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The Deep State.

Just the term invokes reaction.  The notion has spawned numerous books and thousands of hours of media coverage and commentary.  The idea that it's sinister is widely accepted, and perhaps that reaction is the only good thing about it.  The notion that an unelected federal bureaucracy should have any say whatsoever in whom our elected officials are is anathema to our Constitutional Republic.

The power to select our federal leaders is to be firmly in the hands of the people, the electorate, and in the hands of no other.  We elect our entire House of Representatives every two years, our President and Vice-President every four years, and each Senate seat is up for election every six years.  Our entire government can be completely abolished and replaced in a single six year period, subject to the will of the people.  And, our entire government can be effectively stymied in just two years by election of a new House, with the mandate to stop the rest of our federal government in its tracks through the power of the purse, and ultimately the power of legitimate impeachment of rogue members of the Executive Branch.  These timelines were critically debated by the men who created our Constitution, and they are enshrined in the Articles that define that Constitution. 

The concept is plain.  The people will have regular opportunity to implement the bedrock foundation of our government, as expressed in our Declaration of Independence, which critically reads:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

The entire concept is that the People, and only the People, shall determine if a government is operating contrary to its intended purpose, which most basically is to protect liberty so as to secure "Safety and Happiness" for the people.  Implicit is that no unelected bureaucracy shall have this power.  It is instead reserved strictly to the people to decide, and so every two, four, and six years, the people can decide to "alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government."

The controlling theory is that only the most extreme of situations shall require an opportunity for change in less than the two year federal election cycle.  Two years is not a lot of time, and so the kind of damage capable within two years is limited, especially given the inherent checks and balances that our Constitution establishes.  The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government are fully capable of checking contrarian actions for the two years needed before the people get to decide if a new government is necessary.

The only thing our Constitutional Republic cannot survive is the wholesale moral decay of the people.  If sufficient percentage of the people succumb to nefarious motivations, then democracy dies, and opens an avenue for tyrants to move in and take power for themselves.  With tyrannical forms of government, removing themselves from the free and fair elections that can abolish and replace such tyrannical power, then the only answer available to remedy the situation is civil war.  And when our House of Representatives narrowly pass an impeachment investigation action, motivated by political malice, based on no credible evidence of any criminal act by the President, then tyranny is close at hand.

How close is America now to a second civil war?  The answer is that our nation is as close to this tragedy as it is close to seeing a Deep State combine with hyper-partisanship to usurp our Constitution.  And when we see senior CIA officials, such as former acting CIA Director John McLaughlin, utter an outrageous reply when a reporter asked him if this impeachment effort was an example of the very Deep State so many have been warning us about, then we are entirely too close to civil war for the comfort of anyone.

"Thank God for the Deep State.  Everyone has seen this progression of diplomats and intelligence officers and White House people trooping up to Capitol Hill right now and saying these are the people who are doing their duty, who are responding to a higher call.  With all of the people who knew what was going on here, it took an intelligence officer to step forward and say something about it, which was the trigger that unleashed everything else." -- former CIA acting Director John McClaughlin

First off, the trigger for all this was not this whistleblower complaint.  The true trigger was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and with it the reality that a true political outsider was elected to the most powerful position on earth.  Frankly, the Deep State and the leftists in America, both fell guilty of un-Constitutional activities the day Trump announced his intention to run for the Presidency.  When they weren't scoffing at his election chances, they were crafting illegal intelligence actions to spy on his campaign, proffer false narratives against him, and work ceaselessly to undermine his election and then undermine his administration.

Second of all, this intelligence officer is now known to have worked for former Vice-President Joe Biden, have deep animosity toward the Trump administration, and has made no secret of his deep affiliation with the Democrat party.  For him to hid behind a whistleblower complaint, when we know he didn't have any first hand insight into any of what he complained about, smacks of corrupt intent.  Combine that with his coordination with Adam Schiff, the House member who's running the impeachment investigation, and we have clear evidence of a coup attempt.  Remember, the only thing our Republic cannot survive is the wholesale moral decay of the people, and all of this smacks of moral decay of the worst kind.

This latest impeachment push comes after three previous votes on the House floor that were roundly defeated.  That's four impeachment votes within three years against the same President!  We have leftists in the House, conspiring with leftists in the media, and with the Deep State bureaucrats, all of whom have concluded that our Republic cannot be left to the collective will of the People, but instead left to them to decide for us!

John Brennan, the former CIA Director under Barack Obama, and a man who voted for a Communist Party candidate for President, removed any and all doubt as to his motivations, when he followed up the McLaughlin comments with these of his own, "So thank goodness for the women and men of the intelligence community and law enforcement communities, who are standing up and carrying out their responsibilities on behalf of their fellow citizens ... to fight the fight in the trenches here as well as overseas ..."

Such self-serving fabrications!  John Brennan is the architect of the illegal intelligence campaign against the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration.  The man is likely to be indicted for criminal actions, so his entire narrative now is a desperate effort to escape justice for his Soviet style coup attempt!  There is no goodness in him which can be thanked.  The man is proving the evil of Communists by his own corrupt actions.

The path of honor for members of our executive branch is to resign their offices, and then as private citizens state their firmly held positions.  Brennan abused his office to carry out domestic espionage on a political campaign, something expressly forbidden by federal law.  When our federal bureaucracy decide to break the law, and attempt to substitute their judgment for who our elected leaders shall be, vice humbly submit to the choices of the people, then we have tyranny at our doorstep.

Frankly, if it comes to whether America will live with our Constitution, or live with our federal bureaucracy, and we cannot have both working in harmony with each other, then we must abolish our federal bureaucracy, and replace it with something else that we feel better secures our "Safety and Happiness."  At the cornerstone of our Republic is the truth that our government, and its agencies, exist at the pleasure of the people, and not the other way around.

-- Ken Stallings

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