Thursday, May 25, 2017

On the Contemporary U.S. Scene

Michael Flynn made a lot of enemies inside the government during his career. When he exposed himself as vulnerable these pounced. How?? Anonymous and possibly illegal leaks of private conversations with a foreign national. Now, we aren't supposed to spy on Americans without probable cause, nor disclose the results of our spying in the pages of the Washington Post because it suits a partisan or personal agenda (overturning the results of an election).

Current and former national security officials used their position, their sources, and their methods to destroy a political enemy. Why aren’t all Americans upset by this? Mr. Flynn is not the only recent occurrence of such. The New York Times reports that civil servants at the EPA lobbied Congress to reject Donald Trump's nominee to run the agency because Pruitt was critical of the way the EPA was run during the Obama years.  Traditionally, civil servants follow the direction of the political appointees who serve as representatives for the elected president.


Where in the Constitution does it say that the decisions of government employees are to be unquestioned and retained forever? This is unprecedented. Legislative barriers and combative journalists are part and parcel of a constitutional democracy, but where in the founding documents it written that bureaucrats have the right not to be questioned, opposed, reversed or fired, requiring only a leak to a NYT reporter?

So in effect we have the system of government outlined in the U.S. Constitution—its checks, its balances, its separation of power, its protection of individual rights. Donald Trump was elected to serve four years as the chief executive of this system. Like it or not.

And then we have the so called deep-state, an element not addressed by the Founders, the permanent government, the administrative state, which functions as unelected judges with lifetime appointments who think they know more about America's national security than the man elected as commander in chief.

The two systems in unprecedented fashion now compete with each other not over policy, but over the freedoms of an elite class. Donald Trump did not cause the separation between government of, by, and for the people and government, of, by, and for the deep-state. He forced the “swamp,” i.e., the D.C. establishment to deal with the fact that they are opposed by about half the U.S. In response, the administrative state was radicalized to the point where they are readily accepting, even cheering on, the existence of a "deep state" beyond the control of the people and elected officials…. OREMUS.