There are two groups of people who, while I do believe they mean well, drive me absolutely insane. It’s the “both parties are the same” folks and the people who don’t think Republicans winning this November would be all that bad.
Do both parties have flaws? Of course they do. But if you really think Democrats and Republicans are no different, or that a Republican winning this November wouldn’t be catastrophic, you might want to rethink everything you think you know about politics.
In fact, here are 10 terrible things that will almost certainly happen if Donald Trump becomes our next president.
1. Conservatives will get a super majority on the Supreme Court: We already know one Supreme Court opening is potentially up for grabs this November. Well, up to three more might be opening up over the next 4-8 years. Most notably, the liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg who’s 83 and Stephen Breyer who’s 77. Then there’s fairly moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy who’s 79. So, unless these three are serving until their mid to late 80’s, at least a couple are probably going to be replaced… very soon. Two who represent half the liberal justices on the Court. What do you think the Court looks like with a Republican potentially selecting 3-4 justices? Say goodbye to gay rights, voting rights, women’s rights and any possible dream of ever getting money out of politics. The next president may very well determine the fate of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. Which means if a Republican becomes president (especially someone like Ted Cruz) we’re likely looking at a Court with 3-4 new “Antonin Scalia-type” justices being put in place for the next 20-30 years.
If that doesn’t terrify you, it should.
2. Net neutrality is likely dead: Remember when big business was trying to install a “fast lane” for the Internet? Well, thankfully, the Obama administration put an end to that – sort of. A Republican president could very well undo these protections for fair access to the Internet, allowing the free flow of information to be severely hampered, limited and restricted unless companies pay these Internet providers what essentially equates to “ransoms” for full-speed access. In other words, if you’re paying for 50 mbps speeds, you might not get those speeds to some of your favorite sites that refuse to pay these fees being charged by corporations like AT&T, Time Warner or Comcast.
3. Say goodbye to health care: It took us decades to get the modest health care reform known as the Affordable Care Act. All that work will be long gone if a Republican becomes president. Instantly, millions of Americans would lose their health insurance (most of whom are poor) and those with pre-existing conditions would go back to living a life where they could be denied coverage based on something with which they were born.
4. The Iran nuclear deal is history: For the first time in a long time we have a president who sees diplomacy as something he exhausts before taking the step toward war. While the deal with Iran may ultimately prove to be nothing – it’s a start. Of course there’s still a long way to go, but trying to work out even contentious diplomacy with an adversary is a hell of a lot better than the path that will almost certainly take us into another war. A war that will make the chaos that we’ve seen in Iraq look like child’s play. When you mess with Iran, you’re also stepping on the toes of China, Russia and threatening to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz – a seaway through which a huge chunk of the world’s oil exports travel.
5. We’ll set combating climate change back decades: Even with the advancements we’ve made, we’re already years (if not decades) behind where we need to be as it relates to battling climate change. If a Republican wins the White House in November, not only will absolutely nothing get accomplished as it relates to stepping up our effort to prevent the planet from becoming uninhabitable, they will undo nearly all the progress we have made. Which means we won’t only be setting ourselves back 4-8 years – we’ll be setting ourselves back decades. Considering the dire issue of climate change at this moment, that would pretty much screw the planet beyond repair.
6. It’s very likely abortion becomes illegal: This ties in with #1, but deserves its own category. If a Republican president is allowed to replace even 2-3 Supreme Court Justices, that’s probably the end of the line for abortion rights. Or do you think someone like Ted Cruz (or any Republican for that matter) is going to nominate a justice who wouldn’t swear to them to overturn Roe v. Wade?
7. They’re going to open up a lot of our public parks and land to oil drilling: Republicans have been trying to destroy a good chunk of our public lands for years so they can hand these resource-rich areas over to big oil to destroy. If elected, huge chunks of our parks and wildlife preserves will likely be destroyed by big oil.
8. They could very well destroy Social Security and Medicare: Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have plans to expand Social Security and Medicare which would keep both programs solvent for years. Meanwhile, Republicans are doing just about everything they can to move both programs toward a “private” program, which is really just the first step they need to completely getting rid of both programs altogether.
9. Get ready for a whole lot of “Jesus”: If Ted Cruz happens to become our next president and select 2-3 Supreme Court Justices (both big ifs), that would pretty much seal up our path toward becoming a Christian theocracy. Ever heard of something called the Seven Cultural Mountains movement? Well, Cruz believes in it and it’s very… very close to becoming a reality. This should horrify anyone who doesn’t want to live in a country where nearly every aspect of society is ruled via some sort of religious control.
10. They’re going to make terrorism much worse: I’ve already written that I don’t believe Republicans are intelligent enough to handle fighting terrorism. Not only are their “plans” laughable, but their rhetoric helps create more terrorism. They’re literally giving terrorists exactly what they want by vilifying Muslims in the context of “the United States vs. Islam.” If we hand this country over to these bumbling morons, we’re going to see terrorism grow to levels that are unprecedented.
Keep in mind, not only will they likely do all of what I just listed (and more), but they’re going to put in place measures that make it much more difficult to try to undo all the damage they will most certainly cause.
So, when I say this nation might not be able to recover from a Republican winning in 2016 – I’m not exaggerating. I am by no means a fear-mongerer or alarmist, but I am not at all kidding when I say that a Republican winning this November terrifies the hell out of me.
Way too much is on the line to let that happen.