I wanted to write something today and the easiest thing to do was to write up an overview for my upcoming series about Donald Trump and the Republicans. This series is going to be a doozy, and I’m not just talking about the research. Anyway, here is a summary of how I plan to steer the subsequent posts in the series.
All the Wrong Reasons: A President with No Real Ideology
This post will go over aspects of the 2016 presidential election, as well as Trump’s overall history. I will discuss what might have pushed Donald Trump to run for president, how he used dog whistles to woo a percentage of voters, and how the press played a role in the 2016 election. I will also talk about Mike Pence and how his agenda is a danger to the American public.
Do We Have a Repairman? There’s a Broken Cabinet.
Whoa, boy. Since I published the introduction, there have been so many shakeups with Trump’s cabinet. There will undoubtedly be more by the time I published this post in the series.
That said, this post will be about the people in Trump’s cabinet. I will give a short overview of who he originally nominated, who left so far, and what happened to those who left. Of course, there will be a discussion of how past and present cabinet members undermined the missions of their departments.
Disorder in the Court! You Need to Keep an Eye on Trump’s Judge Picks.
Who has Trump nominated for the courts? Here, I will discuss Trump’s court picks, including Neil Gorsuch. In the same vein as the previous post, this one will also look at the qualifications of those who have been nominated so far.
Additionally, I will discuss how the courts have pushed back against Trump’s agenda (and helped it).
Law and Order? What Law and Order? We Have a Police State.
This post will go over how Trump has emboldened cops in the United States. Here’s the direction I plan to take:
As Donald Trump took to the podium at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, he spoke of reestablishing law and order. However, has his administration supported law and order? In many ways, Trump has shown a willingness to give more latitude to law enforcement agencies in the United States, but in doing so, has undermined the rule of law.
Trump’s Horrible Immigration Policies
This post will make a connection between Trump’s campaign promises and his law enforcement policies. There are also connections to make with the courts.
This Awful Tax Plan: Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich
I was planning to talk about this months ago, but I decided to include a discussion about the tax bill passed in late 2017. This tax plan belongs is a larger discussion about Trump and the GOP’s policies.
Corporate Nation: Who’s Getting the Raw Deal in the U.S?
In this post, I will talk more about the GOP’s domestic policies. The party has rushed to do whatever it wanted to do ever since Trump was sworn in and just about everything they’ve done so far has only served to benefit large corporations and the wealthy. Of course, this hurts everyone else and it undermines the rhetoric of the United States being the best country in the world.
Trump’s Foreign Policy: A Neocon’s Wet Dream
The United States’ neoconservative foreign policy also has a main purpose of advancing the agenda of corporations and the very wealthy. In this post, I will make the connection between these forces and the extent to which the United States has engaged in foreign wars.
Will There Be a Republican Apocalypse?
I’m not sure if this post will be done before the midterm elections have concluded, but in any event, I will look at the possibility that the GOP’s current policies could hurt the party in the long run. There might be a blue wave this year based on how voters on the left have been galvanized, but there are more factors at play here.
Beyond 2018, though, we will have to see if there will be any Trump fatigue. Thus, this post will include a look at polls and try to gauge the opinions of Trump voters.
Why So Sensitive? Plug Your Ears All You Want, Snowflakes …
A lot of staunch conservatives love to call liberals “snowflakes,” so this post will give a little of it back to them (if they read the post, which I doubt).
For the most part, I like to avoid taking direct aim at voters and those who aren’t in the government, but in this post I will be challenging some people to look past parties and learn to handle criticism of their heroes. I voted for Barack Obama but I have no problem criticizing him on merit. I expect the same from others regardless of who their voted for.
Can We Blame Trump? Honestly Guys, He Is but a Symptom.
To answer this question, yes, we can blame Trump — for his words and actions. However, we must ask ourselves what facilitated his rise.
Who Paid for This? A List of Large Republican Donors
Here, I will take aim at people like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and the Mercers. There are a number of American oligarchs we should become familiar with because many of them are behind most of the U.S.’s foreign and domestic horrid policies. The same is true for corporations that either supported Trump or in which he holds a stake.
Honest Question: Can You Tell Me What the #Resistance Is About?
Here, I will finally take aim at the #Resistance. What has it done and has it really aided Trump?
What Is He Doing? Trump’s Agenda and Our Despair (an Afterword)
As I did with the Democratic series, this one will include an afterword where I summarize the other posts while adding any new thoughts and make conclusions.
Other Posts in the Series
- All the Wrong Reasons: A President with No Real Ideology