President Donald Trump is turning the U.S. into an Autocracy
What is Going on?

Let it be known that I am not a conspiracy theorist, not even close. In fact, a few years ago, during a very heated, alcohol induced chat session, I actually lost a couple of friends over their incessant belief in a couple of conspiracy theories which were going around at the time. In this new Trump era, it would as easy as it has ever been to come up with the most outrageous scenarios, turn them into conspiracy theories, get a following, and then drive the entire world crazy with fictional realities.

Still there can be no doubt that the first days of the Trump presidency indicate there must be a lot more going on than meets the eye. To think Trump is making his crazed decisions on his own would require a certain degree of ignorance and naiveté that even his loyal supporters would be hard pressed to exhibit. Suffice it to say, the men and woman standing behind him during every signing of an executive order are also players in this game, whose intent is something much more than the picture being painted for the public.
Chaos and Civil Unrest

Trump's first executive orders accomplished exactly the desired result....TO CREATE AS MUCH CHAOS AND CIVIL UNREST AS POSSIBLE. Trump is a businessman, and more importantly, a showman. A reality show star who knows how to get attention and strong reactions from his viewers, in this case, not only the American public, but from people all over the world. You might ask yourself at this point, why would he cause such disruption of our society and spread fear around the world? There are many words which are descriptively accurate in pinpointing the reasoning for his actions, such as distraction and diversion, which serve to preoccupy the minds of Americans away from a much bigger, and even scarier agenda. Consider the following:
  • The great wall of Mexico - Okay he campaigned on this issue, but who can say this was not on an already compiled list of "things to do" if he won the election.
  • The ban on immigration - Talk about an attention getter. Unlike the wannabe wall, which affected only a couple of country neighbors, the ban was a move which put people into a fervor worldwide to such a degree not seen in modern times. Nothing could get a reaction better than singling out certain countries, seven in fact, to be picked on by our elected schoolyard bully.
  • EPA censorship - Aside from the immigration ban, nothing was destined to bring more protests and create divisiveness than an executive order prohibiting the employees of the EPA from using social media to issue policy statements and updates. In addition, Trump threatened to delete all of the climate change data from the EPA website, throwing the scientific community into a data backing up frenzy.
  • YOU'RE FIRED - Related to the immigration ban, was the subsequent open and direct defiance of the executive immigration order by the acting deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, who was soon terminated several hours later. Trump was showing his intent to simply get rid of anyone who stands in his way.
  • Illegal voters - Trump continued to insist that illegal immigrant voters inflated the polling numbers, which favored democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, showing she had won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, even though there was no supporting evidence to support his claims. This move further distracted the American public, and the news media, from more important issues.
  • Inauguration attendance - Trump maintained that more people attended his inauguration than the number who attended the inauguration of Barack Obama, even though photographs, number of riders on public transportation, and other factors, conclusively proved he was wrong. Another distraction.
  • Twitter Obsession - For the leader of the free world to be tweeting like a teenager about matters of global import seems ridiculous on its own, and even more so to think that nobody on his staff is advising him not to do this, taking away his Twitter account, or breaking his fingers. Fine, he is the president, but in any form of government, there are advisors behind the scenes who have their own agenda, and will keep a leader from thwarting their goals.
Defining Autocracy

An autocracy is a system of government in which supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control (except perhaps for the implicit threat of a coup d'état or mass insurrection).

Trump knows that his first executive orders, especially the ban on immigration, would quickly be challenged by groups like the ACLU, and tied up in the courts for months, or even years. If he didn't realize this probable scenario, then certainly his trusted son-in-law Jared Kushner, the bigoted Jeff Sessions, or the lovable....NOT....Steve Bannon would have told him that such a far reaching ban would never be able to be instituted. Then why is he making, and implementing, these insanely ridiculous executive orders? TO CREATE AS MUCH CHAOS AND CIVIL UNREST AS POSSIBLE, in order to distract the public and implement much more far reaching policies, like reducing American democracy to an institution hardly recognizable by previous standards. Trump has all of the personality traits of a sociopath, which is in line with other dictators and rulers, whose mental deficiencies pushed them to assume power and ultimately control society.

There are several examples throughout history, where leaders caused chaos, or took advantage of existing civil unrest, as an opportunity to take control of the government, and in turn, the population.

In Nazi Germany, the National Socialist German Worker's Party began a subtle political strategy to take over the government. Following a tense social and political environment in the 1930's, the Nazis under Adolf Hitler took advantage of the civil unrest of the state to seize power through cunning propaganda and by the charismatic speeches of their party leader. By the time Adolf was appointed chancellor, the Nazi party began to restrict civil liberties on the public. With a combination of cooperation and intimidation, Adolf and his party systematically weakened all opposition to his rule, transforming the Weimar Republic into a fascist dictatorship where Hitler alone spoke and acted on behalf of Germany. Nazi Germany is an example of an autocracy run primarily by a single leader, but many decisions made by Hitler coincided with the interests and ideology of the Nazi Party in mind, also making an example of an autocracy ruled by a political party rather than solely one man. Does any of this sound familiar?
In Russia, shortly after being crowned as ruler, Tsar Ivan immediately removed his political enemies by execution or exile (thank goodness Sally Yates was simply terminated) and established dominance over an Empire, expanding the borders of his kingdom dramatically. To enforce his rule, Ivan the Terrible established the Streltzy as Russia's standing army, and he developed two cavalry divisions that were fiercely loyal to the Tsar; the Cossacks, and the Oprichniki.

The Tokugawa Shogunate in medieval Japan was caught in a vicious series of skirmishes between warring clans, states, and rulers, all of them vying for power in a mad scramble. While many of these lords struggled against each other openly, Ieyasu Tokugawa seized mastery of all of Japan through a mix of superior tactics and cunning diplomacy, until he became the dominant power of the land. By establishing his shogunate as the sole ruling power in Japan, Ieyasu Tokugawa controlled all aspects of life, closing the borders of Japan to all foreign nations and ruling with a policy of isolationism. Again, does any of this sound familiar?
Is America Next?

Think none of this can happen in America? Well think again, because the Trump administration has already shown they will do whatever is necessary to implement their policies while excluding, or even eliminating, anyone who stands in their way. The America I knew as a child, and the democracy I learned to respect is gone, and only the consolidation and cooperation of the American people can keep this country from becoming nothing more than an autocracy, with supreme power vested in one man, President Donald Trump, the sociopath.
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