Call it the “Illuminati”, or “the powers that be” – Americans are undoubtedly finding themselves wondering if there really is something to all of this wild conspiracy nonsense online.
It’s not that these ideas are new. In fact, the idea that a shadow government exists within our own nation have been around from nearly the beginning of the American experiment. Given the proclivity of politicians and business leaders to follow similar paths to power, there are no telling just how many people of immense importance have been groomed by organizations such as Skull and Bones, the Freemasons, or other such secretive societies.
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The rumors that swirl around these fraternal organizations had an enormous part in developing the illuminati mythos, if not being the sole catalyst of these theories.
President Trump has his own illuminati to fight as well, in what he and the media have dubbed The Deep State – a collective of entrenched Washington D.C. establishment types who are hellbent on maintaining power through the cash-in-cash-out scams of beltway lobbyists and special interests.
Now, perhaps due in part to Donald Trump’s revealing of the veil between the two worlds, (populism and politics), the American people are finding themselves in the healthy and necessary mood to question everything.
According to a Monmouth University Poll that was released this week, the majority of Americans believes that a group of unelected government and military officials secretly manipulate the United States government from behind the scenes.
According to the poll, both democrats and republicans feel that there is a “deep state” faction that works in secrecy and exists to shape policy as well as spy on American citizens.
The poll says that a vast majority of Americans, 80%, believe that the government is immorally keeping tabs on them. Furthermore, one of the pollsters involved says that the issue is for all Americans, and not just for those of a particular political mindset.
“This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust. And it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
What’s more, only a small fraction of the people who were polled believe that this widespread 1984-style police state is justified. According to the poll, only 18% of Americans are asleep enough to believe that Uncle Sam watching their every move is warranted—a heartening statistic indeed.
This could help explain why so many Americans choose not to participate in our electoral system.
Data from the general election of 2016 shows that the nation is struggling to get Americans to the ballot box, even for Presidential elections. In that contest, only 58% of eligible voters actually cast a ballot, belying either a completely fabricated number, or a widespread belief that the system itself has been corrupted.
Well, with Hillary Clinton involved, we can see how someone could get that impression.