Curbing the power of the Administrative State is one of the most encouraging endeavors of the new Trump administration. Complexity is not a sufficient justification for setting up bureaucracies endowed with legislative, executive, and judicial authority; the Founders gave us a separation of powers for a reason, and these all-powerful agencies subvert that intention.
I don’t know how successful Trump’s people will be toward the effort to wrest power back from the apparatchiks, but I’m on their side. Read about the importance of this issue here.
Meanwhile it’s becoming increasingly apparent that people within the government have been actively working against domestic political opponents, and continue to do so; progressive true believers are embedded as civil servants within the “Deep State” intelligence apparatus. From a piece by Scott Uehlinger in The Hill:
I am here to tell you, having served in the CIA and the Naval Reserve, that the Deep State does indeed exist.
The U.S. intelligence community is in the midst of a severe crisis. It has been used, or perhaps allowed itself to be used, as a tool of political destruction, against some of the same U.S. citizens it was created to protect.
One’s opinion of Trump notwithstanding, informed Americans ought to be alarmed at the politicized use of intelligence gathering and dissemination, as manifested in an Obama adviser’s unjustified “unmasking” of “US persons” who were incidental parties to communications monitored by intelligence agencies.
Some reports tell us the monitoring-by-unmasking of Trump associates by a White House adviser (Susan Rice) began as far back as 2015, when Trump began his presidential campaign; can there be any motive other than the wish to have information about his campaign? Information that could be shared with Democratic operatives shaping Clinton’s campaign strategy? What better mechanism for generating opposition research?
Nixon tried this and failed. Back to Scott Uehlinger in The Hill:
In earlier times, such a gambit would have failed; CIA leadership famously stood up to the Nixon administration when asked to domestically spy on Justice during Watergate, for example. It seems that today we lack the character and the competence to ensure that the intelligence community honors the trust of the American people.
The American republic is veering dangerously close to the abyss where normal politics is criminalized, depending on the whim of the bureaucracy and officials who are able to manipulate the “Deep State.” For that reason alone, we should all root for Trump to succeed in draining the swamp, even if all his other endeavors fail.