One of the things that attracted Republican voters to Donald Trump was his constant rallying against the Deep State and his promise to Drain the Swamp. If you ask me, those are generalized statements designed specifically to be open to the interpretation of those hearing them. Who and what is the Deep State; did Trump ever say? Who and what makes up this so-called Swamp that Trump has promised to drain?
Aside from the repeated promises from die hard Trump supporters that a massive bombshell is about to be released, that will result in numerous indictments of corruption, I haven’t seen any indication that the Swamp is being drained, or that the Deep State’s hold on government has lessened.
I wish I could sit down with Trump supporters, in a round table type discussion, and ask them point blank what they thought the Deep State was? Seeing as how I can’t do that, I can only make an educated guess as to what they believe the Deep State is. Based upon the fact that many Trump supporters are anxiously awaiting criminal indictments against both Obama and Hillary Clinton, I’ guessing that they believe those two are key players in the Deep State.
I’m guessing that many Trump supporters think that the Deep State consists of corrupt politicians who have used their position to enrich themselves, or have committed crimes that have gone unpunished due to their stature as elected officials.
While these people are criminals, and they do deserve to be punished, they aren’t what I would call the Deep State. There is a scene in the film The Matrix where Neo first meets Morpheus and Morpheus tells Neo, “The Matrix is everywhere; it is all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
I believe that is a pretty accurate description of the Deep State; but instead of an artificial reality regarding life itself, the illusion comes when we vote; thinking that we are choosing those who actually run the government. The Deep State runs the government and those we elect are merely the puppets that we see as the faces of government. Those that make up the Deep State are the puppet masters that hide behind the stage and pull the strings; and they permeated government in key positions within the various branches and agencies that make up government. They dictate policy and they make all the major decisions; and the elected flunkies are merely the ones who carry out those orders.
We cannot vote the Deep State out as they were never voted for by us in the first place. The Deep State is not beholden to, or responsible to us; they are distinctly independent of any outside control and it is they who actually run our government.
Yeah I know, I can almost hear you now, “Neal, have you stopped taking your medication again?” Sorry to disappoint, but my mind is functioning perfectly; it is the people of this country who have been taking their medication; swallowing the lies fed to them by their educators, by those who promise to do all these things if they would just vote for them, and those who provide them with their daily dose of indoctrination, Ooops, I meant news.
The Deep State got its foot in the door almost as soon as this system of government was put into operation back in 1789; and it has been working to consolidate its control ever since. An argument could be made that the Constitution was written specifically to allow the Deep State to eventually gain control of the system of government they were creating.
If the news media were doing their job everyone would know of the existence of the Deep State, and those who were working from within our government to subvert it from one which represented the people to one that represented their specific interests. Unfortunately, those who make up the Deep State also own and control the media; and they are not going to expose their own criminality on the Nightly News. They are MORE likely to use the news to shape and manipulate public opinion to fit their agendas.
I know, I must sound like a raving lunatic; some nutcase conspiracy theorist; but the fact of the matter is that many a key and influential person in politics has referred to the existence of this secret little Shadow Government for a long time now.
Prior to the Civil War Vice President John C. Calhoun spoke of them, saying, “A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many, and various, and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.”
In the early 1900’s former President Theodore Roosevelt Spoke of them, saying, “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
A few years later former President Woodrow Wilson said this of them, “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
In 1922 the Mayor of New York City, John Hylan, said this of them, “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation . . . The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties . . . [and] control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”
Believe me, I could provide more quotes referring to this Shadow Government, or Deep State, but I’ll let these suffice for now. These are men who were part of government, at both the federal and local levels, and encountered this Deep State in the course of performing their duties. So if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to them; for they were in a position to encounter the Deep State firsthand.
While I won’t go into whether or not I buy into this theory, there are some who claim that John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he threatened to expose and tear down the Deep State. If that is true, if a sitting President is not beyond their reach, then that would send a powerful warning to those within the system to not rock the boat; to not threaten their hold on government.
They call the Deep State the Shadow Government for a reason; because they work in darkness; they fear the light being shined upon them and their activities. As they control both the government and the news media, they can, and do, prosecute and vilify those who expose their activities. Take Edward Snowden, who merely exposed the fact that your government was spying upon you; thereby breaching the protection the 4th Amendment was supposed to provide you against unreasonable searches and seizures and the right to privacy.
The government accused Snowden of espionage, and the media ran with the story and shaped public opinion in such a manner as to make most believe he was guilty of treason. There is a saying I once heard, and I cannot say who said it, that goes like this, “When exposing a crime becomes a criminal act, you are governed by criminals.” That applies perfectly to Edward Snowden; for if there truly was any justice left in this country it is not Snowden who would be living in exile for fear of prosecution, it would be those you have elected and those who conduct this illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of the American people.
Then the other day I hear this, that the U.S. Justice Department has leveled 17 new charges of espionage against Julian Asange; founder of Wikileaks. If convicted on all counts Asange could face up to 175 years in prison.
See what happens when you try to shine too bright a light upon the activities of your government, or even threaten the control the Deep State has over it? They permeate the government, the media, our educational system, and they control not only those institutions, they control you; because you are too lazy and too apathetic to believe that such a monstrous conspiracy could ever exist. And that is their most powerful weapon; the fact that most people simply refuse to accept that they exist.
Although the context in which he used this was wrong, Trump was right when he called the network news, Fake News; for it is fabricated to shape and manipulate public opinion. I’m sure most of you are not aware that in 1954 Justice Felix Frankfurter of the Supreme Court said, “Without a free press there can be no free society. That is axiomatic. However, freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society. The scope and nature of the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the press are to be viewed and applied in that light.” (Source: New York Times, 1954)
Yet by that time the so-called free press had already been somewhat taken over by those behind the Deep State. On February 9, 1917 U.S. Congressman Oscar Calloway stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and said, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States, and a sufficient number of them, to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers.
An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper, to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature, considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
Such control over the press was in existence way before Calloway spoke those words. In the late 1800’s John Swinton, Editor of the New York Tribune said this before a dinner with many of his colleagues in the news media, “There is no such thing as an independent press in America, unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, like Othello, before twenty-four hours, my occupation would be gone. The business of the New York journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon; to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vessels for rich men behind the scenes. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
So if Trump is right in calling the news Fake News, then where are we to get the truth if not from alternative sources such as Wikileaks; and how are we to trust them if we believe our governments claim that they are committing espionage by exposing their activities?
You people, and I’m speaking to those on both sides of the political spectrum, think that by electing a new crop of puppets to office that you can end corruption in government. Even if the people you vote for are good intentioned, once they get into office they will not be able to effect any real change in the policies and activities of our government. It’s just as Carroll Quigley said in Tragedy and Hope, “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”
Snowden was accused of espionage under a Democrat, Obama, and now Asange has been accused of it under a Republican, Trump. That alone ought to show you that both sides work to protect government, not protect your rights and your liberty. When I see a government that seeks to keep its acts hidden from the public, I see a government that I no longer trust; one I question the need for.
In 1975 Senator Frank Church appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and warned of the danger of the burgeoning surveillance apparatus of your government, “The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”
All Snowden did was to expose that Church’s worst fears had become a reality; Big Brother is alive and well in America; keeping a watchful eye upon all of us all of the time. When those who expose the corruption within our government are vilified by government, and the media, and we the public believe that THEY are the ones guilty of crimes against the people, the love of liberty has truly died.
When people like Julian Asange find themselves facing the possibility of spending almost two centuries in jail for exposing the crimes of our government, we should be very afraid indeed. But the sad truth is that we are no better than an angry lynch mob whose passions and opinions have been shaped by a careful program of indoctrination and manipulation. Most people don’t even realize they are being controlled and manipulated by their enemies.
When people accuse those like me who attempt to expose the truth to you of being conspiracy theorists, all this does is prove that the Matrix is real; that you live within it and your thoughts and beliefs are not of your own making.
The Deep State is real, and the facts would prove that to you if you would just seek them out. But comfort, security, and a constant stream of entertainment are of much more importance to most than the quest for truth and the animating contest for liberty.
Unfortunately, most don’t care about freedom, about liberty. Therefore they support the very system that enslaves them; for they know no other course of action. Well the patriots of 1776 gave us one course of action, and those who seceded from the Union in 1860 offered us another. But in both of those instances it took people of great courage to rise up and fight for what they believed in. I simply don’t see that today, otherwise there would be more people like Edward Snowden; there would be more people like Julian Asange; there would be more people like LaVoy Finicum.
In 1775 Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Today the people might as well say, “Give us comfort, security and entertainment and we’ll defend our oppressors to the death.” And if you love liberty as much as I do, that ought to scare the shit out of you; a mindless hoard defending their own slave masters.