Long Past Time to Worry About the Unelected Bureaucrats of the Deep State

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~ George Orwell

Bill Moyers said there is a “shadowy, more indefinable government” that goes unseen in plain sight known as Deep State. The term was coined by leftist Glenn Greenwald, editor of The Intercept.

Deep State is an unelected body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy. It happens when government gets too big and flies out of control.

They aren’t a cabal of anti-American terrorists. They are ordinary pencil pushers but, in the end, it is the rogue, unelected bureaucrats who run the government, not the elected officials.

Moyers describes it as another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose. My analysis of this phenomenon is not an exposé of a secret, conspiratorial cabal; the state within a state is hiding mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day.

Moyers doesn’t see it as conspiratorial but rather “entrenched”.

It gains power in part because of the cultural assimilation required by the Beltway. The culture of D.C. demands assimilation; it requires “groupthink”. There are very few people who will question the mantra when their jobs depend on it.

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.

More on the Deep State according to the journalist: The Deep State does not consist of the entire government. It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.

The Deep State also includes the many contract workers. It is centered around the Beltway, Moyers believes, but it’s hard to know how much of Americans’ private communications the Silicon Valley gives up to the Deep State and to what degree they are part of the covert system.

It’s near-impossible to change it, he believes.

We are faced with two disagreeable implications. First, that the Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change. Second, that just as in so many previous empires, the Deep State is populated with those whose instinctive reaction to the failure of their policies is to double down on those very policies in the future.

It has an insatiable desire for money.

The Deep State requires it is [sic] silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past.

As long as the flow of funds continues, the hidden government will allow the visible government to run things here-and-there.

It’s big government grown out of control.

Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ believes there is evidence that Obama set up a soft coup against Trump days before his administration ended, taking advantage of the Deep State to do it. The holdovers from his administration are embedded in the intelligence agencies and all government agencies.

Dennis Kucinich warned of the Deep State and implores people to listen to his warning.

His belief is the intelligence community was responsible for leaking information that Trump’s national security advisor, Mike Flynn, had secretly discussed sanctions with Russian officials before the inauguration and argued their goal was to spoil the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

“What’s at the core of this is an effort by some in the intelligence community to upend any positive relationship between the U.S. and Russia,” Kucinich said. Money, he says, is at the center.

Julian Assange has referred to it in tweets.

Trump is an iconoclast and he won’t conform. It’s upset the system and the system says he must go.

Veteran spook and virulent anti-Trumper John Schindler admitted the intelligence community is engaged in treason and is attempting to topple the President of the United States. If true, there is no greater threat to our Republic. Even if you hate Trump, you should be able to see that.

Unfortunately, some pseudo-conservative thinkers can’t see their own perfidy.


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