ELDER PATRIOT – Last week we discussed the Deep State, the permanent government of 22,000,000 federal, state and local employees the majority of whom will be fighting Donald Trump tooth and nail to protect the status quo.
“The term “Deep State” refers to the complex of bureaucrats, technocrats, and plutocrats that likes things just the way they are and wants to keep them like that—elections be damned…the Deep State has its own political consciousness, and it aims to survive any change of government with its collective will—and self-interest—fully intact.” – Virgil writing for Breitbart
The Deep State was on full display at yesterday’s Senate intelligence hearing where it did its best to continue conflating the hacking of John Podesta’s emails and the DNC with the wholly unsubstantiated claim that the Russians hacked our elections. The intention, of course, was to continue building the narrative that somehow the Russians altered the vote totals and so Donald Trump was illegitimately elected.
Under questioning from Sen. Tom Cotton, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper was forced to admit that he had no evidence that Russia changed the results of the election because they had successfully hacked even a single voting machine.
This exchange between Sen. Cotton and DNI Clapper was especially telling:
Cotton: Director Clapper, our intelligence community says quote, “it would be extremely difficult for someone including a nation state actor to alter actual ballot counts or election results by cyber attacks or intrusion,” end quote. And you stated that earlier today that we have no evidence that vote tallies were altered or manipulated in any way?
Clapper: That’s correct.
Then Cotton pursued what possible motive Putin could’ve had for preferring Donald Trump to be our president rather than Hillary Clinton, a narrative that Clinton herself and the MSEM pushed heavily during the campaign and that the MSEM continues to trumpet with the help of Senators McCain and Graham as well as highly placed Democrats.
Cotton: Donald Trump has proposed to increase our defense budget, to accelerate
Nuclear modernization, to accelerate ballistic missile defenses, and to expand and
accelerate oil and gas production which would obviously harm Russia’s economy. Hillary Clinton opposed or at least was not as enthusiastic about all those measures. Would each of those put the United States in a stronger strategic position against Russia?
Clapper: Certainly, uh, anything we do to enhance our military capabilities, uh, would be absolutely.
Cotton: So there is some contrary evidence despite what the media speculates that perhaps Donald Trump is not the best candidate for Russia.
Homina, homina. Game, set, and match. Without any apparent motive why would Russian President Vladimir Putin dedicate significant resources to helping Trump get elected especially when he knew that any interference from his government would trigger a nuclear war had Hillary won. And, like every astute political observer, he fully expected Clinton to win the election.
Regardless, three hours of senate testimony will yield sufficient sound bites for the MSEM to maintain the “Russian hacking” lie.
The DNI is a political appointee who owes his allegiance to both the truth and the person who appointed him. With a disingenuous president like Barack Obama, that can be a tightrope that is difficult to walk.
That explains the three-hour dance Clapper performed yesterday. It also explains why Clapper’s report only suggested that Russia could’ve been the entity that hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails. The report was long on innuendo but short on facts and even contained a disclaimer to that effect at the top of page one.
This is not the first time that Clapper came before the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and similarly sought to obfuscate the truth and mislead the committee’s members.
On March 12th, 2013, during a United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing, Senator Ron Wyden asked Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper the following question:
“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
Director Clapper responded “No, sir.”
Incredulously, Senator Wyden asked, “It does not?”
Director Clapper responded “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertantly perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”
So that he would be prepared to answer, Senator Wyden gave these questions to Director Clapper’s office a day in advance of the hearing. Upon the hearing’s completion, he also gave the Director a chance to amend his answer. He opted not to do so.
On June 6th, 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the NSA was engaged in a secret program to collect tens of millions of Americans’ phone call records. Further revelations would unveil NSA programs collecting Americans’ web browsing histories, chat logs, email usage and even their physical locations.
The NSA had been collecting data on hundreds of millions of innocent Americans, and continues to do so.
Finally forced to acknowledge his remarks as “erroneous”, Director Clapper claimed that he “misunderstood” the question (which he had been sent a day in advance) and that he had simply “forgotten” the relevant section of the Patriot Act covering these programs.
Clapper has proven to be a political hack who will reflexively protect the Deep State to the point of perjuring himself.
For the time being accusations of Russian hacking remains independent of the accusations that Donald Trump is a fascist who must be stopped even before he assumes office if possible, but it will remain separate only for the time being. The mainstream establishment media (MSEM) and Trump’s most powerful enemies in Congress – Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain – will soon begin building a case for the impeachment of the new president predicated on Trump being illegitimately elected coupled with his alleged tendency towards fascism.
Do not believe for a minute that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will defend Trump in any significant way, either. They are political hacks whose fingers are always in the air to determine which way the political winds are blowing.
What we are witnessing is the Deep State fighting for self-preservation. All of the Soros-Democracy Alliance-Democratic Party-MSEM – inspired rioting was only a prelude to the real battle that is brewing between Trump and the Deep State, aka The Swamp.
This is all being orchestrated because Donald Trump is coming to Washington with a mandate to return the government to We the People and everything he has done since the election suggests he is intent on doing exactly that. And, that is not acceptable to the Deep State.
Unlike past presidents who merely played musical chairs by appointing political hacks, to lead the various departments of government, establishment regulars who had previously proven their allegiance to the Deep State, Trump’s nominees to date signal that he truly intends to change Washington’s business as usual practices.
Trump, as presidents before him are empowered to do, will be making at least 5,000 appointments to head the various departments and agencies that constitute the Deep State. They are expected to streamline and redirect the departments they are appointed to lead and that likely means that many other long-time political operatives placed deep inside these various agencies will be replaced, terminated, or neutered, as well.
Essentially, the case is being constructed so that when Trump attempts to restore the proper purpose to the departments and agencies that will fall under his control both Trump and his appointees will be attacked by members of Congress, who are already aligned against Trump, relying on the premise that Trump is installing a fascist regime dedicated only to Trump. Expect the MSEM to echo this ad nausea until it takes root in the psyche of enough Americans that impeachment proceedings can be initiated.
The truth is Trump was elected to clean the fascists out of power and, like every argument the Left makes, they are projecting their own sins on those who dare threaten them.