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Will Americans Elect the Deep State in November?

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As I’ve mentioned previously, the Democrats and the Administrative State have looked at democracy and found it wanting. In fact, with the meteoric resurgence of Donald Trump, they have diagnosed it as a complete failure. A normal person might consider an unfairly influenced (the Hunter Biden laptop ploy) or an outright rigged election or perhaps the politicized prosecution of the popular and leading political opponent by four partisan prosecutors, a biased and compromised judge and a partisan DOJ the symptoms of a failing democracy.

In stark contrast, the definition of a failing democracy for the fourth branch of government is simple: the election and imminent re-election of Donald Trump. This is, in part, why the Democrats in collusion with the Deep State following Trump’s historic 2016 win launched a three year performative op using the resources of the federal government and a special prosecutor to convince the American public that democracy had literally failed: Trump had been dishonestly elected through the social media activity of Putin bots!

According to the Democrats, ‘democracy’ has certainly been ill before. Typically, that is occurring during the administrations of every Republican president. But democracy has never been terminally ill. George Bush, for example, had some populist tendencies, but he understood that he had an obligation to the Deep State to start foreign wars and not to win them. Most Republican presidents, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, have also understood that they must increase the regulatory power of the Administrative State, and that any attempt to wage systemic de-regulation qualifies as a fundamental attack on ‘democracy’.

After the presidency of Obama, certain political norms had been established by the Deep State which future
presidents, both Republican and Democrat, were expected to abide by: managed decline, the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, the elevation of Iran and the denigration—as much as possible within the confines of an alliance—of Israel, and the probable permanent American military involvement in the Middle East.

Trump, the oversized dumb orangutang that he was, did not understand any of this. He brought back manufacturing jobs to the U.S. According to Forbes, ten times as many in his first 21 months on the job as Obama’s last 21 months. He cut business taxes, leading to the repatriation of some $300 billion in the first
quarter of 2018 out of what the Federal Reserve estimates is $1 trillion in multinational profits held abroad.

He accomplished the Nobel Prize-worthy Abraham Accords and reduced Iran’s cash reserves to near zero. He withdrew American troops from Syria, and despite treasonable behavior from his own generals, he managed to withdraw without making it an international scandal. He built over 500 miles of southern border wall. He increased funding for the Pentagon, including for research and development and also funded the first major modernization of the nuclear command-and-control system since the Cold War ended. He was the first president since Reagan not to start a foreign war.

The Trump presidency left Joe Biden with the extremely unfair task of having to start two foreign wars all on his own. In short, in the eyes of the Deep State and the Dems, Trump was not simply a soaring success. Rather, he was an actual traitor.

He once again gave the American people a taste for prosperity and strength—both foreign and domestic. He renovated the idea of taking pride in one’s national community as Ronald Reagan did. Trump combined policy success with the strengthening of the American spirit, both of which Obama had spent eight hard years working to dismantle.

Trump also brought out the worst in the unelected people living deep within the permanent bureaucracy. That is, he drew out the virulent anti-democratic tendencies they had always harbored but never explicitly advocated. He ripped their mask off and demonstrated the real nature of the deep state.

Now, ideas are best argued for or against in the way that they are embodied or acted out. It is correct to identify the administrative state as an existential threat to American democracy because American democracy is embodied in three branches of government: legislative, executive, judicial and two of them are directly empowered through elections. These branches are supposed to be separate. Let’s pretend, for the sake of this paragraph, that we are living in pre-May 30, 2024 America, prior to the conviction of former President Donald J. Trump in a NYC sham trial.

A government so constructed (pre-May 30th) embodies the idea of individual sovereignty—namely that sovereignty resides in the people, i.e., We The People. It also embodies a certain idea of power, which, if legitimate, is derived from the people’s sovereignty—namely, that power tends to corrupt and tempt those who hold it to abandon their duty of using it for the good of all – ‘all’ being circumscribed by identity of citizenship.

The administrative state embodies an antithetical idea of sovereignty and power. It centralizes and unifies the three branches of government into one monolith. It embodies the idea that sovereignty is derived not from the consent of the governed but from the divine right of expertise—namely, that power is the legitimate right of those who possess specialized knowledge in the mechanics of governance and economics. As a corollary, it embodies the notion that power is its own mandate for those who are intelligent and skilled enough to acquire it. Power is the private property of those wealthy enough to buy or savvy enough to secure a share, and therefore may be directed to private ends such as personal enrichment.

Quite apart from the nitty-gritty of modern administrative politics, the above reasons are all indicative of why American democracy cannot co-exist alongside the Deep State. Indeed, they have not co-existed peacefully, and as of May 30, 2024, the former was extinguished. In other words, the democratic apparatus was re-formed – the federal government colluded with partisan state prosecutors both in terms of intent and strategy – Alvin Bragg and Jack Smith are trying to achieve the same end of putting Trump in jail and eliminating his reelection.

We know that the number three lawyer at Biden’s DOJ quit his prestigious job in DC to take a diddly-squat job in a state prosecutor’s office – the same office that was bringing 34 felony counts against Trump. More importantly, the resources of ‘democratic governments’ were used to seek authoritarian ends. After the events of May 30th, we can safely say that the federal government embodies the same ideas about power that the federal bureaucracy does, including lack of separation of powers, the direction of public power to advance private ends, etc.

In acknowledging that Donald Trump forced them to show their wicked agenda, the Deep State and their Donkey have dedicated themselves to completely re-structuring the American government into a new system which most closely resembles the Deep State itself.

They intend to transform the current Federal government into a unified, centralized, one-party, regulatory apparatus dedicated to private interests where not even nominal separation of powers exists. The likely re-election of Trump in November has forced the Deep State to abandon caution and accelerate to breakneck speed.

We are witnessing this calculated destruction most powerfully in the transfer of our institutions from democratic forces and functions to anti-civilizational forces and functions. These include, most obviously, the deliberate rigging of a courtroom and jury system, the violation of both explicit Constitutional rights and implicit judicial norms, and the use of one branch of government to ensure the unfair influencing of another.

As I have touched on previously in the context of campus protests, our educational institutions are meant to safeguard and propagate knowledge, which is really the activity of naming things properly. Instead, our
elite universities have capitulated to a movement which engages in the deliberate misidentification of things. They call Israel a terror state and the Hamas-Palestinian coalition “freedom fighters”. To deliberately and wrongfully name things is to destabilize the enterprise of knowledge at its foundation.

Likewise, the media, which is meant to safeguard and spread the free and responsible movement of information and to hold those in power to account have dedicated themselves to the irresponsible restriction and censorship of information and the primary task of protecting the interests of a permanent political overclass.

Meanwhile, the DOJ, which is meant to safeguard and prosecute the law, has not simply committed individual acts of treason, but rather, is engaged in a regime of treason against the Constitution. Federal law enforcement agencies have been used, in the past several years, to arrest peaceful pro-life journalists, raid the private residence of the current President’s primary opponent and critic, take journalists into custody, engage in
widespread censorship enforcement of narratives not sponsored by the state, spy illegally on a presidential campaign, and collude in the suppression of relevant information regarding Joseph Biden’s son Hunter in order to influence the election in a partisan way.

We now know, through mounting credible empirical evidence, that Trump causes an actual mental illness in federal bureaucrats and those of the elitist and Democrat persuasion. We can laugh or sneer at the so-called Trump Derangement Syndrome, but it is real and will intensify as the election nears justifying behaviors and actions in the Left  that are unlawful, profoundly unAmerican and even treasonous. The Syndrome often is joked about with fun poked at those suffering with it by everyday, common sense Americans.

Ah well, such is humor in an age when nothing is funny. It’s important to laugh, though, so you don’t descend into the hatefulness and vengeance the left is characterized by. It’s also important to remember that Joe Biden has lost control of much of his cognitive and physical being. His virtual absence from competent decision making and directing the political and ideological agenda of his party has opened America up to an unelected deep state elite whose intent is not saving but rather destroying the democratic principles that underlie and protect our Republic. It is on full display and fully confirmed on the May 30th conviction of Donald J. Trump. As we approach the November 5th election, this dangerous and historic reality should guide all Americans toward how our national headlines should read on November 6th, the day after.


Conlan Salgado, is a college senior. He is an astute political observer and highly informed conservative. America needs more young patriots and gifted writers to awaken citizens to the existential danger our nation faces in the decades-long political war with a radical leftist party and culture increasingly out-of-control. We recommend all of his superb writings. Access Conlan Salgado’s essays in The Prickly Pear here.


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