Project 2025: "Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise"https://www.damemagazine.com/2023/08/14/the-gop-has-a-master-plan-to-criminalize-being-trans/
Most people arent aware of Project 2025, or its playbook, Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promisebut you need to be. In stark terms, Project 2025 reveals the conservatives plan to enact a sweeping Dont Say Gay policy that will effectively blot out all LGBTQ content on the internet as well as any published material with LGBTQ content, no matter how benign.
Project 2025 is a coalition of prominent conservative organizations that includes the Claremont Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, Hillsdale College, Heritage Foundation, Freedom Works, American Legislative Exchange Council, American Principles Project, and dozens of others. The organizations goal is to lay out a first 180 days agenda for the next administration, and to recruit conservatives to fill positions within the federal government appointed by the executive branch.
The Mandate for Leadership is a 920-page document that details how the next Republican administration will implement radical and sweeping changes to the entirety of government. This blueprint assumes that the next president will be able to rule by fiat under the unitary executive theory (which posits that the president has the power to control the entire federal executive branch). It is also based on the premise that the next president will implement Schedule F, which allows the president to fire any federal employee who has policy-making authority, and replace them with a presidential appointee who is not voted on in the Senate.
The document is basically a wish list for social conservatives and mega corporations. The business wish list calls for eliminating federal agencies, stripping those that remain of regulatory power, and deregulating industries. The president would directly manage and influence Department of Justice and FBI cases, which would allow him to pursue criminal cases against political enemies. Environmental law would be gutted, and states would be prevented from enforcing their own environmental laws.
This what Norquist meant by shrinking government in order to drown it in the bathtub. This drive to do away with the administrative state has been going on a long time. Regardless of what they're calling it now.
Richard Cheney posited the unitary executive thinking after the Nixon years - in defense of Nixon and his actions, of course. As Ford's chief of staff, Cheney worked to do away with any safe-guards placed on presidential power after Nixon. Reagan also claimed certain rights as the unitary executive, using that exact phrase. Though that was not the first time the term was used.
Shrub was in favor of the unitary executive as well. As were the authors of the Torture Memos, but Duh, right?