Big Red Car here on a serious note. We are watching an attempted coup d’etat in Washington. Look carefully and you can see the signs. Oddly, the Big Red Car thinks it’s a good thing to get all the rats out of the shadows and into the sunlight. Now, they can be effectively engaged.
Who are these folks, Big Red Car? The Deep State?
Contrary to what you learned in high school government class, the US is not run by three co-equal branches of government. The Constitution says it is, but the evidence does not support the theory.
The government is run by the Deep State, the Christmas Help, and the Newbies.
Huh, Big Red Car, what are you talking about?
Yes, dear reader, the country is run by groups who operate in the shadows.
The Deep State is the entrenched civil servant bureaucracy which has been in their jobs for decades. This is true whether it is DOD, the CIA, the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS. There is a cadre of folks who think (know) they will outlast any set of political appointees placed over them. There is no credible evidence to refute this assertion.
The Deep State leans hard left and is instrumental in the “weaponization” of certain departments of the government.
An example of a Deep State operative was Lois Lerner of IRS fame. An IRS lawyer involved in the review and approval of tax exempt applications, she pigeon holed applications from conservative entities prior to the 2012 election to blunt their impact on the election. Nobody from the White House sent her a memo (no emails or Wikileaks and the Russians would have gotten them, haha). No memo from the DNC, but she did it as if she’d gotten her instructions tattooed on her wrist. Deep State.
There is an element of the Deep State in the CIA which has taken umbrage at the criticism leveled at the intel racket by President Trump. He, rightfully, called out their bosses as being political hacks. They waited for their chance to even the score. They sharpened their long knives and carved Mike Flynn up and threw his carcass into the mean streets of DC to be fed upon by the media and other jackals.
No pity for General Flynn — he was a long time intel hand who denounced the Obama administration’s sunshine pronouncements about Al Qaeda and ISIS being on the run. President Obama canned him for that. President Obama does not like anyone challenging his meme. This is the second time General Flynn got fired for doing his job.
Generals should know better than to lie to …………………… anyone. No tears, not crying for Argentina or General Flynn. Good man, but he screwed up and the Deep State over at the CIA got him.
To get an idea of how treacherous the Deep State is consider that the collection and leaking of a conversation intercept (what the spooks over at the NSA do 24/7, listening in on the entire world) is a felony when it is an America citizen’s conversation that is being revealed. It is also highly, highly, highly classified as it revealed the extent to which the NSA was monitoring Russian big wigs.
This is not a “leak” about a meatloaf recipe, this is revealing highly classified information to the freakin’ media.
The Deep State, when sufficiently aroused will go nuclear and criminal. In a freakin’ New York minute.
Why? Cause they know they can get away with it with a media which will never go after them.
The Christmas Help are the titular heads of these departments who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Deep State at the CIA actually call their bosses the Christmas Help openly.
The CH political appointees will drag along five to ten of their own ilk and they will decamp at their new plush offices and pretend they are running the show. If the Deep State doesn’t like them, they will begin a campaign of opposition immediately. This is what the CIA did to General Petreaus, who had leveled criticism at the CIA from his vantage point as the boss in A’stan.
He was the biggest consumer of CIA intel in A’stan and criticized the tortuous expedition by which CIA intel took so long to become actionable battlefield intel.
When he made his deal with President Obama — essentially taking a demotion from Combatant Commander in charge of Central Command to theater commander in A’stan (the theater commander reports to the combatant commander), he was promised the CIA job. The Deep State didn’t like that and the General’s affair of the zipper got outed. Deep State fingerprints all over it.
Again, no sympathy for Petreaus, he was the one who let his zipper do his thinking for him.
The Deep State pretends to pay attention to the Christmas Help, but they intend to outlast them and to wait for the next administration.
The Newbies are the recent hires by the Deep State to fill positions within their departments. If you have a left leaning entrenched bureaucrat, who is he going to hire?
He is going to hire those made in his image and likeness and with similar political or governing philosophies. No surprise there. The Deep State begets the Newbies, who may be asked to make the talking points and do the wet work.
The Newbies are like the Fifth Column of Nazi fame, erected to ensure the long term political purity of the Deep State. In time, they march ever upward and obtain their secret ring and handshake and become part of the Deep State.
President Trump, can he do this?
At an early point in his candidacy, Donald J Trump began to understand what he was up against. He had to defeat the following entities (enemies):
1. The seventeen other candidates (the low hurdles as it turns out to be).
2. He then had to defeat the GOPe, the Bush and Romney arms of the Republican Party elites.
3. Only then did he get a crack at Hillary, who actually turned out to be the easiest opponent as she didn’t campaign or go where the fight was taking place. “HRC gave President Trump the election” is as accurate a statement as “Donald J Trump won it.”
4. All along, he had the media as liars, opponents, shills to deal with.
Only since he won and began the transition did he bump into the Deep State and their acolytes, the Newbies.
In the course of draining the swamp, these are the swamp creatures and they intend to outlive the President, who they consider to be Santa amongst the Christmas Help.
Can he do it?
Yes, but it will take:
1. enormous cojones,
2. slashing Federal payrolls and headcounts,
3. getting rid of a few Cabinet level departments,
4. surrounding himself with tough hombres (for which he already gets top marks),
5. and a relentless effort during which his mental health will be questioned, the White House will be “chaotic” and “disorganized” and “dysfunctional”, his impeachment will be screamed for by idiots who have no idea of what the impeachment process entails, the media will redouble their efforts to take him out, and the Deep State will win some scalps. Already, they have General Flynn’s scalp.
So, there you have it, dear reader. The Deep State, the Christmas Help, the Newbies and the challenge. Let the games begin.
Me? I’m betting that President Donald J Trump will WIN in the end. [The guy loves to WIN.] The goal posts may get moved a few times and the administration may have to put a few leakers in jail as a means of breaking up the Deep State, but he can do it.
This guy will outwork all of his enemies. Already, we see his staff, the media, the world struggling to keep up and that may turn out to be President Trump’s secret sauce.
In the meantime, back here on Planet Earth where the rest of us live, things will get a little weird. Believe nothing. Question everything. Be politely skeptical. Master Occam’s Razor. Pray nightly. Floss. Our country is at a crossroads and we need this to work.