Naming the first priority of the Trump administration ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’ Steve Bannon openly declared why the picks for cabinet have all been counter intuitive choices who despise the very agencies they head.
As I stated in my last blog, what appears to be a chaotic mess is planned destruction. Bannon is intent on dismantling the American political system and the agencies that support the government’s ability to function are first on the list to go. “If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.” Bannon has explicitly stated.
In an article that neither names the author, nor gives its date of writing, The Conservative Tribune says the deconstruction ‘might just be the most exciting of Trump’s priorities from a conservative standpoint.” It celebrates what this might mean “Taking down regulations means overturning and destroying years of progressive, left-leaning entrenchment that takes power away from the private sector and gives it to the government.”
Bannon himself is finding these pesky regulations are getting in the way of business the way he would like to conduct it. “Every business leader we’ve had in is saying not just taxes, but it is – it is also the regulation”. Without regulations, business will have free reign to conduct themselves in whichever way they want.
Departments under deconstruction include Labour, Health and Human Services, Education and Environmental Protection.
With no Environmental agency, there is no way to uphold regulations around dumping waste. With a short-sighted approach this will be great for businesses that must pay to get rid of toxic waste. Costs will decrease and profits will rise. Until we all drown in the sewage. Hospital costs will rise as more people get sick due to toxic environments. We all need clean air and water, and without protections on pollution, how long can the country last? And what will be the knock on effects for the rest of the world?
The obvious consequences of no Labour department include the disappearance of the minimum wage, good working conditions, breaks and a reasonable expectation of safety. There is the very real possibility that a new version of slavery will reappear, and with the department of Education being dismantled, how can we believe that anyone other than the already rich will have a chance to learn.
There will be a lot of uneducated people flooding the workforce, with the vulnerable, the poor, the disabled and the desperate having no recourse but to put up with whatever form of work they can get, along with whatever working conditions and wages that are on offer. Unless that too goes the way of real democracy, and work becomes something to trade for food, or temporary shelter. Really there are no limits. What gains the labour movement and unions have made in the last few centuries could be under threat in a relatively short time if Bannon’s vision is realised.
Even republicans are afraid. Back in 2016 P.J.O’Rourke said of Trump “I am scared of Trump in two ways. This office of the president has too much power. And then putting a lunatic in power … he’s just a fool – incredibly shallow and a liar – he’s not even that successful, not even that rich. There’s nothing predictable about him. When you have the outsized power of the president, that unpredictability is unacceptable.”
The changes Bannon wants to make will create unlimited power for the presidential role. But by then Trump will have started calling himself something else. King perhaps, God maybe, but an elected official, not likely, those rules and regulations will no longer apply and why would he settle for 8 years in office when he could hold power until he passes it down to his children? Say goodbye to democracy America.
But the threat doesn’t end there. Both democracy and a free press are under attack from the current American administration. This is important because they are both protections against famine.
“The question of food and starvation, Professor Amartya Sen wrote, could not be divorced from ”the issue of liberties, of newspapers and ultimately of democracy.” Sen, The winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science goes on to say. “There has never been a famine in any country that’s been a democracy with a relatively free press. I know of no exception. It applies to very poor countries with democratic systems as well as to rich ones.”
The media are fighting to alert the masses to the danger of this situation. Instead of being supported they are facing their biggest enemy yet. A government that far from seeing them as a protection for the American people, or a watchdog to ensure fair and legal representation, have painted them as an actual opposition party, as if the media are in politics for themselves rather than reporting on it.
‘If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.” Bannon said, referencing opposition and the media.
Watch out Americans, you will face starvation in the next four years if Bannon’s plan is successful and once other power and profit hungry wanna-be oligarchs see how it’s done; the rest of the world might too. Pay attention, Bannon’s government has put the whole world on notice. We must adapt fast to rid ourselves of this monstrous political threat, or die.
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Andra Jenkin co-wrote Double-Edged Sword- The Simonne Butler Story, and contributed to New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics ‘Three Words.’