The deeper we get into the Trump presidency we see the apparently bottomless swamp that has enveloped Washington, D.C., and the contemptuous nature of the deep state that is desperately trying to keep from relinquishing its stranglehold on power.
The most immediate and obvious change the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is bringing about is the end of the imperial presidency the previous resident worked tirelessly to implement. It was shocking how easy and how far, unchecked by a compliant national media and a partly duplicitous Congress, the previous administration was able to transform the office.
While Trump’s current critics point to the fact he signed more executive orders than his predecessor in his first 100 days, that is a bit of a misnomer. The fact is Trump was busily undoing the extensive damage done by the previous administration which treated executive orders as a mere means of bypassing that nagging little thing called the Constitution that put the onus of passing laws on Congress.
From unilateral federal land grabs to trying to mandate new workplace laws governing overtime, adding crony exemptions to Obamacare that never existed in the horribly flawed law to subjugating the U.S. to international folly of climate control and damaging changes to previously existing immigration laws, the prior administration worked hard to not only turn the presidency into a kingship but transform the U.S. from a respected world leader to a kowtowing bit player.
Some of the prior president’s attempts were so egregiously overreaching that even his own courts had to step in. Of course now those same courts, with judges more worried that a non-politician occupies the White House than one of their favored ideological soulmates, have done their level best to block Trump.
Fortunately, most of the court meddling has come from the San Francisco-based wackadoodle Ninth Circuit of Appeals that has seen its decisions overturned at a preposterous rate (as recently as 2012, 86 percent of its decisions were tossed out by the Supreme Court) and continues its propensity for being overturned, as if wearing its frequent beatdowns as a badge of honor.
While the Trump administration has succeeded in turning back many damaging executive orders, notably, it has recognized the actual role of Congress. Through the legislative process, it has worked to pass the largest tax cut in a generation that also saw the elimination of individual mandate portion of Obamacare, which should likely serve as the initial blow in the death knell of maybe the most egregious piece of legislation foisted upon the American public in past half-century.
Opposition, of course, is a good thing as it is necessary to sustain a thriving constitutional republic. But what much of the opposition has revealed is the extensive and insidious nature of the deep state that is at work and has been having the curtain pulled back on it by a very unconventional presidency.
Every step of the way, we have witnessed pure desperation in the deep state’s efforts to not just block the new administration, but seek to overturn the results of the election.
While the cries for impeachment can be laughed away by just taking a look at those demanding it, the real threats from the deep state are more evident in the FBI handling of its investigation of Hillary and the real Russian collusion and email scandals where Clinton wasn’t even placed under oath in the FBI’s investigation of deleted emails, private email servers and then the drafting of her exoneration before the so-called investigation was even completed.
Now, we see that classified emails showed up on the laptop of Hillary confidante Huma Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner. Weiner, a former congressman, is currently serving jail time for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old high school student.
Abedin also forwarded classified emails to her Yahoo email account prior to a massive Yahoo email hack. Yet, no action was ever taken by the FBI, which knew of the existence of the emails. Meanwhile, as Trump inferred on Tuesday, former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier was sentenced to prison for inadvertently taking photos inside a nuclear submarine.
Clearly there is an appearance of a double standard of justice, designed to protect the D.C. power brokers. It is just one example among a litany of such, of the deep state Trump is up against.
The scary part is how much of it would have remained deeply and clandestinely embedded if the 2016 presidential election had not gone in the direction it went.
Ruthenberg is a multiple award-winning columnist and reporter for the News & Eagle. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.