How Did the GOP Take Over the Federal and State Governments?

Updated on July 12, 2018
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Mike has a keen interest in the effects of politics in our culture. He has a unique way of simplifying complex concepts.

Introduction

I have been on many forums and argued about the virtues of liberalism compared to conservativism, but I wanted to find out why the GOP currently has taken over all aspects of both the federal government and 32 of the state’s governments. After much research and analysis, I found, political ideologies and movements are created and shaped by specific individuals who have been able to coalesce groups of like-minded people or influence others to join their groups. The remainder of this discussion is about those people and how they have taken the conservative movement from disarray in the 60’s to where it is today. The story begins with President Johnson.

President Johnson's Great Society

After JFK was assassinated, LBJ became president. During his first term, he instituted many liberal policies, including The Civil Rights Act and the War on Poverty, all in the name of creating a Great Society. After the Civil Rights act passed, many of The Southern Democrats left the democratic party and joined the ranks of the Southern Republican Dixiecrats.

Barry Goldwater's Manifesto

After Barry Goldwater lost the race for president against LBJ, Goldwater wrote a book called the Conscience of a Conservative. It is important to understand, that at this time Goldwater saw that the conservative party was in a state of disarray and had many competing factions. In his book, Goldwater outlines the tenets of what he thought an organized and formidable conservative party should look like. It just so happens, I just read his book and it gave me the impetus to write this article. The following are quotes from each chapter that encapsulate his principles

  • Chapter 1- The Conscience of a Conservative – "Conservatives should look upon politics as achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the social order."

  • Chapter 2 – The perils of Power – "My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do damage to the Constitution or that have failed their purpose."

  • Chapter 3 – States’ Rights – "Nothing could so far advance the cause of freedom as for state officials throughout the land to assert their rightful claims to lost state power; and for the federal government to withdraw promptly and totally from every jurisdiction which the Constitution reserved to the states."

  • Chapter 4 – And Civil Rights – "Let us, through persuasion and education, see, to improve institutions we deem defective. But let us in doing so, respect the orderly process of the law. Any other course enthrones tyrants and dooms freedom."

  • Chapter 5 – Freedom for the farmer – "Farmers have a more intimate knowledge than most of us of the consequences of unlimited government power, and so it would seem, a greater interest than most in returning agriculture to freedom and economic sanity."

  • Chapter 6 – Freedom for Labor – "Let us henceforth make war on all monopolies – whether corporate or union. The enemy of freedom is unrestrained power, and the champions of freedom will fight against the concentration of power wherever they find it."

  • Chapter 7 – Taxes and Spending – "By reducing taxes and spending, we will not only return to the individual the means with which he can assert his freedom and dignity, but also guarantee to the nation the economic strength that will always be its ultimate defense against foreign foes."

  • Chapter 8 – Welfare State – "The material and spiritual sides of man are intertwined. It is impossible for the State to assume responsibility for one without intruding on the essential nature of the other. If we take from a man the personal responsibility for caring for his material needs, we take from him also the will and the opportunity to be free."

  • Chapter 9 – Some Notes on Education – "We will not rush to the federal treasury with requests for money. We will focus attention of our local community and make sure that our schools private and public are performing the job the Nation has the right to expect of them."

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The Distortion of Goldwater’s Manifesto

Even as a liberal, I feel that most of Goldwater’s principles are reasonable. However at that time, there were others who wanted the conservative party to have much broader, sustained political power.

One of these people was Paul Wyerich who was a chief strategist for Goldwater during his 1964 campaign. To expand the base, his idea was to recruit Evangelical Christians, who were corporate polluters and who were angry about the environmental laws that were passed after Earth Day. Wyerich saw this as an opportunity to form an alliance between big business and the ideological zealots of the Christian Right. He created the Heritage Foundation to serve that purpose.

He brought a preacher named Jerry Falwell into the fold who launched the Moral Majority in 1979. He then began recruiting foot soldiers for “moral issues.” Pat Robinson also launched the Christian Coalition around the same time which bolstered the Christian Right wing movement, even further.

Source:  Paul Wyerich, wikipedia

The Fairness Doctrine

The Fairness doctrine had been in effect since 1949 and was a policy that required the holders of radio and TV broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the FCC's view—honest, equitable, and balanced. A bill was brought before congress to codify the doctrine, but there were those who thought the doctrine was in violation of free speech. In 1987, the Fairness Doctrine was vetoed by Reagan and was never made into law.

Until this day, there are those who believe the veto of The Fairness Doctrine opened the door for conservative talk radio and television. Of course, there are also those who believe it did not have any bearing on the launching of conservative news media.

source: articles.latimes.com

Frank Luntz and The Republican Play Book

Frank Luntz is a republican strategist, pollster, and word smith who has developed a republican playbook that has been published each year since 1990. The book is an essentially “Say this, not that” strategy for republicans to move their electorate emotionally. Luntz believes the key to motivating people is by using words that move them emotionally. He has developed this into a fine art, by interviewing groups and seeing what words move them towards the republican agenda and away from the democratic agenda.

Luntz served as Newt Gingrich's pollster in the mid-1990s for the Contract with America. During that time, he helped Gingrich produce GOPAC, a memo that encouraged Republicans to "speak like Newt" by describing Democrats and Democratic policies using words such as "corrupt," "devour," "greed," "hypocrisy," "liberal," "sick," and "traitors." Below is a sampling of words from his playbook

Source: Frank Luntz, conservative Language.com

A sampling from Frank Luntz's Play Book

ALEC ( The American Legislative Exchange Council)

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a national policy organization that was co-founded by Paul Weyrich (Does the name sound familiar?), Henry Hyde, who later became a U.S. congressman, and Lou Barnett, who later became national political director of Ronald Reagan. Its purpose is to provide a forum for state legislators, corporations, and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange state-level public policy issues. ALEC members, including state legislators and corporate representatives, meet in secret task forces on specific issue areas (i.e., environment and energy, worker’s rights, etc.) and collaborate to write model legislation. Once the task force completes a model bill it is approved by the ALEC membership and governing board. Once bills clear those hurdles, they become official ALEC “model policies,” which are disseminated to state legislators and further are presented to congress. In some sense, it is a case of the "tail wagging the dog." Here is a sampling of the types of bills that are passed on to state legislatures:

  • Stand Your Ground laws
  • Voter identification
  • Immigration
  • Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act
  • Criminal sentencing and prison management
  • Energy and the environment
  • Telecommunications and information technology
  • Health care
  • Privatization of Education

Below is a comparison of a model bill submitted to the State of Wisconsin. Notice to the right is the ALEC bill and to the left is the state of Wisconsin bill. They are essentially identical. The only thing that is different is the letter head and the capitalization of the word "Department."

Source: Bill Moyers, ALEC

The Tea Party

CNBC's Rick Santelli is widely credited with launching the grassroots movement. While standing on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on February 19, 2009, he unleashed what can only be called a rant against the Obama Administration's proposal to help homeowners facing foreclosure refinance their mortgages.

"Do we really want to subsidize the losers' mortgages?" he asked. "This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor's mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills?" He went on to suggest that he would organize a Chicago Tea Party in July, where capitalists would dump "some derivative securities into Lake Michigan." The video of his tirade became a YouTube hit, and the movement was born. Within weeks, Tea Party protests were sprouting up all over the country. The Tea Party name, a clear reference to the American colonists' dumping of tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxes imposed by King George, stands as an acronym as well: Taxed Enough Already.

By the 2014 midterm elections, several prominent Republicans had grown wary of the Tea Party's divisive, ideological agenda. The Chamber of Commerce poured about $7 million into the campaigns of establishment candidates. In Mississippi, the National Republican Senatorial Committee campaigned against the Tea Party's Chris McDaniel, who was challenging Senator Thad Cochran. The strategy worked; not a single Tea Party candidate made it past the primary elections.

However, many members of the Tea Party became notable congressmen. According to a calculation on an NBC blog in the 2010 mid-terms, of the candidates that were backed by a Tea Party group, or identified themselves as a Tea Party member, 50% were elected to the Senate and 31% to the House.

Source: Wikepedia

The House Freedom Caucus

The House Freedom Caucus is a spin-off from the Tea Party and serves as a voting bloc within the house republican party structure. They were instrumental in getting former Speaker of the House, John Boehner to resign and for Paul Ryan to become the new Speaker.

The origins of the caucus lie at the mid-January 2015 Republican congressional retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Nine conservative active Republican members of the House began planning a new Congressional caucus separate from the Republican Study Committee and apart from the House Republican Conference. The group ultimately became the nine founding members and the first board of directors for the new caucus consisting of Republican Representatives:

  • Scott Garrett of New Jersey,
  • Jim Jordan of Ohio,
  • John Fleming of Louisiana,
  • Matt Salmon of Arizona,
  • Justin Amash of Michigan,
  • Raúl Labrador of Idaho,
  • Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina,
  • Ron DeSantis of Florida and
  • Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica was founded by Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and was primarily funded by Robert Mercer, a behind the scenes funding source of Trump's campaign.

Cambridge Analytica (CA) was a data mining operation that used used quizzes to glean profile information from 80 million Facebook users. The operation used an algorithm called OCEAN to determine the following five personality factors.

Openness – How open are you to new experiences?

Conscientiousness – How much of a perfectionist are you?

Extroversion – How sociable are you?

Agreeableness – How considerate are you?

Neuroticism – Are you easily upset?

With these five factors, they could micro-target individuals and tailor Trump's campaign messages to fit individual values and belief systems and thus influence the outcome of the election. These messages were not only used in TV and radio campaigns but also with door-to-door canvassers. Untill this day, Trump uses this data in his rallies, especially to the electoral college states' audiences that won him the election.

I believe this is why Trump said he could say, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters." Further, I believe this is why his Evangelical Christian base is willing to look the other way when Trump violates their values and beliefs, because of CA, he knows what they are willing to tolerate in terms of their priorities.

While CA was under investigation for exploitation of Facebook users without their knowledge, a chief coder of CA exposed that part of the operation that used foreign entities to influence the outcome of the election. CA was then summarily shutdown and was declared bankrupt.

If you want to learn more about CA, please read my article. The article details all the players and their roles in CA from inception to shutdown. Even though they are shutdown and bankrupt, I believe it will be resurrected under a different name and different players, but with the same intentions of influencing the outcome of elections.

Mitch McConnell and the Biden Rule

After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Obama wanted to nominate Merrick Garland as Scalia's replacement. However, Senate Majority Leader McConnel invoked the Biden Rule to prevent that from happening. What McConnell was referring to was a statement that Senator Joe Biden made in 1992 when Bush was president. Biden argued that President George W. Bush should delay filling a Supreme Court vacancy, should one arise, until the presidential election was over, and that it was “essential” that the Senate refuse to confirm a nominee to the court until then.

It is important to understand, there was no vacancy for a Supreme Court Justice at the time of Biden's statement. However, McConnell and the GOP have presented it as a precedent and a standard during the Obama administration. And they are using it as a confirmed law, notwithstanding that it was only a statement made by a senator during the Bush administration.

The irony and hypocrisy is that now Trump is nominating Bret Kavanaugh as a replacement for Justice Kennedy's during a mid-term election year. But according to the republican's and McConnell, it's O.K. because it is not during a presidential election year. Now we will have a Supreme Court that is highly leveraged to the right until well into the foreseeable future.

Fox News

Fox News was created by ,Rupert Murdoch, an Australian born media mogul, as a foil to the network news outlets. It has a very conservative right wing bent compared to what are called the cable outlets main stream media. It also has a much larger audience than the other outlets.

Both the liberal and conservative outlets create a venue for our confirmation bias. That is, we only watch and believe those things that we can confirm fit our values and belief systems. All one has to do is switch between CNN and Fox news at the same time to verify the differences in the material being presented. More than likely, if you are a conservative, you will discard what you see and hear on CNN. If you are a liberal, you will do the same thing only with Fox news. Although Trump calls the main stream media fake news, it really is not. no more than Fox news is fake news.

Since Trump has become president, there has been a symbiotic relationship between Trump and Hannity, they seem to play off of each other to get their news and present it to the public. There have been times where they both have presented miss-information or simply non-factual news. Regardless if it is true are not, it has contributed to the GOP holding control of the government and dividing the country into two very different political camps.

Conclusion and Summary

This has been a long article, but I believe necessarily so. As one can see, the GOP since the time of LBJ, has been focused on taking over the government. Each of the key individuals in the movement have left their legacy that has contributed to the overall goal of government takeover. And now that Trump has come along, it is just what they needed to put the "icing on the cake."

Here is the cast of players and their contribution to the takeover.

  • Barry Goldwater - Conservative Manifesto
  • Paul Wyerich - Heritage Foundation and ALEC
  • Ronald Reagan - Veto of the Fairness Doctrine
  • Frank Luntz - The Republican Playbook
  • Rick Santelli - The Tea Party
  • Jim Jordan - The House Freedom Caucus
  • Steve Bannon - Cambridge Analytica
  • Mitch McConnell - The Biden Rule
  • Rupert Murdoch - Fox News
  • Donald Trump - The Icing on the Cake

I truly believe that liberal democrats don't have the genes to to do what conservatives can accomplish. Conservatives are much better at organizing, following through, and attacking their opposition. Whether this is good for the country or not will have to be seen. As one of Trump's favorite sayings is, "We shall see." Thank you for reading and seeing how this story has unfolded.

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        Readmikenow 

        2 months ago

        Mike, when someone makes that statement, I ask myself if you know the reason for the electoral college. If you realize how important it is to keeping our states together as a nation. It's this method of minority representation as well as national representation that has kept us together as a country. Now, if the tables had been turned and Hillary had won because of the electoral college and President Donald Trump had won the popular vote, you wouldn't be giving the electoral college any grief. I can't imagine a country run by the population centers of California and New York would not stay together very long.

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        Mike Russo 

        2 months ago from Placentia California

        Readmikenow: Did it eve occur to you that Hillary won the popular vote? Without the electoral college, Trump would have never won. That's part of the problem, the popular vote means nothing anymore.All that has to happen is for the electoral college states to get more than 270 votes and the game is over. Why even have the popular vote?

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        Readmikenow 

        2 months ago

        Did it ever occur to you that the American voter just doesn't want what the Democrat party is offering? I believe the American voters were given a choice and chose to not vote for Democrats. The party of Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Richard "I served in Viet Nam" Blumenthal as well as Hillary and Obama's Benghazi and other scandals turned off the American voter. There was "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor blatant lie and more. The Democrats hurt themselves more than the Republicans hurt them.

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        Mike Russo 

        2 months ago

        Readmikenow: I did mention the disarray of the democratic party, if you recall. Do you believe voters just up and voted for the republicans? I point out how their various organizations and campaigns have influenced the voters to vote for them over the years. I have to admit, they are much better at organizing and focusing to achieve their goals than democrats.

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        Readmikenow 

        2 months ago

        Your article is off on its main point. The GOP didn't take anything over, they were voted into office by voters. This says more about the failure of the Democrats than the success of the Republican party. If you REALLY want to understand what happened, you need to talk about the failure of the Democrat party. It would challenge for you to be this objective.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        Hi Joe:

        I spent 14 months in Biloxi Mississippi and Valdosta Georgia in the late 50's while in the Air Force. I know what you are talking about. My Brother moved from California to Georgia and spent 20 years there. He now lives back in California and he and his family are so racist and prejudice, I can't believe it Thanks for stopping by.

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        Jo Miller 

        5 months ago from Tennessee

        On a personal note, I voted in my first presidential election in 1964. President Johnson had just recently signed the Civil Rights Act and Barry Goldwater opposed it. My family were Republicans, but this was the beginning of my support for the Democratic party. And I've seen the South go solidly Republican in the years since. Though it is never explicit, I believe leaders in the Republican party have played in to this racial tension for years, i.e. Ronald Reagan going to Neshoba County, Mississippi for his first campaign event in 1980. Living here in the South, I notice things like that. So do a lot of folks on the opposite side.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        Ken: Thanks for your civil discourse. I will try to answer each of your points from my viewpoint.

        K: I will have to look into that more, the concept of more states rights and less International rights trumping state or national rights is a good thing I believe for the country, at this moment in time.

        M: I believe there are somethings that are run better by the federal government than the states, especially those things that affect the nation as a whole, like the FAA, FCC, national emergencies, et al.

        K: This is not impeding companies from doing their own thing, for instance GM is still shutting down a factory in Ohio and moving it to Mexico despite Trump's promises to punish any company that does so with additional taxation. I think this is because multi-billion/trillion dollar corporations don't look at the short-term and don't look at the immediate politics of the day, but the long term, and where things will be tomorrow.

        M: One of the reasons it is so difficult to calculate GDP is because items like cars and airplanes are not totally manufactured in the U.S. They have parts that are built from all over the world and then integrated here.

        K: For the short term, Trump is making trade adjustments with nations that have long been feeding off the good natured trade agreements we had with them, he is not cutting them off, he is forcing them to 'free trade' or 'equal trade'... in other words, America isn't going to allow its own self interests to take a back seat to their needs.

        M: According to Economic Nationalism, the goal is to cut off trade from the outside, lower taxes, and increase prices based on internal supply and demand.

        K: We will see just how fragile nations like China and Germany are, and if they can handle this. Their economies have far more issues than we currently have, and this is in large part because the trade imbalance is in their favor to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year.

        M: We have to remember China is not a democracy. They can respond to price fluctuations much faster than we can because their economic control comes straight from the top.

        K: It is interesting that these countries have complained as if they should have a say in what type of trade agreements or tariffs we impose, as if they have stock in the leadership of America... I guess giving them what they want for so long has led them to believe that they can complain publicly and get their way because America will back down and not want to hurt their feelings.

        M: I think Trump wants to cut them off completely. That’s part of the Economic Nationalism game plan.

        K: The Soviets did not isolate themselves by the way, they were involved with trading and supporting many nations, Libya, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, the entire Eastern Europe, and many others.

        In fact if you look at a list of all the countries we have invaded or toppled since the fall of the U.S.S.R. that list would mirror almost exactly the list of allies that they had. Well, those that didn't change stripes and join with NATO, etc. in the aftermath of its fall.

        M: For many years during the cold war, we played the soviet containment game. Even though traded with the countries you mentioned, we always tried to undercut their prices with better equipment. That what part of the Peace Corps game.

        K:The bigger issue is where does America go should Trump fail to bring prosperity and order to America?

        I see a hard turn to socialism and violence the likes of which this country hasn't seen since the Civil War. We see this in the current Democratic Primaries ongoing in recent weeks, the more extreme Socialist candidates are being elected. The most recent in California is De Leon, the previous was in NY just a week or so ago.

        This of course will not gain enough traction should the economy remain strong, however, if things go south, and unemployment jump into the double digits, states like CA are going to become very ugly places to be living in, especially for those who cannot defend themselves or have long depended on civil niceties and the police to keep order.

        M: I don’t see any of that happening, it Trump goes down the tubes. I believe democracy is at its best when it is a mix of capitalism and socialism, with the proper regulations in place to prevent greed and corruption as much as possible.

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        Ken Burgess 

        5 months ago from Florida

        Mike,

        I will have to look into that more, the concept of more states rights and less International rights trumping state or national rights is a good thing I believe for the country, at this moment in time.

        This is not impeding companies from doing their own thing, for instance GM is still shutting down a factory in Ohio and moving it to Mexico despite Trump's promises to punish any company that does so with additional taxation. I think this is because multi-billion/trillion dollar corporations don't look at the short-term and don't look at the immediate politics of the day, but the long term, and where things will be tomorrow.

        For the short term, Trump is making trade adjustments with nations that have long been feeding off the good natured trade agreements we had with them, he is not cutting them off, he is forcing them to 'free trade' or 'equal trade'... in other words, America isn't going to allow its own self interests to take a back seat to their needs.

        We will see just how fragile nations like China and Germany are, and if they can handle this. Their economies have far more issues than we currently have, and this is in large part because the trade imbalance is in their favor to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year.

        It is interesting that these countries have complained as if they should have a say in what type of trade agreements or tariffs we impose, as if they have stock in the leadership of America... I guess giving them what they want for so long has led them to believe that they can complain publicly and get their way because America will back down and not want to hurt their feelings.

        The Soviets did not isolate themselves by the way, they were involved with trading and supporting many nations, Libya, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, the entire Eastern Europe, and many others.

        In fact if you look at a list of all the countries we have invaded or toppled since the fall of the U.S.S.R. that list would mirror almost exactly the list of allies that they had. Well, those that didn't change stripes and join with NATO, etc. in the aftermath of its fall.

        The bigger issue is where does America go should Trump fail to bring prosperity and order to America?

        I see a hard turn to socialism and violence the likes of which this country hasn't seen since the Civil War. We see this in the current Democratic Primaries ongoing in recent weeks, the more extreme Socialist candidates are being elected. The most recent in California is De Leon, the previous was in NY just a week or so ago.

        This of course will not gain enough traction should the economy remain strong, however, if things go south, and unemployment jump into the double digits, states like CA are going to become very ugly places to be living in, especially for those who cannot defend themselves or have long depended on civil niceties and the police to keep order.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago

        Ken: Trump's foreign policy is not the usual policy that has been used by past presidents. His tariffs placed on the world's trading partners, discrediting NAFTA, and NATO are sending signals that Trump wants to isolate the U.S. from both Europe and Asia, much like the Soviet Union isolated themselves from the rest of the world during the cold war. That is not a good position to be in because we cannot exists without import and export of goods and services.

        Further, the rapid advances of technology have made the world a smaller place. As technology advances, more rapidly, the world will even become smaller. I believe the isolation of this country is against the natural order of things.

        Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are Trump's puppet masters, they talk about Economic Nationalism, which includes destroying the establishment of the federal government to where it is only responsible for defense and foreign policy. All other other functions will become the responsibilities of the states.

        That's the reason that Trump has put in place the heads of cabinet offices who are not qualified to run them, but are there to dissolve them. I hope I'm wrong, but we shall see, as Trump always says.

        Here is the definition of Economic Nationalism:

        "Economic nationalism, or economic patriotism, refers to an ideology that favors state interventionism in the economy, with policies that emphasize domestic control of the economy, labor, and capital formation, even if this requires the imposition of tariffs and other restrictions on the movement of labor, goods and capital. In many cases, economic nationalists oppose globalization or at least question the benefits of unrestricted free trade. Economic nationalism is the doctrine of mercantilism, and as such favors protectionism. These types of economies are considered "repressed" or "mixed" and are diametrically opposed to a free market in terms of economic theory."

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        Ken Burgess 

        5 months ago from Florida

        Mike,

        I don't see the comparison of the current efforts to adjust the trade imbalances we have with other nations to the Soviet Union being cut off. Perhaps you could elaborate on the similarities.

        In American politics the pendulum swings, to one side then the other, and when corrections need to be made sometimes the swing from one side to another is a bit more extreme.

        When it comes to things like trade agreements and military engagements, we had not seen any change in directions thru 4 Presidents, and 3 change-overs in Congress from Rep to Dem to Rep controlled.

        The Dems would be on their way back to control I'd imagine, if they were championing anything voters could get behind. Right now the only thing they seem united on is hating Trump, and supporting illegal immigration... and that isn't going to enamor nearly enough Americans to their side to win any major elections outside of Dem-only states like CA and NY.

        With their current state, combined with an improving economy, I don't see them accomplishing much of anything anytime soon.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        Thank you Larry. Thanks for dropping by. I hope all is well with you.

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        Larry Rankin 

        5 months ago from Oklahoma

        Accurate and depressing, as usual, friend;-)

        You're doing important work.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        John: You are absolutely right about all the people and organizations in the "Formidable Army." The problem is what you covered requires a book with separate chapters for each player. It is difficult to cover in one article and do it justice. Thanks for your input, it is all very valuable and will serve for others to get the entire picture.

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        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        Ken: In reference to your last two paragraphs, I believe it could happen. Trump is being led by Steve Bannon and his Economic Nationalism agenda. His idea is to tear down the establishment and start all over again with a closed country.

        The problem with that is technology moves faster than ideology and operates on a global scale. If we close off trade and borders, we will have done the same things the Soviets did during the cold war. They starved themselves and we helped them by containing any expansion in territory and trade.

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        John C Thomas 

        5 months ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

        You're way too nice, Mike. You failed to mention Nixon's Dirty Tricks, when a lot of the leading Republican political figures of the past half century got their start burglarizing/bugging their opponents' offices, burglarizing doctors offices looking for smear information, composing enemies lists numbering in the thousands, and using the Federal government agencies to reward friends and punish foes.

        Roger Ailes first developed his idea of a Conservative media during the Nixon administration when almost half of Nixon's first list of enemies was journalists. Roger Stone, Pat Buchannan (whose nativist policies in his 1990s runs for President foreshadowed Trump), G. Gordon Liddy, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney also got their starts in the Nixon White House.

        Add a politicized judiciary (Monica Goodling/Federalist Society), think tanks funded by generous billionaires to provide a source of income and a rhetorical platform (AEI, Heritage founded in 1973, Cato founded in 1974, Claremont founded in 1979, etc.), gerrymandering, Citizens United, FCC deregulation, and (now) joining forces with Russian/foreign actors and you've got a pretty formidable army.

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        Ken Burgess 

        5 months ago from Florida

        I think those things DID have a SMALL amount of impact. But giving Fox news any substantial credit is a stretch. Yes the people who believe as Fox news believes tuned in, just as people who believe as MSNBC believe tuned in.

        Its like saying Rush Limbaugh who has been around for 30 years (?) is responsible for this in any fashion, if no one wanted to hear what he was saying, he wouldn't have been around for 30 years.

        What happened was a backlash from 30 years of the politicians in D.C. screwing over the American people. Lets make it simple as possible, if you polled the majority of people in America and they gave HONEST answers, not the answer they felt the asker wanted to hear what do you think they would say about:

        NAFTA

        Mortgage-Crisis - Bank-Bailout

        Everything 'Made in China'

        ACA (Obamacare)

        Or in general, how D.C. has handled trade, the economy, and jobs.

        How the insurance plan (ACA) has worked for them.

        You can point the finger at the Republicans and say: "As far as the ACA, the individual mandate was used because republicans blocked Obama's single payer system. "

        But people don't care, they don't want to hear the excuses, it was crap, the ACA did more harm to more people than it did good, so obviously we would have been better with no changes at all rather than that monstrosity that helped the Insurance and Big Pharma companies get even richer at our expense.

        What D.C. has done for the last 25 years, regardless of what party held power, is screw over the American people... as you say, because corporations and foreign nations have the politicians in their pockets... and that is why you got Trump.

        A growing majority of people would rather destroy the system right now rather than support it, so you better hope Trump is successful beyond all imagination, because if he fails, and the economy tanks, you won't be able to get to the grocery store for food without an armed guard escort, or you swinging an AR-15 or two yourself.

        And if you don't think that could happen, check out Venezuela or any other nation that has suffered economic collapse in the past.

      • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

        Mike Russo 

        5 months ago from Placentia California

        Ken: Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you with about outsourcing of jobs. But I don' t agree with your rational as to which party is responsible for it. It's the corporations that outsource the jobs because of cheaper labor. It's all about increasing their bottom line. And for the most part, corporations are right leaning because of big money interests.

        As far as the ACA, the individual mandate was used because republicans blocked Obama's single payer system. I don't know what polls you are referring to.

        So you don't believe that anything I said in my article contributed to the take over by the GOP?

        Thanks for your comments. It's always good to hear other viewpoints.

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        Ken Burgess 

        5 months ago from Florida

        I think its much much simpler than all that.

        People didn't want the ACA (75% of Americans said this in poll after poll prior to them forcing it down our throats) but they got it anyway.

        Many couldn't afford to pay for it, but they had to pay a tax for not having it. Many that did pay for it found nothing was covered by their plan, insurance got worse and more expensive for the majority who were stuck using the ACA system.

        For everyone it helped, it made life financially more difficult for 5 others.

        That is the big elephant in the room, or the straw that broke the camels' back, however you want to phrase it. But there is a lot more as well, people see their society and norms under attack, people see their jobs going to China, Mexico, Canada, and no amount of irrational rhetoric to the contrary will convince them that NAFTA, and the non-tariff agreement on Chinese goods isn't the cause of these problems.

        Its very easy to see why more and more people are shifting to the 'right', its because the 'left' has come to represent jobs for foreign nations, and rights for illegal aliens, and Islam being mandatory teaching in public schools, and equal results not equal opportunity.

        I understand that people in their 60s and 70s and beyond can't see that the Democratic Party has warped in to essentially what is the anti-American party. People who have invested their entire lives fighting for 'equal rights' so that their children could live in a world that didn't see color or creed. don't realize that they have that now, but it is being stripped away almost as soon as they got it, by a party that is selling out America's best interests to international corporatism and foreign despotism (ie Saudi Arabia).

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