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republished May 12, 2019
I can’t stop. I originally published this post in Hubpages in January 2019. I have been researching and studying the material for over a year. Hopefully you will find it as addicting and SCARY as I have. Craig Martineau
In the Prologue, I explained my choice of the title: Trump’s Deep State. The dictionary.com’s definition of ‘deep state’ we found that the origin of the term is from the secret Turkish network known as derindevlet.
This group was founded in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the purpose of undertaking clandestine acts to preserve the current government structure.
If you have followed Rudy Guglani’s antics on television trying to obfuscate the activities (most illegal) of the trump administration you have seen how trump is using the deep state to subvert the government of the United States of America.
The Last Hurrah
I keep saying I am going to clean out my WordPress blog of all the political stuff so that I can unhook myself from the depressing topic of trump.
But one last hurrah – this series may be my catharsis – I hope.
I have spent over a year researching the question: “How did Trump attract such a following, why, and why do they continue to support him?”
This series will be my final post on the downfall of America. However, I retain the right to comment again as that day gets closer.
I have to find a real part-time job so I can supplement our Social Security income. THAT isn’t much fun to live on.
I believe that trump (Note the t is not capitalized. I cannot give him even that much respect.) will dismantle the federal government. The Republicans will grab the pieces and privatize them. That is their ticket for staying with trump. They will get rich of the skeleton.
How can I say that?
Just today in the Huffington Postthere is an article titled ” Republicans Cynically Demonized Government for Decades. The Shutdown Belongs to them.” (dated Jan 23, 2019).
Several bits from that post: Reagan’s catchphrase that Republicans still parrot “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
Republican plutocrats like “the Koch brothers have spent millions convincing ordinary Americans that government is the enemy”.
They have been successful. “A 2015 Gallup poll showed that 57% of Americans favor reducing the size of government.”
A real telltale doozy “Cut it or shut it” Mike Pence chortled in 2011.
A jarring tidbit “96 percent of trump supporters expressed generalized anger at federal policies.”
Real scary but true “many Americans who benefit from government assistance are literally in denial. “The classic example is the angry constituent who told his congressman “Keep your government hands off my Medicare. But this ignorance is too pervasive to amuse.
In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler surveyed the number of recipients of government benefits who deny receiving benefits. The current political circumstance is an existential threat to American democratic order.
The numbers are shocking: depending on the program, they include a range of 50 to 65 percent of those that benefit from 529 tuition savings plans, the home mortgage deduction, student loans, or childcare tax credits; 40 to 50 percent of those receiving Social Security, Pell Grants, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits; and 25 to 40 percent of those receiving Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.”
“Left unanswered was whether these folks believed their benefactor was the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy!”
“These delusions are particularly prevalent in red states, which contribute the least in federal revenues and rely most heavily on federal services.”
You will note that Republicans are the ones most frequently scapegoating federal employees.
An article by nbcnews.com heralds the statement that the trump admin is planning on many more weeks of the shutdown.
One last tidbit showing the immense control trump has over the republican party. “The RNC just voted unanimously” to cancel the 2020 Republican Primary so trump would be able to run unopposed.
Back to Dr. Bobby Azarian:
8. Relative Deprivation – A Misguided Sense of Entitlement:
This is a main topic of one of my blog posts.
“Relative deprivations refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which you believed that you are entitled to.”
“It is the discontent felt when you compare your position in life to others” who you feel are unequal or inferior to you. But these people have more success than you.
This is common in “swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.”
These feelings can be economic, racial, immigrant-based. These feelings ignore the fact you are not keeping pace with the ‘accelerating pace of education.
I cover this subject in a blog post “Capitalism Overreach and the West Virginia Coal Mines” explores how we will repeat the plight of the coal miners. They saw the 20th Century pass them by.
We will witness this as the Fourth Industrial Revolution pass our citizens by.
9. Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others:
“Racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of trump support.” Enough said.
10. Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable:
They may appear to be just odd quirks in modern society but the followers of crackpot allies of trump “and like Alex Jones and the shadowy QAnon” some may have psychological illnesses like paranoia, delusions like schizophrenia, or at least are vulnerable to them.
I wondered as I read that farmers in Iowa have been kicked in the teeth by trump but will still vote for him. Do they suffer from this?
The link between schizotypy and belief in conspiracy theories is well-established. A study in the Journal “Psychiatry Research“ shows that this condition is still very prevalent in the population.
Other things this personality type may believe in magical thinking, the government created the AIDS epidemic, etc.
Trump and his media allies “target these people directly.”
Visit the alt-right websites and discussion boards to the evidence of this manipulation.
There are additional topics that range from trump tapping into the nation’s narcissism to understanding the racist brain.
I will follow up with those and more shortly.
Thanks for stopping.
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters