Ever wonder who the real "Deep State" is? The hard right thinks they know, but they've got it all "bassackwards" as we used to say in Tennessee when I was growing up. The families at the top of the arms industry, the designers and builders of war machines like modern tanks, amazing aircraft, aircraft carriers, munitions of all kinds, even military clothes, boots, gloves, etc. are the top 1% of the top 1% (top 0.01%). Six out of ten of these super-rich folks never worked a day in their lives. But...very ironically in an alleged democratic republic, their political power is enormous.
The arms industry makes from 10 to 100 times more profit during war than they do during times of peace. Hmmm…wonder how naïve some of our readers here are?...how many here fail to understand that these politically powerful people perpetually lobby for war? And do you imagine they give a tinker's damn about anyone else's young kids going to war to be maimed for life or die?
Oh, and speaking more generally, how much respect do you think they have for those who aren't in their class? They laugh at them while their highly paid talking head con artists sell propaganda that blames everything on the easiest ones to blame, that is, easiest in the eyes of ignorant white racist xenophobes: minorities, the poor, and immigrants, of course!
(I'm a native-born, white U.S. male in my seventies, by the way, so it should be clear that I'm not one of those I'm defending here. But I've been watching this mess for a long time. It's not new in the least, but its getting worse. However, I'm an optimist and believe it had to get worse to get the complacent, self-absorbed, but more intelligent, slightly more informed fools among us to wake up from our long, blissfully ignorant slumber.)
These days there are quite a few con artists in media who effectively do the propaganda work for the super rich. They fertilize and politically exploit fear in the minds of the already fearful. It's such an easy sale! It's called misdirection. It takes a huge mass of suckers’ eyes away from the real culprits, the super rich.
In fact, they use all this to get our culture to blindly worship their wealth as if it were synonymous with human merit, some kind of perverted moral virtue. Hollywood and its celebrity worshiping culture is a kind of microcosm of this phenomenon and a major factor promoting it. Yet the celebrities tend to lean left. The right then uses this to point out their debauched, immoral lives (ignoring their own, of course) in a transparent attempt to discredit anything left of Joe McCarthy (transparent, that is, to anyone half awake and interested in some semblance of reality).
Meanwhile, their blind worshipers forgive them for the heinously immoral behavior their right-wing heroes gleefully indulge in right in their faces. Then these pathetic victims, the suckers for these massive, national con jobs, elect people who drastically downsize the diplomatic services, the State Department, etc. Then they turn around and give tons more money to the Department of Defense and the military services. Perfect for getting votes and quasi-religious devotion from the fearful, paranoid, and very willing victims of their propaganda machine.
To support economic reality as opposed to the trickle-down fiction that accompanies self-blinding wealth and celebrity worship, take a look at this:
“The big winners are those in the top 0.01 percent. These folks, who have a net worth of more than $100 million, have seen their share of wealth more than double since 1995, from around 5 percent to just under 12 percent. Over the past half century, they have nearly quadrupled their share of wealth.”
- From www.cnbc.com/…
So figure it out for yourself. How can anyone with a few marbles upstairs believe that 0.01% of the population can get to own 12% of the total national wealth without something really corrupt going on? There is indeed something rotten in Denmark, as Shakespeare put it.
Of course, the ex-Soviet, Russian propaganda community has long understood social psychology deeply and its tremendous power for manipulation of public opinion. They are amazingly competent at using this technology to manipulate large chunks of both their own and our populations (as in "How to Easily Manipulate Russian (and U.S.) Dummies if You're a Brilliant Russian Chess Player with a Background in Writing Soviet Propaganda and in Cahoots with Expert Russian Digital Hackers").
This is Russia's new weapon of choice. They're much better at it than our government, but not necessarily better than the U.S. advertising industry or some parts of the right-wing media. However, the hard right media are now taking their cues from the Russian manipulators. The Russians feed our clueless, low-level political pawns via social media. Then the U.S. right-wing propaganda machine, without a clue regarding the real source of their disinformation, pick up the ball from their unwittingly Russia-baited U.S. audience and run with it.
After all, the expertise of the U.S. propaganda machine has always been selling the mass population of clueless, stateside political suckers their own equestrian fecal matter for financial and political gain and the power that comes with both. So there you have it, folks. The big question is where do we go from here.
Trump is doomed and running scared tootless along with a big chunk of his staff of political mafiosi. He and many others know what he's actually done. The Russians can stick high-voltage juice to him, too, any time they choose to. They may do exactly that when they have no more use for him. But we don't need someone smarter, more informed, and just as immoral taking his place, do we?