“I hear this term ‘deep state’ all the time. There’s noDeep State, but there is a deep culture and a commitment to the rule of law, equal protection of the laws, the fundamental values that are at the core of our Constitution, that runs really deep.”– former FBI Director James Comey (4-26-18)

There’s a deep state, but it’s not the “undemocratic conspiracy” that is constantly criticized by this President, his administration and its brainwashed, blinded backers. The real deep state is the day to day working men and women, good people and American patriots, who keep our government functioning despite the wild politics of this administration.

Frankly, that’s what the “whistleblower crisis” is all about…American heroes who believe in preserving our way of government, including balance of powers. Versus the out of control undemocratic leader of a budding authoritarian state that abuses its powers and defines whatever it does as right, regardless of law, morals or tradition.

You can easily contrast the selfless patriotism of that whistleblower with the self-created Trump Swamp. Trump came to office declaring that “It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” and he would quickly drain that swamp. Instead, he’s flooded it with alligators and water moccasins. Here are a few examples:  

President Trump’s call to pressure the Ukrainian President by bribing him with US arms is the greatest example of the swamp self-interest at work to date.Trump himself has had over 2,300 conflicts of interest resulting from his failure to divest his global business empire before taking office (Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington). His latest involve military and government officials from the United States and elsewhere paying to use his properties. Specifically, 111 foreign officials stayed 137 times at Trump facilities and hosted 12 events.

At our expense, President Trump himself has stayed at or visited his resorts and hotels an amazing 362 times since taking office. Others in our government have followed the lead. For example, Vice President Mike Pence stayed at Trump’s resort in Scotland even though his meeting was three hours away. And, our military strangely stay at Trump properties abroad.

Scott Pruitt, former EPA Administrator, placed a soundproof phone booth in his office at a cost to us taxpayers of $43,000. He also wasted $168,000 on first class, charter and military flights.

Tom Price, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, has a history of investing in firms he was legislating. He also wasted money on travel, nearly a million dollars.

Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, wasted $800,000 on seven (that’s not a typo) trips by traveling on military jets.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s wife got a sweetheart half million-dollar sole source contract from Department of Health and Human Services.

Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, had undisclosed dealings with Russian oligarchs close to Putin. He is also famous for saying he can’t understand why federal workers not getting paychecks during shutdowns can’t just get loans to pay their bills.

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, who still has holdings of between $15-25 million in Neuropore, a company involved with children with disorders like autism and hyperactivity which affect their learning capabilities.

As the whistleblower investigation reveals the coverup of the Ukrainian President call by Trump and his people, we will find out much more about the Trump created swamp. Let’s all hope that the GOP base will someday soon wakeup and discover the game that’s been run on them by a well-known, unethical, immoral NYC conman. But, given several polls showing his continuing popularity with his  hypnotized followers, I’m not hopeful.

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Image Credit: Trump Swamp by © Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MN and licensed at PoliticalCartoons.com by LikeTheDew.com.

Jack Bernard

Jack Bernard

Jack A Bernard is a retired SVP with a national healthcare corporation. He was Chair of the Jasper County, Ga Board of Commissioners and Republican Party. He was also on the Board of Health for Jasper County and is currently on the Fayette County BOH. Bernard has over 100 columns published annually, primarily in the South.