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Opinion | Project 2025 sounds familiar

Many of the goals of Project 2025 should sound very familiar to Alabamians.

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Joe Biden’s age doesn’t matter. 

Yeah, I know that’s not what you’ve heard, so let me put it to you another way. Imagine for a moment that your car is running low on gas. But also your car is on fire and rolling off a cliff. 

In this analogy, Biden’s age is like the low fuel problem. 

Maybe, in another setting, it could be an issue worth considering for any voter – Republican, Democrat or anywhere in between – planning to cast a ballot come November. But in the current election, it is not. 

Not when the other option is catastrophe. 

If Donald Trump’s 34 felony convictions, one judgment determining he sexually assaulted a woman, multiple judgments finding he and his businesses and partners and charities committed some level of fraud and paying off a porn star to hide an affair didn’t dissuade you from voting for him to be the leader of the free world – and I beg you to go back and re-read that sentence over and over and over again – could I interest you in his plan to destroy America? 

That would be the now-infamous Project 2025. 

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A plan that was crafted by men who worked closely with Trump, and from whom he took advice during his first disastrous presidency, but that he, of course, claims no knowledge of today. Because admitting it’s his plan – a plan which would directly benefit him and other wealthy, white elites who want to ensure all power and decisionmaking is confined to a handful of far-right billionaires – would cost him votes from 99 percent of the rest of the country. 

If there’s one plan that might break the spell of the Trump Cult, this is it. That’s how bad it is. 

Because Project 2025 doesn’t just do the typical rightwing, awful stuff, like marginalize Blacks and women. Oh, that’s in there, but there’s so much more. 

Like, how about ending veterans’ benefits? Or doing away with Social Security? Or ending Medicare? Or raising taxes on the poor and middle class? Or giving tax breaks to the rich and major corporations? Or banning contraceptives? Or taking away free and reduced lunches from poor kids? 

It is a smorgasbord of awful. 

And it’s all Trump and all GOP. From the former advisors who helped write it to the Heritage Foundation – an important part of the first Trump presidency, with some 60-plus members working in the Trump White House, and major policy generator for the GOP at both the state and national level – commissioning the whole thing. 

This is the dream for the powerful elite – to hold all of the power, get all of the breaks, eliminate all of the regulations that force them to treat workers with decency, do away with all of the programs that might provide a ladder out of poverty, abolish any law that seeks to ensure equality and obliterate any tax that might assist the least of us. 

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This concentration of power idea should come as no surprise to folks in Alabama. Just last week, the head of the Alabama Republican Party was giving lessons on how democracy was bad because the majority can’t be trusted to make sound decisions. His party’s legislators lived by that philosophy in the last legislative session, as the Republicans in the state Senate determined that Alabama voters were too untrustworthy to be allowed to vote to legalize gambling and a lottery. 

You understand what’s happening here, right? 

They’re attacking democracy. Because democracy ensures that the poorest voice counts just as much as the richest voice. Democracy levels the playing field. 

And, well, that cannot stand. Because that would mean that the common working guy is supposed to have just as much say in how this country operates as the rich dude with a Supreme Court justice vacationing on his yacht. 

In the end, it’s always been about power and money. That’s what the racism has been about. That’s what the bigotry has been about. That’s what the weird religious nonsense has been about. It’s what the gay hate and trans hate and BLM hate and immigrant hate and non-Christian hate has all been about. 

It was all a means to divide us. A way to prevent working class whites from realizing that they had way more in common with working class Blacks and Hispanics than they ever did with rich white people. It was a way to divert attention from economic standing and basic everyday financial fairness to skin color or religious beliefs or sexual preferences. 

All to make sure that rich people got to keep being rich and poor people never voted together in their own interests. 

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Project 2025 simply puts that idea on paper and reveals the end results – the utopian American dream for the elites. 

And they’re betting that even after they tell you what they want to do, you’ll still fall for it.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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