Trump, the Deep State, and the Terminator

I really hate to write anything about Trump because I am sick and tired of the whole issue. But it’s so important it can’t be avoided.

What is hterminator1984movieposterappening now is that the “deep state” is more or less attempting to overthrow, or at least neutralize, a new President who is simply unacceptable to them. The way Trump has been treated from the very moment he was elected is absolutely unprecedented in my experience. Every other new President I know of was always given a “honeymoon” of sorts: at least a few months of relative good will before he was seriously set upon by his opponents. Not so with Trump, who is the target of increasingly furious assaults, including calls for his impeachment, even though he has hardly had time to actually do anything.

Virtually the entire establishment is against Trump. The mass media hate him and eagerly repeat every possible smear. The state security agencies are in almost open revolt. The Democrats refuse to grant him any legitimacy. Even many Republicans condemn him. What is going on?

A story has been concocted to justify this assault. The story has been spread by “leaks” from state security agencies and is loudly and eagerly trumpeted by the mass media. The story is that Trump is a tool of a foreign power. That he owes his election to Russia. That he and his advisers have some sort of shadowy treasonous relationship with Russia.

This story is clearly designed to justify Trump’s removal, and removal by any means necessary. After all, if Trump really is either a traitor or an unwitting tool of a foreign power, then he must be stopped.

Never mind that this story is complete nonsense. It has caught on and has spread far and wide. It now functions as a “meme”: an idea that propagates and established itself like a successful genetic mutation.  You can see this meme replicating everywhere. It shows up in morning comic strips. It shows up on late night comedy television. It has become common discourse.

This brings me to a good article by CJ Hopkins in Counterpunch.

Hopkins speaks of the way propaganda operates. Propaganda doesn’t have to be credible in any serious way. Instead, propaganda work through “sheer relentless repetition and fear of social ostracization.” By this means it establishes “unchallengeable axiomatic facts” that then serve as a background and foundation for endless elaboration.

If you challenge these “axiomatic facts” you show yourself to be a fool at best or a tool of the enemy at worst. Few people have the time, resources, or inclination to challenge what they hear repeated knowingly and confidently all around them. To do so invites ridicule and angry challenge.

This shows why the success of the “Trump as tool of Putin” meme is so dangerous. It is fast becoming axiomatic truth. It is a “truth” that justifies extreme measures to neutralize Trump. And this is exactly what it was designed for.

The “deep state” wants rid of Trump. It wants rid of him really, really bad. And like the Terminator, it absolutely will not stop until it is rid of him one way or another.

What is the “deep state”? Hopkins gives a good explanation:

The deep state, of course, is not a conspiracy. It is simply the interdependent network of structures where actual power resides (i.e., the military-industrial complex, multinational corporations, Wall Street, the corporate media, and so on). Its purpose is to maintain the stability of the system regardless of which party controls the government. These are the folks, when a president takes office, who show up and brief him on what is and isn’t “possible” given economic and political “realities.”

This meme — Trump the tool of Russia — is simply the deep state announcing who’s boss. (Who did you think was boss?) This meme is their Terminator.

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