President Trump has often been accused of trafficking in “conspiracy theories,” especially when he talks about the mysterious and nefarious “deep state.” But the truth of the matter is there is a “deep state” in Washington, indeed as there is in most governments, and it is neither as “deep,” nor as “dark” as you might think.
What has been described as the “deep state,” is merely non-elected longtime bureaucrats who are almost always at odds with elected officials. Almost every large government on the planet has had to deal with a more or less permanent bureaucracy that has a long-term agenda of their own which often puts them at odds with elected officials who “come and go.”
There was a popular and very funny BBC sitcom in the 80s called “Yes, Prime Minister,” that was supposedly based on real insider accounts of conflicts between the executive branches of Parliament, and the “lowly” members of civil service , that usually ended in the bureaucracies victory, leaving the elected officials with the proverbial egg on their faces.
That kind of bureaucracy is deeper and bigger in the US than in the UK, and it’s no laughing matter. The US government has so many covert and intelligence agencies and sub-agencies, and sub-sub agencies, that the average elected official cannot even keep track of them. And it is no “conspiracy theory” to believe that with all that secrecy, and almost unlimited budgets, and no accountability to the electorate, this very real “deep state,” has plotted the assassinations of foreign leaders, overthrown and sabotaged legitimate governments, and has illegally spied on US citizens, including members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
There are many of these kinds of activities in the public records, and they are proof of the not so secret existence of what President Trump has been referring to as the “deep state.”
And, they have more power, and more influence than you think.
To quote a line from the aforementioned BBC comedy “Yes, Prime Minister,” when the head of the bureaucrats was asked by the PM, “If there were a conflict of interests, which side would the civil service really be on,?” He responded, “The winning side, Mr. Prime Minister.”
What do you think, is there a “deep state” at work in the bowels of the US government, and just how dangerous are they? Please reply using the comments below.