Some quotes:

“The Mandate for Leadership” is a 920-page document that details how the next Republican administration will implement radical and sweeping changes to the entirety of government. This blueprint assumes that the next president will be able to rule by fiat under the unitary executive theory (which posits that the president has the power to control the entire federal executive branch). It is also based on the premise that the next president will implement Schedule F, which allows the president to fire any federal employee who has policy-making authority, and replace them with a presidential appointee who is not voted on in the Senate.

So they’re gonna take over the executive branch.

And businesses will support and fund this effort because:

The business wish list calls for eliminating federal agencies, stripping those that remain of regulatory power, and deregulating industries. The president would directly manage and influence Department of Justice and FBI cases, which would allow him to pursue criminal cases against political enemies. Environmental law would be gutted, and states would be prevented from enforcing their own environmental laws.

And what about the social wish list?

The social conservative wish list calls for ending abortion, diversity and inclusion efforts, protections for LGBTQ people, and most importantly, banning any and all LGBTQ content. In fact, “The Mandate for Leadership” makes eradicating LGBTQ people from public life its top priority. Its No. 1 promise is to “restore the family as the centerpiece of American life and protect our children.” They are explicit in how they plan to do so, as you’ll see in the paragraph below. They plan to proceed by declaring any and all LGBTQ content to be pornographic in nature.

“Pornography, manifested today in the omnipresent propagation of transgender ideology and sexualization of children, for instance, is not a political Gordian knot inextricably binding up disparate claims about free speech, property rights, sexual liberation, and child welfare. It has no claim to First Amendment protection. Its purveyors are child predators and misogynistic exploiters of women. Their product is as addictive as any illicit drug and as psychologically destructive as any crime. Pornography should be outlawed. The people who produce and distribute it should be imprisoned. Educators and public librarians who purvey it should be classed as registered sex offenders. And telecommunications and technology firms that facilitate its spread should be shuttered.”

When they talk about pornography, this includes any content discussing or portraying LGBTQ figures from the children’s books I Am Jazz and And Tango Makes Three to the Trevor Project’s suicide hotline. We know this by looking at how “don’t say gay” laws have been implemented in Florida: This is literally their model. It’s been tried in Virginia. It’s also arguable that LGBTQ parents would be subject to arrest, imprisonment, and being put on sex-offender registries for “exposing children to pornography” simply by being LGBTQ and having children.

It would also likely criminalize any therapist, doctor, or counselor who provided affirming therapy to trans youth. Indeed, the document makes it explicitly clear they want nationwide bans on abortion and access to affirming care for trans youth, while calling for conversion therapies to be the only available treatments. It could be argued as well that people who are visibly trans in public are pornographic or obscene, because they might be seen by a minor. This understanding of intent is in line with the call to “eradicate transgenderism from public life.”

There’s also the matter of the internet: Any Internet Service Provider (ISP) that transmits or receives data about transgender people could potentially be liable if conservatives have their way. When you read the final sentence of the excerpted paragraph, the clear intent is that the same would apply to any social media company that allows any (positive) discussion or depiction of transgender individuals, as it would be considered pornographic and contributing to harming a minor.

And how will they do this shit?

The organizations that drafted “The Mandate for Leadership” understand that blue states, which have sanctuary laws for transgender people, are unlikely to comply. It’s difficult to imagine California arresting and prosecuting teachers, librarians, doctors, therapists, bookstores (virtual or physical), LGBTQ parents, and especially LGBTQ people merely for existing in public. This is why they included the following paragraph:

“Where warranted and proper under federal law, initiate legal action against local officials—including District Attorneys—who deny American citizens the “equal protection of the laws” by refusing to prosecute criminal offenses in their jurisdictions. This holds true particularly for jurisdictions that refuse to enforce the law against criminals based on the Left’s favored defining characteristics of the would-be offender (race, so-called gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.) or other political considerations (e.g., immigration status).”

This is calling for the executive branch to use the Department of Justice to threaten prosecution of any local or state officials if they do not charge LGBTQ people and their allies with crimes under the pretense that they are breaking federal and state laws against exposing minors to pornography. If people at the Department of Justice refuse to go along with this, then they can simply be replaced under Schedule F. While the excerpted paragraph above includes references to immigration, the fact that it explicitly includes gender identity, and fits in with the previous calls to designate anything trans-related as pornographic, clearly telegraphs their intent.

The result of these actions will be perhaps the biggest power play against states rights in American history, and the threat is clear. If blue states refuse to turn on their own transgender citizens, then the federal government will do everything in its power to decapitate the leadership of those states using the Department of Justice. Conservatives are making the bet that individual district attorneys will not risk prosecution, and prison, on behalf of a tiny, despised minority. They’re betting that state governors will not be willing to risk both prosecution and a constitutional crisis over transgender people.

Well, fuck!

In addition to voting, what should we do about this?

  • michaelrose@lemmy.ml
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    They were told to vote for Biden so they voted for Biden, even though he is also a sexual predator, and a well-documented racist monster just like Trump of course.

    Biden isn’t a sexual predator that is literally a qanon conspiracy theory. He was racist in the 60s. When you know better you do better. People actually sometimes do progress over 50 odd years.

    People don’t vote for Biden because they are told to the functional design of our winner takes all voting system is that there will always be 2 major parties because any third party that gets a substantial chunk of the vote ends up splitting the vote with the party it is most like resulting in the opposite side winning. If you want something better there are about half a hundred better systems like ranked choice voting that would allow people to credibly vote for third parties without throwing away their vote.

    Pretending we are just helpless because people are sheep just teaches people to be helpless instead of recognizing they are acting rationally given bad options.

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      Biden isn’t a sexual predator that is literally a qanon conspiracy theory

      That he is not a sexual predator is a blue-MAGA conspiracy theory. It is very apparent to everyone who isn’t on his team.

      He was racist in the 60s.

      The man eulogized Strom Thurmond, fuck off with this shit.

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        MAGAs want to replace democracy with an autocracy of a Hitleresque figure who wants to put his enemies in prison and shoot protestors. He has said he plans to gut the entire federal government and replace it with folks that have sworn a loyalty oath to trump and imprison state goverment officials who don’t tow the line. They believe this is necessary because the majority of them believe in some part of the Qanon mythos which has an army of fictional children trafficked by a global cabal of vampires extending their life by harvesting the brain chemicals of their victims. This fits right in with the rest of their world view where the earth is less than 10,000 years old, vaccines containing microchips to control their brains, forest fires caused by Jewish space lasers, and the need to prepare the world for the climactic second coming of their zombie lord. It’s also awfully convenient because who needs to worry about that fake global warming if jeebus is coming back any day now.

        In comparison “Blue-Magas” want everyone to have affordable health care and college, tax rich people, let women and their doctors manage their health care decisions and think a fellow who has spent decades in government doing acceptable but not revolutionary work without scandal or nonsense is an OK guy. Do you even hear yourself? There aren’t any blue MAGAs.

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          MAGAs want to replace democracy

          We don’t have democracy.

          In comparison “Blue-Magas” want everyone to have affordable health care and college, tax rich people, let women and their doctors manage their health care decisions

          No they fucking don’t, stop lying. You want to see your preferred sexual predator on the throne, that’s all you care about. He’s been on the throne for three years out of a four year term and hasn’t accomplished ANY of this. Your preferred dictator was on the throne for eight years not long ago and also didn’t accomplish any of this. Instead, he caged brown children at the border, murdered brown children overseas, and so on.

          a fellow who has spent decades in government doing acceptable but not revolutionary work without scandal or nonsense

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden_sexual_assault_allegation

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            Neither Biden, nor Obama, nor Bush, nor Clinton nor Bush Sr, aspired to replace democracy. None of them tried to sit on a throne. You are basically confused about everything.

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              Neither Biden, nor Obama, nor Bush, nor Clinton nor Bush Sr, aspired to replace democracy.

              True, because we have never had democracy in the US. None of them aspired to institute it.

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      @michaelrose @booty Biden should have, for the good of the party and nation, step aside and have announced he wasn’t going to run for reelection. With a lively primary, the narrative in news cycle would be dominated by a bunch of Democrats saying why their vision was better riffing off of Biden’s accomplishment (as smell as they were) and contrasting against GOP’s criminal conspiracies and apologists for criminals. Instead we will have a return of hide-a-Biden strategy but no pandemic