The gap between reality and fantasy has grown in recent days. Among the unexpected demons the new Administration has encountered since entering office is something variously called the “deep state” or the “administrative state.” A Mr. Bannon, its discoverer, now attributes road blocks to the Administrations confused agenda to this mysterious entity which otherwise is undescribed. The suggestion is that this entity lies deeply imbedded within the United States Government, obeys no orders from elected officials, and pursues an agenda of its own.
Let’s consider how this might work. The “deep state’s” tentacles would necessarily have to extend to virtually all federal agencies from the Pentagon, to the Treasury Department, to the Small Business Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Transportation Department, Intelligence agencies, and so on. Either this network is small, but still effective, in which case it is perhaps several hundreds of people, or it is very large and has thousands if not tens of thousands of members.
To be as insidiously effective as it is suggested to be, this network, or at least a committee of its leaders, would have to meet or otherwise communicate to coordinate agendas—the suggestion being in this case to thwart anything and everything of consequence the Trump Administration proposes. The further suggestion is that this “deep state” has been around for a while.
Presumably this network is loyal to Democratic or progressive administrations. If so, how have we gone through two Eisenhower, one and a half Nixon, two Reagan, one H. W. Bush, two W. Bush administrations and not one senior official has blown the whistle on this “deep state”, written a book or books, dominated Fox News with interviews, let the American people, or at least those right of center, know about this insidious and sinister monster inhabiting the basements of dozens of granite federal office buildings throughout the city?
There is also Congress to consider. Its committees are required by the Constitution to oversee the budgets and performance of all federal agencies. Both Houses of Congress are under the control of the President’s Party. Few if any have stepped forward to support Mr. Bannon’s frightening allegations about a state within a state, a secret government run by whom, accountable to whom, and with what agenda? Has it been lying in wait all these years for…Donald Trump?
A couple of generations of Woodward and Bernsteins have forgone Pulitzer Prizes and wealth and fame by neglecting (or conspiring to hide?) this secret. But that is the loathed “main stream media” and who pays attention to them anymore. But what about Fox itself? Is it so fair and balanced that it walked right by the story of a lifetime, one that would guarantee conservative government for decades to come?
Because the scattered pieces of this puzzle don’t begin to form a coherent picture, thoughtful people can only conclude that the “deep state” exists somewhere in that universe of alternative facts, available only to those in the know, those who have learned the meaning of the ultrasound dog whistle, can fully understand.
If this kind of stuff continues for four years, we are going to have to build a lot more homes for the mentally ill. The question is: who will be on the inside and who will be on the outside?