American liberty depends on the Deep State?

Francis Fukuyama — surely, you remember him.  He's the ivory-tower "intellectual" who, after the collapse of the USSR, proclaimed in 1992 that history has come to an end and that from then on, Western liberal democracy would be the global norm.  So much for the man's predictive ability.

Now he's at it again.  In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Fukuyama writes an article entitled "American liberty depends on the 'Deep State.'"

The theme of the article is twofold.  First, as the title states, American liberty depends on the "Deep State."  Second, President Trump's attacks on elements in the Deep State are undermining the rule of law and the Constitution.  In trying to make his case, Fukuyama relies on the standard tools of a sophist — red herrings, misdirection, and bait and switch. 

He writes: "[G]overnment cannot function without public servants whose primary loyalty is not to the political boss who appointed them but to the Constitution and a higher sense of the public interest."

It is true the country needs a government bureaucracy.  However, it is patently false to imply, as Fukuyama does, that  Donald Trump is a political boss who is undermining the Constitution by criticizing the inappropriate and likely lawless behavior of many in government.  Those the president appoints have a duty to follow his lawful directives.  Not to do so is what undermines the rule of law.  Fukuyama thinks the bureaucrats of the Deep State owe their primary loyalty to their higher sense of the public interest and not the president's.  No organization can operate under such a condition.  This is a recipe for bureaucrat rule.

Fukuyama goes on:

Those attacking the "deep state" are really attacking the rule of law.  Public officials in the executive branch are obligated to implement the policies of their political bosses, even if they disagree with them.  But they have a higher obligation to uphold the Constitution, and they must exercise their own judgement if they see a policy violates it.

It seems Fukuyama thinks the bureaucracy is sacrosanct and above criticism.  It is not.  Throughout Fukuyama's defense of the swamp, he assumes that the bureaucrats are non-partisan and intent only on serving the public interest and not their own.  This is as absurd an expression of reality as was Fukuyama's belief that history would end when the Cold War did.  Fukuyama voices a further misconception when he chafes at Trump's wage and hiring freeze on Washington, writing that the long suffering government bureaucrats "aren't particularly well paid" when compared to the private sector.

As far as obligations go, if bureaucrats fundamentally disagree with presidential policies, it is their duty to resign, not to stay in government and attempt to undermine said policies.  And since we're on the matter of policies, neither Fukuyama nor other apologists for the swamp can name a policy of this president that has violated the Constitution.  

Fukuyama writes: "The U.S. continues to maintain nonpartisan centers of excellence: Think of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the uniformed military, and the Federal Reserve."  Whether any of these is "excellent" is debatable.  But note that Fukuyama shies away from listing other government bureaucracies such as the EPA, Education, Housing, Veterans' Affairs, and the IRS, just to name a few.  Hopefully, the man does not consider these bureaucracies excellent and above criticism.  Besides, Trump's righteous criticism is  directed at the upper levels of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the CIA.  

And for Fukuyama's edification, the Federal Reserve is a private cartel of bankers; it is not part of the federal government. 

Mr. End of History does get one thing correct when he writes: "But American constitutional government depends on the existence of a professional, expert, nonpartisan civil service."  Ah, yes.  Unfortunately, instead of a nonpartisan civil service, the U.S. is inflicted with a bureaucracy that severely tilts to the left, and that is the threat to our constitutional republic and our liberty. 

Fukuyama actually does a public service by showing the mentality of the Deep State and those associated with it.  To them, the likes of James Comey, Robert Mueller, Peter Strzok, James Clapper, and John Brennan are heroes, while the duly elected president constitutionally fulfilling campaign promises is undermining the rule of law.  This in and of itself is an indictment of the "Deep State."

Francis Fukuyama — surely, you remember him.  He's the ivory-tower "intellectual" who, after the collapse of the USSR, proclaimed in 1992 that history has come to an end and that from then on, Western liberal democracy would be the global norm.  So much for the man's predictive ability.

Now he's at it again.  In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, Fukuyama writes an article entitled "American liberty depends on the 'Deep State.'"

The theme of the article is twofold.  First, as the title states, American liberty depends on the "Deep State."  Second, President Trump's attacks on elements in the Deep State are undermining the rule of law and the Constitution.  In trying to make his case, Fukuyama relies on the standard tools of a sophist — red herrings, misdirection, and bait and switch. 

He writes: "[G]overnment cannot function without public servants whose primary loyalty is not to the political boss who appointed them but to the Constitution and a higher sense of the public interest."

It is true the country needs a government bureaucracy.  However, it is patently false to imply, as Fukuyama does, that  Donald Trump is a political boss who is undermining the Constitution by criticizing the inappropriate and likely lawless behavior of many in government.  Those the president appoints have a duty to follow his lawful directives.  Not to do so is what undermines the rule of law.  Fukuyama thinks the bureaucrats of the Deep State owe their primary loyalty to their higher sense of the public interest and not the president's.  No organization can operate under such a condition.  This is a recipe for bureaucrat rule.

Fukuyama goes on:

Those attacking the "deep state" are really attacking the rule of law.  Public officials in the executive branch are obligated to implement the policies of their political bosses, even if they disagree with them.  But they have a higher obligation to uphold the Constitution, and they must exercise their own judgement if they see a policy violates it.

It seems Fukuyama thinks the bureaucracy is sacrosanct and above criticism.  It is not.  Throughout Fukuyama's defense of the swamp, he assumes that the bureaucrats are non-partisan and intent only on serving the public interest and not their own.  This is as absurd an expression of reality as was Fukuyama's belief that history would end when the Cold War did.  Fukuyama voices a further misconception when he chafes at Trump's wage and hiring freeze on Washington, writing that the long suffering government bureaucrats "aren't particularly well paid" when compared to the private sector.

As far as obligations go, if bureaucrats fundamentally disagree with presidential policies, it is their duty to resign, not to stay in government and attempt to undermine said policies.  And since we're on the matter of policies, neither Fukuyama nor other apologists for the swamp can name a policy of this president that has violated the Constitution.  

Fukuyama writes: "The U.S. continues to maintain nonpartisan centers of excellence: Think of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the uniformed military, and the Federal Reserve."  Whether any of these is "excellent" is debatable.  But note that Fukuyama shies away from listing other government bureaucracies such as the EPA, Education, Housing, Veterans' Affairs, and the IRS, just to name a few.  Hopefully, the man does not consider these bureaucracies excellent and above criticism.  Besides, Trump's righteous criticism is  directed at the upper levels of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the CIA.  

And for Fukuyama's edification, the Federal Reserve is a private cartel of bankers; it is not part of the federal government. 

Mr. End of History does get one thing correct when he writes: "But American constitutional government depends on the existence of a professional, expert, nonpartisan civil service."  Ah, yes.  Unfortunately, instead of a nonpartisan civil service, the U.S. is inflicted with a bureaucracy that severely tilts to the left, and that is the threat to our constitutional republic and our liberty. 

Fukuyama actually does a public service by showing the mentality of the Deep State and those associated with it.  To them, the likes of James Comey, Robert Mueller, Peter Strzok, James Clapper, and John Brennan are heroes, while the duly elected president constitutionally fulfilling campaign promises is undermining the rule of law.  This in and of itself is an indictment of the "Deep State."