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Most Americans Now Believe the “Deep State” Has Secretly Taken Over & Runs Much of the Government- the Will of the People has been Damned
Public trust in government institutions is falling fast.
A supermajority of Americans believes a group of unelected government and military officials secretly runs the United States, according to a Monmouth University poll published on March 19. Pollsters found that 63 percent of the 803 respondents were unfamiliar with the term “Deep State,” but when told that it referred to the “existence of a group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy,” most agreed that the Deep State exists.
Only 27 percent of respondents said the Deep State “definitely exists,” but 47 percent said it “probably exists.” Assuming this poll is representative of the U.S. population, it means 3 out of 4 Americans believe that elected representatives of the people are not truly governing the country. This issue is not politically partisan. Pollsters found 59 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of Republicans, and 62 percent of Independents agree that appointed officials have too much power in the government.
“This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust. And it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The same poll estimated that 8 in 10 Americans believe the government spies on the activities of American citizens. Public trust in government institutions is plummeting. This trend is troubling, but there are legitimate reasons for people to be worried about government overreach.
While the country’s population has increased 80-fold since the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1787, the size of the executive branch has exploded to almost 3,000 times its original size. In 1790, there were about 1,000 nonmilitary workers in the executive branch. Today, there are well over 2 million nonmilitary civil servants in the executive branch—spread across 15 departments, 69 agencies and 383 nonmilitary subcommittees.
While these employees technically answer to the U.S. president, there are far too many of them for one man to effectively manage. That is why new presidents often find themselves in conflict with “deep state” operatives appointed by their predecessor. An administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies is starting to act like a fourth branch of government; a branch that arguably has a larger impact on American citizens than the other three branches combined. No wonder so many people are concerned.
In this environment, where people lose faith in government institutions, many join radical groups like Antifa and the Democratic Socialists of America, which want to replace, rewrite or ignore the Constitution. Others buy guns and join militias in an attempt to defend the Constitution. As these trends continue to unfold, tensions are building and the rule of law is breaking down.
But protests and armed resistance are not real solutions. Government corruption and declining trust in its institutions are symptoms of a greater sickness in the nation…the breakdown in the family, corrupt leaders, deficit spending, socialist left wing media and universities, etc. are proving to be the undoing of America.
Americans should be deeply alarmed by revelations of corruption and lawlessness within the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. It is our responsibility to cut through the noise and politics to understand the truth.
On February 2, the House Intelligence Committee released a document known as the Nunes memo, named after chairman Devin Nunes. This memo exposes loads of corruption inside the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. America’s law enforcement agencies have been compromised and politicized. The radical-left Democrats fought against the memo being released and never admitted wrongdoing.
We live in a dangerous time in world history. Events are particularly dangerous in America, Britain and the Jewish state in the Middle East. The reality exposed by this memo is much more dangerous than most people realize. Yet even those with inside knowledge of the memo don’t understand the full danger.
Reporter Michael Hastings published a book titled Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign. It described how journalists covering Barack Obama swooned over him. As Hastings said in an interview with msnbc, ”When they’re near him, they lose their minds sometimes. They start behaving in ways that are juvenile, and amateurish, and they swoon“ (emphasis mine throughout). Hastings even admitted to doing this himself, and laughed about it.
While in office, Barack Obama said many times, “You know I tell the truth.” Yet he lied repeatedly and was never vetted by the media before his election. Media members didn’t report, for example, that he attended an anti-America, anti-white church for 20 years.
No constitutional republic can survive without the media vetting its presidential candidates. So the mainstream media were complicit in this treasonous crime.
How can you explain President Obama’s many lies, and the willingness of the American people to accept them?
Not many observers of the Obama presidency recognized what was really happening. The reality is that President Obama hated and wanted to destroy the foundation of Western civilization: Judeo-Christian religion and morality
The Nunes memo shows that federal law enforcement agencies used a Russian propaganda dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign official. Top officials knew this document was “salacious and unverified,” as former fbi director James Comey put it, but they still presented it to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (fisa) court as if it were proof of a legitimate foreign threat to America.
Compiled by a British former MI-6 intelligence agent named Christopher Steele, this perverted, fictional document alleges in part that Mr. Trump engaged in revolting acts with a group of prostitutes in Moscow, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to use this secret information to blackmail Mr. Trump once he became president.
Steele created the dossier as opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He was paid by the Democratic National Committee through a law firm called Perkins Coie and the d.c.-based research firm Fusion gps.
Opposition research seeks to dig up dirt on a political opponent. It is often full of inaccuracies, and sometimes it is all an outright lie. That is certainly true in this case; in fact, the information was deliberately concocted by Russians aiming to sow seeds of discord.
In September 2016, Steele confessed to a senior Justice Department official that he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This was the man Democrats hired to find condemning information about Mr. Trump. Would a biased source like him have any motivation to lie?
Still, the fbi and the Department of Justice used the Steele dossier as the basis for their fisa request to surveil volunteer Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. On Oct. 21, 2016, they obtained a warrant to do so, and they renewed that warrant three times. Each time, these agencies had to convince the fisa court that America faced a dangerous threat from abroad, such as a terrorist attack. They had no actual evidence, so they relied on the Steele dossier. They conveniently neglected to disclose to the fisa court Steele’s close ties to the Clinton campaign.
According to the Nunes memo, former fbi deputy director Andrew McCabe—who resigned just four days before the Nunes memo was released—admitted that there would be no Russia investigation if not for this dossier! Steele’s uncorroborated dossier allowed Robert Mueller, the special counsel for the Justice Department, to commence the Russia investigation.
Over a year into the Trump presidency, there is still not one shred of evidence that he colluded with the Russians to win the election. Yet now, the Mueller team is focused on indicting Trump advisers and appointees for obstruction of justice, perjury and other “crimes” regarding an investigation that shouldn’t even exist.
Exposing a Conspiracy
The warrant authorized electronic surveillance of Page, which may seem insignificant since he was a relative nobody in the Trump campaign. But such a warrant can be used to track all of the target’s communications, including any he may have had with then Republican candidate Trump.
So this memo exposes a conspiracy within these government agencies to undermine candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Now he is the president of the United States, and is still a suspect in a criminal investigation without any evidence to justify it.
Steele admitted in a British court that he had leaked information from his dossier to the press in September 2016—a month before the fisa warrant based on his dossier was approved. He lied to the fbi that he was keeping the dossier confidential, showing himself to be an unreliable source. The fbi ended the relationship with him right after obtaining the warrant, but it continued to rely on his dossier for the three warrant renewals!
A Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo News article about Carter Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow relied extensively on the Steele dossier. The writer received this information from Steele directly, so his article does not serve as evidence of the dossier’s veracity. Still, the fbi and doj included this article in its request for the fisa warrant.
Think about that: A law-enforcement source fed information to the media, and then the law-enforcement agencies used the media’s stories as proof of its claims! The media wrote stories about these claims, which law enforcement agencies used as even more proof to renew the warrant. Law enforcement and the media formed an echo chamber.
So the mainstream media has been complicit in this lawless plot. They continually give credibility to this nonsense.
Lawless, Constitution-hating people now lead our federal law enforcement agencies. They act as if they are superior to Congress, but Congress provides oversight to hold them accountable to the American people. The Nunes memo does just that.
The New York Times illegally released the confidential Pentagon Papers in 1971. But this newspaper and the Washington Post lobbied hard to prevent the release of the Nunes memo, which is completely legal. Why the double standard?
These agencies are supposed to uphold and enforce the law. But this plot proves that they are willing to trample on the law to do whatever they want.
If these law enforcement agencies can illegally surveil the president, what can they do to you?
Where would America be right now if the radical left had won the last election? Hillary Clinton’s stated goal was to continue the legacy of Barack Obama. And if she had become president, none of this corruption would have come to light.
Watergate is trivial compared to the lawlessness of today’s radical left.
While serving as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton illegally sent, received and deleted 33,000 e-mails from an illicit server. Any hacker could access them. Many of these messages were top secret. fbi agent Peter Strzok played a leading role in the bureau’s investigation of Clinton. He also led the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. In a lengthy text exchange uncovered last year, he and a woman he committed adultery with expressed hatred for Mr. Trump. This man is extremely biased!
Editors Note: Much of this information I published in Dec. 2017, especially the information about the disgraced MI6 agent who compiled the phony dossier on President Trump which had been paid for the DNC…what we are still wondering is WHY no one from the Democratic party has been brought up on charges?
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Most citizens have their head buried so far in the sand or I-Pod the only thing that concerns them is the big ass that Kardashian flashes on the silver screen-unaware and unconcerned is the national motto of those under thirty unless they're talking about removing the second amendment [but don't touch their right to free speech or right to use illicit drugs such as opioids]...] We ought to restart the draft and give them all a little 'basic training' and see how they feel about how DC screws them and then see if they want to give up their rights...
The more I see and read about bureaucrats, the Left, the Dems, etc., the more I distrust the bastards. Good article.
I'm going to start my own country-perhaps take over one of those small island nations & run it like the US used to be!
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