And while we were aware that certain government entities like the CIA, the NSA, the Defense Department and, to a lesser degree the FBI, often operated ‘in the shadows,’ most of us believed that such operations were in support of our government and, by default, for the good of the people.
Granted, Trump’s message of “draining the swamp” resonated with tens of millions of Americans — enough of us to give him an electoral majority and the presidency. But truth be told, most of us likely assigned the usual suspects to ‘the swamp’ — members of Congress who made elected life a career rather than a calling, and the federal bureaucracy created over the decades by power-hungry big government types in the Legislative and Executive Branches.
Little did we know that there is an actual “deep state” that is far more pervasive than many of us could have ever imagined.
If anyone had taken a survey prior to November 8, 2016, the night of Trump’s victory, the chances are extremely poor that a majority of respondents would have said they believed in the existence of a nexus between establishment politicians, media organizations, and the U.S. intelligence community.
And yet, as Trump’s victory and the resultant effort to depose him and throw him out of power have proven beyond any doubt such a nexus does indeed exist.
There is a deep state and it is pervasive, resourceful, and powerful — though not yet powerful enough to accomplish the objective of getting rid of Donald Trump. (Related: NYTimes admits there is a ‘deep state’ but then screws up by describing them as ‘patriots.’)
The fact that the president has endured the onslaught, however, should not provide us comfort. Though some of its members have been dealt with on one level, the deep state still exists, is still angry that an outsider like Trump managed to penetrate the corridors of their domain, and in doing so make the unforgivable assumption that he is actually in charge of the Executive Branch.
This is important to note because as Trump goes, the deep state remains and they will be gunning for those of us who empowered a billionaire businessman in the first place.
As noted by Angelo Codevilla at American Greatness:
In 2016 and since, we have learned that our ruling class has amassed the power and developed the taste to revel in making us miserable. We have also learned that to avoid this, we must undo or separate ourselves from them, their structures, and priorities.
One way we are attempting the separation is by remaining true to Trump. He is our physical, political, and spiritual leader in the fight to quell the deep state. Without him we might never have known for certain it actually existed; with him is the only way we can defeat it and take the country back.
But it won’t be easy. As Codevilla notes, no matter who wins next year’s presidential election, “the mega-issue that drove the 2016 elections will grip the country more intensely than ever.”
Consider: If Trump wins, the agitation on the Left, fed by deep state angst and anger, will grow even beyond its current outsized state. If he loses, then those of us who elected Trump in the first place will feel the deep state’s wrath in a number of unpleasant ways.
“Were Donald Trump to be reelected in 2020, as is likely, there is no reason to think his second administration would loosen the ruling class’s tightening grip on our lives any more than the first did. Were any Democrat to win, we can be certain that the demands on us would escalate, and the government’s choke hold on education, speech, religion, medicine, law, and all manner of administration would tighten further.” Codevilla wrotes.
Buckle up, Americans. The ride is only going to get rougher and the battle more intense.
Yet, it’s one that needs to be fought.