Americans have lived for some time under a political system that is arguably best characterized as minority tyranny. Certainly the nation has suffered for the past four years under the insidious rule of a president who lost the referendum by 3 million votes in the 2016 election as the nation was embroiled in a devastatingly costly war – human, financial, and geopolitical terms – and financial catastrophe from 2000 to 2008 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 attracted the public’s desire and support for a tyranny of the minority 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 and thereby discard 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 scope in republican politics.
A strong proponent and practitioner of this tyranny, who tends to receive less guilt and certainly less attachment to the 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 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 tackle the pandemic despite having the abundant resources of the world’s richest nation, but he also fails to recognize in words, let alone expressed sorrow, that American families are dying.
However, McConnell also has the ability, with the simple lift of a finger, to unleash an abundance of resources to help manage the tremendous stress and daunting challenges Americans and their families face by providing financial support to them, as well as the state and locals Support is provided by governments that provide the services that help these families by keeping schools safe, administering tests, ensuring that hospitals and healthcare workers have adequate resources to care for the sick – and by simply providing basic lighting for their constituents sustained by funding from 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 since offered a reduced $ 2.2 trillion package. In October last year, he turned down the opportunity to put 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 for a Senate vote last October that left 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 Alaska and Mitt Romney from Utah were forged from the Republic, as well as the Democratic representative Josh Gottheimer from New Jersey and 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, on behalf of the White House, offered a $ 916 billion aid package 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 it’s 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 betting pool on how many of their employees are would infect with the coronavirus.
Just as Trump’s behavior has 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 to 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 funding than 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’s Press Association.