Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?

Thom plus logo There is a very simple reason why some Republicans voted for the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon, but none have so far broken ranks against Trump.

That reason is a corrupted U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1976 (Buckley v. Valeo) and 1978 (First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), the Supreme Court ruled that when corporations and billionaires purchase their very own politicians, it is constitutionally protected "free speech" rather than "bribery," which is how we defined it from the beginning of our republic until 1976. In 2010, the Supreme Court doubled down on its betrayal of American democracy with its Citizens United decision.

After those twin decisions in the 1970s, money from corporations and the morbidly rich began to flow into the coffers of the Republican Party, hoisting Ronald Reagan into the White House. (Democrats were then still largely funded by unions, and thus not so easily up for sale.)

The spigots of cash never turned off; the 2016 election was a $6.5 billion affair.

Read more here.

-Thom

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Speaker 35 weeks 1 day ago
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Thom,

Here a suggestion for Speaker Pelosi:

When Speaker Pelosi receives the bill of impeachment, she needs to put it in the drawer and let it age, just like Sen. McConnell did to the nomination to SCOTUS. A perfect time to take it out and submit it to the Senate would be September. At that point you wouldn't have pop-up candidates challenging the RNC (Russian?) candidates and by their votes demonstrate allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.

Vry Sincerely,

J.J. Hayden

Covington, GA

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