Can Americans Stop the Republican Party and Their Billionaire Lifeline Before Another Hundred Thousand Americans Die?

Thom plus logo Can Americans Stop the Republican Party and Their Billionaire Lifeline Before Another Hundred Thousand Americans Die?

If a group of international billionaires who don't like democracy, business regulation, or the idea of a functioning multiracial culture wanted to hire somebody to destroy America, they couldn't have done better than Donald Trump.

Americans are dying from a pandemic disease at rates we haven't seen in 100 years. A handful of Trump-connected lobbyists have pulled in over $10 billion for their clients in a stunning example of how he has completely corrupted our federal agencies. And white racists are on the rise, killing protesters and tearing down a statue of Frederick Douglass.

As most Americans watch this unfolding disaster with horror, a small group of billionaires are cheering it on. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch has his Fox News running overtime, pumping out racist memes and phony outrage. The right wing billionaires who funded Freedomworks and other such groups are pushing hard to end unemployment and other benefits so Americans are forced to return to work, even when it means getting sick and dying.

Down in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro just vetoed legislation that would've provided masks to poor people living in the slums. The Trump administration wouldn't even consider a national mask policy. Ever since April 6, when the US national media reported widely the coronavirus was disproportionately hitting people of color, the Trump administration has even been pushing hard to expand infections and even use the force of the federal government to require largely Hispanic and Black meat processing people to return to work.

Americans have become quite used to Republicans and their billionaire buddies stealing from us and ripping us off, corrupting government, crushing unions and destroying competition through monopoly. since the Reagan revolution, it's been a standard way of life in this country.

But now, unless you are wealthy enough to safely and comfortably shelter in place, Republicans and their billionaire buddies are openly encouraging the death of more and more Americans.

Back in the 1920s, Herbert Hoover ignored the Crash of 1929 and the Republican Great Depression for three long years, leading to massive national wreckage, including economic damage and torn-apart families that echoed through our nation for generations.

The Trump Depression and over 100,000 unnecessary deaths show us that a president who is not only incompetent but also openly malicious can do even more damage than Herbert Hoover. And still Republicans across the country support him, as billionaire-owned and -supported media continues to pump out a steady stream of pro-Trump propaganda.

The Supreme Court handed these white, racist billionaires the sword they are using now against Americans with its Citizens United decision and those that preceded it. If we don't get money out of politics and vote every Republican out of office at all levels, this effort to tear America apart and kill more low-income and minority Americans will continue.

Anything else is just putting a Band-Aid on a cancer.



vetinla's picture
vetinla 3 years 50 weeks ago

I still can't believe there's not one story in the MSM about our global bio-weapons research. Also, besides our pandemic, the fact that all stories of the ongoing class war being waged against the working classes is totally absent on MSM.

With the MSM the only two subjects discussed are race and virus, both used to divide the working classes. The classic "divide and conquer" techniques the elites have used forever to misdirect the working masses.

Not that racism isn't a problem in the U$A, but more $ directed toward the bottom of the economic pyramid would certainly help mitigate the obvious problem.

Legislation hasen't solved the problem, maybe better wages for the bottom third of the workforce, and medicare for all could.

But, our "leadership" refuses to even mention it...

vetinla's picture
vetinla 3 years 50 weeks ago

To expand a bit on my #1

It's my theory that the bulk of the racism experenced today, stems from working class whites who's jobs were shipped overseas to satisfy the greed of our elites. Through certain media outlets they were told that the falt lay with brown and black people taking their jobs. Bingo, creeping racism..

Gotta' keep the workers at each others throats don't ya' know?

deepspace's picture
deepspace 3 years 50 weeks ago

Exactly. Conquer and divide to distract from the real story -- the main chapter in the billionaire playbook.

Legend 3 years 50 weeks ago

Plus the breaking of unions to the point that blue collar workers knock them. Saw plenty of this in my industrial consulting career. The Ludlow Massacre was about 80 miles from my home. Tried to get workers to read up on it if you needed a reason for Unions.

Legend 3 years 50 weeks ago

Seems like there is not a lot of info on what this virus is costing in hospital bills. The insurance companies are probably paying out large sums. I have read about single patients with million dollar bills. If you owe 20% that is $200000. A lot of people could never pay that. Then there is the uninsured. Who pays that? Where is the information on bankruptcies? Hospital finances? How is Medicare dealing with this? Medicaid? Medicare Advantage plans? Could Thom get an expert on his show?

Dcschuetz1's picture
Dcschuetz1 3 years 50 weeks ago

I completely agree with you, that is a big part of the problem.

deepspace's picture
deepspace 3 years 50 weeks ago

Thanks to the duplicitous Republican Party, the principal subsidiary of Wall Street (and their right-of-center, corporate Dem enablers), America's healthcare system is utterly broken; America's threadbare safety net for low-paid workers and the homeless is one of the worst in the industrialized world; decades of union-busting have left most American families struggling for the basics, leaving virtually no effective retirement plan for their overburdened breadwinners, who must toil away until they drop dead without ever escaping crushing debt; America's wealth is monopolized by the selfish, ruthless, and greedy few; trillions of American dollars have been lavished on a paranoid and delusional military empire whose jingoistic creed of endless expansion and war have spread across a world that hates us, rivaling the worst fascistic powers in history; all within six months, America's head clown has been impeached, a highly infectious and deadly pandemic is running wild with no end in sight, the real economy is collapsing into a depression of biblical proportions, social unrest has exploded under systemic racism and police brutality, which are still rampant 150 years after the war to end slavery; and with no rational strategy for mitigation, America is leading a planet hurtling toward the sixth mass extinction.

And yet after all of that (If you need references for the painfully obvious then either you are not paying attention or just don't care.), America remains hopelessly infested with fcking idiots whose howling-at-the-moon notion of patriotism and religion compels them to vote Republican even when outside reality is slapping up against their impenetrable, braindead skulls.

vetinla's picture
vetinla 3 years 50 weeks ago

@ # 8; Great synopsis, better stated than I ever could. Thanks..

deepspace's picture
deepspace 3 years 49 weeks ago

You have stated things quite well. Keep posting!


Thom's Blog Is On the Move

Hello All

Thom's blog in this space and moving to a new home.

Please follow us across to - this will be the only place going forward to read Thom's blog posts and articles.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Thom is a national treasure. Read him, embrace him, learn from him, and follow him as we all work for social change."
Robert Greenwald, political activist and founder and president of Brave New Films
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Right through the worst of the Bush years and into the present, Thom Hartmann has been one of the very few voices constantly willing to tell the truth. Rank him up there with Jon Stewart, Bill Moyers, and Paul Krugman for having the sheer persistent courage of his convictions."
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth