The Political Coup That Is
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and His Party Are Committed Only To Themselves And To The Success of Their Political Coup
The political coup to weaken our democratic institutions has been afoot for quite some time. Today we hear only what’s best for them to sustain their majoritarian power rather than what is best for our democracy.
During the Senate subcommittee testimony on Russian interference into the 2016 national election there were at times a paradigmatic shift towards pointing out the appearance of insubordination by former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates on a notably different matter. Yates was fired for defying President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned Muslims from entry into the United States from seven Muslim majority countries. Ranking Republican members outwardly showed their disdain and displeasure for the former Acting Attorney and her refusal to defend and implement an executive order deemed unconstitutional by several courts — and against her own conscience — a travel ban that is unlawful and without merit.
“…I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful. I also thought that it was inconsistent with principles of the Department of Justice…” __former Attorney general Sally Q. Yates
It should also come as no surprise that during the Obama administration, Republicans staunchly and habitually rebuffed former President Obama attempts to cross the aisle on many policy issues — some that they have once espoused and would greatly benefit from politically for their constituents. Remarkably, the Obama administration was indicatively diverse, and Republicans are notoriously averse to that level of inclusion in governance. This should come as no surprise since the Senate Task Force on Health Care consists of the group pictured below.
Motivated Ignorance For Support
The Republican party’s demographic support is intentional and hierarchical — socially. The identity politics that they maintain conjugates an exclusionary mindset from its predominately white working class support. A support filled with anxiety and whose fears of socioeconomic displacement has culminated into a cultural problem. And they attribute those fears by “othering” those they view as a detriment to American values and an impediment to American privilege.
According to polling and statistical data ascertained from PRRI, a nonprofit nonpartisan research group on the intersection of religion, culture and public policy, white working-class voters say they “often felt like a stranger in their own land” believing that “the U.S. needs protecting against foreign influence”. They also express that a “college education is a gamble” and were twice as likely to prefer Trump than those who said education was an important investment. The President has an affinity for this impressionable group.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of white working-class Americans believe American culture and way of life has deteriorated since the 1950s.
Nearly half (48%) of white working-class Americans say, “things have changed so much that I often feel like a stranger in my own country.”
Nearly seven in ten (68%) white working-class Americans believe the American way of life needs to be protected from foreign influence. In contrast, fewer than half (44%) of white college-educated Americans express this view.
Nearly seven in ten (68%) white working-class Americans — along with a majority (55%) of the public overall — believe the U.S. is in danger of losing its culture and identity.
More than half (52%) of white working-class Americans believe discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities, while 70% of white college-educated Americans disagree.
A majority (54%) of the white working class view getting a college education as a risky gamble, while only 44% say it is a smart investment.
Six in ten (60%) white working-class Americans, compared to only 32% of white college-educated Americans say because things have gotten so far off track, we need a strong leader who is willing to break the rules.
Breaking the rules is a no-brainer then (pun is intended) as President Trump is insistent upon doing just that with a Republican majority. The Russian scandal that looms large has never been more disquieted by the recent firing of F.B.I. Director, James Comey, who was appointed by President Obama, and managed to serve only three years under his 10-year term. When Mr. Comey’s misguided views and handling of the Clinton email scandal landed him in the hot seat, but not in the cross-hairs, of Democrats the events almost certainly landed Trump his electoral college win. At which point to Trump and his coup it was most convenient as he praised the FBI Director for having the “guts” to renew that investigation in October 2016.
“That was so bad what happened originally, and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution,” _ Donald Trump at Michigan rally.
Trump went on to lavish praise on Mr. Comey, embracing him warmly after his inauguration by stating…
"He’s become more famous than me”
And for a narcissist like Trump, no one shall continue to be more famous than he. And according to prominent Senate Republicans like John Cornyn (R) Texas, Ted Cruz (R) Texas, and John Neely Kennedy (R) Louisiana, no one shall question nor challenge his authority either. So when Senate leader McConnell earlier today, again, resisted calls for a special prosecutor and independent investigation into the Russian influence into our national elections it all but affirms and ensures that their coup remain firmly in place.
The Democrats have no way of winning this or any battle at all. The narrative has already begun to change — that the reaction to Comey’s firing should be viewed — and has always been a bipartisan move to restore the American people’s confidence. The president made this very clear in the following tweet early this morning.
That bombast and despotic authority is not an illusion, it has ushered in a sclerotic form of government that profoundly suggests that the political coup is unbreakable. While Senator Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina, who headed the Senate subcommittee hearing on the Russian investigation stated that this “is not going to stop the Russia investigation”, and added because “The FBI is not Comey”, it still nevertheless provides an unmistakably perceptible cover and delay in any momentum into the investigation. An investigation that was culminating under Comey at the helm, and coincidentally upon his request just days before he was fired for a significant increase in resources to move the investigation along — this according to four congressional officials as reported in the NYT.
As our institutions become more and more compromised by the Trump administration, the majoritarian congressional house and senate will rationalize any and all opposition as partisanship. And so as the republic goes the way of despotism, so to goes democratic principles out the window. Principles that afford our institutions to check and balance, to protect and serve, with liberty and justice for all is not what this political coup is about.