Three and a half years into President Trump’s first term as President it would be fair to say that the United States government is still controlled to a great extent by a managerial class that works constantly and relatively unimpeded against the interests of the President and the Americans that voted him into office.
In order for his second term to have any lasting effect on the direction that this nation is headed President Trump will have to purge the Deep State from the executive branch agencies they control. Can such a thing be done? Has it ever been done before? The answer to the second question is yes. In the olden times a change of administration was the occasion for a massive purge of patronage office holders. And to an extent that is still the case. The agency heads are all political appointees that come and go as the party in charge is changed. But the bureaucracy that serves below these appointees are permanent employees of the federal government and have job security that is almost bullet proof. So as far as purging the Deep State the answer is at best a qualified “sort of.” The rank and file drones working in the State Department, the Justice Department and the rest of the agencies are natural born progressives. They live to interfere in the lives of ordinary people and relish the opportunity to exert their bureaucratic power on useful people that fall under their purview. Even if many of the worst laws are eliminated these people will still make life hell for whomever they meet. So, let’s assume this to be the case.
Be that as it may, the Deep State can be weakened substantially and the effort to do it should be the focus of the President’s efforts in a second term. First and foremost, the Justice Department and specifically the FBI needs to be emptied of the viper’s nest that currently run it. And if Barr won’t do it then he has to go first. Why is Christopher Wray still the Director of the FBI? He has obstructed the investigations into the Russia hoax and he has done next to nothing to stop the current insurrection that has gripped cities across the country. Bill Barr has publicly praised Wray. He acts as if the agency is working correctly. That is simply not true.
Barr has talked about getting to the bottom of the hoax but he and Durham haven’t achieved anything after more than a year. This more than anything makes it clear that he is afraid to destroy the status quo. All of this must be crystal clear to President Trump. So, what is his plan?
What seems to me to be the only way forward is to put someone in charge of the Justice Department who knows how it works but isn’t beholden to the network inside of it. I’m not sure I know who could be that man but maybe Rudy Giuliani is right for that job. He seems to be a true ally of the President and he was a federal prosecutor back before he was Mayor of New York. And I think he would relish the chance to clean out the Justice Department. But if Rudy isn’t the right guy maybe he knows who is. Either way it’s critical that the second term start off by cleaning house of all the remaining top and mid-level cabalists in all the important department that are still obstructing and undermining the President’s efforts to fix the federal government.
So, to go back to the title of the post, can the President eliminate the Deep State, the answer is I don’t know. But the rest of the answer is that he’s going to have to do it if he is going to survive. These people are his mortal enemies and they’ll have to be destroyed for his sake. And if there is going to be anything that fixes this country short of rebellion then getting rid of the Deep State is job one. Let’s pray he succeeds.