The White House Chief of Staff Stephen K. Bannon told a CPAC audience last night that Trump would not compromise his positions with opponents and he would disband the “administrative state,” (the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts), and repeated the phrase “economic nationalism” over and over again.
He said everyday there’s going to be a fight to take the country back, back from whom he didn’t say exactly, but he mentioned the press, calling them the “corporatist, globalist media.” The press has been singled out as an enemy of the state of Donald Trump.
It seems that what goes on at the White House should not be the concern of the American people and the press should not be telling them about it. It also seems their plans do not include taking the country back, but taking it away.
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D), said of Trump and his cabinet, “This is a mean, vicious, intolerant group.” He said Bannon is a “dangerous person driven by an authoritarian ideology who, I fear, has more influence than anyone in the administration.”
Bannon has appeared suddenly to some, but he’s been on the fringe for some time. He is best known for being the executive chairman of Breitbart News, an extreme right-wing site with a different slant on the news and a platform that serves the like of the alt-right, who champions a racist, anti-Semitic and sexist point of view.
What is a nationalist ideology?
A nationalist ideology is one bent on creating and maintaining a specific national mark, based on shared characteristics such as culture, language, race, religion, political goals and a belief in a common ancestry. The adoption of a nationalist agenda has commonly been a result of influential groups within a society who have become dissatisfied with their traditional identities and the social order.
Nationalism isn’t about less government, but more government involvement in the personal lives of the people. It seeks to provide moral guidance to the people and breakdown the people’s connection with their community by polarizing and dividing.
Nationalist tendencies have been described as desire that can never be fulfilled and becomes more intense over time. Bannon, who grew up in a working class family, understood what it means to struggle, understood anger can be used in a positive way and that power is the ultimate desire. But as they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely.