Assuming President Trump survives impeachment his 2020 campaign must focus on a win being a repudiation of the Deep State. If he succeeds in doing so and the win is sufficiently large in the Electoral College, he might, just might, start putting out the fire in this country.
Are we on fire? Yes. It’s like a peat fire burning underground with periodic eruptions above ground that you have to scramble to contain. It is a drain on time and energy that could be more productively put to other uses. And if you don’t attack the eruptions, the whole land will become charred and burned.
Two stories have prompted my thought this morning: (1) “Whistleblower Was Overheard in ’17 Discussing With Ally How to Remove Trump” by Paul Sperry with Real Clear Investigations embedded at Powerline blog under “Paul Sperry: Whistleblower Overheard,” and (2) Mark Levin’s interview of Christoper Caldwell regarding his book Age of Entitlement on the most recent episode of Life, Liberty & Levin. They serve as bookends.
The first describes the effrontery of the “whistleblower,” Eric Ciaramella, and Adam Schiff’s staffer Sean Mikos of discussing the necessity of and how to “take out” Trump just after being briefed in 2017 by then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on the new President’s foreign policy agenda. (The new President is not to be permitted to set a direction in foreign policy of which the Deep State does not approve.)
The second describes how the Deep State was created in the 1960s to address legitimate problems. But the tools created for those purposes have had the net effect of making America less democratic — the people less sovereign. And, as Caldwell describes, the Deep State exploits the fact that its machinations confer benefits on some of the people all of the time, so that the people who benefit at any particular time do not object to the loss of sovereignty.
But now we see clearly the danger of the Deep State and the loss of electoral sovereignty. “Normal politics” by which I mean everything that predated President Trump and came after Calvin Coolidge, involved the mutual benefitting alliance between politicians and the Deep State — each propping up each other. And so it was that it took an outsider to reveal the decadence of the politicians and the stranglehold the Deep State had gained over the people.
We thought we had a stark choice in 2016. We have an even starker choice in 2020. President Trump needs to increase the amperage in his re-election and the people need to apply the electrodes to truly tame this beast.Published in