America: A Military Nation, by Jacob G. Hornberger

How fitting that President Trump wants to hold a military parade. From Jacob G. Hornberger at The Future of Freedom Foundation,

Americans like to think of their country as different from those run by military regimes. They are only fooling themselves. Ever since the federal government was converted into a national-security state after World War II (without a constitutional amendment authorizing the conversion), it has been the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA that have run the government, just like in countries governed by military dictatorships.

Oh sure, the façade is maintained — the façade that is ingrained in all of us in civics or government classes in high school and college: that the federal government is composed of three co-equal, independent branches that are in charge of the government.

But just a façade. It’s fake. It’s a lie.

It’s true that the federal government used to consist of three branches. But that quaint notion disintegrated when the federal government was converted to what is known as a “national-security state” after World War II. Even though it was done without a constitutional amendment, that conversion effectively added a fourth branch of government to the federal government — the national-security branch, which consists of the NSA, the CIA, and the Pentagon.

The addition of that fourth branch fundamentally altered the original three-branch concept, especially because the fourth branch quickly became the most powerful branch. The reason is because ultimately government is force, and the fourth branch is where the most force was concentrated within the new, altered governmental structure.

As law professor Michael Glennon has pointed out in his book National Security and Double Government, the result is a federal government in which the military, the CIA, and the NSA are in charge. They are the ones actually calling the shots. But they permit the other three branches to maintain the façade that they are in charge, including periodically going along with decisions in the other three branches to keep Americans thinking that everything is the same as it always has been.

To continue reading: America: A Military Nation


4 responses to “America: A Military Nation, by Jacob G. Hornberger

  1. Robert,
    Trump is tweaking the left wing biggly. Why the obtuseness shown by normally very smart people?


  2. I try to be evenhanded with Trump. I cheer his “tweaking the left wing biggly,” but disagreement with other actions and policies doesn’t necessarily stem from obtuseness. Just because someone is the enemy of my enemy doesn’t mean I agree with him on everything, and I don’t with Trump. Those who issue politicians blank checks of approval inevitably find their account overdrawn.


  3. Agreed, but Trump I believe is an anomaly. Not politician and not pure business pragmatist. He could actually hold sway on the inevitable 4th Turning and allow time for a new generation to take hold who will be critical thinkers and also very woke. They will be children of an age that will not allow bioligical reality to be dismissed as racism. This will make for a very interesting and dynamic time. Truly an amazing time to be alive and a participant at the highest level.


  4. Yeah Obama ran a military state. This could only come from some faculty lounge, no one would employ such a loose thinker.


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