The United States Supreme Court is openly Anti-Worker and Pro-Business. With the addition of yet another extremist to take the place of retiring justice Kennedy, that’s bad for women, minorities, low-wage workers ― pretty much anyone who’s already at a disadvantage in this economy.
“When you have a pro-business approach, it is going to negatively affect women who already have less power in the economy,” said Kate Bahn, an economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. That goes for anybody who is facing historical sociopolitical imbalances of power, including people of color, Bahn adds.
Women in unions who work full time earn 30 percent more than women who are not, according to data compiled by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Hispanic women see the biggest gains from belonging to a union; those without union membership earn only $565 a week on average, compared with $829 a week for their union counterparts, according to IWPR.
That’s a 47 percent boost in pay. Unions mean better health care and retirement packages, safer workplaces, more protections for disabled workers, and more fair or predictable schedules ― an issue of particular significance to working mothers.
With such massive cuts to the income of half of all Americans who might otherwise support their opposition, the opportunity to become a permanently entrenched ruling party is immense, and Republicans know it. Combined with a Republican Congress, a Republican Senate, and a Republican Supreme Court, the Republican President Trump presides over a one party state.
A one party state
Since it is unlikely that the government of the United States of America is likely to change sufficiently to allow it to create constitutional barriers for this, or any future dictatorships in America, it is fair to say that Barack Obama was the last legitimate President of the United States of America.
Without a clear and hard separation of powers, and without any attempts being made to ensure them, the world may fully expect that what seems bad now to be only the introduction to a global nightmare.
A nightmare where the single most powerful military force in the world is a dictatorship bent on global dominance. Make no mistake: The basic underlying foreign policy of the United States has been, since the 1950s, one of empire building.
Do not expect that empire building will stop with the introduction of an authoritarian, fascist government. Such governments have traditionally expanded their interest in conquest, and Trump’s decision to expand the size of the United States military is a giant red flag.
Think that this dictatorship can be toppled? Consider these points:
Bob Mueller will take him down? Not likely.
Mueller lacks the authority to “Take Trump Down”. His authority begins and ends with the investigation phase. At best, he can turn over his report and copies of the evidence to Congress, and the attorney generals of all of the various states. But let us not count on him providing copies to the states. Both Mueller and his immediate superiors, as well as the overwhelming majority of Congress, are all members of the same political party.
Let us not forget that it is the Republican party, not the democrats, who get to decide on what to do with Mueller’s report, and from the noises they are making in the media, they’ve already made up their collective mind: Republicans are already deriding the Democrats for the “Sin” of wanting Trump held accountable for the crimes we DO know and DO have evidence of his having committed. This much was made clear with the recent Rosenstein hearings, in which they openly and savagely accused Rosenstein of violations of the law – and shouted down anyone who suggested he be allowed to respond. Republicans demanded the investigation be ended immediately, and even threatened to summarily pass a bill requiring that he be fired immediately should he not comply that instant.
The fact that doing so would require Rosenstein to violate the law by interfering with a federal investigation did not seem to trouble Republicans. They do not want President Trump held accountable for anything. They want to sweep the investigation into Trump’s involvement with Russia under the rug as quickly as possible. Facts and the law be damned.
Republicans are running scared, because they know that news about their own complicity in helping to rubber stamp his Presidency is starting to leak through the corporate controlled right wing media shield. And this is an election year. Combatting the facts will require more advertising dollars, and more advertising means turning to their corporate donors; the people whose only bottom line is the bottom line.
(Part 2 will be released on Tuesday, July 10, 2018)