The Arc of Degradation of the Republican Party
Cloaked in Religiosity and Feigning Moral Rectitude, the GOP Graspingly Clings to Power with and Ideology Founded in Dominionist Theocratic Corporatism.
When the Democrat Party became the party of civil rights, the Dixiecrats who fled the DNC were lured in by the GOP and Nixon’s Southern Strategy. The Republican Party has been degrading ever since, year by year, election by election. At every level of government, we’ve watched the GOP use their power to disenfranchise voters and to bully or buy the rest of the free world into just looking the other way. This began the arc of the degradation of the “Party of Lincoln” so lauded for freeing the slaves; freedom for all has not been their ideology for at least half a century.
The GOP have used their power to undercut our constitutional democratic republic at every turn. They’ve spent more than half a century chipping away at our institutions, undercutting education, suppressing progressive votes and progress itself, undercutting our democracy by working to impose a Dominionist vision of a theocratic corporate feudal state where we are all required to just shut up and work until we die under a veneer of religiosity and patriotism.
“Dominion theology (also known as dominionism) is a group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation governed by Christians based on their understandings of biblical law. Extents of rule and ways of achieving governing authority are varied.” (sourced quote from Wikipedia)
“To clarify, in classical Christian theological terms, dominionism is not Christian and is a heresy in the truest sense of the word. Briefly, it is a mid- to late 20th century conservative American ideology, currently evolving, that is grounded in religious nationalism, fundamentalism, and authoritarianism. It has no historical basis. When Trump says he will “defend Christian Americans,” he is dog-whistling to the dominionist crowd, and them only.” ~Gordon Fuglie
Now, we’re watching the GOP violating their oaths of office and engaging in actual sedition by attempting to overturn an a fair and free election their own party has testified was properly and constitutionally won by the Democrats. They want to just throw out the majority votes and the majority electors of the Electoral College. They have, each and every one of them, disqualified themselves to serve. Every Representative and Senator pulling this crap should be censured and the “recall and removal” congressional steps should be implemented.
Under the United States Constitution and congressional practice, Members of Congress may have their services ended prior to the normal expiration of their constitutionally established terms of office by their resignation or death, or by action of the house of Congress in which they are a Member by way of an “expulsion,” …in which a Member of Congress may be removed from office by “expulsion” https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501738/
The Senate provides an explanitory history of this action on their website under the title, “United States Senate Election, Expulsion and Censure Cases”
Article I, Section 5, of the United States Constitution provides that “Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.” Since 1789, the Senate has expelled only fifteen of its entire membership. https://www.senate.gov/reference/index_sub_items/Expulsion_vrd.htm
A “Congressional Research Service” document shows Congress has never recalled a senator in our nation’s history. While there is no precedent for it, there is still a process by which a legislator may be removed by his/her House requiring two-thirds of the legislative body (House of Representatives or Senate) to vote. The Constitution’s framers opted to write in a clause for expulsion rather than a provision for direct recall in the Constitution. This is because, at the time of the framing of the Constitution, Senators were NOT elected; they were chosen by state legislatures before the passage in 193 or the 17th Amendment.
There have been fourteen senators expelled, thirteen of whom were expelled during the Civil War; no senators have been expelled since that time. However, five senators facing expulsion have resigned, most recently in 1995 when Robert Packwood was facing charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. In the House of Representatives, only five members have ever been expelled. Read more in the referenced “Congressional Research Service” document (link provided above).
As they begin to organize around these seditious actions to undercut our democracy, some Republicans have even called for violence. All these actions would seem to fall under the “U.S. Code § 2384 — Seditious conspiracy” provisions which states:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384?fbclid=IwAR3ueUs54ipearcg0jFg8G2itEnAOHUuIYsO8txJcI3KYaVnsmCuNetY2eo
For over fifty years, Republicans were too power greedy to realize they were making the way clear for Trump. Cloaked in religiosity and feigning moral rectitude, they degraded their own party, step by step, election by election, trampling democracy to increase their power. Trump is the culmination of their half century of aggressive authoritarianism. They were practicing Trumpism long before Trump gave his name to their movement.