This Salon article is a short (7 minute) read, but it it gives you an idea what a Trump second term might be like. Highly recommended.
“The Federalist Society doesn’t know what time it is,” said Russell T. Vought, a former senior Trump administration official who runs a think tank with close ties to the former president. He argued that many elite conservative lawyers had proved to be too timid when, in his view, the survival of the nation is at stake.
Such comments may surprise those who view the Federalist Society as hard-line conservatives. But the move away from the group reflects the continuing evolution of the Republican Party in the Trump era and an effort among those now in his inner circle to prepare to take control of the government in a way unseen in modern presidential history.
I wonder what our old Zone Conservatives would have to say about their beloved Federalist Society now being considered “a bunch of RINOs who can’t be trusted”. Remember how TB used to get misty-eyed about them when he reverently invoked their name?
And then there’s “Schedule F” (Replacing the Civil Service with government patronage) and “Agenda 47″.
Agenda 47 would consist of an end to birthright citizenship, further criminalizing transgender people and the LGBTQI community more broadly, expanding the thought crime and other censorship laws to end the teaching of “critical race theory” and to defeat “Woke” and Black Lives Matter, attacking academic freedom and replacing it with “patriot education,” implementing a national stop and frisk law, pardoning the Jan. 6 terrorists, putting homeless people in camps or some other designated area under threat of arrest, building high tech “freedom cities,” ending the professional civil service and replacing it with right-wing political appointees and other such partisan agents, gutting the Department of Justice and other parts of the government that opposed Trump’s attacks on democracy and the rule of law, executing drug dealers, starting a trade war with China, and making “peace” with Vladimir Putin by withdrawing support for the Ukrainian people and their freedom struggle. In many ways, Agenda 47 is a continuation of the fascist and other authoritarian policies Trump put in place during his first regime but now made even more extreme and cruel.
Personally, I don’t think Mr Trump has the smarts to pull this off (he certainly wasn’t able to do so when he was President). But I believe there are plenty in his entourage now who would love to have a go at it.
This isn’t just a question of a grotesque buffoon backed by a hysterical mob of hair-on-their-teeth trailer trash. These people know how to write grant proposals, lobby legislatures, assemble media campaigns, take over university boards of regents and infiltrate government agencies. This is exactly how it happened in Germany almost a century ago. And if you can’t see that you deserve what you’re going to get.
The rest of us will get it whether we deserve it or not.