restoring people’s faith in the “rule of law,” maintaining the right of people’s to criticize/ to protest peacefully against the policies of government; to protect a free press, and establishing election integrity, for starters.
The reality is, that there’s a possibility President Trump could win reelection in 2020 via the electoral college map with help from GOP led states with partisan gerrymandered maps approved by the US Supreme Court; the GOP state rules regarding voter ID laws and other tactics like purging voter rolls designed to depress Democratic likely voters from exercising their rights; assistance with love from Russia, and a war chest worth well over $100 million dollars.
This is a thought that gives me nightmares and terrifies me.
This possibility of a Trump victory in 2020 is one major reason that I’ve become pro-impeachment inquiry/ investigation. Because an impeachment investigation would garner world-wide daily media attention, the president’s misdeeds would be frequently shared with the public, drip, drip, drip. The Democratic Party presidential candidates could never afford to pay for this high level of media coverage exposing President Trump’s felonious activities as per the 3/22/2019 FBI’s final report regarding its 22 months long Trump-Russia probe, led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and other evidence. In addition, this is one sure way to signal to the world that these US valued principles aren’t just empty words.
President Trump isn’t acting alone. He has been acting with the backing of certain interests who are intent on maintaining power. These mostly dark monies donors behind the scenes have long been aware of the changing demographics which favor the Democratic Party. Thus, they are not opposed to an authoritarian governing body where they can continue to exert power over the direction of the USA.
President Trump is simply the front office’s super salesman who can sell anything to the republican party base coalition, comprised of the anti-immigration hardliners; the 2nd amendment gun rights’ zealots; the White Evangelical contingency; the White Supremacists and those who are like minded; the wealthy whose only interests are the tax cuts and the roll back of government regulations; corporate executives who favor fossil fuel industry and those who still buy that President Trump is going to bring back to the USA, coal industry and manufacturing jobs.
As per the October 2016 New York Magazine report, “The GOP’s Age of Authoritarianism Has Only Just Begun” by Jonathan Chait: (These folks are not above Trump winning via the use of a racist megaphone.)
“The Republican Party is instead more unified than one might imagine, as well as more dangerous. The accommodations its leaders have made to their erratic and delirious nominee underscore a capacity to go further and lower to maintain their grip on power than anybody understood. More consequentially, the horrors Trump has unleashed are the product of tectonic forces in American politics. Trump has revealed the convergence of two movements more extreme than anything in the free world that may yet threaten the democratic character most Americans take as their birthright.”
“From the beginning, however, the conservatives faced a predicament: Their belief that government is evil irrespective of whether its programs function as intended only had traction with a minority of voters. Americans may have opposed big government as an abstract notion, but they did not want to do away with their Social Security, Medicare, farm subsidies, minimum-wage laws, and progressive taxation. This misalignment between the conservative movement and the American people has, in fact, bred among conservatives a fundamental distrust of the American people. The welfare state, in the eyes of conservatives, was merely a government-sponsored mechanism by which the masses of voters could steal from the minority. (Russell Kirk, the influential mid-20th-century conservative, lamented that “taxation of the prosperous for the benefit of the less wealthy, through the votes of the benefiting crowd,” was “first cousin to theft.”) Since conservatives define liberty as the preservation of property rights, democracy — and its potential for legalizing theft via redistribution — poses a constant threat.”
“And yet American democracy was where the conservatives lived, and so a movement built on distrust of the majority set out to find a constituency. It found one in the segment of the country where conservative anti-government theory had deep resonance: the white South.”
“That congressional Republicans would submit to Trump even at the risk of compromising the basic security of the American government is not merely a hypothesis. It already happened. U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly grown concerned about links between the Trump campaign and the Russian campaign strategy of using cyberattacks to help elect him. Republicans in Congress conceded to Daily Beast reporter Shane Harris that they shared these concerns but nonetheless refused requests by their Democratic colleagues to launch an investigation, which would have had subpoena power to force witnesses to testify.”
“The episode is telling because Republicans have no ideological motive to oppose an investigation — indeed, as the generally hawkish party on Russia, they might have been especially concerned by the prospect of Putin’s subverting the American political process. As Harris reported, they simply “have no appetite to launch inquiries into their party’s presidential nominee.” Their willingness to turn a blind eye to what even Republicans acknowledge as a security threat is a display of the absolute logic of party unity that would prevail under a Trump presidency.”