Trump's Deep State Part 1
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.
I begin again
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I wrote several articles when I first tried HubPages.
I thought "I can do better".
I paid big bucks for WordPress sites and plan but now I'm down to two WordPress blogs and two Blogger blogs.
It is hard to make money blogging with either of those tools.
I am going to clean out my WordPress blog of all the political stuff so that I can unhook myself from that topic.
But one last hurrah - this post, I should say the series of posts ties in with posts I have on WordPress site "dabblerduckbutts.com".
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 Post there 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% 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 numbers are shocking: depending on the program, they include a range of 50 to 65 percent of those benefitting 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.
I read another piece where a senator admitted that the party is looking at cutting many parts of the federal government. I will keep looking for it.
The Main Body
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This post leans heavily on an article in "Psychology Today" dated 12/12/18 by Bobby Azarian, Ph.D.
Dr. Azarian is the author of "Mind In the Machine".
Major players in the plot to dismember the federal government are McConnell, Graham, Paul.
These men and others made trips to Russia and were rewarded with major contributions to their reelection coffers.
But I'd better get back to Dr. Azarian.
He lays out that while most politicians lie, none is of the magnitude or frequency of trump.
Dr. Azarian's draws some of his conclusions from a 2017 review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology by the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew.
He also credits posts in the publication Psychology Today insights from psychologist Sheldon Solomon, who laid the groundwork for the influential "Terror Management Theory."
He credits posts from David Dunning, who published the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
The real reasons that trump (tRump, Drumpf and many other appellations from his myriad detractors) appears to be invincible with his base:
1. Practicality Trumps Morality (pun intended)
For rich people, trump gives tax cuts and they follow him anywhere even to the detriment of the environment they have to live in.
2. The Brain's Attention System is more Strongly Engaged by Trump:
A study had "participants watch 40 minutes of political ads. "Hillary Clinton held their attention for only so long. Trump held their attention and emotional arousal high throughout the session". EVEN when participants didn't agree with his statements.
3. America's Obsession with Entertainment and Celebrities:
Trump's supporters are addicted to entertainment and so-called reality TV. Some of his support even FORGIVE what he says. They seem to be happy "as long as they are entertained".
4. "Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn":
Some of his supporters are probably to rebellious and just love chaos. They seek to trounce the establishment even with fire when necessary. Dr. Azarian labels it schadenfreude (joy in watching someone suffer).
5. The Fear Factor: Conservatives are More Sensitive to Threats:
This is a biggie!
"Science has shown that the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli that may be perceived as threatening." A 2008 study (a free copy of the text is available at the link - below).
In the Journal "Science" found that conservatives have a strong physiological reaction to startling noises and graphic images compared to liberals.
A 2014 MRI study found that it is possible to predict whether someone is liberal or conservative by looking at their brain activity as they view threatening or disgusting images, such as mutilated bodies.
"Specifically, the brains of self-identified conservatives generated more activity overall in response to disturbing images."
"Fear keeps his followers energized and focused on safety."
6. The Power of Mortality Reminders and Perceived Existential Threats:
A part of "Terror Management Theory" explains trump's fear mongering. "Humans have a unique awareness of their own mortality. The inevitability of one's death creates existential terror and anxiety.' To manage these fears humans follow religions, political ideologies etc. that "act as a buffer instilling life with meaning and value."
Fear mongering reminds people of their own mortality and 'they will more strongly defend those who share identities against those who do not share the same."
Death reminders "may influence voting habits in favor of more conservative presidential candidates (in favor of George W. Bush in this study).
Trump's constant emphasizing of threats may be making brains respond "positively rather than negatively to bigoted statements and divisive rhetoric".
7. The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Humans often Overestimate Their Political Expertise:
Some who support trump are undereducated or uneducated or misinformed about issues. These people 'just take trump's word" for his lies.
The Dunning-Kruger effect "explains that the problem isn't that they are misinformed: it's that they are completely unaware they are misinformed!"
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 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 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 "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 | Pettigrew | Journal of Social and Political
Social Psychological Perspectives on Trump Supporters