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The Trump Tripartite

Much like living in America in a post 9/11 world, living in in the aftermath of the Decembrist revolt brought a certain paranoia to the Russian regime. So deep was the neurosis that in 1833 Sergey Uvarov-the Minister of Education of Russia-presented the following statement of ideology:
"It is our common obligation to ensure that the education of the people be conducted, according to Supreme intention of our August Monarch, in the joint spirit of Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality. I am convinced that every professor and teacher, being permeated by one and the same feeling of devotion to the throne and fatherland, will use all his resources to become a worthy tool for the government and to earn its complete confidence."
Thus began The Triad of Official Nationality (Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality). Although it is understood that interpretations of the Trinity are different than they were in the 19th century, commonalities still exist. In fact, so common are the core concepts that the Trump administration seems to use it for their "Make America Great Again" playbook.

Let's break it down, shall we?

ORTHODOXY
Orthodoxy by definition is following or conforming to the traditional or generally accepted rules or beliefs of a religion, philosophy or practice.1 Even if we used this term in the context of mid-century Russia-referring specifically to Orthodox Christianity-comparisons to the Trump administration are valid.

Of course, we could bolster the case of White House Orthodoxy by the fact that Trump has already issued an executive order cutting off aid to international organizations that perform abortions-known as the Mexico City Policy-but we don't even need to go that far.
Of course, the naming of Reince Priebus-a devout Orthodox Christian-to White House chief of staff may just be coincidence, but I prefer to believe the words of Albert Einstein when he said, "coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."

AUTOCRACY
I have to admit, this one doesn't bother me so much, mostly because our forefathers put safeguards in place to prevent such rule. Even so, Trump's claims of rigged elections, spouting alternative facts and threats to jail political opponents should be a clear indication that he's willing to test the boundaries set by our founders.

In an autocracy, the autocrat retains all the power, and this is a notion that Trump would assuredly embrace.

NATIONALITY
Defining nationality is particularly difficult especially when discussing the Tripartite. This is partly due to Uvarov's scant description of nationality and partly due to the incorrect assumption that Nationality and Russification are cut from the same cloth.
 

The other problem is that people often equate nationalism to patriotism, and who can argue with patriotism, right?

Semantics aside, the facts remain:
Trump continues to garner support from hate groups like Pennsylvania's Keystone United
Trump's border wall
Trump's illegal travel ban

Are we in store for a Trump Tripartite? If the shoe fits, kick him the ass with it.

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