One of the major objects, if not the major object, of the framers of the Constitution was to create a government of the majority with protections for the minorities. A true Democracy is supposed to express the will of the majority. The major reason for education in our society was to create a population capable of reasoning and therefore able to elect the best people capable of representing them.
Today instead the object of government as applied by the far right and the evangelicals is to create a government where they, the minority, rule and set the standards for the majority. Through the use of seemingly endless amounts of money in advertising, gerrymandering, and outright prefabrication they have been able sway elections to give themselves the power to impede necessary reforms and cause untold misery in the nation.
The Republican Party has been vociferously attacking Affordable Health Care (Obama Care) since they were able to gain control of the House of Representatives in 2011. With the upcoming Midterm Election in November of 2014 the leadership of the Party has promised to make that a major issue, destroying Obama Care.
In a March Special Election in Florida, in an overwhelmingly Republican District, the Republican candidate just barely won the election. Interestingly he treated his victory as one in which he totally trashed the Democratic candidate and the overall bulk of the population in his District voted to get rid of Obama Care. The reasoning by the candidate and the party seems to be fallacious. Presumably the new basis of the November Election in 2014 will be to elect Republicans so they can do away with Obama Care.
This seems to be in the opinion of many of that group a way to regain control of Congress. The concept is fascinating since the entire concept of Obama Care was originally developed by the Heritage Foundation, a Republican Think Tank, and initially set up in Massachusetts under Republican Governor Mitt Romney. It would seem that the reason for attacking Obama Care is to gain political power In Washington, D.C.
Interestingly, if we take the different parts of Obama Care and discuss them with the general public we find that they like the parts. For example, keeping a child on their parents medical plan until he or she is 26 if the youngster is going to college, insurance companies not being able to reject people because of a prior condition, overall lower insurance rates for most people, no maximum limit in terms of what the insurance company has to spend on any condition, etc., etc. But then if you ask them what they think about Obama Care the answer is that they don’t like it.
What seems to have happened is that the Republican prefabrications, like death panels and other nonsensical statements, which the Republicans have repeated over and over again, have, more or less, taken hold. A good percentage of the people do not associate Affordable Health Care with the benefits it’s so far provided. It can also be stated that the Democrats have not provided enough positive information to the public compared to the Republicans who have given redundantly endless negative statements.
In addition to using Obama Care as a means of gaining political power the wealthy Republicans like the billionaire Libertarian Koch Brothers have begun, through groups they fund, utilizing television and other forms of advertising as early as March for the oncoming November Election. The probability is that billions will be spent on the Midterm Election. And most of this money will be spent by the Republicans attempting to buy power by trying to gain control of the Senate and keeping control of the House of Representatives. This is also true for state elections.
Will they gain control? An interesting question! We’ll have to wait and see. Can the American voter be bought by propaganda and go against his/her own economic interests?
If the Republicans are successful the country will have total gridlock for 2015 and 2016. They will not have a supermajority in the Senate and the Democrats will do what they, the Republicans, have done from 2009 on, filibuster the bills they are against and the President will veto the bills he is against. They might try to impeach him as they did President Clinton; but, I suspect, they will have a problem doing so. Of course they might be able to push through some strange laws, that the President would consider unconstitutional and break, as they did in 1868 with President Andrew Johnson. But that did not effectively work then even with supermajorities in both Houses of Congress.
If the Republicans were to gain control of Congress in 2015 they would have to find positive reasons for running the country and they would also have to be able to work with the President. At this point none of this seems possible. All they have done since 2011 has been to impede all programs for which Obama could claim credit. They haven’t been for anything except lowering taxes for corporations and the upper 1%. The Republicans have done an outstanding job of keeping the country in a recession, attacking woman’s rights, and limiting benefits in entitlement programs for the poor and needy. Paul Ryan, for example, has defined sloth as a racial thing. It will be interesting to see what happens.