Decay and Discipline- Pentagon Stomping Trump

Trump’s rambling rant last night in Arizona was a continuing sign of his degradation as a leader. It provided many examples of the threat that he still poses. It is clear he will continue to stoke racial division, for what appears to be a deeply cynical purpose .Former chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested evilly that the administration plans to bait Democrats with racial issues, while they focus on the economy, so as to “crush us“. That strategy led us directly to Charlottesville and the murder of Heather Heyer.

Trump hinted that he’ll soon expand his deportation dragnet last night. He threatened a government shutdown over his Mexican wall. He also continued to hint at the Arpaio pardon. It was announced on Wednesday that the paperwork has been drawn up, and the pardon is expected to actualize very soon.  This is certain to seriously amplify the ugliness and polarity surrounding the immigration issue in America today.

The “fake news” attacks on the press have already eroded a great deal of public faith in the American press. That will cause long term damage and short term violence. An effort to remove Mueller in a modern day Saturday Night Massacre remains a very real possibility. Worst of all, he holds the nuclear codes, and he has yet to face any kind of serious national crisis.

For all these reasons, and others, the Pentagon has stepped in. High-ranking military officials Kelly, Mattis and McMaster have become a constant presence in American political life. They see their job to be not the mere executing of Trump’s directives, but guiding him away from moves that they fear could have disastrous effects. They are repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing. They are making a habit of publicly contradicting the president, and they outright refused him on the issue of banning persons of transgender from being soldiers. Five of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were recently hailed for condemning hate groups in stronger terms than Trump did.

Many establishment figures, in both political parties, have come to view them as safeguards for the nation in a time of turbulence. There is no doubt whatsoever that they are vastly preferable to letting Trump and the freak show continue to muck things up. Nevertheless, it has raised serious concerns with national security experts and even other retired generals. They argue that if Trump keeps stacking critical jobs with military men alone, it will eventually lead to an undue emphasis on military force in American foreign policy.

This is the only time in modern presidential history when we’ve had a small number of people from the uniformed world hold this much influence over the chief executive,” said former acting director of the CIA, John E. McLaughlin.

Satisfyingly, Ann Coulter was very upset when the generals carried the day against Steve Bannon, tweeting out “The military- industrial complex has won.” It’s true, however, that this is a trend that could get out of hand.

The famous words of Eisenhower come to mind. “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” His successor, of course, was John F. Kennedy.

Author David M. Kennedy made some good points on the developing issue in a 2013 New York Times op-ed. “Together, these developments present a disturbingly novel spectacle: a maximally powerful force operating with a minimum of citizen engagement.” This trend has gained ground with an absolutely tremendous velocity in the last few weeks and months.

We believe in the decency and goodness of our military. We both recognize and are grateful that it is propping up the country during this time of disorder and unrest. But it’s important to remember that checks and balances are in place not just for this generation, but for all the generations to come.

America is great because its people have always had the freedom to explore. Exploration is how the human race found everything cool that it has. To take that away would ruin us. An excess of order and discipline drains the spirit of a people, and strips its search for meaning bare. There were no fine arts, in Sparta, and that is why the Golden Age of Greece ended with its victory over Athens. Freedom is what defines us as a people, and we must fight to preserve it against any threat- whether sought, or unsought. Vote a straight blue ticket.

The current balance in the White House is comprised of a delicate and tenuous balance between decay and discipline. Its fragile and perilous nature is a significant threat to our nation’s power structure. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the continued stuffing of the civilian government with military leaders will set an alarming precedent for the future, if we’re not careful. As the newest generation of voters, we face the task of learning from the past and applying those lessons toward the future. We will have to keep an eye on this. #RiseAndOrganize.

 

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