I’ve been predicting that the next couple of years will bring greater and greater consolidation of Republican one-party control. They will use all the levers of power to enforce this. For example, the government funds pro-Republican video clips and pays columnists and TV pundits promoting The Party. Government funding for the infrastructure that supports The Party. The Social Security Administration running ads for the Republican Party privatization proposal. Labor unions, teacher organizations, trial lawyers, non-profits like the NAACP harassed for supporting the opposition. Purging the government agencies of non-partisans. Etc… But the big one I predict – I guess I should have written this prediction on the blog sooner – is that this effort will reach into everyone’s daily life as Republicans find ways to threaten the jobs of those who don’t support The Party.
Well, here it begins: Any Kerry Supporters On The Line?
The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission meets three times a year in various cities across the Americas to discuss such dry but important issues as telecommunications standards and spectrum regulations. But for this week’s meeting in Guatemala City, politics has barged onto the agenda. At least four of the two dozen or so U.S. delegates selected for the meeting, sources tell TIME, have been bumped by the White House because they supported John Kerry’s 2004 campaign.
Many jobs depend on your ability to attend government-sponsored conferences and other events. If you can’t attend conferences because you haven’t been loyal to The Party then you might as well not have the job. Soon security clearances, licenses and other necessary credentials will depend on Party loyalty.
This is they tip of an iceberg. It will get worse. Expect punishment of people not loyal to The Party. Watch your backs.
Update – A realization I just had. This also shows that the government is now checking the political loyalties of citizens. Think about that.