Destroying the Deep State
Part of this is to get the results Trump wants. Trump wants to undermine the findings in the Mueller Report to rehabilitate himself (and Russia!)
He also wants undermine factuality by persuading enough people that Ukraine hacked the DNC server. Undermining truth and factuality (controlling the narrative) is what would-be totalitarian leaders do.
George Orwell taught us that.
With the United States Attorney General has been making undisclosed trips asking foreign intel services to help “investigate” U.S. intel services, something else is going on as well.
Recall that Trump campaigned on a promise to destroy the “deep state.” Deep state really means intelligence and regulatory agencies.
The Ukraine scandal is, among other things, a diabolically effective way to destroy the Deep State.
Trump and pals want to get rid of those agencies. Why? Because those agencies curtail their “personal liberty.”
MAGA means take us back to the days when (white) men had much “personal liberty”
- They could grab women
- They could grab land (the frontier!)
- Before regulatory agencies they could manipulate markets, fix prices, launder money, and pollute rivers
To get back to those days, have to dismantle the FBI, the SEC—all the regulatory agencies. You can dismantle them slowly. Or you can bring in a human wrecking ball.
Trump is a human wrecking ball. He has recruited Barr and Guiliani to help with the destruction.
Yesterday, I wrote about the Trump-FOX-GOP love affair.
Here’s another thing Russia has in common with the Trump-FOX-GOP.
Russia also wants to destroy American regulatory and intelligence agencies!
These shared goals are why the Fox-GOP was fine with Russia’s attack in 2016.
We were all concerned when Barr and Trump and the GOP kept talking about investigating the investigators. It never occurred to me that they’d try something as outrageous as recruiting foreign governments to help them undermine American intelligence agencies.
But they did it, and they got caught red-handed.
October 1, 2019