Opinion: COVID Reduction Fiasco Reveals McConnellism Rival Trumpism in Disregard for American Welfare
Americans have lived for some time under a political system that is arguably best characterized as minority tyranny. Certainly the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president over the past four years who lost the referendum by 3 million votes in the 2016 elections as the nation was embroiled in a devastatingly costly war – human, financial and geopolitical terms – and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 caused by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office after losing the referendum. And even when the majority were able to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to happen in the context of a still-existing Gerrymandan district, which in many cases meant that Republican candidates could win local elections in voting rounds in states in which still an overwhelming democratic electorate was represented.
The current political debacle has openly attracted Republicans' pursuit and support of a minority tyranny that disregards the will of the American people as manifested in the November 3rd elections.
126 Republican members, over 60 percent of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, including the minority leader Kevin McCarthy, have signed the lawsuit in Texas to reject the votes of Americans in key swing states, thereby discarding the election results in favor of Donald Trump.
So we should see that the agenda of introducing minority tyranny rooted in a deep disregard for democracy goes well beyond Trump, so the name of this terrifyingly real and incorrigibly popular autocracy "Trumpism" really only serves the purpose of long agenda of this agenda obscure history and its broad reach in republican politics.
A strong proponent and practitioner of this tyranny, who tends to get less guilt and certainly less connection to autocracy despite taking his position in the spotlight, is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Still, McConnell can certainly compete with Trump in terms of his rule of tyranny and his utter disregard for the American people and their need and suffering. He tends to lurk in the shadow of Trump, who takes center stage when it comes to the total disregard for the nearly 300,000 American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and the millions who died from infections and possibly have suffered long-term health consequences. Not only does Trump barely lift a finger to fight the pandemic, despite having the abundant resources of the world's richest nation, but he does not even recognize in words, let alone express sadness, that American families are dying.
However, McConnell also has the ability to unleash an abundance of resources to help tackle the tremendous stress and daunting challenges Americans and their families face by providing financial aid to them, as well as the state and locals Grant governments that provide the services that help these families by keeping schools safe, administering tests, ensuring that hospitals and health care workers have adequate resources to treat the sick – and by just providing basic lighting for their constituents maintain funding for firefighters, police and teachers, and more.
McConnell has been practically single-handedly blocking bills since the CARES bill was passed last March in an attempt to give Americans much-needed relief. The Democrats passed the $ 3 trillion Heroes Bill last May and have since proposed and offered a reduced $ 2.2 trillion package. Last October, he turned down the opportunity to get a vote in the Senate on a $ 1.8 trillion package that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Democratic spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi were negotiating.
Instead, McConnell tabled a $ 500 billion Skinny Relief package to the Senate vote last October, with no funding for state and local governments and minimal funding to expand unemployment. The law was not passed by the Senate.
Most recently, he refused to put a US $ 908 billion relief bill to the vote, created through a careful bipartisan compromise between New York Republican representative Tom Reed and Senators Susan Collins from Maine, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski from Louisiana Alaska and Mitt Romney from Utah as well as on the democratic side the representative Josh Gottheimer from New Jersey and the Senators Joe Manchin from West Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire and Mark Warner from Virginia. Independent Senator Angus King of Maine also attended.
McConnell's gross dishonesty was shown when he repeatedly insisted that he work with the White House to pass a bill that the President will sign.
Just a few days ago, Mnuchin offered a $ 916 billion aid package on behalf of the White House that includes aid to state and local governments, as well as solid liability protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits for businesses, schools, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities included facilities so they could not be sued for endangering people.
McConnell is supposed to be on board so we know this is not the price. He must be able to serve the industry's special interests in potentially bad behavior and the endangerment of life, such as that of Tyson Foods, whose managers, as the latest lawsuit alleges, have run a pool of betting on how many of their employees are would infect with the coronavirus.
Just as Trump's behavior exposed loopholes and loopholes in our democratic processes that our founders simply could not imagine our leaders seize and exploit, McConnell demonstrates as the Senate majority leader to prevent a bill of his choosing from being passed Vote is coming, a similar nervous breakdown.
McConnell's decisions seem to relate to what he wants and the particular interests to which he is indebted as he opposes bipartisan efforts to act on behalf of the American people and even opposes the White House. He abuses his power in violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of our democratic and constitutional processes.
And he does it with such dishonest and evil enthusiasm. Indeed, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed out last April, while McConnell refuses to endorse aid to states, especially blue ones, claiming they are fiscally responsible, McConnell's home state of Kentucky is getting far more Federal money as he contributes, while blue states like California and New York, which McConnell railed against, are contributing far more than they received from the federal government.
McConnell is a man who values democracy and refuses to act in the interests of the American people.
While Trump may be gone, McConnell stays and cultivates tyranny much quieter and smarter, and thus perhaps more dangerous than Trump ever could.
Tim Libretti is a professor of American literature and culture at a state university in Chicago. A longtime progressive voice, he has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on culture, class, race, gender and politics, for which he has received awards from the Working Class Studies Association, the International Labor Communications Association and the National Federation of Press Women and the Illinois Woman & # 39; s Press Association.