Deep in the vestiges of the habitat known as the DC Swamp, trolls the last remnants of this dynasty like no other. They were bathed, baptized and weaned into the Swamp culture. It was their established ecosystem.
Every region has its own tales, either myth or legend, of all sorts passed down through local residents. No one may know the exact source of these stories. What is important is that they are — or in the words of locals, that the stories themselves exist in fact or fiction for each person to make his/her judgment as to legitimacy.
Taken with a grain of salt, or swallowed in whole detail, it is up to each to accept, reject or dismiss these taller than life tales. Some people reserve judgment and would rather not say one way or another. Some people are quick to pronounce a verdict or their own theories about them. But most at least have heard of the legends.
The mystique about them seems to take on a subculture of its own. In some cases, they are only tall tales started by someone sometime. In other cases, there is substance as basis for them. Some were jokes and others were far from it. It really is a mixed bag. These tales live on to become part of the heritage of locals.
But in one such case, at least, there have been rumors and stories for decades that were not completely confirmed. All of them revolved on the very idea of a Deep State working on its own will within, which permeated the basin known as the Swamp in DC.
Many of us believed in the idea and many rejected it with a vengeance. But it was a topic of debate based largely on hearsay evidence and speculations. Opinions ran the gambit from belief to absolute denial. And those of a particular view were branded conspiracy theorists or tin-foil hat dupes. It was seen more like taboo or voodoo.
But in this type of debate there never really was a right or wrong view. All were welcomed and were all treated with a fair amount of skepticism – from deniers to theorists. No one could claim victory with certainty.
That is until recently. No longer can the topic be only dismissed out of hand. But a conversation about it all has still not been forthcoming. I wonder why?
Well, old habits die hard. Old opinions have deep roots with tenuous attachments it turns out. It is hard to dismiss something you have vehemently denied for decades, much less dignify it by talking about it. It is rather inconvenient for deniers to admit to. No one relishes being duped. Some can simply pretend it has not been exposed. Now the truth is finally out there.
But ironically within, for the group that makes up this network of Deep State, everyone knows how real it all is along with how much power it wields. That is not disputable. In fact that is the whole point of it all. There is a collective pride knowing they are the movers and shakers who matter in the realm of power. Even creatures of the swamp know their own habitat. And they know it well.
No one would ever convince this Deep State they did not exist or were not a real power. They would chuckle at the denial. It would not be controversial to them. They see constant proof of their affect and thrive on it. The more overt proof is the more pride in it.
And the only thing that could threaten them, or the habitat that spawned them, was a negative outside force opposed to their existence. One cannot oppose something if one does not acknowledge it is there. Confronting it was never something anyone was willing to do before. That really was taboo. After all, Deep State has the means to fight back and is quite willing to use it.
The swamp has its own scorekeepers and enforcement mechanisms. It is a sovereign environment where the only enemies are outsiders who might venture across its path. Deep State deals with opponents the way it sees fit. When you are the enforcers, you are granted special privileges. But their first priority is always to protect the ecosystem of the swamp. Thus, it becomes a self-supporting, independent environment of its own, accountable really to no one – especially outsiders.
How could anyone even contemplate dismantling it? The Swamp would evolve to suit its own survival whenever threatened anyway. No doubt many who did venture across its path just decided to leave well enough alone. Plus any other outsiders would not necessarily believe in one’s dilemma. That would be to admit it exists, which people were not willing to do. (Openly at least)
Along came the movement and then presidency of Donald Trump. They had no illusions about the reality of Deep State or the Swamp. It had been seen in things like Benghazi and was working its will in the Hillary server and ‘pay to play’ investigation. It was behind the scenes in the IRS scandal targeting conservatives. And we just knew, without doubt, which political side it was really on. It never seemed to oppose Democrats. It always covers for them. Nope, no questions about its existence.
The further Trump’s campaign went the more obvious the power and influence of Deep State became. And when he was elected, all hell really broke loose including a prepackaged insurance policy designed to blow up his presidency. It not he has the final say.
The beauty of their system is it is hard to point to one culprit when it is coalition of now radicalized operators within, skilled in the arts of using government for their own swampy interests, to serve their personal gains.
The smooth swamp operator is the combined concert of parts and people serving the political interests of the Swamp. Besides, when would the ecosystem that created it all, in their various capacities, ever fight back against the habitat? So they confidently troll on.
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