Many Americans know who Bill Moyers is. If he seems to be eternal, it’s only that the man has been a liberal in the public eye since he was Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary in the 1960s. Yeah, he really is that old and he has been around that long. After politics, he became a fixture on the Public Broadcasting Service.
With so much talk about the deep state being bandied about, I went looking for an explanation that did not originate on the Right. An argument from the Left is much more persuasive since it can’t be dismissed by those in the MSM who enable and profit from the Deep State; when it comes from the Left it is much harder to dismiss as “fake news”. Thus, we needed someone with a modulated voice who was already part of the MSM club. Coming from an éminence grise on the Left, his concerns couldn’t be dismissed as RightWingExtremist conspiracy thinking. Moyers is gravitas personified.
In truth, I would have preferred to find someone known to have integrity who would be able to say it was a bunch of malarkey. Well, I got half my wish: Billy Don Moyers, Baptist minister and long-time purveyor of all good liberal causes is a man of integrity. It was he who provided the most information on this subject. Or at least as much as you can get in a brief video. And he says the deep state is not made up; it’s quite real.
This interview is from 2014. I’m sure both gentlemen voted for Obama, but their criticisms of him are judicious and concerned. Just wait for what he says about the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement.
So if this phenomenon is not a symptom of swamp fever, why are we only beginning to hear about it now, two years after the illustrious Mr. Moyers presented his evidence?
Here’s why: up until now, those elected to the Oval Office were just fine with those denizens of the Deep State. But Donald Trump?? No way. President Trump is a spanner (or three) in the wheels of this permanent bureaucracy and its revolving doors into Wall Street and ‘higher’ education — and also into Silicon Valley, as Rev. Dr. Moyers makes plain. Mr. Trump is definitely in the way and needs to be brought down, to fail:
The man being interviewed is Mike Lofgren, who wrote about the Deep State in 2013, in The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. Then in 2016, he wrote about it again: The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
Used versions of both books are available. Or you could read a fruitful essay pointing toward this Thing: Theodore Dalrymple’s “The Persistence of Ideology”, in which he discusses “the treason of the clerks” (in this case, it’s ‘clerk’ in the British sense of civil service bureaucrats). Much of Western “democracy” — i.e., totalitarian democracy — has been founded on the treason of our permanent bureaucracy.
Sadder but wiser, now we know why “throwing the bums out” doesn’t work; we had the wrong bums in mind.
Hat Tip: The Blue Ridge Forum