Fifteen years ago, I would have suggested a tinfoil hat for anyone who believed in the deep state. But recent events have made me rethink my diagnosis. The term “deep state” intimates a conspiracy somewhere in the woodshed. But it’s basically two or more people who get together and agree on something bad.
In the case of a shadow government, that something is to impede or overthrow the legitimate government. The current political environment offers convincing evidence that individuals are attempting to do just that. They utilize legal and illegal means in an effort to annul the will of the people. Their ultimate goal is to end the presidency of Donald Trump.
For lots of reasons, I believe this. There are people in government who are willing to lose their jobs in order to make sure that the Tea Party, Donald Trump, the NRA and every right leaning organization is on the defense.
Their tools include leaks, half-baked accusations and the media. Republican lawmakers published a report today about the leaks.
Under President Trump’s predecessors, leaks of national security information were relatively rare, even with America’s vibrant free press. Under President Trump, leaks are flowing at the rate of one a day… Link to report.
They are the prosecutors who decide to charge undercover video journalists because they film Planned Parenthood officials calmly discussing baby parts. Details here.
They slow down the applications for tax free status for organizations which sound right wing. Remember Lois Lerner?
They work in a million ways every day to advance a cause, rather than serve the people. They are motivated, convinced of their correctness, and they are doing it all at work.
If an individual piece of information simultaneously makes Donald Trump look bad, and threatens the safety of American lives… It will be on the front page of the New York Times. The Deep State feels entitled. Reality Winner is proof.
That swamp needs serious draining. I suggest we freeze federal government hiring, shift some responsibilities back to the states, hire entirely different people to do some things, and shoot everyone who leaks.