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Are We Living Under a Military Coup?

An Ironically Patriotic Essay

The Wall Street cabal’s coup plot was based on the idea of insinuating a disciplined military man into a White House operation deemed irresponsible and out of control. The plan was to install Butler into a newly created cabinet-level position called the Secretary for General Affairs. Negative press would be arranged to inform the American people that the President of the United States was a cripple. The “man on a white horse” was there to save a problematic administration from itself -- all for the good of the country in dangerous times.

                                                General Kelly as The National Security State Rhinoceros-In-the-Room

Today’s politics are very different; but similarities exist in the troublesome situation of a sitting president deemed a national security problem. In FDR’s case, it was weakness due to sympathy for the downtrodden; while in Trump’s case, it’s unprecedented governmental inexperience linked with a volatile narcissism contributing to chaos in the highest reaches of the government and in relationship with the rest of the world. In both cases, the overarching issue is a very dangerous world and the felt need for experience and discipline in the top leader. Is General Kelly today’s “man on a white horse” insinuated into the White House to represent the interests of the National Security State? There are no neat or absolute answers to this question. We tend to associate the idea of a “coup” with coup d’etat in Third World nations. Our CIA and military have notoriously been up to their eyeballs in foreign coups; there’s classics like Iran 1953 and Guatemala 1954. Venezuela 2002 and Honduras 2009 had the stink of US complicity, but they are more current and, thus, there was lots of plausible deniability and lots of fog. Language and communication can be employed for either befogging or for clarifying. In this internet age, fog and doubt only seem to compound our problems.

In the late 1990s, I photographed a constitutional professor named Robert Hayman for a magazine story. While snapping portrait shots on a residential street, I half-consciously chatted him up about political matters. I’d read his book, The Smart Culture: Society, Intelligence, and the Law. Patronizing me gently, he said: “John, you know they abrogated the constitution long ago.” I stopped shooting and thought about it. “Oh, yeh! Right,” I said.

Here's Hayman: “The ‘natural order’ survives because of, rather than in spite of, American law. Thus law continues to protect the advantages of some Americans while obscuring the disadvantages of others, all through a carefully crafted set of legal fictions that subvert the constitutional promise of ‘equality’.”

story | by Dr. Radut