A derogatory article on the issue of just what’s happening in the White House was posted on May 13th:
The Deep State exists, no question, a secret state within the state, like some kind of freemasonic Ur-Lodge, unelected by the public, unanswerable to anyone but their secret internal Brotherhood, the Deep State. Donald Trump is not their enemy, or he would have been shot down well before the first Republican primary.
He is a creature of that Deep State. He keeps his word, but not to his voters; rather he keeps it, but to his Deep State controllers from Wall Street and the Big Oil and the Military Industrial Complex.
There is a different perspective below on the same question – the only way into power:
“[T]he power elite can be best described as a “triangle of power,” linking the corporate, executive government, and military factions: “There is a political economy numerously linked with military order and decision. This triangle of power is now a structural fact, and it is the key to any understanding of the higher circles in America today.”
The 2016 US election, like all other US elections, featured a gallery of pre-selected candidates that represented the three factions and their interests within the power elite.
The 2016 US election, however, was vastly different from previous elections. As the election dragged on, the power elite became bitterly divided, with the majority supporting Hilary Clinton, the candidate pre-selected by the political and corporate factions, while the military faction rallied around their choice of Donald Trump.
Now this is the crux, as Hillary found out, even after the blatant rigging and dead voters, the way certain districts suddenly went her way in the popular vote – it was not enough because she did not carry the Electoral College – that’s where it all is.
The Donald was always going to do well in the popular, with massive rallies and so on but he was not going to be selected by one of these factions for that particular platform and power base and as the only way to power in the country is through one or more of those factions, as the Unz article says, then ipso facto, he had to have at least done a short term deal.
So, which devil did he have to appease? The military of course – Mattis, and corporate – Tillerson. The MIC.
As long as the Donald does their will, boosts defenc[s]e, drop a MOAB or two, then the machine is kept running for him and obstacles melt away.
If he starts taking the populism seriously, which he is inclined to do, making Bannon once again resurgent – then he is mad enough, in their eyes, to genuinely go down a populist path.
Why? Because the Donald does love the adoration, the rallies, the way he and he alone has MadeAGA. He’s made deals with the factions, realizing that technically, he was never going to get to power otherwise, thinking he could go his way once elected.
The temporary travel ban was a litmus test. Many pundits on our side were thinking it was so wrong – he had all the power he needed to implement it already and to hell with 9th Circuit but they wanted to let it run the whole distance for some reason which will eventually become apparent.
The agent the triangle appointed to curb him was Pence and closely connected to Pence – Ryan. Pence is being groomed to step into the shoes according to various pundits but I’m half and half on this. There is Pence’s overt Christianity and it is possible he really is. Thus the triangle uses religious arguments with him why to oppose this or that of the Donald’s ‘excesses’.
They’ve already had one attempt to oust Bannon from the west wing because Bannon represents our pressure group, the one the people think he was elected on – the Donald trusts Bannon the way a businessman trusts a person who rings true in his eyes. Bannon has zero power, except in the President’s ear. Pence has real power, backed by the MIC and finance.
Hence no moves on ‘lock her up’ Hillary, hence her impunity at Wellesley, hence the political impotence of the Donald as known by the inner players, inc. Clinton. She’s not going to prison. Whether she has the dirt on them or they have on him – things are not going to change, as Ryan assured Congressmen, as the health bill showed.
Why was Ryan not sacked for that? Because he’s above Trump, in the same way Osborne was above Cameron – both had deep hooks within the triangle. Cheney was theirs, Kissinger before him, Dulles, House – there’ve been a few.
They’ve obviously sorted out the balancing act for 2018 – if they feel they can keep the Donald bamboozled enough, thwarted enough, they might let the GOP take the mid-terms.
If they don’t feel they can, then the DNC will experience a resurgence – already reports are filtering through mentioning Sanders populism [Corbyn over here] making inroads on Trump territory – what that says for the deadheads even contemplating voting for that can wait for another post.
The Donald will have some victories – he has to so that his base does not dissolve as UKIP’s did. Perhaps Comey will be the sacrificial lamb, methinks Ryan is too big for that.
The mysterious silences and obtuseness of the Donald are explained by this scenario. Also how he goes to Twitter to rail against the courts. If he has the power, he need not do that – he can just exercise this power:
But he doesn’t. Sessions does not allow him, rather going after Assange – Sessions is part of it too. Who swore them in? Pence.
The Donald can make no real progress because he is waylaid by staff he cannot rely on – Bannon and other minor people are on his side. The main staff are playing for the triangle.
The one good bit of news is that the Donald, though old and understandably susceptible to a convenient heart attack, nonetheless is really a loose cannon and might do some damage on our behalf before he goes.