*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*
It really is a shame, a travesty, a disaster that so many Americans are fundamentally stupid. Because if they were just a little more aware of anything other than their religion, their guns and their ignorant racism and bigotry, America may not be facing the serious threat in the White House. Actually, that threat includes Republicans in Congress and state legislatures, but without that angry fascist in the Oval, the terrifying assault on America may not deliver the results the Trump and his administration are planning.
One of the things too many Americans don’t understand is that without a functioning government, their lives would be very similar, if not identical, to people living in third world places like Somalia and Yemen. Republicans have intimated their intent to completely dismantle the government to give the rich, corporations and religion free rein to trample the people underfoot, but they have never openly called for destroying the government like the Trump and his ultimate superior Steve Bannon. And make no mistake, when Bannon calls for “dismantling the administrative state,” he means completely destroying the government that fundamentally protects Americans from a dictatorship. A dictatorship, by the way, that Sean Spicer accidentally admitted is what the Trump and his administration really is. More on that later.
If Americans weren’t inherently stupid, they would know that the “administrative state” is not a terrorist cabal out to kill off white people, steal their bibles and guns, or drive them into poverty. What the “administrative state” entails is fundamentally laid out in the Constitution and is precisely what keeps Americans from being ruled by a dictator and enslaved by oligarchs. The administrative state includes things like the separation of powers, regulatory oversight of predatory corporations and financial institutions, agency rules that keep Americans’ food, medicine, and water safe, and a variety of domestic social programs affecting every American alive; all of the things that Trump, Bannon, the Kochs and no small number of Republicans want or have wanted eliminated.
This week at the CPAC meeting, Trump’s chief strategist Bannon explained that Trump’s agenda and ultimate goal is really taking apart every aspect of the government; save its ability to wage war on anyone or any nation that fails to abide Trump’s tyranny. He said, that “deconstruction of the administrative state” means eliminating the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that infringe upon one’s sovereignty. If you look at these [Trump] Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”
Now, too many Americans actually believe that everything Trump intends in “deconstructing the administrative state” is going to make them incredibly wealthy, give them everlasting life in American Heaven, and make America an Aryan Christian Utopia. It is a stupid mindset and one Republicans have counted on to stay in power for the past eight years.
However much Republicans want to “dismantle” the United States government, including everything that protects the people, Bannon said the Trump White House is digging in for a long conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order. He said to all Americans that, “If you think they’re going to give you your country back you are sadly mistaken. Every day, it is going to be a fight.” Bannon was not implying that “the media” would never give “your country back,” he meant the Trump administration. It is baffling, and a complete mystery, why anyone would think or believe that the “media” owns the country, or is so in control as to fight to avoid having to give it back to the people.
That one statement is even more telling, and terrifying, than admitting Trump appointed Heritage Foundation nominees to “deconstruct” the agencies they are now running. Bannon, like his underling Donald Trump, fully intends to “reorder” America, and the world, in his own image. It is curious indeed that no-one at CPAC questioned “who” is not going to give “your country back.” Thus far it is only the Trump waging a daily fight to keep America out of the hands of the people; including stupid conservative people.
What Bannon is really saying is that there indeed is a dictator in the White House and that America must be transformed by the Trump-Bannon; not the people. Press secretary Sean Spicer said something similar a couple of months ago when he said only a dictatorship would ever consider subduing the press; this week the Trump dictatorship barred journalists from press briefings in a blatant suppression of the free press. Trump, with valuable assistance and instructions from Bannon is intent on fulfilling his most cherished role of “authoritarian” dictator that any sane human being knew was his plan all along; Bannon just expedited Trump’s ascension as a vicious authoritarian tyrant faster than even Trump imagined possible.
That assessment is precisely what Ohio’s former governor, Ted Strickland (D), said about Bannon. He is a “dangerous person driven by an authoritarian ideology who, I fear, has more influence than anyone in the administration. This is a mean, vicious, intolerant group. I’ve never seen anything like this in my political life.”
Maybe Mr. Strickland has never seen it in America, but history is replete with examples of the Trump-Bannon partnership whether it was Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, Italy under Benito Mussolini, or Russia under Trump’s facilitator Vladimir Putin. However, it is Bannon’s intent on “upending the world order” that makes Trump closer to Adolf Hitler than Putin or Mussolini. According to Steve Bannon, America is now Donald Trump and he has no intent of ever giving it back to the people. Republicans have long worked to restrict the federal government’s oversight of anything remotely related to keeping the people safe, economically or health wise, but even they never openly claimed their overarching goal was destroying the government; and that is what Bannon means in “deconstructing the administrative state.”
The real tragedy, and it is incredibly tragic, is that there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop the Trump Bannon. Democrats are powerless to do much more than rant and rave about the injustice of allowing a tyrant to take down the government, and the people can resist, but at the end of the day Republicans run the government Bannon and Trump will “deconstruct” according to their stated purpose, and wild applause from stupid conservatives at CPAC.
That is what happens when stupid people, stupid racist people, think purging Mexicans and Muslims from America is more important than defending “their” democracy and “their” country. A once proud nation that will die a premature death because a bonafide dictator, Steve Bannon, is in the White House with his pet Trump on a very short leash with a very powerful “shock collar” in case he gets out of line.
**The above article is commentary by R Muse**
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.