Dictatorship will come in 2025 and voting will become meaningless if Trump regains power. The goal has always been to build a ruling party that has de facto one-party rule with a minimal state accountable to “big business’. The Kochs have been saying this for decades.
Donald J. Trump and his allies are planning a sweeping expansion of presidential power over the machinery of government if voters return him to the White House in 2025, reshaping the structure of the executive branch to concentrate far greater authority directly in his hands.
Their plans to centralize more power in the Oval Office stretch far beyond the former president’s recent remarks that he would order a criminal investigation into his political rival, President Biden, signaling his intent to end the post-Watergate norm of Justice Department independence from White House political control.
Mr. Trump and his associates have a broader goal: to alter the balance of power by increasing the president’s authority over every part of the federal government that now operates, by either law or tradition, with any measure of independence from political interference by the White House, according to a review of his campaign policy proposals and interviews with people close to him.
Mr. Trump intends to bring independent agencies — like the Federal Communications Commission, which makes and enforces rules for television and internet companies, and the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces various antitrust and other consumer protection rules against businesses — under direct presidential control.
He wants to revive the practice of “impounding” funds, refusing to spend money Congress has appropriated for programs a president doesn’t like — a tactic that lawmakers banned under President Richard Nixon.
such as the FTC, the FCC as well as “scour the intelligence agencies, the State Department and the defense bureaucracies to remove officials he has vilified”
“What we’re trying to do is identify the pockets of independence and seize them” 2/x
These independent agencies, that Trump (and Charles Koch and Bob Mercer etc.) want to destroy are the agencies fundamental to upholding democracy.
Also noted in the NYT’s article is “Project 2025,” constructed by the Heritage Foundation (Charles Koch, Robert Mercer.) 3/x
Project 2025 This is a 180 day plan which will be implemented by EVERY elected Republican, “the scale of which is unprecedented.” This should terrify everyone. Let me explain: In ‘Democracy in Chains,’ Nancy MacLean laid out the Koch plan for the stealth destruction of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Libertarian James Buchanan was a political economist who greatly influenced Charles Koch’s ideas. Nancy Maclean had stumbled across Buchanan’s letters and documents in a deserted clapboard house on the campus of George Mason University in Virginia in 2013. 5/x
^^^ (The Guardian. 2017)
Buchanan and Koch had a megalomaniacal vision of a government which was unable to respond to the will of the majority, unless the wealthiest Americans all agreed.
Koch and Buchanan recognized that anyone who wasn’t extravagantly wealthy would oppose their plan.
Nancy MacLean on Buchanan (Slate, 2017):
One of Buchanan’s proposals that Koch was especially fond of was to make such a flurry of changes all at once, that the public had a hard time opposing them (Project 2025… 180 days.)
They even addressed how to manipulate voters to support their cause, in spite of it being against the voter’s best interest and getting voters to “unwittingly enable an ‘unpopular’ agenda.”
And this is why Koch Network organizations design and fund so many fake grassroots movements. The point of fake grassroots movements such as ‘Mom’s for Liberty,’ is to exhaust public school resources and drive teachers away, so that private schools become the only option. 10/x
Mom’s for Liberty is funded by the Heritage Foundation and The Leadership Institute - two critical members of the Council for National Policy.
This is only one example of fake grassroots campaigns Koch network supported or contrived.
Other fake grassroots Koch Network campaigns include anti-mask campaigns (including opposition to school mask mandates,) the Critical Race theory nonsense (Koch network published 79 articles in one year on CRT.) And let’s not forget the tens of millions of dollars Koch and Mercer… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
These orchestrated grassroots campaigns are all designed to lure in voters to believe that Republicans are all about personal freedom. It couldn’t be further from the truth. 13/x
At a secretly recorded Heritage Foundation meeting they discussed their $22 million dollar plan ‘Project 2025.’ The 180 day plan. They have model legislation ready to go with “a grass roots vibe.” 14/x
“Iowa was the first state to work it. And we did it quickly and we did it quietly. And we got Governor Reynolds to sign the bill.” The female Heritage Foundation speaker brags about getting Republican Governor Reynolds to sign a bill on March 8th (2021) to shorten early and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
“Little fanfare. Honestly, nobody noticed… It can’t be that easy.” She goes on to say how she sat down with Governor Kemp to ensure he signed an election package. Kemp signed the bill March 25, 2021, a bill restricting overall voting in the state.
Buchanan talked about the importance of creating a “gravy train” to “bring men into the fold.” Money talks.
And money talking is why Bob Mercer spent $3.6 million between 2012-2014 to ensure Citizen’s United passed, allowing corporations and special interest groups to have an outsized influence in elections. And let’s not forget that Mercer spent an estimated $52 million to get Trump… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
In 2018, the Heritage Foundation published a list of all the model legislation, regulatory changes that they expected Trump to do. At that point, he had completed 64% of their agenda.
Entire Agenda here:
In a leaked audiotape in 2014, Sen. Mitch McConnell admits the significant control the Kochs have over the Republican Party:
“And I want to start by thanking you, Charles and David (Koch) for the important work you’re doing. I don’t know where we’d be without you”… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Sen. Bernie Sanders on David Koch:
So what do Koch and Mercer want? They tout ‘Economic Freedom.’ The power for corporations to act without accountability. Ultimately their goal would be the removal of labor laws and worker protections and to remove unions.
Koch and Mercer want the removal of governmental checks and balances. The removal of all social programs including Medicare and Social Security. Privatize schools. Eliminate the Federal Department of Education: 23/x
(From Project 2025:)
Gut HUD. Privatize highways. Destroy the USPS (Charles Koch has been working to destroy USPS for 50 years.) Stop government action on climate change. Make it more difficult to vote and at some point, make voting pointless.
Make a super majority requirement to raise taxes: 25/x
(From Project, 2025)
Transform the legal and judicial system and ultimately to amend the Constitution so that these changes can be locked in place.
Their ‘economic freedom’ will absolutely take away the personal freedom of every American. 26/x
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