Wednesday, January 23, 2019

'Deep state' isn't what you think

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 23, 2019)

You've probably been hearing about the "deep state" recently, with some pundits saying it's a danger and others saying it doesn't even exist.

It's real, but it's not the conspiracy theory some would have you believe. Its reality shouldn't be controversial; it's there for everyone to see and experience.

The "deep state" is, in simple terms, the government bureaucracy. It is all those parts of government which don't change from one presidential administration to the the rest...

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  1. You seem to be using a different definition of "deep state" than I've seen it used:

    "Deep State has since come to mean any unelected "shadow government" operating behind the scenes of a democracy."


    "a group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy"

    So, the NSA dredging up info from their servers in Utah to blackmail a government official into not cutting their budget, or voting a certain way on a SCOTUS appeal -- deep state.

    If you can see them, and hear them speak about policy, they're not the deep state. They're not the puppet masters.

    1. I'm probably wrong, but... If they are unelected, they are the bureaucracy, aren't they? And there is no part of government more bureaucratic than the military. The unelected folks do what they want regardless of the elected government's ("officials") wishes, for the most part. Isn't the NSA just a giant bureaucracy of spies?

      Either way, my point is that people should worry about the violations being committed openly before worrying about things they can't know for certain.

    2. "If you can see them, and hear them speak about policy, they're not the deep state."

      So what's with the popularized deep state narrative? Is it not characteristic of every other kind of narrative subtly introduced to the public?