One day’s Gazette headlines (July 24) provide a glimpse into erosion of U.S. and global institutions, workers’ rights, and the environment by President Donald Trump and his allies: “Trump considers yanking some security clearances,” “Trump targeting California’s strict emissions and (electric vehicle) rules,” “Bannon sets up group to undermine EU,” “Judge agrees to delay Manafort trial” and “Trump politicizes federal administrative law.”
Trump is threatening to jerk security clearance from six former intelligence officials who publicly voiced opposition to Trump’s policies and conduct. This chills speech, and mirrors dictators silencing political opponents.
Environmental targets: Trump exited the Paris climate deal, is dismantling the Clean Power Plan, preparing the Alaskan arctic for oil drilling and shrinking EPA’s budget. New proposal: Weaken the endangered species act. The media misses insidious, less visible regulatory rollbacks.
Steve Bannon: The European Union was formed as a force for stability among nations that spawned global war twice in the 20th Century. For our safety, don’t undermine it.
Paul Manafort is accused of fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent, plus 15 other things. He was not a swamp cleaner.
ALJs: Administrative law judges in federal agencies need no longer be appointed based on their knowledge as evidenced by scores in competitive exams. This green-lights appointments and adjudication of social security claims on the basis of political philosophy.
All this gets GOP congressional backing or capitulation. Put simply: Vote Nov. 6 to end Republican hegemony.
The GOP should not control the House, Senate and presidency.