Trump's War On The Deep State

Trump's War On The Deep State

How The Trump Administration Seeks To Disassemble The National Security Deep State At The Expense Of The Citizenry
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Many in the Trump administration are attempting to portray the intelligence agencies, military, and other systems that organize into what is known as the Deep State as the force of corruption preventing change. People such a Neoconservative Newt Gangrich are claiming that the Deep State is destabilizing the Trump administration in a hostile manner. This is easily seen as false and is arguably the opposite. Trump's administration has declared during the Conservative Political Action Conference during February 2017 expressing that the main objective of the administration is "the deconstruction of the administrative state", i.e. the defederalization of the US government and the dismantling of federal apparatuses. These efforts have largely coincided with the white nationalist and white supremacist organization system under the ideology of the Alt Right, with major figures such as Steve Bannon as key ideologues. A second form of extremism that is noted within these efforts of the deconstruction are the New Christian Right, what is defined as Christian fascism. With people such as the Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members Betsy Devoss, Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, and Nikki Haley all falling under this extremist ideology. Both forms ultimately serve corporate and moneyed interests, as is the case of fascism and far right extremism since the days of the Fascista Party in Italy.

The true intention of these two factions in their efforts of deconstructing the federal system is a power-play for their own devices. The inherit existence of white nationalism and white supremacy is strongly present in these two systems. The policies and actions of both the Alt Right and the Christian fascists within government have demonstrated to be antithetical to the basic principles of individual security that gave basis to our national identity as a democracy. These forces, objectively part of the far right, have been found to even be infiltrating and subverting the mechanism of local and state police institutions. https://www.google.com/amp/s/static.theintercept.com/amp/the-fbi-has-quietly-investigated-white-supremacist-infiltration-of-law-enforcement.html?client=safari

It has even been noted that these forces pose the greatest threat to the security of persons and national security; superseding Islamic extremists by multiple times the amounts of attacks and kills. https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/files/2013/06/Kurzman_Schanzer_Law_Enforcement_Assessment_of_the_Violent_Extremist_Threat_final.pdf

The fact that people as common as an average young person are capable of identifying this clear self interest and power struggle on both sides of the conflict (see previous writings in regards to criticism of the power play of the Deep State :https://www.theodysseyonline.com/deep-state-wise-u... https://www.theodysseyonline.com/calling-upon-an-e... ) demonstrates that these power plays are not founded in objective reality, but the collective delusions of the participants within the drama.

The breakdown of the United States as a collective entity will lead to the collapse of civilization, if handled irresponsibly such as how the kleptocratic oligarchic far right nationalistic extremists are. Who are also currently attempting to rebuild a system of supremacy based on feudalistic principles. Principles that are flawed backwards thinking; such as religious fundamentalism/literalism, the belief of genetic superiority based on skin pigmentation and physical features of superficial value, and the sacrificing of scientific intellect in cases such as rejecting evolutionary science. Or interpreting evolutionary science to fit a widely discredited variation of survival of the fittest, conceived off of primitive human logic and contradictory rationality.

If such a breakdown of civilization occurs, the full collapse of the biosphere as a result of kleptocratic mismanagement and corporate profit driven incentivized consumption that commodifies everything and disregards environmental responsibility as externalities; will result in the extinction of the human species. This is not an acceptable scenario and one that will fail on its own. However, in an effort to prevent these catastrophes from occurring, resistance by institutions and individuals alike will be required. It is not an impossible task; and it is a task we must all take initiative in.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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My First Political Debate Experience Only Revealed The Messed-Up Reality Of American Partisan Pandering

More sinister than fake news, more timeless than Trump and Kavanaugh, the deceit and radicalization of modern politics is poisoning America.

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Given my age (almost 16 and a half!) and my nonpartisan perspective on most issues, it's rare that I attend any politically motivated function (much less in person). Unfortunately, my first taste of official political discourse only encapsulated everything I dislike about American politics.

Upon learning that my high school was hosting a debate between two candidates for the district's representative position, I was immediately intrigued. Admittedly, I had my expectations set high. I had jotted down "House Rep. Debate" on my calendar a week in advance and marked off the days the event neared. I would finally get to learn firsthand about the issues affecting my community and about the people with plans to fix them.

To a certain extent I got what I had hoped for, but certainly not in the environment I had anticipated.

When the student moderators introduced the candidates, Democrat Angelika Kausche and Republican Kelly Stewart, to the stage, it was already abundantly clear how ideologically distinct the two opponents would be.

The first question, which asked each candidate to describe how their views aligned with their party's platform, revealed just how cut-and-dry the candidates were at representing their respective factions. On the left, an unwavering conservative with a keen avoidance of overspending and socialist policies. On the right, an equally grounded liberal with a passion for tackling humanitarian injustices and enforcing moral correctness.

This circumstance certainly isn't unprecedented, but the rest of the night only proved how their narrow-minded partisan loyalty served as barriers to productive discourse.

Right off the bat, Kausche avoided the clearly stated question by taking the time to thank the John's Creek Community Association for hosting the event.

Stewart, however, dove right into her response, which turned out to be a fine-tuned diatribe about Georgia's budgetary deficit and Kausche's supposed lack of budgetary experience and the budgetary concerns and the budget. Finally, Stewart concluded that perhaps the most important thing to consider is, you guessed it, the budget. She even printed out budget sheets for attendees, which I found extraordinarily useful as a handy notepad.

My head perked up when I heard a question regarding Georgia's healthcare policies. Admittedly, I know less than I should about the subject and was curious to know what each candidate thought.

Shockingly, Republican Kelly Stewart opposed the expansion of Medicaid while Democrat Angelika Kausche vehemently supported it. I start to wonder what the point of having candidates' names on the ballot is when their political stances just as much could be conveyed with the letters "D" and "R" to the tee.

Neither candidate veered from their party platform for the rest of the night, with only a few moments of forced agreement (always around the fact that an issue exists, never about how to solve it). On a few occasions, a candidate would utter an especially radical idea (i.e. Obamacare is at blame for the opioid crisis. Medicaid should be for all people. Teachers should be armed.) and was almost always met with either overwhelming applause or a sea of groans.

The room's reaction was so powerful in either candidate's favor that I was genuinely confused who was the more favored of the two.

To be abundantly clear, I wholeheartedly support voter efficacy and staying informed, and I understand that debates inform voters of their representative's ideals. I also don't mean to criticize Kausche or Stewart or even the policies they endorse. I only question the point of debate when it's anchored in stiff, unrelenting party platforms. This is symptomatic of the larger trend at work in American politics: the exploitation of party differences by politicians to entice a demographic of their constituents.

If you're wondering what that means or demand evidence, just take President Trump. Back in 2016, his presidential campaign threatened to run as independent when he felt he wasn't getting enough support from the GOP. Now, he champions radicalized views of the right and has emboldened members of the far-right (along with alt-right neo-Nazis and racists) with his entirely anti-PC attitude.

Similarly, it's rare to find a democratic politician that deviates from the extensive list of liberal ideas that are expected of them. Consider Trump's opponent Hilary Clinton, who originally made it clear in 2014 that she was against nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. Isn't it suspicious that in 2015, without explaining why her stance changed, her presidential campaign later advocated for this right, thus garnering support from the LGBT community?

There's so much more wrong with the state of American politics than your opposed party controlling political office.

The effect of the American people allowing this pandering and doublespeak is political inaction among policymakers, who can preach a set of ideals independent of their actual intentions.

The other result is voter apathy among constituents, who therefore feel their vote holds little weight.

With such deceitful rhetorical tactics dominating the political sphere, it's easy to believe that we've all been given a voice. But when that voice only ever tells us what we want to hear, it's important that we stop to question whether we're really being heard.

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