Last Monday I put up a post about Matt Taibbi’s article on the “permanent coup” going on inside the Deep State against President Trump. On Friday I was listening to the Voice of Saruman (aka the ZMan) on his weekly podcast and at minute 35 he had a segment on The Permanent Coup! It was his thoughts on Taibbi’s article. The ZMan read a good chunk of the article aloud and then gave his take on it. I think he said just about what I said agreeing with Taibbi. Apparently great minds think alike. Well, on some things anyway. Basically, the premise is if the security state gets to decide who can be president then we’re already in a post-democratic country and it’s only a matter of time before the peasants grab their torches and pitchforks. The ZMan took things a little farther than I did and said he thinks the chances of reforming the security agencies is very slim. Come to think of it, I think Taibbi came to a similar conclusion and sort of predicted that a reaction in the form of a dictatorial move could be imminent.
So, listening to the podcast got me thinking about all this again. I used to think that enduring the “Resistance” was just the price we had to pay to get on with the job of changing the Republican Party. But now I see the Deep State as a parasite that has hijacked the government and subverted the lawful working of our democracy. And the more I thought about it the more convinced I became that firing, prosecuting and imprisoning the conspirators was just as important as the other priorities of the Trump administration. All the way back to J. Edgar Hoover the FBI has been blackmailing American presidents and calling the shots behind the scenes. After the Patriot Act, they’ve been given surveillance weapons that in concert with Democrat allies in the Courts, Media and Congress can disrupt every action of an Administration that they don’t like.
And it gets worse. The Democrats and probably some of the imbecilic Republicans are willing to go down this road. They used the Mueller investigation to hound out of office and even imprison men that had done nothing wrong. They are trying to delegitimize a presidency and criminalize the normal workings of the executive branch. Really, the only way forward in this situation is to have Barr start firing the upper echelons of all the intelligence agencies until they run out of cabalists. And not just the first couple of rungs. He’ll have to decimate the upper management level in order to demoralize the middle management layer enough to start getting the cooperation needed. What is needed is a whistleblower. And the only way to get one is to remove the senior cabalists and thus remove the fear they inspire in their subordinates.
But will Barr do it? He worked with all of these guys for years and probably belongs to the same clubs and social organizations they do. He probably understands their point of view and the elitist attitude that informs it. And he probably realizes how deadly serious are the consequences of crossing these people.
But here is where I differ from those on the dissident right. I think it will happen. I think that we have reached a point where our side knows it’s no longer possible to kowtow to the Deep State. I think it will happen. Maybe heads won’t actually roll but there will be criminal indictments and convictions and powerful men will go to prison. I think it will happen and I know it has to if we are going to remain a free nation and not an Orwellian nightmare state.
Barr has been pursuing the origins of the Russiagate scam and it appears he has managed to unravel a loose end. If he indicts some of the middle rankers like Peter Strzok or even reaches up to McCabe that should go a long way to getting one of these rats to sing. So, I remain hopeful.
But as I said at the beginning, nailing one of these rats is almost useless. The whole rotten structure of the intelligence agencies has to demolished and rebuilt on a basis that recognizes the primacy of the President’s authority over it. Without that we’ll be back where we are now sooner or later. So right up there with “build that wall” should “drain that swamp.”