Trump's War on the Deep State Is a Stalinist Power Grab
Trump Attacking America's Core
Having written for a large DC lobbying firm, I'm familiar with propaganda. Being a political junkie my entire life, I'm familiar with tactics used by politicians across the political spectrum. Having said this, Trump's war on American institutions is a horse of a different color.
The Trumpian boogeyman is the core of the American Republic. It is organizations such as the Department of State and the Department of Commerce. The US government has problems, particularly with evils such as corporate-beholden politicians and industries writing their own regulations. Yet, is America's worst enemy really the very institutions that made her great?
Even more disturbing, it doesn't take a Russian history scholar to see parallels between Stalin's Purge and Trump's attacks on the Deep State and America's media.
While Trump's efforts have not descended to the depths of Stalin's mass executions, if left unchecked, it's sobering to consider the realities that may emerge from his power grab. Are refugee camp conditions a sign of what may come, particularly if Trump gets a second term?
Stalin and Trump Both "Unfit" for Military Duty
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) Compared Trump Statements to Stalin
Of course, I'm not the first to make Stalin Trump comparisons. This characterization of Trump's Stalin-like tendencies came from his own party's Jeff Flake:
“It’s a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies...” (1
What Is the Deep State Exactly?
Breitbart makes the case for the Department of Commerce (DOC) being a cornerstone for the Deep State and uses the “trendy” issue of climate change as an example of its nefarious activities. Created in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt, the DOC website states:
"The Department of Commerce works with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans."(2
Since Trump thinks this institution is flawed, it seems beneficial to fill it with the best people. Instead, he looks to drain its budget and make it the enemy. Of course, it's clear how Trump hiring only the best is working out. There's no room for intellectuals who provide expert advice on complicated matters.
What's odd is how the corporations and Wall Street get a pass in the new definition of Deep State conspiracy. A 2014 article on BillMoyers.com sets out a Deep State with corporations and Wall Street at the center. (3 Perhaps the disappearance arose because this narrative just doesn't fit with the Bannon/Trump narrative of the Deep State intellectual enemies.
Ultimately, isn't it better to have US citizens assisting with government policy? This seems a wise path, particularly when most of these citizens spend their lifetimes dedicated to specific sectors and their policies. Departments, when run even close to how they are meant to run, mean people have more say in government. Is this what Trump doesn't like? Who does the Deep State exclude? Donald Trump and his closest cronies? So, the alternative is to hand and the nation over to Trump because he knows what is best for us? Trump knows more than all the experts at the State Department?
This Stalinist-like paranoia ends in dictatorship or disgrace. With dictatorships, departments and positions fall by the wayside until there is but one inner circle. Is this what Trump supporters want?
Trump and Stalin Both Thiefs
Stalin was a bank robber who stole with the help of a gun. He was raised by a poor shoemaker who is said to have beat him.
Trump is a thief who stole from contractors, and banks with the help of attorneys and bankruptcies. He was raised by a real estate man who gave him a $70 million guaranteed construction loan, another $7.5 million loan, $3.5 million in casino chips purchased but not used, and a small amount "I think it was like in the $9 million range.” (4 This is what we know about.
Stalin's Great Purge and Trump's Witch Hunt
Trump still leads "lock her up" chants at political rallies. This is despite the rigorous investigations Hillary Clinton went through. The investigations included hour upon hours of testimony before Congress. Meanwhile, Trump never spoke to Robert Mueller or released his tax returns.
Donald justifies stripping John Brennan's, and likely others to come, security clearances because they are part of the “witch hunt” that is the Russian collusion and obstruction investigation. He refers to the American press as "the enemy of the people," a Stalin-era phrase that even Nikita Krushchev decided was too much, forbidding its use.
Our President silences government scientists and cuts the budgets of organizations, such as NOAA, so that they may not properly do their jobs. Let's hope this doesn't reach Stalinist levels where meteorologists disappeared because their research was deemed unfit or they failed with a crop forecast.
We can also consider immigration. Once again, while Trump's transgressions pale in comparison, his separation of children and parents at our Southern border is eerily similar to Stalin's taking children of certain nationalities away from their parents and placing them in orphanages.
It seems this is all part of a strategy to rid the government of who Trump sees as his enemies. He can do this while providing red meat for his base and ignoring the majority of Americans who voted against him.
The Red Army purges were another leader's effort to rid himself of all political enemies. You guessed it, that leader was Joseph Stalin. And, Trump began this effort with his "lock her up" chants before he took office.
Expanding on the comparisons, the Deep State is akin to the fifth column communities, which supposedly served to undermine Stalin's authority. Ultimately, the resulting purges brought horrific transgressions such as mobile gas vans used to execute citizens.
Stalin's purge was short for “purge of the Party ranks.” With Trump, Republicans and Democrats alike face the ire when they dare to speak out against any of his behavior or policies no matter how ridiculous they may be.
Trump's supporters ensure Republican lawmakers' placation by punishing those who do speak out. Speak against Trump, and you will lose a primary battle.
One thing's for sure: 2020 will be more than interesting.
Nina Khrushcheva on Trump
From NBC News, The Great Granddaughter of Nikia Khrushchev, Nina Khrushcheva on Trump:
"...the flashy real-estate tycoon-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-foulmouthed president is arguably more like Charlie Chaplin’s buffoon character in “The Great Dictator” (1940) than the real Hitler or Stalin."
"But the danger of this nightmare is that it gets more real every day. And the longer it lasts, the harder it will be to wake up." (5