I was reading an article just now, from the Guardian, about how Trump is reshaping the judicial branch of the government, in some extreme ways. Travel bans and big tax cuts for the rich get a lot of press coverage, but the judges that Trump is nominating have the potential to remake America for decades after Trump is dead and gone — and all of this is happening under the radar.
Conservatives like Trump and the Republicans are a minority in America, yet they’re full-court press against the will of the people may be impossible to fully undo. The damage inflicted — massive budget deficits, global instability, an American culture of anger and animosity, and a justice system hostile to minorities and civil rights — it all will probably prove too great to fix any time soon…But we still have a trump card for the Trump era: #calexit
Calexit is the California initiative to exit the union of the United States of America. Such a successful exit by one state, especially as big as California, would trigger a complete reorganization of the States and would dissolve the U.S.A. as we know it.
Yes, it’s an extreme option, but these are extreme times, and as time goes on, and as Trump and the Republicans grind away at our institutions, and as national confidence continues to crash, breaking up the United States might prove a refreshing option, a way to start over.
Breaking up the Union would break the tragic cycle that we’ve been in for many, many decades: Republicans implement policies that damage our economic stability and incite divisiveness and anger among the populace, then liberals and Democrats try to fix it, but there’s simply too much to do.
Even politically active conservatives are coming out and admitting that this is how Republicans roll. Bruce Bartlett worked as an adviser for Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush. He wrote an excellent article in the Guardian yesterday that spoke directly to this point:
Republicans are pushing the tax cut at breakneck speed precisely because they know they are probably going to lose next year and in 2020 as well. The tax cut, once enacted, however, will bind the hands of Democrats for years to come, forcing them to essentially follow a Republican agenda of deficit reduction and prevent any action on a positive Democratic program. The result will be a steady erosion of support for Democrats that will put Republicans back in power within a few election cycles.
The theory was laid out almost 30 years ago by two Swedish economists, Torsten Persson and Lars EO Svensson. In a densely written article for the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1989, they explained why a stubborn conservative legislator would intentionally run a big budget deficit.
There’s simply no way to build stable American institutions when Republicans come into power every few years and take a hammer to them. It’s easier to dismantle institutions and create chaos than it is to stabilize them.
We can resist part of the Trump agenda and score a few wins here and there, but Trump’s impact on the judicial branch of the government will be a decades’ long degeneration. Here’s a chart illustrating the nature of Trump’s judicial choices, to date:
One such judicial nominee, Brett Talley, is an an Alabama attorney just three years out of law school. He has yet to try a case, but he is well-known for his partisan politics. Oh yes, and his wife is also a White House staffer.
The only thing that I’ve known in my entire lifetime is a steady and consistent effort by Republicans and conservatives to dismantle American government, sow the seeds of prejudice and malice, and rig the system on behalf of those with wealth and power — so personally I’m ready for a radical and extreme solution, which is why I continue to encourage debate on #calexit — I think we need to start over.