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I am Afraid of Steve Bannon

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There is a member of the new President Donald Trump administration that troubles me a great deal.

He is a somewhat enigmatic figure, preferring to stay within the shadows. Yet, he is the president’s closest adviser as senior counselor and a member of the National Security Council. Two positions of great power bestowed to one man who I have great reservations of.

He is Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, a radical right-wing internet newspaper.

Now why should we be worried about this man? Well, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), his work at the Breitbart News made him a favorite with so called “Alt-Right” groups.

Bannon’s own term for what many believe, including the SPLC, to be the extreme far right.

Some of among them are white supremacists groups who made Bannon and even Trump poster children for their causes. One publicly endorsed President Trump during the election; the Ku Klux Klan.

The new term is fooling no one. “Alt-Right,” like “Alternative facts,” are just plain fiction.

His beliefs in questionable conspiracy theories with a distinctive apocalyptic flavor are deeply disturbing, made more so because it is very apparent the president shares those beliefs as well.

These two are very close. According to some, Bannon is not only very close but he is pulling the strings of power.

He is a former U.S. Navy officer of seven years, serving as a surface warfare officer aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Paul F. Foster and as a special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon during the late 70s and early 80s. He holds a couple of Masters degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.

Far from being a dummy, he may be the true source of the policies flowing out of the White House. Hence, those rumors of him being the puppet master of the oval office. Time Magazine went so far as to call him “The Great Manipulator” on the cover of their February 2017 issue.

I tend to believe these stories are factual.

Steve Bannon also shares with President Trump an open hostility towards the free press. It borders on downright hatred. He calls the free press the “opposition party“ and goes out of his way to make sure that dark view is known to all.

He also considers himself to be an “Economic Nationalist.”

Drop the economics component and you get to the real Steve Bannon, an ultra-nationalist who harkens back to the 1930s in scope and nature — a frightening throw back to an era best left to history books.

And, yet, Bannon is advising the 45th president of the United States of America.

Does that make you just a little nervous? Because, it should.

It should the scare the crap out of anyone.

I’m scared, in all honesty. It seems to me that Bannon and, indeed others in the new administration, including the president, have not read the U.S. Constitution. If they have, it was back in high school and never fully understood.

Bannon would shred it to pieces, given the chance to further his twisted quest for power. None appear to support the highest law of the land, especially Steve Bannon, the apparent puppet master of the Oval Office.

In my opinion, this current den of thieves are out to grab power at the expense of the poor, the immigrants, the refugees, the middle class, the union worker, the Democrats, the Muslims, the Jews, the Christians, and, lastly, the very people who put Donald Trump into office — Republican voters.

Leading that charge is this man of the dark shadows behind the golden throne; his hands clutching the strings attached to the one sitting there. He is Steve Bannon. He belongs in the outhouse with the door nailed shut, not the White House.