Two new initialisms to consider: ASS and ASSS.

The American constitutional order is made up of the several states, united, and a limited federal government, consisting of three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.

But that’s the paper order.

The real order of the United States is a military-industrial complex conservatorship, with the federal government not serving the states but itself, first snd foremost, and buying off the populace with bennies, secondarily. This Nation State is made up of two post-constitutional elements, primarily:

1. The American Security State [ASS], consisting of the Pentagon and what we call the Deep State, and

2. The American Social Security System [ASSS], consisting of the biggest “domestic” budgets, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — and closely allied programs.

Between ASS and ASSS, Americans are put into subject status, serviles to a bureaucratic and military order. 

Both would have to be demolished for Americans to be free.