Political Observation - The Corrupt US System’s Mechanism & the Ascendency of the Deep State
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Political Observation - The Corrupt US System’s Mechanism & the Ascendency of the Deep State
The capitalist system is pragmatic and it conditions and shapes itself according to reality. However, its main legislative dilemma remains the concept of compromise that is deeply rooted in the American mentality and which manifests itself in most of what has been agreed upon in the US constitution, especially in the electoral mechanisms.
What tends to deepen the American system’s dilemma is the fact that the republic and its systems have been built on racism and confiscating the political rights of some, and determines the right to vote through the criterion of freedom; in other words, preventing slaves from voting. This is because the US constitution legislated slavery in a devious manner; section 1 of the 13th amendment states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Furthermore, the notion of the Electoral College suppresses and deceives the volition of the masses. It is an electoral mechanism designed to subjugate the small states to the principle of federation, especially in the presidential federal elections.
The deep state is not confined in its denotational reservoir to the shadowy forces or the remnants of the annihilated regime that the media project as being the deep state to deceive the masses, divert their resentment and provoke their anger and rebellion towards the structure of the state, so that it may protect its essence; it is rather the intellectual, political and legislative system, the state institutions and the forces that influence them. In the US, the deep state is not merely the personalities, capitalists, companies, civil and military industrial groups, digital information technology and centres of strategic studies; it is rather all those institutions in addition to the constitutional institutions concocted by the founding fathers and the amendments introduced to their systems.
Hence, the deep state in America is an integrated institution built on an intellectual and political system incorporated within the state organs, its governmental and non-governmental institutions and the forces influencing it such as the oil industry group, military industry group and the information technology industry, namely Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook, as well as the strategic research centres such as the Rand Corporation which includes an elite of intellectuals, politicians and retired military and civilian personalities, and enjoys generous financing from companies and capitalists. Their main aim is to protect the federal constitution and the interests of the capitalists, and bulwarking the republic which is deemed as their executive tool in achieving their interests.
It is common knowledge that the world institutional structure we witness nowadays started its ghoulish comportment in 1933, when the US abandoned the gold standard, delinking the value of the dollar to gold. Then it turned into a savage beast when America realised her military might after dropping two nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She became confident that her military power would enable her to reshape the world according to her extremely vicious colonialist and capitalist vision. She succeeded in achieving this thanks to the current international system she established which includes financial, commercial, political and regional institutions which she has been harnessing to preserve the world order, the international situation she dominates singlehandedly.
The most important official and effective components of the deep state in the US include the Department of State, CIA, FBI, Pentagon, National Security Agency and the Electoral College established by the founding fathers to serve the constitution, dominate the political scene, curb the power of the masses and dominate political decision-making and steer it in one single direction to oversee the choice of the electorates. This is corroborated by distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, George C. Edwards III, who was quoted as saying: “They were tired, impatient, frustrated. They cobbled together this plan because they couldn’t agree on anything else.” Hence, the statement describes an important issue in the psychology of the American union and expressed the deeply-rooted societal division epitomised by the mistrust and suspicion dominating the union members who dread a central meddling in the affairs of the states or conferring executive powers on an official organ that would confiscate the authorities of the states via the federal institutions. This is the issue upon which Donald Trump built his first and second electoral campaigns and even exploited to absolve himself of responsibility for the unrest and protests against the killing of George Floyd and the spread of coronavirus, blaming the state governors of the Democratic party instead. Moreover, the notion of the electoral college was devised in the first instance as a compromise with the aim of sidestepping the volition of the masses and anticipating the risks that may crop up from direct elections. In other words, it was devised to curb the power of the people and the popular immunity of the president which may tempt him to rebel against the deep state, or may impede his removal should the deep state’s forces decide to get rid of him or side with his opponent. This explains the reason behind the prepondering force of the electoral college and its interactants in manipulating the choice of president and the presidential office.
In fact, the reason why the capitalists have resorted to adopting the principle of compromise lies in the alternative being the fragmentation of the capitalist ideology itself; this is because the nature of life imposed by the capitalist ideology leads to the individualistic and egoistic tendencies, chieftainship and the dominance of capitalists and businesspersons over society resulting in their monopoly of power to control the masses and spread their hegemony; this clashes entirely with the notion of power and sovereignty to the people, and the “divine right” and its dictates and impediments. Hence, the principle of compromise is the magic carpet that fulfils the greed of the thieving capitalists; it is the sanctuary that allows them to secretly confiscate the will of the masses in choosing their rulers, to fraudulently enhance the credentials of their candidate and to avert any clash of interests and destruction of the ideology that achieves their interests forcibly. Hence, jurisprudents conjured up the notion of the Electoral College as a compromise after months of push and pull during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Some claimed the right of Congress to elect the president and some claimed the right of the people.
The electoral college was therefore the sanctuary that stipulated establishing a temporary voting body equal to the number of US senators and representatives to elect the president of the US every four years. The body is constitutionally delegated to elect the US president in Washington the second week of January, i.e. two months after the elections. Hence, when an American citizen selects his presidential candidate on Election Day, he is actually choosing the members of this body who will cast votes on his behalf in the days and weeks after the election. This compromise reflected in the electoral college was reached after the smaller states had objected to the dominance of the greater states such as California over the US presidential elections due to their economic clout, the size of their population and the high number of slaves who were counted as residents, affecting the number of citizens in those states and their share of the electoral vote, even if they did not have the right to vote. This is why the fourth US president from 1809 to 1817, James Maddison, announced that because of the slaves, a census could not be a criterion to determine the share of the electoral college for each state. Consequently, due to the impact of considering the slaves as citizens, they reached another compromise that differentiated humanity between the white freeman and the slave; hence, they redefined the human attribute of the slaves and estimated its value at three fifths of a white man, i.e. they estimated the value of a slave as being an incomplete human beings, not to mention the denial of their political and civil rights, so as not to completely remove them from the census of the state, and in order to benefit from their numbers in increasing the share of the state in the electoral college since the number of votes in the electoral college for each state is linked to the number of residents.
Therefore, the electoral college was endorsed and electoral rights were determined according to these factors; and this is why most political commentators attributed the flaws in the current political atmosphere and structure, reflected in the societal divisions and political struggle, to the fact that they had not been envisaged in the minds of US legislators and the founders of the electoral college. They also attributed it to the failure to constitutionalise a clear voting mechanism in respect of the electoral college. Maine and Nebraska are the only states to have introduced some modifications to the constitutions of their respective states whereby the votes are awarded to the candidate winning a majority.
It is worth mentioning in this context that some of the representatives of the electoral college refused in seven previous elections to vote for the president-elect who had won the majority. The most famous celebrated occurrence was the refusal of North Carolina’s representative, Lloyd Bailey, to vote for Nixon in 1968. Such occurrences cropped up again in the 2016 elections, though some of these were isolated individual cases and had no telling impact, though they reflect the possibility of the representative in the electoral college renouncing his delegation and commitment to the electorates and voting for the president he wants himself, especially in the absence of a unified federal system to elect the members of the electoral college and to compel the representative of the electoral college to vote for the president according to the delegation of the electorates; and this corroborates the fact that capitalism and its liberal democratic system continue to deceive and defraud the alleged willpower of the masses.
24 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1442h
10 November 2020