In Bannon’s view, we are in the midst of an existential war, and everything is a part of that conflict. Treaties must be torn up, enemies named, culture changed. Global conflagration, should it occur, would only prove the theory correct. For Bannon, the Fourth Turning has arrived. The Grey Champion, a messianic strongman figure, may have already emerged. The apocalypse is now.
This is truly terrifying and sums up the biggest threat of the Trump administration: They are paranoid, delusional, greed-driven sociopaths who don’t care about a sustainable future because they TRULY BELIEVE Armageddon is at hand and that they have been sent by their God to begin a religious war.
This messianic paranoia is the same fear behind every extremist sect, whether Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, and it is this minority of terrified fanatics who are behind the terrorist attacks around the world, while the rest of us get caught in the crossfire. “Killing for [insert favorite God here]” has a long and glorious history, but all it really comes down to is tribalism and the fear that there isn’t enough for everybody to survive so some people have to die, and “it’s better for THEM to die than US”.
With their “fight or flight” response in overdrive, these terrified true believers can easily justify their attacks on anybody who is “different” and thus a threat to their way of life. The “winner take all” view of these sad people leads to the jingoistic and isolationist “US against THEM” mentality that is completely invalidated by the simple fact that people are stronger when they work together for their common good, instead of fight each other for burnt scraps at the bottom of the barrel.
This is a huge topic, but there is a simple solution. All of this fear is based on continuing our forced dependance on a limited supply of expensive and toxic foreign oil, but the simple fact is this: Better, cheaper, and cleaner solutions are available today, and have been for decades.
Imagine if America had followed the lead of President Carter when he put solar panels on the White House, instead of blindly following President Reagan as he took them off and dove into bed with foreign oil dictatorships like Saudi Arabia. And now, Putin.
A clean, green, sustainable economy based on industrial hemp and solar power is possible today. It could rebuild the heartland of this country and would end the flow of our tax money into the cancerous militery-industrial-petrochemial-banking complex that has been bleeding our nation dry for over 100 years.
Simply put, the oil age is dead. We’ve hit peak oil and instead of facing a Mad Max style fight for “gazzoline” we are seeing the world happily move to cheaper, cleaner alternatives that leave fossil fuels in the dust bin of history where they belong. The Trump administration and their Wall St. backers are simply trying to grab as much of our silver as possible as they walk out the door.
Once people realize that only corrupt corporate politicians stand between us and enough food, clothing, shelter, and fuel for everybody to survive and thrive, we will finally move past the fear driven politics of the last 100 years. Unfortunately, that won’t happen until we have a real government “Of the people, By the people, and For the people” that will move us toward a sustainable future fed by American farmers and a strong middle class, instead of clinging desperately to a dying petrochemical past that has brought nothing but death to generations of Americans.