“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
~ Tenth Amendment, 1791
By Alden L. Benton
The foundation of our Republic is under attack. It is not from an external power, or even a terrorist state. The Republic is under attack from a nefarious group of termites knowing its structure: The unelected, privileged class of the shadow government, or dark state, of entrenched bureaucrats.
These individuals, many who are holdovers from the Obama administration, are engaging in agenda-driven activities to undermine the new president, his policies, and his staff.
It could be argued that their discontent with President Trump is legitimate and, even as a public employee who serves at the pleasure of the president, they have a protected right to speak out against him. Their discontent is not at issue rather it is their actions that I question.
The case of General Flynn, the president’s former national security advisor, clearly illustrates the danger of an extra-constitutional, unaccountable arm of the dark state populated by partisan bureaucrats who think that they, and their opinions, are superior to those of the people and our duly elected officials.
In the Flynn case, credible reports have surfaced that individuals in the so-called “intelligence” community have used the resources designed to protect the nation to bring down a political opponent with half-truths and unsubstantiated innuendo.
In addition, ever since the election, the dark state of intelligence gatherers has been “leaking” sensitive national security information to the media in attempts to embarrass the president and derail his foreign policy.
This disruption and breach of security is unprecedented. At best, it is espionage; at worst, it is treason.
The president must step up efforts to investigate and ferret out the individuals responsible. At a minimum, he must remove those responsible from their positions, ban them from government whether as a direct employee or contractor, and pursue criminal prosecution.
The secular progressives in their deranged opposition to President Trump will characterize the spies spying on the president as whistleblowers.
They are rogue bureaucrats who are willing to sacrifice individuals, national security, and the rule of law, on the godless altar of their own self-centered ideology. In their utopian fantasy world, the only rule is the ends justify the means, no matter who gets hurt or what damage is caused.
More than 62 million people voted for Donald Trump. He received 304 electoral votes. We all have the right to disagree and to protest what the president does or does not do. However, he is the president and he must govern as he sees fit within the constraints of the constitution and the rule of law.
Opposition to his policies must also conform to the same principles. Ordered liberty and our constitutional republic depend on the rule of law to which we all must conform, even the secular progressive subversives in the privileged elite of the dark state.
“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” ~ James Madison, Federalist 47, 1788
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