As the Democrats celebrate their perceived victory in undermining national security in order to force the resignation of Mike Flynn, many Americans are looking past the political talking points and wondering just how far the unelected “deep state” is willing to go in order to maintain their power in the government.
General Mike Flynn, a member of the Democrat party who worked in the Obama Administration in several different capacities including Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012, issued his resignation last night after illegal wiretaps of a conversation he had with a Russian Ambassador were leaked to the press. This discussion took place well before Donald Trump was inaugurated and included talk involving the current sanctions levied by Obama on Russia in retaliation for “interfering” with last year’s election.
This call wasn’t the only area of controversy, however, as Flynn reportedly lied to then Vice President-elect Mike Pence regarding details of the call, causing President to lose trust in his National Security Advisor.
The mainstream media, who has been relentless in smearing and obstructing Trump’s administration at every chance they get, was quick to jump on these leaks by parroting the Democrat’s call for Flynn’s resignation, which ultimately happened as we saw last night.
While the press and anti-Trump coalitions sit by smugly and marvel at their ability to disrupt the national security of the nation, the deeper concern is the presence of a deep unelected “shadow government” operating behind the scenes to advance their own power and agenda.
Even some liberal opinion writers see this action for what it was and are rightly concerned about what it represents. A writer for The Week describes Flynn’s exit as a “soft coup” in which government spies anonymously took down the National Security Advisor.
The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn’s ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn’t the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function.
Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result. “Finally,” they say, “someone took a stand to expose collusion between the Russians and a senior aide to the president!” It is indeed important that someone took such a stand. But it matters greatly who that someone is and how they take their stand. Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.
Another writer, for the notoriously left leaning publication Bloomberg, describes Flynn’s forced resignation as alarming and a weaponized use of tightly held government secrets.
There is another component to this story as well — as Trump himself just tweeted. It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted phone calls between a senior Aipac lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress.
Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.
I don’t think anyone could argue that if similar leaks took place under the Obama Administration, the press would be putting a very different spin on the story and would likely be calling for the leaker to be prosecuted, rather than for the public figure the leaks involved to lose their job. Just look at how the media handled the Podesta email leaks, with most liberal outlets refusing to even cover the damaging information that was revealed about the corruption within the Democrat party.
Although the mainstream media is chomping at the bit to ask President in Trump in person all manner of questions regarding Mike Flynn’s resignation, which they whole heartedly contributed to by publishing various leaks obtained by illegal wiretaps, it appears they have to make due with a simple tweet from the commander-in-chief.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
The “obstruct Trump at any cost” mentality of the Democrats is not only harming the nation, but also their legitimacy as a party that represents the best interests of the American people and the security of our government. At what point does the Democrats actions stop being political opposition , and start becoming sedition aimed at toppling a duly elected administration? A further concern for Democrats who still have the country’s best interests at heart should be how will their party fare in future elections when their only selling point is going to be violent protests, undermining the elected government and obstructing progress at every turn.
I highly doubt middle class American voters are cheering on the Democrats and their efforts to stop a president from creating jobs, securing America’s borders and reform the country for the better.
Now reports are even coming out stating that Obama loyalists waged a secret campaign from within to drive out Mike Flynn, and are currently working on doing the same to other high ranking members of Trump’s cabinet.
Although many staunch Trump supporters are eagerly calling for the President to clean house and completely “drain the swamp” by order of a mass firing of leftover staff from previous administrations, which may end up being necessary, a move such as this would present great difficulty in managing the day-to-day operations of our government. The argument could made that what seems like daily leaks taking place are harming the government even more, the more prudent course of action would be to identify the leakers and correct the issues directly by holding them accountable by law for their actions, thus making a strong example for their fellow government employees thinking of undermining Trump’s administration. This wouldn’t just be a slap on the wrist I’m referring to, but rather hold the leakers accountable for the highest charges possible up to sedition and treason.
Donald Trump has proven to take swift, effective action when necessary, as shown throughout his campaign when he promptly fired his campaign managers who didn’t live up to his expectations. Although there are clearly forces within his own administration who are working against him and the American people, I think it’s safe to say that measures are being taken behind the scenes to root out those who refuse to work in the country’s best interest.
Time will tell as to how President Trump will handle and prevent the undermining of his administration from within, but whatever action is taken it’s likely many government workers will be hearing the phrase “You’re Fired” in the not too distant future.