The Fledgling Fascist’s GOP “Freedoms” List

By Donald A. Collins | 18 August 2023
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Since Biden’s record has been consistently discredited by his GOP detractors, I suggest we think about what the GOP offers Americans in basic personal freedoms.

Here are only a few of the so called “freedoms” being offered by the GOP!!

1. Revocation of Roe/Casey, which cancelled women’s national right to safe abortions.

2. The pending prospect that Mifepristone, the early abortion pill will be made illegal.

3. Opposing adequate funding to solve the climate crisis.

4. Promoting making the US by law a Christian nationalist nation.

5. Fostering the racist fear by whites of replacement by non-white voters.

6. Refusing to engage in immigration reform talks with Democrats.

7. Erecting a stone wall against any meaningful gun control.

8. Continuously seeking racist gerrymandering of election districts.

9. Cutting benefits for our poorest citizens.

10. Regulating education to avoid teaching about racism, sex, LGBTQ.

Pursuit of enlarging these “freedoms” continue if Trump were to be reelected. You have been reading in my recent OP ED that chilling TV presentation by Robert Reich showing Trump making statements to his supporters that make clear Trump’s fledgling fascist behavior which could certainly initiate another coup attempt should he fail to win a second term. What will he and his supporters do if he is convicted?

What about GOP governance? Blocking anything Biden suggests?

As most American citizens recoil in horror at the prospect of another Trump term, the failure to find a GOP voice who finds Trump an anathema to democracy seems remote despite his 4 indictments and the prospect that none of these cases may be tried and/or adjudicated before the 2024 election!!

GOP leaders such as House Freedom Caucus founder and the ranking member of the powerful US Judiciary Committee US Congressman Jim Jordon (R-Ohio)–a close Trump colleague–seem to be getting hysterical. Jordon sent me (and many others I presume) this email on August 17th:

Friend, it’s Jim Jordan.

For too long, Democrats’ ROGUE agencies have ABUSED their power to INTIMIDATE and SILENCE their political adversaries & everyday Americans.

They SPY on our campaigns…
They CENSOR our voices…
They HARASS concerned parents…
They TARGET America First patriots like YOU…
& they INDICTED President Trump!

What is he talking about? But his hypnotized MAGA audience must get crazy messages like Jordon’s claims from one of the many rabbit holes of conspiracy fantasies on the web.

As the indictments pile up along with Trump’s legal fees, we can wonder who is paying those fees in expectation of what if Trump is elected?

July 29, 2023 Washington Post article reported his legal fees then were $40 million and rising. Donors were not named.

Could a substantial amount come from activist donors such as Federalist Society Co-Chair Leonard Leo or powerful corporate donors such as the oil companies no longer constrained after Citizens United passed in 2008 allowing unlimited corporate gifts to candidates?

What amount from the MAGA attendees at Trump’s hate everybody but us fests?? Must be a lot of poorer donors ponying up for such a good clause!

After all, look at my above list of GOP “accomplishments” to enhance your personal freedom! And they have other repressive ideas coming.

Here’s one really stupid and dangerous possibility. The withdrawal of the early abortion drug Mifepristone which the FDA approved could be ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in deciding a lawsuit wending its way there now.

After Mifepristone’s being safely used by millions of women for 23 years, the scientific evidence FDA used to approve its use could now be made illegal by religious proxy!

Some in the GOP also have suggested reducing abortions by taking away funding for family planning methods. Control of women is their bottom line.

In short, the various scientific evaluations which make us safe from expert civil servants working at our long-standing US Government Departments could be disabled by untrained political ideologues.

One particularly frightening feature of Trump’s reactions to these 4 indictments comes from his using his violent rhetoric to attack anyone who stands up to him. He makes constant public disparagement of our treasured government institutions, which encourages others to follow in his footsteps to intimidate people such as those serving on these Grand Juries, who as volunteers are doing their civil duties. These people get their names made public and are thus subject to threats of violence to themselves or their families. Such threats are not new and will doubtless escalate as these trials go forward.

After appointing 3 anti-choice Justices to the Supreme Court, the 6 to 3 majority killed Roe after nearly 50 years on June 24, 2022, Trump said he deemed that anti-abortion decision one of the proudest accomplishments of his first term.

As Kaitlan Collins reported on her CNN Source program on Wednesday August 17, Trump has left another key fraud facilitator Rudy Guiliano broke and begging for the fees he earned promoting Trump’s fraud lies as he sinks into bankruptcy while Trump says what to a Rudy bailout?

Another long-time attorney for Trump, Michael Cohn had to sue Trump to get his legal fees paid.

And he told Kaitlan Collins that Trump often doesn’t pay his lawyers although by now they must demand substantial payments in advance.

Trump’s trail of discarded abettors is long. While so far none of those big helpers such as Giuliani have broken. Collins reported on her 8/17/23 Source program on CNN that when Giuliani went to Mar-a-Lago to beg Trump to pay him his due legal fees to keep him from going bankrupt, Trump declined. Collins doubted Rudy would testify against Trump but I predict that many in this long chain of miscreants will decide to accept plea deals to gain lesser sentences and/or stay out of jail if possible.

This election, as we all should realize is the most important for our democracy since the Civil War in 1860. Our GOP leaders, as conservative highly respected retired Federal judge J. Michael Luttig has noted on several occasions, are “spineless” and the party is destroying itself.

Read Judge Luttig’s full statement here.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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