February 1st, 2017

Naomi Klein’s 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism laid out how the billionaire class uses the aftermath of national crises to push through controversial policies while citizens are too emotionally and physically distracted by disasters or upheavals to mount an effective resistance. When no natural disaster exist, the Shock Doctrine calls for the artificial creation of a crises: The book suggests that some man-made events, such as the Iraq War, were undertaken with the intention of pushing through such unpopular policies in their wake.

Our present Constitutional Crises, engendered by President Donald John Trump’s use of executive orders to close the borders to citizens of seven targeted, majority Muslim countries, fits the bill, and 16 Republican members of Congress—seven senators: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona; and nine representatives: Justin Amash of Michigan, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, John Faso of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas, Leonard Lance of New Jersey, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Elise Stefanik of New York and Fred Upton of Michigan—are standing against King Mob II President Trump’s xenophobia.

Sadly, neither of my Republican representatives in Congress—Senator Rob Portman and Representative Jim Renacci—have the stones to do ignore their corporate paymasters and stand up for the rest of America.

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