Each person on this post has a “talent set” that is singular and individual. As such we see/perceive situations from varying viewpoints all of which are valid. So to be clear I do not denigrate any viewpoint yet offer my perspective in hopes of having differing viewpoints considered. I am a professional observer, which is one of my talent sets. I am a speed reader, something I got from my father who possessed a photographic memory. I did not get all of his talent but I can read faster than anyone I know, retain most of what I read, literally “see” it in my mind and am able to correlate data points of similarity from a lot of data. I use this semi-photographic ability in my sales career as I evaluate the behavior of people not to manipulate them but to understand motivation and provide to them solutions quickly resulting in my being a top Realtor with 100% of my business coming from referrals, no marketing, no advertising, no cold calls. All because of superior information, human insight and personal service which I also bring to my wellness company Your Holistic Life (Like I need another job, lol).
I ramble about this because I approach evaluating our elected leader’s actions exactly the same way. I am not really swayed by their words but more by their repeated actions and resulting data points. Not allowing or heavily weighing verbal influence has its advantages; you get a clearer picture of true intent. So the action of this administration pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is logical given the data points from day one of taking office. This administration is building its influence on being contrary, plain and simple. Data points: Rick Perry as secretary of Energy, Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and Ben Carson as head of HUD. There is no discussion on the validity of these appointments; they are all contrary to the appointed rolls of advancing each of these agencies positively for the majority of Americans and American Values. They are laughable if they weren’t so tragic in their outcome.
Which brings me to Steve Bannon; this administrations chief architect. His intent is clear, he is a Leninist meaning that by his own words and actions: “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Well that's real American values. To do so he employs division and contrary actions to destabilize multiple points of authority centralizing power and creating division so other actions can be made while people are distracted thereby manipulating the outcome via disinformation. This is classic playbook from Hitler’s Mein Kempt.
To quote an insightful recent article from October 29, 2016, Daily Kos and Tricia Sohl, “Coming from a Darwinian Survival of the Fittest mode, Hitler promoted his agenda through a propaganda approach aimed at the masses, who are “like a toy car set in motion by a superior intellect that maintains momentum”. He asserted a leader needed to capture the heart and lift the “spirit” of the masses with ruthless and fanatical concentration on achieving one sided goals” geared to the level of least intelligence, aimed at feelings, not reason, at the extremes, not in betweens, using big lies, not small, as the masses more easily believe big lies as they themselves couldn’t conceive of anyone telling lies so big.”
The article goes on to state, “The Art of Propaganda described by Hitler suggested promoting simple noble goals with simple statements that say a lot (Make America Great Again) without diluting the message with objective reasoning as that breeds uncertainty in the masses. It further suggested Labeling and defiling the opposition “other” with simple one-sided concepts (Lying Crooked Hillary). He emphasized repetitive perseverance “to excite the masses to a state of intoxication” (Build a wall). He recommended making step by step partial goals as the masses are unable to keep focused on longer goals. He observed how control of the press can serve to push public option, catering to the masses lowest instincts… ultimately leading to coup d’état and the exercise of absolute top down authority.”
I observe these tactics are being used daily on the American People and from my observation, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord has one purpose, to destabilize our European alliances one slight at a time. It takes Trolling to an international level and has nothing to do with the reason’s President Trump stated that he pulled out because of the lack of enforcement for other nations or that it “disadvantaged America as it would cost us a fortune.” That is a smokescreen and manipulation at the highest level and speaks more toward isolating America, rejecting globalism and cooperation between countries. Is all about who “wins” and "loses", there is no shared prosperity with this world view.
The biggest threat I see is the use of Prevarication (lying) to affect a desired outcome designed to weaken Democratic ideals which our elected officials are entrusted to uphold. I wrote about this in a previous blog post that prevarication from the highest levels of our government normalize disinformation, distrust and threaten the basis of the Democratic process. Manipulation, Control, Dictatorship, promoting Fascist principles and Prevarication all add up to the destruction of the promise of American Freedom and the messy process of Democratic rule. Nothing is perfect, not even Democracy, but the promise and intent of our founding fathers is at least Nobel.