Trump's War on the Deep State Is a Stalinist Power Grab

Updated on August 5, 2019
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Don's varied background includes writing and editing letters for a DC lobbying firm. The letters went to US lawmakers and newspapers.

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

A doctor deemed Stalin unfit for military duty because of his crippled arm. This, at least, seems more legitimate than Trump's bone spur draft dodge
A doctor deemed Stalin unfit for military duty because of his crippled arm. This, at least, seems more legitimate than Trump's bone spur draft dodge | Source

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

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      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        No brad, the links are there, and the argument is made. You know this. My opinion is backed by others' and the facts. I will confront those who make genuine assertions. I will push aside trolls who wish nothing more than to display their own emotional opinion.

        Your true colors of nothing but allegiance to Trump ring clear. Once again, for my piece being such a "nothing burger," it sure got under your skin huh? Move on from the nothing burger if you can.

        I think my article speaks to you, and I'm touched that I could move you in such a wayyyyyyy. Do the extra y's make my point more clear? Do I get to join some sort of club for anonymous posters now?

      • bradmasterOCcal profile image

        Brad 

        11 months ago

        Don

        Another drivebyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Don.

        You did nothing here, where is your argument. how do you make any connection between Trump and Stalin?

        Your article as I stated before is a TDS emotional opinion non factual rant.

        To disprove me, show me where "You" made any factual arguments.

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        brad,

        You can't address the issue because I laid out my comparison so well using other's opinions and facts to back it up. You just know it irks you to read negative things about your exalted one. It's OK, I understand.

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        I don't take requests brad. I offered a piece with facts about what others have said and a few examples of what Stalin and Trump have said and done. I'm not sorry that this offends you and am not repeating what I already wrote because you were triggered. Trump is attempting to get rid of his opposition. I clearly demonstrated my argument for this.

        A quote is quote. Flake said this. I'm not even sure you understand what a fact is brad.

      • bradmasterOCcal profile image

        Brad 

        11 months ago

        Don

        Please repeat them here.

        Using Jeff Flake as a reference, seriously.

        and Nina Khrushcheva on Trump is also a rant not factual.

        With every democrat in congress along with Flake and other Rinos how has president Trump been a dictator. Dictators get rid of any opposition.

        Do you have any idea who was Stalin? NO!

        Another Don drivebyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy beep beep!

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        Brad...facts and references are listed.

      • bradmasterOCcal profile image

        Brad 

        11 months ago

        Got any facts to go with that nothing sandwich.

        You people don't seem to have any examples to even reference your outrageous claims. What do you even know of Stalin?

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        I agree it's not looking good Catherine. November's election's are huge. Let's hope they are fair. I fear the last election was rigged as Trump stated it was. We simply cannot dig a hole that future generations will be unable to dig out from under. I do have confidence in younger generations despite what so many "older" folks say about them. We have many talented, smart, and hard-working youngsters who understand what's going on in the US right now.

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        Catherine Giordano 

        11 months ago from Orlando Florida

        You have expressed precisely what I fear: Trump is slowly turning the United States into a dictatorship using the Stalin's playbook. I hope the founders built a constitution strong enough to withstand Trump's assault. It all depends on whether there are enough "good men" to stand up to him. It's not looking good.

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        11 months ago

        Yes Ethel, it is almost mind-numbing. Decency and respect are values that hold a nation together. People like John McCain had such decency...fortunately, I think the younger generations will not allow the US to be turned over to people of Trump's ilk going into the future...I sincerely hope I'm correct. This November may very well determine America's future as a decent, but still flawed nation, or an absolute scourge on humanity.

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        Ethel Smith 

        11 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Over in the U.K. we watch Pres. Trump and shake our heads. How he ever got elcte is a mystery but more mysterious is how he is still in power and not in jail

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        12 months ago

        Brad..defending his lord..as expected...why so serious? DJ Trump needs help? It just hits that nerve I guess.

      • bradmasterOCcal profile image

        Brad 

        12 months ago

        Don

        The poster boy for TDS.

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        12 months ago

        Liz Westwood...maybe both the UK and America needs a hard look at our values. We don't have to be overly PC to be decent people who don't follow wanna-be dictators. I try to keep up on Brexit but am certainly not an expert on whats going on over there.

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        Liz Westwood 

        12 months ago from UK

        From across the pond we watch your politics with interest. It's a distraction for us from Brexit.

      • hard sun profile imageAUTHOR

        Don Shepard 

        12 months ago

        Thanks Randy. I tried. Not sure how much good it does with the die-hards, but it's hard not to state something with whatever voice I have.

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        Randy Godwin 

        12 months ago from Southern Georgia

        Don, a good article which should make people think when trying to decipher the mess in Trump's head. Hopefully some will finally realize what a cretin they've put in the WH.

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