“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”-Edward Murrow
The Deep State, also known as the Administrative State, also known as The Swamp, is comprised of unelected officials who cannot be fired. These officials survive changing administrations and run the country.
Woodrow Wilson’s Vision
Woodrow Wilson’s vision that wise experts could govern better than elected officials has dominated the last 90 years of American governance. Recent experiences, in particular the pandemic, have made clear that highly placed “experts” cannot be trusted with the public welfare.
The Supreme Court has put both the legislative and executive branches on notice that it no longer buys into Wilson’s vision.
Size of The Deep State
The Administrative State has undergone shocking growth in recent years. In 2020, the federal workforce included 2.8 million employees and cost the American taxpayer $1.1 billion per day.
Biden’s White House staff payroll is on track to be the most expensive in history.
From 2016 to 2020, the number of federal employees who made over $300,000 per year increased by 144 percent.
The New York Times
In the 1970’s investigative reporter Carl Bernstein exposed the New York Times as a mouthpiece for the CIA.
Today the New York Times is a one-stop shop for attacking the Democratic party’s enemies. They pushed the Russia collusion garbage for years.
In August, the New York Times editorial board called for Attorney General Garland to indict Trump for “his unprecedented assault on the integrity of American democracy which brought shame to America and destabilized its future.”
Weaponized Federal Agencies
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called the FBI raid on Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago “another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regimes’ political opponents.”
DeSantis referred to the hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents as “another way to wield power against adversaries.”
It has recently been revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partnered with a consortium of private organizations during the 2020 election. The DHS had the private parties put pressure on social media platforms to flag millions of posts, online articles, political commentators, and social media influencers that contradicted the left’s narrative.
After the work of the consortium was done, Biden awarded them millions of taxpayer dollars.
Almost 2 years after the January 6 protests, and only weeks before a critical mid-term election, the Department of Justice issued 40 subpoenas to former President Trump associates.
The information being sought in the subpoenas is unlawful and without precedent in American history. Biden’s use of the Justice Department marks an unprecedented abuse of power.
Deep State Fighting for Survival
Late in his first term, Trump came up with a plan to drain the swamp. He signed an executive order “Creating Schedule F in the Excepted Service” which would move federal bureaucrats who have a “profound role” in shaping policy, outside of civil-service protection, and make them “serve at the pleasure” of elected officials.
In other words, bureaucrats who are not elected, but shape policy, could be fired by elected officials.
During his first week in office, Biden rescinded the Schedule F executive order.
Trump did the country a great service by exposing the Deep State and making Americans aware of the corruption. In part, Trump could not drain the swamp because the swamp was constantly investigating and impeaching him.
It will be up to the next president to drain the swamp once and for all by having Congress pass legislation that ensures that any unelected federal employee who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary can be fired.
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