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

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.

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.

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 : ) 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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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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The Republican Versus Democrat Stigma Needs To Slow Down

We Need To Be Individual Again

We as a society have developed an unnecessary need to place people in a specific party based on what could be a single value out of many. This is a letter for those who do not define themselves as one or the other; for those whose values range between conservative and liberal, for those who feel the unfortunate pressure of society to choose one even though your values do not fit just one.

The political parties at one point generally just meant “these are my basic beliefs, so this is the candidate I will vote for because they most closely represent them.” Party affiliation was harmless. Republicans and Democrats could get along fine, differing opinions not getting in the way of relationships and alignment. More importantly, you did not have to be part of a specific political party to be an active member of society. Your opinions and principles were yours.

Over the years following the last two election races, political parties gained a much more significant and defining meaning in our lives as individuals and as members of society. There is a newly developed stigma behind political opinions. You are almost pressured to feel one way or another about every single topic. If a majority of your values are of the conservative agenda, you must be a heart-and-all Republican. In contrast, if you are more liberal-leaning you are docked as a set Democrat. We as citizens are being labeled according to what may be a few hard-values. And dishearteningly enough, can be ridiculed for what we value. Even if you might not value everything the same as your determined party.

There exists those of us that hold values from both parties. It is possible to value women’s rights and also value a traditional marriage. It is possible to be a gun owner and also active in keeping children safe in school. You do not have to just submit to every belief of one party. You can value aspects of different parties and still be a functioning member of the American society. Do not let the looming obligation to declare yourself as strictly one or the other. You do not have to pretend you agree with everything Democratic or everything Republican; you can have your own values. And you should. Our society is messed up in the way that values are pushed on citizens. We are meant to be free individuals with our private values.

It is not fair to those of us who value different things. Not every American is a to-the-bone Democrat or Republican. It is possible to hold liberal beliefs as a conservative person. And Vice-Versa. We need to stop labeling one another as one or the other, conservative or liberal. We need to stop silencing each other because we have differing views. We need to accept not everyone is perfectly one party, and diversity exists. Open mindedness exists in Americans, despite the seemingly growing generalizations. We need to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics.
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