Sunday, February 5, 2017

Day 17, 01 Year Trumpland: Kakistocracy and War

I never before heard the word kakisocracy, but since I'm watching yesterday's AM Joy on MSNBC, I'm a day behind the world and maybe you have. For those of us still trying to digest yesterday's news, Acccording to yourdictionary.com, kakisocracy means Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Origin of kakistocracy. Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco– + –cracy. Please note the root of crazy in this word because our government fits this word. Crazy.

Indeed, so crazy New York Magazine now has the Daily Intelligencer which will "will provide regular inventories of Trump’s every assault on civic norms, common decency, and/or liberal democracy."

So let's take a look at the driving force of Lil' Donald's administration, Steve Bannon. Last night's SNL says it all:


OK, so I don't know if I should laugh or cry. Really.

Time Magazine has a Steve Bannon that hits the stands Friday, with the article entitled "Is Steve Bannon the SecondMost Powerful Man in the World?" According to this article:
Donald Trump's first steps had the feel of a documentary film made by his chief strategist and alter ego Stephen K. Bannon, a director who deploys ravenous sharks, shrieking tornadoes and mushroom clouds as reliably as John Ford shot Monument Valley.
Lil's Donald is delivering on his campaign promise that his would be no ordinary administration. While Lil' Donald leads the populist revolution, Steven Bannon is the ideologue: "What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order," Bannon wrote in an email to the Washington Post." It was Bannon who helped to draft the dark inaugural address and negotiated a place for himself on National Security Council. He is the author of calling the press the "opposition party" and told them to shut up and listen, meaning he didn't want to be questioned or held accountable.

Moreover, Bannon sees both political parties as corrupt. Which is an even more dangerous thing. This is still from Times:
A party guest recalled meeting him as a private citizen and Bannon telling him that he was like Lenin, eager to "bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's Establishment."
Times labels Bannon a disrupter. Certainly, by all accounts, he is the disruptive influence in the Oval Office where he alone has the privilege of walking in at any time.

Lil' Donald has no plans to heal the divisions of this country. Indeed, his administration profits from the fruit of division. As liberals point out the damage and the wrong, the populist base cheers their discomfort and objections. Indeed, this week on The Answer, a radio station devoted to the conservative cause, stated: "Fighting the left is the moral obligation that we have". Or, as one delighted Kansas City businessman put it, "He's upsetting all the right people."

Bannon has become enamored of a book that posits history runs in 80 year cycles. The Fourth Turning by generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe.
The book argues that American history can be described in a four-phase cycle, repeated again and again, in which successive generations have fallen into crisis, embraced institutions, rebelled against those institutions and forgotten the lessons of the past--which invites the next crisis. These cycles of roughly 80 years each took us from the revolution to the Civil War, and then to World War II, which Bannon might point out was taking shape 80 years ago. During the fourth turning of the phase, institutions are destroyed and rebuilt.
Bannon sees himself the leader of revolution that will sweep away the corruption, that will destroy the institution of our government, that will remake American politics. There is no respect for establishment, as you have seen with the Muslim ban. He would rather blow things up then follow due process.

This is apocalyptic. And dangerous. Bannon sees this as a time for war. Let's make this clearer. Steve Bannon took over the leadership of Breitbart News and created a platform for white nationalist rhetoric. Here are his beliefs:
Bannon noted repeatedly on his radio show that "we're at war" with radical jihadis in places around the world. This is "a global existential war" that likely will become "a major shooting war in the Middle East again." War with China may also be looming, he has said. This conviction is central to the Breitbart mission, he explained in November 2015: "Our big belief, one of our central organizing principles at the site, is that we're at war."
The president's closest adviser believes we are already at war and is willing to expend our sons and daughters for this belief. Most elected officials temper outrageous views, calming the possibility of war. Instead, Steve Bannon and Lil' Donald hang out in the oval office telling each other stories. They aren't alone. Steve Miller and General Michael Flynn also share this ideology.

 Lil' Donald, by all accounts, isn't actually racist. He loves money and power. It's said that before the election he and Bannon created a list of things they wanted to do immediately. It's Bannon's list, but Lil' Donald is the man making it happen. Bannon has figured out how to use that to his advantage and has influenced the White House in profound ways:
Now Bannon's imprint can be seen on presidential decisions ranging from the hiring of former Breitbart staffers to key White House positions to the choice of Andrew Jackson's portrait--a Bannon idol--for display near the President's desk.
Lil' Donald and Bannon are attempting to take control of the Justice Dept. Sally Yates has been fired. Our Democracy is a fragile thing. An order has been issued to temporarily block the travel ban.  Lil' Donald tweeted:
Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 14h14 hours ago14 hours
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!
Should Lil' Donald refuse to follow the ruling of the Justice Dept, we will have a constitutional crisis. Personally, I don't think that is the plan. He'll take control legally. He just nominated Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. With a Court working in his favor, the would be Autocrat will be able to take on the next step. The President has the troops and the Courts have the US Marshals. When the President controls to branches of government, the people will suffer.

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