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Glorious Leader

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Written by Mark Albertson   
Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:02

The essence of Trumpism is that the King is Law, not the Law is King.  Recall, if you will, the curtailment of term limits that enabled Xi Jinping to occupy the presidency of China minus the distraction of democratic tendencies of any form.  Recall, too, the observation put forth by the current occupant of the Oval Office:  "Gee, maybe we should try that here."  However Donnie I has no respect for Representative Government; rather, is a dictator looking for a place to happen; an authoritarian with Fascist tendencies; an ill-bred, tactless sawdust Caesar.  A repulsive knave given to bouts of lunatic jingoism spewed forth daily with a nauseating tediousness befitting such an arrogant, self-absorbed Constitutional illiterate; but, who is clever enough to realize and act upon the poverty of knowledge which permeates many of his supporters with regards to the Founding Documents and the hallowed precepts of Representative Government contained therein.

The run up to the recent mid-term elections was prefaced by Trump's mini-Munichs, where followers, in fits of orgiastic excitement, swallowed the phallus of empty verbiage uttered their indecorous emperor, who is emblematic of the immodest depths to which the Nation's Capital has sunk . . . for Washington is little better than that off ramp on I-95 between Sadom and Gamorrah.

The term Emperor is befitting Donnie I, proclaimed by Andrew Anglin, Reichsfuhrer of Daily Stormer--a Holocaust-denying, anti-Jewish collection of Neo-Fascists--who, following Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton, assured those of the extreme Right, We won, brothers. Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this.  If it were not for us, it wouldn't have been possible. When the Glorious Leader refused to denounce the White Supremacists following Charlottesville in August 2017, Andrew Anglin blared, "God bless him" . . . adding that Charlottesville "was our Beer Hall Putsch."[1]

The reality of America's precipitous decline as a power is being rammed home daily.  For unlike 1945, what was once the Arsenal of Democracy, is no longer the only game in town.  A number of kibitzers have risen to prominence to challenge the once great America.  In consequence, what was construed as being that bastion of Free Market has, instead, descended into the bowels of Pax Americana, an agenda of imperialism that is seeing to the demise of American Capitalism.  The Republic has been replaced by a Corporate State which has enabled Society to Work for the Few.  Democrats and Republicans, no longer independent parties, have become segments of the single major party which exists, the Corporate State.  Lobbyists, dispensing bushels of money in the service of their paymasters are truly the only voters that matter. . .

People, despairing of such reality, are conjuring legends of their own.  The presidential sweepstakes of 2016 saw the rise of anti-establishment candidates in the guise of Sanders and Trump, who became representative of the rising tide of discontent.  Yet it is the latter who emerged victorious; a demagogue who rules by executive orders and 3:00 AM toilet tweets.  A vainglorious blowhard who knows more than the generals.  But whose followers believe "that only he knows the problems and only he can fix them."

The recent departure of General James Mattis and Trump's unilateral decision to pull the troops out of Syria minus debate is evidence of an executive branch that is in the hands a pretentious, egotistical rogue distrustful of an establishment he never much cared for.  His actions in Syria mirror Hitler's with regards to the Fuhrer's intentions towards Norway in 1940.

Hitler's regard for and distrust of his generals has been well documented.  Yet on October 10, 1940, at a naval conference, Commander in Chief of the German Navy, Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, offered the strategic significance of the Norwegian coast with regards to controlling the North Sea and flanking Britain.  The egotistical nature of Hitler would not allow him to accept such a premise from one of his general officers and he pushed it aside; yet, would adopt same as HIS platform for his strategic genius to attack Norway.  And so he began to plan the invasion of Norway without his generals.  In Hitler's words . . .

. . . "Before I became Chancellor, I thought the General Staff was like a mastiff which had to be held tight by the collar because it threatened all and sundry.  Since then I have come to recognize that the General Staff is anything but that.  It has consistently tried to impede very action I have thought necessary.  It is I who have always had to goad on this mastiff."[2]

It remains to be seen whether American troops in Syria and even Afghanistan will be removed, as Trump stated recently and promised during the 2016 campaign.  Yet Mr. "I know more than the generals," plays to that 30-35 percent of the electorate which forms the base of the Glorious Leader.  A leader who has no scruples with regards to continuing the abortion of Representative Government with the third interruption of government during his term; while at the same time holding the taxpayer hostage by not only suspending government services, but demanding tax dollars to fund that Maginot Line the Glorious Leader promised would be paid for by Mexico.

Trump is a symptom, not the disease.  The affliction, of course, is of an America without a functioning system of Representative Government.  The Constitution and Bill of Rights have largely been neutered; while large segments of the American public have been anesthetized by a media that is, for the most part, corporate controlled.  In Federalist No. 85, Alexander Hamilton warned:  "A Nation without a national government is, in my view, an awful spectacle . . . I know that powerful individuals in this and other states, are enemies to a general national government, in every possible shape."[3]  National Government today has been superseded by such evidence of factionalism as:  Red States versus Blue States; pro versus anti-gun proponents; ultra-nationalists versus egalitarians; and without functioning parties such as Democrats and Republicans, members of the electorate are seeking answers by moving to the political extremities of Right or Left . . . including threats of violence. . .   For instance, in 2017, lobbyist and former Trump aide, Roger Stone, warned of a violent and armed response to a Trump impeachment.  Televangelist and convicted fraudster, Jim Bakker, gave notice of a second civil war by Christians with Trump's removal.[4]  The latter underscores, perhaps, the general progression of Western societies since the advent of the Christian epic:  That after a course of years, Christians opt for an authoritarian or despot in lieu of the Prince of Peace.

Lack of cohesion and division among the citizenry plays to the advantage of the Corporate State.  The rise of the anti-establishment movements are evidence of growing disenchantment.  Hence the rationale for Homeland Security.  For whether it be the Corporate State or an arbitrary like Trump, both realize what is entailed in maintaining power in a system of government devoid of parliamentary procedure . . . as put forth by Major General J.F.C. Fuller, . . . in a democratic country an army is next to useless should the people sympathize with the enemy . . . which is why in autocratically ruled countries their governments raise two armies, one to fight their enemies and the other to control the people. . . [5]

However . . . last word belongs to Daniel Webster:  There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. . .  Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from a different quarter.  From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.  I fear they may place too implicit confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct, that in this way they may become dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their undoing.[6]

 

[1]  See page 33, "The Making of an American Nazi," The Atlantic, by Luke O'Brien, December 2017.

[2]  See page 74, "The General in Action," Hitler, by Alan Wykes.

[3]  See pages 594 and 595, "Federalist No. 85," by Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist.

[4]  See page 2, "Trump Supporters are Warning of Civil War if Trump is Impeached," by Luke Barnes, Think Progress, August 30, 2017.

[5]  See page 75, Wykes.

[6]  See page 3, "Notable Quotes That Denote the Theme of This Work," On History:  A Treatise, by Mark Albertson.

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