The Death Of Democracy, State By State! The GOP Extremist Goal! Long Live Corporate Theocracy!

Death Of Democracy In America!

The State By State GOP Plan To Destroy Democracy!

State by state, the GOP is working at a fever pitch to kill democracy in America. The GOP will replace democracy with corporate theocracy. Every Republican governor throughout the country, backed and funded by the largest and richest of corporations, has now partnered with fundamentalist Christians to achieve the goal. By creating a myriad of new laws designed to undermine federal jurisdiction, each state then becomes a little country unto itself and at the helm will be dictatorial governors acting on behalf of corporations and religious interests.

The GOP governors are pushing legislation intended to control immigration, change and limit who is eligible to vote, even legislating morality and destroying collective bargaining rights. In addition to a direct assault on the rights of women, they are cutting funds to the poor, sick and elderly, and at the same time granting tax breaks and relaxation of regulations for big business. As if that is not enough, they are seizing and privatizing schools, outsourcing public sector jobs, selling community assets, all under the guise of fiscal crisis and smaller government. Smaller government? The end game is simple: The death of democracy and the rise of a new corporate theocracy.

If you choose to not read the remainder of this, invest some time in the video. It is an eye-opener!

What Is Corporate Theocracy?

Corporate theocracy is a government owned and operated by corporations and the wealthiest of citizens, joined in governance with the far Christian right. The GOP and the corporations (the money factor) are aware that Christian fundamentalists (the morality factor) are a powerful bloc within the party and because of their voting power, the corporations, who have no interest in God or His laws, have joined forces. Both have sold their souls to the devil, so to speak, to forward their individual agendas. The corporations make unlimited money on the backs of middle and lower class America, and the fundamentalists get to legislate morality and create a religious state.

This system of government is most similar to the government of Iran, with the major difference being that in Iran, religion controls the corporations. The GOP and their agenda makers have not yet determined who will ultimately be the supreme ruler in America, religion or business, but for now each is getting what they want most: control of the masses.

The GOP is attempting this coup, state by state, thereby making it more difficult for the federal government to intervene before it is too late. By the time the federal government is able to successfully stop this coup, it will be complete. The laws in each state will have so degraded the powers of the centralized federal government, that this country will resemble a patchwork quilt, each square completely different and sewn together at the whim of the seamstress.

Which state will be the best to live in? Will you want to live in any of them? Rights will vary greatly, depending on the boldness of each state's governor. Scott Walker, GOP, started this process in Wisconsin, but Michigan's governor, Rick Snyder, seemed to take over where Walker left off. Quickly, LePage, Kasich, Daniels and Rick Scott have climbed aboard the God's Company train.

The Stategy Of Destruction! The Common Targets!

Each and every state that is controlled by a Republican governor has embarked in a specific manner, each, either quietly destroying Democracy or making great waves, depending on each governor's love of publicity or affinity for the spotlight. They have several points of attack, but they are all proceeding according to the same master plan, designed by the real masters behind the movement.

They all have the following legislative goals in common:

  • Remove and restrict the ability of workers to collectively bargain. Destroy unions and severely limit any political power they may wield. States in the news have been Wisconsin and Michigan. But there are several others that have either passed legislation limiting bargaining or are proposing. They include: Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, etc. Link to: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/25/us-states-unions-idUSTRE71O7C920110225
  • Under the pretense of fiscal responsibility, seize control of cities and fire the locally elected governments. Remove from them any legislative powers. Fire city employees and render any labor contracts null and void, to include control of pension and health benefits to already retired employees. This right can extend so far as to eliminate pensions that are already being paid out, and replacing them with either a 401K or cash buyout option. Detroit's pensioners are suing, afraid that their pensions will be seized. See: http://www.bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/04/emergency_manag.html
  • Grant the governor the unlimited ability to sell city or state-owned assets to corporations for pennies on the dollar. The assets can include prisons, hospitals, schools, parks, any publicly-owned properties, energy and water companies, and state-owned liquor stores. Allow the buying corporations the right to suspend any and all regulations in order to 'rehabilitate' their newly acquired assets, so that the corporations can quickly turn a profit. Allow the governor the authority to dissolve entire cities and combine the victim city with another; a redistricting, if you will. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio, most notably, with several states seeking to privatize and sell everything from state owned liquor stores to bridges. Refer to: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_10/b4218031532784.htm . Even more than privatizing assets, Wisconsin's governor plans to privatize the state's food stamp program.
  • Close schools at will, again under the guise of fiscal crisis. Provide the governor with sole authority to hire and fire personnel, suspend and eliminate any labor contracts. In addition, give the governor the authority to combine school districts and eliminate all local control. Dismiss locally elected school boards at will. Sell schools to private corporations. Michigan has enacted an emergency managers act that has already enabled them to close schools or sell them to corporations. Many other states have fiscal emergency laws on the books, but none have been as bold as Michigan's Snyder.
  • Legislate the right to choose; either outlawing abortion completely, or putting up so many roadblocks that the procedure becomes impossible to access in the state. Enact punitive laws for abortion seekers or providers. According to the Huffington Post, of 916 measures across the country that have to do with reproductive rights, 56% seek to limit or prohibit abortion. Among the states involved are Indiana, Alaska, Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and most notably Louisiana. Link to: http://hubpages.com/hub/Ban-All-Abortions-In-Louisiana-Send-Women-And-Doctors-To-Prison-For-15-Years-The-GOP-Again
  • Eliminate or curtail access to low-cost medical screening programs for low-income women, the elderly and children. Cut or eliminate medicaid programs at will. Resrict eligibility for medicaid, tightening requirements, so that millions are cut from the rolls. Eliminate or curtail family planning services, including access to birth control. Colorado, Indiana, Tennesee, and Utah are just a few that have pending bills that will cut cancer screening and birth control programs.
  • Grant the governor the authority to redistribute or appropriate medicaid funds, in any way that they see fit. Instead of providing medical care, grant the governor the power to divert those funds to abstinence programs in schools or any other programs the governor sees as better options than medical care for the indigent. Scott Walker, Wisconsin, has already passed legislation that grants him the power to change Medicaid laws. Paul Ryan's Path to Prosperity seeks to cut Medicaid funding and allow states to determine how to spend Medicaid funding.
  • Change voter eligibilty requirements for citizens. Require specific forms of state issued identification cards that are costly or difficult to obtain. The Brennan Center states that 20 million people do not have state-issued ID cards. Limit the requirements of voter registration so that voter registration drives become impossible to run. Almost every GOP controlled state has introduced legislation that will deny voter access. Link to: http://hubpages.com/hub/States-Set-To-Limit-Voting-Bills-Will-Affect-College-Students-Elderly-And-Poor
  • Grant the governor power to regulate the legality and requirements of civil marriage.
  • Raise taxes on seniors and middle income wage earners. Eliminate earned income tax credits that are given to low income wage earners. Tax senior pensions. Michigan has eliminated the earned income tax credit, is seeking to tax the pensions of seniors, while the state of Florida has increased taxes paid by seniors.
  • Change the unemployment compensation laws in the state. Shorten the amount of time a person may collect benefits. The faster these unemployed slackers lose their homes, the quicker the banks can foreclose. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/cuts-to-unemployment-getting-reaction/
  • Return prayer to schools. Christian prayer. That way anyone of other faiths or no faith will know, from the time they are children, that this country welcomes Christians only. Florida's bill is set to pass : http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/200899/4/School-Prayer-Bill-Advances-at-Florida-Capitol
  • Reform education to disavow the teaching of evolution; instead teach creationism. Along with that, if your schools are going to offer sex education, do not allow the use of the words homosexual or gay. Do Not allow the mention of those words to appear in the same sentence with alternate lifestyles. In fact, prohibit any mention of alternate lifestyles. Heterosexual marriage is the only lifestyle acceptable or appropriate. Disallow any discussion of birth control, with the exception of abstinence. Outside of marriage, sexual experimentation is to be discouraged. Abstinence is to be exclusively promoted. See: http://hubpages.com/hub/Dont-Say-Gay-In-Tennessee-Saying-The-Word-Might-Make-Gay-Contagious-The-GOP-Again
  • Reform education curriculum to remove any mention of climate change. Remind and indoctrinate children that any evidence of climate change is flawed. http://hubpages.com/hub/Dont-Say-Gay-In-Tennessee-Saying-The-Word-Might-Make-Gay-Contagious-The-GOP-Again
  • Create and pass restrictive immigration laws, that target individual illegal immigrants. In spite of the fact that immigration laws and their enforcement fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, states have and must continue to take the position that the federal government is not acting, therefore states have the right to protect themselves. While enacting strictly targeting individuals, do not prosecute businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Business and corporations count on the savings they enjoy by employing cheap labor. Most notably is the Arizona 'Papers Please Law'.
  • Pass legislation that loosens any control of guns or their purchase. Again, refer to Arizona.

Everything Above Is Occurring Or Has Already Happened In Several States!

If any of these proposals sound far-fetched, you are mistaken. These laws are being or have been enacted in many, many GOP controlled states. If the proposals are not frightening, then you have already determined that democracy in America is no longer advantageous. Democracy is not the correct choice for this country. The corporations and the religious right already have you in their grips and under their control. They have convinced you to vote against your best interests. Democracy is dying in the United States. It is being killed by GOP extremists who are now considered mainstream. Those of you that find this legislation appealing want a corporate theocracy.

For those of you who dislike the thought of democracy's demise, the time to sit back is over. You must take a stand! You must speak up every chance you have, or you will be a partner in this murder. You will be writing the epitaph on the tombstone of the America you insist you love!

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Comments 19 comments

HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent and detailed Hub Jillian. This has been breing in the Koch Brothers bi-annual conclaves for years. Justices Scalia and Thomas have attended. They now have unlimited campaign funds and are attempting to cut off the Democrats funds and voters. They must be stopped in 2012.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Well my friend you have struck the awful truth and delivered the terrible facts. I have come to believe (perhaps wishful thinking) this nonsense will bring the GOP to its knees if people just wake up. One thing I want to add is that the Supreme Court has assisted this whole process by allowing unlimited contributions from corporations to candidates.

After 2012 it will be too late to correct at the ballot box.

This stands among your finest contributions to a free America. When the GOP says FREE they mean Corporations and the Super Class are Free of all regulations, and encumbrances that might impact their bottom line.

Good News: The right does not have a single candidate capable of standing up to Obama. Perhaps we will see a turn around in the House.

Thank you Jillian for being an excellent purveyor of the evil around us.


AKA Winston 5 years ago

Jillian,

Although much of what you state is factual it nonetheless needs to be moderated with less bias. Don't get me wrong, I have no use for the fundamental wingnuts who seem to control the Rebublican party, but at the same time I recognize that no single bias can be 100% accurate at all times. Some things word better if handled by a central government. Some things do not. It is equally ludicrous to paint a picture of perfection with an all-progressive agenda as it is with an all wingnut agenda. A nut is a nut, whether left or right.

Btw, the U.S. is not now nor has it ever been a democracy. It is a constitutional republic.

I also would not be overly concerned about the Federal govenrment having its rights usurped by the states - this question seemed to have been answered in 1864 without much addditional argument.

Within states, though, there is a real problem with fundamental wingnuts who quote Ayn Rand fiction as fact, and claim a bastardization of Adam Smith as the holy grail of economic principles to gain too much power.

ID, the Discovery Institute, Rupert Murdoch and the rest have too much influence, mostly due to relaxation and abandonmnet of rules and regulations that ensured fair play, started in the Reagan era and continued by both partied until the present.

Also, I would classify the U.S. as an oligarchy rather than theocracy.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

Jillian,

The only bias in your post id for FAIR PLAY. This is not a case of Left VS Right, More a case of INSANE LUST FOR COMPLETE CONTROL BY GOP over Democracy.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Jillian, you always do an excellent job of setting out the facts in a clear and concise manner. Of course Terry and Schneider always add wisdom to any argument. I am equally impressed by AKA Winston.

I"m not certain what he's referring to in 1864...the Civil War or the election of Abraham Lincoln. I don't suppose it matters, I disagree. What's taking place reminds me of Mississippi 1875. The only thing missing is murder.

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johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

Tis amazing to this libertarian that still the Asses and Elephants blame each other for the problems that each of them have caused..........at the peoples expence! None of them want real change. Real change would mean the Asses couldn't get your money and the Elephants couldn't get your God. Can't have that, that would mean real freedom. People thinking for themselves.....oh my !


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Jillian, it's frightening what's going on these days, especially the apathy of the people. The people of the Middle East seem to be progressing as fast as we're regressing. It's encouraging that people like you are taking the trouble to bring this to light.

More power to your elbow.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Excellent summary of what is going on in the good old U.S.A. The only people who disagree with this information are those who have been brainwashed by their party's rhetoric.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear HSchneider,

Thank you, and as always, am grateful that you have read the article. The Kochs and their cohorts set the agenda and are now sitting back and watching the destruction they have funded, planned and directed, with the assistance of their paid puppets, the GOP legislators.

Dear Terry,

Hopefully, you are right and Obama will win re-election, but it will be of no use unless every GOP governor is taken down, too. Along with the governors, the GOP extremist members of Congress. Most people still don't get it. This is not a minor inconvenience or a minor challenge. These GOP extremists are trying to change the very fabric of our country. We can spell it out, state by state, and some just don't get it...

Dear AKA Winston,

What you have read sounds biased because it sounds so extreme. Surely, you think I must be misrepresenting something? I am not. Everything that I have stated is happening. Have provided sources for all. Don't believe them? Look up the legislation, state by state.

You are correct, the US is a constitutional republic. I use the word democracy because that is the word recognized by the masses in this country, a colloquialism, if you will. This country is becoming an oligarchy, BUT the oligarchs have recently discovered that without PRETENDING to be aligned with the Christian right, they will be unable to maintain control. The Christian right votes morality- abortion, family planning, homosexuality, etc. They are a powerful bloc and could present an effective roadblock to the corporations assuming complete control, unless of course, they fund and promote their pet causes.

Dear Fay,

Thank you. I am not sure that we want to fight another Civil War. The cost and logistics would be impossible, if it involved all states. Now, if Texas wants to go, I say "Good Riddance!" Of course, we would have to first evacuate the people who think Rick Perry is whacko... (just joking, Texas!)

But Perry is a clown!

Dear John,

Just how much money have the ASSES taken from you lately? Taxes are at their lowest rate in over half a century... As for real freedom without a central government, the central government is always the enemy of the libertarian, until the libertarian needs the central government...

Dear Amillar,

Thank you! Between you and me stealing the light, soon we will have it all, and that is where the real power is!

Dear d.william,

What you have said is short, sweet and right on!


AKA Winston 5 years ago

Jillian,

The Christian Right is being manipulated and used by the real power - they are dunces and tea partiers who can't spell elitist. You might be interested in researching a little about University of Chicago and the origin of the neoconservatives.


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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

Hi Jillian, Great article, as usual, very well researched and detailed. You missed a point tho', the wingnuts are starting to attack child labor and schooling laws too. Maine wants to let children work longer hours for lower pay. Meanwhile in the recent mining disaster, children were killed and other states are looking at reducing the amount of time a kid has to stay in school. These are all great ideas which fit well in the new corporate theocracy,(or should I say Fascist state?) I'm ashamed of our country.

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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Jillian you've done it again. Hit the nail on the head. I think some of these Politicians nead to be hit on the head. 235 years ago we started something wonderful in the U.S. and now the GOP is dismantling it right before our Eyes. Maybe I'm lucky or something that I'm now living in Asia. The rest of the world is going in the opposite direction. Wake up America! Peace and Light, Peter


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear AKA Winston,

I absolutely agree that the Christian right is being fooled into believing that the oligarchs are on their side. Once they have complete control, they will crush them, too. They don't want some of the money and power, they want it all. The Tea Party actually believes that they are a grass roots movement! Ha! Ha!

I loved what you said in the comments section of your hub,

http://hubpages.com/hub/Faith-Vs-Facts-Your-Choice

"The oddity is that each religion can see the delusionary aspects of other religions but not of their own. Belief is a powerful weapon of self-delusion."

I will research the University of Chicago and the history of the neoconservatives. Thank you! Have to keep learning!

Dear Chef Lee,

LePage wants to remove minimum wage and hour restrictions for people under 20. I actually thought I had included that in the article! Will have to edit again! Thank you! There is just too much to cover. It is crazy! Could probably write a book if I thoroughly examined each individual state's GOP legislative agenda. It gets more and more shocking every day! Masters and servants, the 'new' caste system! Where has that happened before? Oh! That's right! This country! How could we forget that shameful and disgraceful part of our history? Makes me sick, too!

I believe, though, that when people actually see the harm to children on a grand scale, they will stand up! I may be wrong, but have to hang on to some hope! If we as a people, do not care about the survival and well-being of our children, we are worthless as a country, and less than human!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Peter,

It is probably difficult being in Thailand and hearing all of this. It is hard for me to believe and I am in California!

Come back, we can organize some protests, show the kids how it is done, and then you can continue on with your adventures! Said something to one of my son's friends (30 freakin' years old!) today about the GOP, and when I walked out of the room, heard him ask my son, "What is the GOP?" I wanted to walk back in and say, "Give me back all that food I fed you for the last 20 years, you dumbass!"


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

I mam hopeful that the 2012 SWEEP will throw out the insane Governors and House members. There is evidence in the Midwest that people have had enough of the insanity of the extreme right. This article, along with Sacky's brutal insight, should be enough Shock and Awe to wake up the sleeping dead.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Terry,

Hope you are right! I hope that by 2012 this country has not forgotten that Obama is the man who directed the efforts that killed Bin Laden!


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Jillian, you are a great writer and one who stands out because you tell the truth. When a person writes about social and political issues, it is so important to rely on facts to change peoples' minds. If people's opinions and their votes are to change it will come as a result of well-researched material based on facts.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Lela,

Thank you for being so kind! I have really strong opinions on things and have always believed in fairness and caring, especially for our children and their needs. Maybe that is not what our government stands for, but I always thought it was.

People are having a hard time believing that these laws are being passed, so I always try to back up what I say with facts. My word means nothing. I want people to research.

You are right. Opinion means nothing. People need to actually read the text of laws. It is not that hard. Alot of it is shocking!

Thank you, Lela!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Well we, as progressives have only ourselves to blame. We were apathetic in November 2010, allowing the enemy to gain a foothold. People need to be excited and always remember that the rightwinger wants you to believe that both sides are guilty. The clear and present danger is coming from only ONE SIDE of the ideological divide. President Obama would not be having so much difficulty if we stood up for him, the Democratic party and progressive principles. The enemy is anxious to lull good people into a sense of complacency. Remember "The Who" ballad "We won't be fooled again" lets make that our mantra for the future

Evil will fill the vacuum if the good do nothing.

Thanks again, Jillian for sounding the clarion call.

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