April 24, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
I've been predicting that the next couple of years will bring greater and greater consolidation of Republican one-party control. They will use all the levers of power to enforce this. For example, the government funds pro-Republican video clips and pays columnists and TV pundits promoting The Party. Government funding for the infrastructure that supports The Party. The Social Security Administration running ads for the Republican Party privatization proposal. Labor unions, teacher organizations, trial lawyers, non-profits like the NAACP harassed for supporting the opposition. Purging the government agencies of non-partisans. Etc... But the big one I predict - I guess I should have written this prediction on the blog sooner - is that this effort will reach into everyone's daily life as Republicans find ways to threaten the jobs of those who don't support The Party.
Well, here it begins: Any Kerry Supporters On The Line?
The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission meets three times a year in various cities across the Americas to discuss such dry but important issues as telecommunications standards and spectrum regulations. But for this week's meeting in Guatemala City, politics has barged onto the agenda. At least four of the two dozen or so U.S. delegates selected for the meeting, sources tell TIME, have been bumped by the White House because they supported John Kerry's 2004 campaign.Many jobs depend on your ability to attend government-sponsored conferences and other events. If you can't attend conferences because you haven't been loyal to The Party then you might as well not have the job. Soon security clearances, licenses and other necessary credentials will depend on Party loyalty.
This is they tip of an iceberg. It will get worse. Expect punishment of people not loyal to The Party. Watch your backs.
Update - A realization I just had. This also shows that the government is now checking the political loyalties of citizens. Think about that.
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The word "purge" comes to mind, as in "ethics committee", "state department", "judiciary".
Posted by: tescht at April 24, 2005 11:48 AM
This is a technique the Nazis used very effectively. Why would you expect anything else from the Bush crowd?
Posted by: MJ at April 24, 2005 1:07 PM
Also the Soviet Union.
Posted by: Dave Johnson at April 24, 2005 1:18 PM
MJ, you are making me very uncomfortable lately. Could you elaborate a little more on the Van Imp situation?
I very much desire to be alarmist about the meshing of the Republican party and the authoritarian religions with the power of the American government to deny anyone the power to work and eat.
Has membership in the Republican party become the mark of the beast, or does it just appear to be trending that way?
What kind of Christian needs somebody to dictate every aspect of their lives anyway? I thought that faith and conscience were supposed to fill that void.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at April 24, 2005 2:38 PM
Sieg Heil! Shut the fuck up and salute.
Posted by: Vinnie at April 24, 2005 5:20 PM
'The K Street Project' has been a long-term effort by the Republicans. It involves stacking all of the DC lobbying firms with Republican apparatchiks and ex-politicos. It also involves refusing to play ball with the lobbying firms that hire Democrats. It's really an insidious strategy in that it allows them to weild a certain amount of institutional power even when they lose political office.
And as long as people are throwing around comparisons like the Nazis and the Soviets, I'll add another one: the Baath party.
Posted by: Joe Bob at April 24, 2005 6:40 PM
Love me or else!
Posted by: Big Brother at April 25, 2005 11:37 AM
The question to ask may be - why is a totalitarian state forming - what extreme conditions are in place that would make americans act like 1930's Germans or 1920's Russians ?
One school of thought says this is preparation for peak oil - which may be paranoid - but its hard to come up with a good explanation otherwise...
(the problem is a bit incoherently stated here - http://www.plausiblefutures.com/cparticle58041-6697a.html)
Posted by: Pythagoras at April 28, 2005 8:43 AM
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