The only force showing any ability to slow Trump is the much-despised, much-mocked permanent establishment of Washington – what Trump decries as a sinister “deep state.”
What could possibly hold the puppet president in check?
Give thanks for the “Deep State”. As the runaway train that passes for the current presidency careens from one disaster to the next, the question on most Americans minds is – what could possibly hold this buffoon in check? The only force that is showing any ability to slow the current puppet president is the much despised, much mocked permanent establishment of Washington bureaucrats – what democracy hating diehard partisans decry as a sinister “Deep State” that embodies the status quo the current White House traitor has vowed to sweep aside. The deep state’s most dramatic action came from the Justice Department in establishing a special counsel to lead the investigation into the collusion between Trump and Putin. Other elements of the deep state have been chipping away at the puppet president ever since he was sworn in. The intelligence agencies have been warring with the puppet president even before he became president through a barrage of embarrassing leaks. And of course, there is the current offensive being manned by the FBI.
Washington establishment declares war on Trump voters.
What this puppet president does not seem to understand is that all of these actions are being launched by the capital’s professional classes. Career officials insulted by the puppets cavalier use of intelligence information, his clumsy attempts to gag the FBI and his demand for “loyalty” from bureaucrats goes against all previous practices and traditions of running the government. The puppet and his far-right media have developed an alternative narrative to explain the puppets utter failure in office and this narrative involves a plot by a cabal of bureaucrats. “Washington establishment declares war on Trump voters,” reads a typical headline on Breitbart News and Infowars. To the extent there is truth in any of this, then three cheers for the “Deep State.” The term itself is freighted with meaning from its origins in describing deeply embedded social forces in countries like Turkey and Egypt, where the military, judiciary, and police traditionally exercise real power regardless of who might win an election.
Carrying on the day-to-day business of governing.
The reality, however, is that this term simply describes the bureaucracies that carry on the day-to-day business of governing, operating with long-established norms of behavior. It hardly amounts to a conspiracy against elected authority. Americans should not find this concept hard to grasp. Americans have traditionally valued their non-partisan civil service, whose mission is to serve whichever government is in office. Attempts to downgrade or bypass established professional organizations, as is happening with the current administration, are generally seen as dangerous attempts to politicize the bureaucracy. In other words, America is a country that has long prized what some now deride as the “deep state.” It makes the system less responsive to the passions of whichever politicians hold office at a given moment. But it guarantees that change comes in a deliberate fashion and (mostly) ensures that political leaders respect well established ways of governing.
Americans should not apologize for its Deep State.
The Trump fiasco has prompted a new respect for America’s bureaucracies. Americans should question whether or not the chaotic circumstances that produced a puppet president are the inevitable product of the violent break in tradition marked by the American civil war, with its deep distrust of all non-white authority. There is much to be said about a country governed by an efficient set of bureaucracies devoted to proper governance. In fact, I would add, there is a lot to be said for just such a set-up, and it was demonstrated every day in the calmer, more rational, and fundamentally more just system that was in place before the advent of the new puppet president. In the age of this new treasonous puppet president, it is something to be valued more than ever. If it all amounts to a “deep state,” then Americans should not apologize for this.
Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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