DEEP STATE 101

President Donald J. Trump has promised to eliminate the so-called “Deep State.” As a political talking point he is in good territory, as a practical matter, it won’t happen. The reason, quite simply, is because the Deep State that he alludes to as some monolithic structure with hierarchies of authority and chains of command, does not exist.

The Deep State, such as it is, is a widely diverse collection of many thousands of individuals linked only by having similar agendas but no collective, overriding ideology. Some are driven by a lust for power, some for money while others follow a dream of one world government or some similar version of political dominance.

The “members” of the Deep State hail from all walks of life, they are government officials both elected and appointed, business leaders, judges, attorneys, clergy, in fact they may be found in any occupation you care to name. Whether their individual goals are to increase power, exert more control over the people or fundamentally change the United States of America, they pursue their agendas by employing means that are outside those avenues of change available to you and me, the ordinary citizens of this great nation.

This Deep State follows no rules, obeys no laws and is accountable to no authority. It is for this reason that they have been able to exist and to grow in power since very soon after this republic was founded. To be sure there are structured organizations that exist within the loose mantle of the Deep State. Antifa and Black Lives Matter are two that currently capture a large share of the headlines. Groups such as these are highly organized and very well funded but are not acting in concert with other such organizations. That which unites them to others are their mutually supportive agendas. The alliances formed when working toward their ends are ephemeral at best, shifting with the change of the wind.

A congressman may find himself allied today with a hedge fund manager in order to craft a piece of legislation favorable to both only to have that union dissolve tomorrow, once its ends have been met. The congressman may go on to other “work” while the hedge fund manager turns his attention to financing a BLM “protest” in Poughkeepsie or organizing a caravan of economic refugees from the third world.

The Deep State, in toto, cannot be defeated because of the reasons cited above but that does not mean that individuals who participate in the activities described as Deep State cannot be brought to justice. Their apparent immunity is de facto, not de jure.

The problem is that our system of “equal justice for all” more closely follows the maxim from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” which states “all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” When caught up in crimes or misdemeanors there are those who are too important or too well connected to ever face prosecution.

No better example exists than that concerning those who were caught in Jeffery Epstein’s web. During the time that the convicted pedophile and serial extortionist was arrested and subsequently suicided, the law enforcement community confiscated incriminating evidence on hundreds of individuals. Thus far none of that which fell into law enforcement’s hands has been made public nor have any of the people appearing in those “home movies” ever been called to account. One would have to conclude that they are too important to prosecute, without regard to the heinous nature of their crimes.

And what of those who organize and finance the wide spread violent attacks on our nation, styled as peaceful protests, that are now taking place? In the midst of a global pandemic we are witnessing a multi-pronged assault on the very fabric of our nation. That which started as a backlash against police brutality then escalated to fighting systemic racism has now become a violent attempt to destroy the American way of life. And it isn’t confined to our borders, it is occurring all across the globe.

At the grass roots level you might be correct in assuming the movement to be due to the hatred of Donald Trump but at the level that matters, the folks who organize, orchestrate and finance the movement, it’s hatred for the idea that their power base and income streams are threatened by the current administration’s effort to end our participation in globalization.

According to some sources the average wealth of the 535 members of the Houses of Congress is 14.7 million dollars. Many of these folks earned their money before seeking public office, some inherited it and others married into money but a significant number entered office from the ranks of those with modest means, had no other income producing positions during their tenure in office, yet managed to amass large fortunes for themselves, their families and friends. They epitomize the Deep State.

In summation, the Deep State has a existed since the earliest days of this Republic. Over the decades it has grown in size and power because it has not been recognized for what it is nor has it been opposed in realistic ways. Too many people and too many organizations wield unauthorized but very real authority over the institutions of government and of law enforcement to ever be completely uprooted.

The best that can be hoped for is an awakening of the American people, a thirst for knowledge of civics and how systems of government work, the importance of good governance and a fervor, matching that of the current crop of protestors, to hold accountable all those in office, elected and appointed, both parties, who have sworn to uphold and defend our constitution and our way of life, but find profit in doing otherwise.

We must arm ourselves with a new purpose, that of holding our leaders accountable for their failure enforce the laws as written and force them to attack all those who are working to destroy this country. We don’t need new laws to fight the Deep State, we need men and women in office and other positions of authority, willing to act on the already established principle that no one is above the law. No one.

Donald Trump cannot defeat the Deep State, only we, the people can.

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DRESS REHEARSAL

Father’s Day, 2020, will be more memorable than most. On the Saturday before I suffered a heart attack and spent Sunday being prepped for and receiving a stent.
The entire experience proved to be enlightening on many levels. During the course of three days, from onset to discharge from the hospital, I encountered a great many of my fellow Texans who have dedicated themselves to caring for folks in physical distress. I would like to express my gratitude and heartfelt (no pun intended) thanks to the teams of skilled professionals, the doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at Medella Urgent care, Magnolia, HCA/Houston, Tomball and HCA/Houston, Conroe. This large group of individuals, people from all corners of the earth, many races, creeds and colors, have somehow gravitated to this area of the USA and both collectively and individually are a tremendous asset to our nation. The strength of their diversity lies in their unity to a common purpose and goal, that of providing excellent care to those in need.

At times like these an absence of introspection must be nearly impossible. I have spent many decades on this big blue marble and in balance, most have been happy. I do realize that through the passage of time there have been negative interactions as well as positive. While taking full responsibility for any hurt that I have left in my wake, I understand that, as the Persian poet Omar Khayyam so aptly put it, “The moving finger writes and having writ, moves on. Nor all your piety and wit can lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.” This said, I am truly sorry for any hurt or harm that I may have done to any of my fellow travelers on this earthly journey. Cold comfort but given the reality of time passing without any sort of reset button, it is the best I can offer.

If, on the other hand, we have shared some measure of fellowship, peace, joy and love, thank you for being there. We are the result and the sum total of the choices we make, good, bad or indifferent, and we cannot go back to make a change, to insert a different choice in order to bring the outcome nearer heart’s desire. We are stuck with what is done.

I do not know what the future will bring, tomorrow is not promised to any of us, but I do have a renewed understanding of how important it is to cherish those who care about us, to walk in kindness, and to be the best steward possible for those things that are our responsibility.

In summation, I have been blessed in this lifetime, blessed far beyond that which I have deserved and I pray that each of you reading this will have a similar assessment of life.
I also understand that my cardiac event, which might have ended tragically, was merely a dress rehearsal for the inevitable.

God bless you all.

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ON HATE, ANGER AND MOB RULE

You don’t have to go far to see the results of unbridled hate and anger. Turn on the TV, any news channel, or glance at a newspaper headline and you will see what mob rule, fueled by hate and anger, looks like. For those who live in the affected areas you merely need to look out through your windows, assuming they are not boarded up.
What we are seeing is not a pretty sight, nor is it necessary. Mobs are made up of people and each individual in such a group has made a personal decision to give vent to hatred and anger in the least productive manner possible. To be sure, most of the people in the so-called “protests,” often involving looting and the destruction of property, think that he or she is striking a blow for justice and for the righting of ancient wrongs. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The events that serve as catalyst for the protesters taking to the street are tragic but even more tragic is the underlying truth that these uprisings are orchestrated and financed by shadowy figures whose agenda has nothing to do with justice or truth.
Those carrying the signs and marching for the cause are for the most part sincere individuals who feel they are addressing grievances and have no other recourse. They feel that the “system” has locked them out, ignored their plight and is rigged against them.
The shadowy figures mentioned above, those furthering their own quite different agendas, have schooled the protesters that strength lies in diversity. Not so. Diversity is division, strength comes from unity. The number one rule in the despot’s playbook is divide and conquer.
What we are witnessing in the streets of our cities is nothing less than the destruction of our civil society and these gatherings that are leading to such destruction are not organic in nature, they are well planned, well coordinated and highly financed.
Just as the mob is made up of individuals, misled in my opinion, making the choice to participate in anarchy, the solution also depends on individuals making a choice. Each of us can choose whether we wish to be a part of the problem or of the solution.
Hate and anger are running rampant in our streets. Ask yourself, what positive result do you know of that ever resulted from the expression of either hate or anger?
Negative emotion brings negative results. And the converse is equally true, positive emotion has positive results.
In order to find a solution to the many real and often systemic problems this nation faces we must also address the fact that many of our political leaders, at all levels, elected and appointed, are profiting by increasing their power and fortunes pandering to those “shadowy” puppet masters.
These so-called leaders must be rooted out and the power to do so rests in the voting booth. One of the greatest dangers facing our country, or any other democratic republic, is the low information voter. The only positive solution lies with you, the individual voter. However it requires work. If we are to regain control of the offices that are supposed to be working on behalf of the people then we have to educate ourselves, not only on the individuals seeking to gain or retain those offices but also on the fundamental powers and purposes for which those offices exist.
The power of the ballot is the true power of any democracy and we cannot allow it to be replaced by a system of mob rule controlled by unelected and unaccountable individuals who seek to destroy our way of life.
The choice is yours, unite and regain control of the political system or succumb to mob rule.

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD VIRUS?

Coronavirus is not something anyone would want to be exposed to but, a little perspective please.  This “dread killer” was brought to us by the lovely folks in Wuhan, China.  How it actually got into the human population is still a matter for speculation with a lot of weight being given to to thought that it originated in the Chinese government’s “skunk works” (read that Area 51) in Wuhan and was brought out of the lab by some low level employee who sold infected animals to a local meat market.  That it could’ve been a government experimental project is plausible.  To think that in a society as controlled, and possessed of such drastic punishments, that a low level, or any other level, employee would risk being caught smuggling and selling government secrets is not very likely.  If indeed such a path was the truth behind how the virus entered the human population, it had to be at the behest of the government, perhaps beta testing a new population control scheme.

Without regard to the how, the virus is among us and is spreading worldwide.  The question is, how likely is it that you or I will catch it?

The other feared virus in the USA is the flu and comparing the victim stats between the two is instructive.  So far this year, according to the CDC, between 184,000 to 221,000 have been hospitalized with the flu.  In that same period 11,600 to 19,100 people have died from the flu virus.  In a typical year flu kills between 12,000 and 56,000 individuals.  The coronavirus stats are a bit smaller with The New York Times reporting 29 confirmed cases and one death.

The statistics for coronavirus will probably rise but, given the current rate of increase, it is not likely to ever reach anywhere near the number that the flu visits on us each and every year.

The take away?  Wash your hands and go on with your life.  When the coronavirus vaccine is produced, get inoculated.  But in the meantime the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor for not getting this present from China.

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CORRUPTOCRACY

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
Mark Twain.  Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, 1897

The degree to which these words were true when Twain first penned them is debatable but it is indisputable that they have become very close to describing what is now the norm in our government.

Quoting the Atlantic (September 9, 2014). “Congressional wealth comes from many different places, but one thing links it together:  These lawmakers, unlike most of their constituents, do not draw their income from a paycheck.”

Before starting this blog entry I spent a considerable amount of online time researching the subject of wealth accumulation and corruption at the Federal level.  The sources were far too numerous to cite in this space but one stands out as a must read; CFR 2635.702, “Use of public office for private gain.”

I came to the point of writing on this subject when asking myself one simple question, “why is our President so roundly hated?”  I did not understand why he is routinely charged with being racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and treasonous while not exhibiting signs of successfully acting on any of those traits?

The Washington establishment, both sides of the aisle, are united in their effort to end his presidency and ride him out of town on a rail, which to me is an overreaction to that which should properly be resolved by the next election.

I can understand a measure of antipathy towards Trump coming from the Democrats but when it comes from those whose party loyalty should make them his allies it is obvious that the reason for such hatred has a different source.

The answer is actually simple, Donald J. Trump has dedicated himself to “draining the swamp,” to cleaning up corruption in government, and this is an unpardonable sin in the eyes of those who have for so long created and profited from the system he is attempting to to tear down.

In other times it might be expected that all patriotic Americans would embrace a president who is working to restore the country to being the Democratic Republic it was designed to be.  But fully half the nation is sold on the vitriol pouring from the main stream media and does not understand (or care) how far the progenitors of the corruptocracy have moved this nation from the rule of law.

Unless you are profiting from the corruptocracy you should be outraged by the fact that so many of our elected and appointed officials are perverting their positions of trust to enrich themselves, their families and associates, and you should be supporting the efforts of the president to end this practice.

As to Donald Trump, I truly believe that if he found a cure for cancer the headlines would read, “Actions by this President have caused thousands of oncologists to lose their jobs.”

 

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A TRUE EXISTENTIAL THREAT

Lately we hear politicians and would-be presidential candidates describing climate change as an existential threat, a global crisis that has the potential to end life on earth if we do not alter nearly every aspect of how we live on this planet.  While the discussions and the heated arguments proceed ad infinitum I hear no mention of a very real existential threat that is lurking and growing in the wings.
At breakfast a few days ago the BW casually asked, “where are the birds?”
     I replied, “out looking for insects.”
     “What’s wrong with our insects?” she asked.
“We don’t have any,” I answered.
A simple but unexplained fact is that insect populations are disappearing all over the globe.  In this area of the Gulf Coast we used to have swarms of love bugs (Plecia Neartica), so many that you would often have to drive with the windshield washer and wipers running as you passed through a cloud of the little critters.  Mosquitoes, unlamented in their passing, are gone as are the fireflies, cicadas and almost every other local species that comes to mind.  The fire ants and termites are so far unaffected but bees are numbered among the missing and cleaning dead bugs off the windshield and grill is a thing of the past.
Do a quick search of the web and you will quickly get a sense of the enormity of this phenomena.  Insects are among our chief pollinators and many crops are dependent upon them.  The insects are the first visible link in a chain that leads all the way to this planet’s current dominant species, you and me.  Instead of worrying about carbon dioxide, a problem that could be mitigated by simply planting more trees, it might behoove our politicians and leading scientists to switch focus to the disappearance of the bugs and how they might very well be the canaries in our collective mines.
Many politicos on the right scream that those on the left want to turn the US of A into Venezuela.  I don’t want to come across as chicken little but what if ignoring the problem of vanishing insects allows a domino effect that leads to the Earth becoming Mars?
At some point along the way we will be wishing that the mosquitoes were back.

 

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WE NEED MORE ADULTS

The adults are disappearing from our culture.  While people are still going through the aging process, as we always have, an increasing number of us seem not to make the transition from virtual childhood to being functioning adults
I have come to the belief that there are powerful forces, primarily in government and in the entertainment media, purposefully guiding this phenomena.
Prior to the 1960’s the nuclear family, a dad, a mom and some number of children, was the ideal.  Government did what it could to foster and protect this arrangement.  The entertainment industry of the time avoided content that was overly opposed to family values and any depiction of violence was rare and was usually punished.
Today we not only have far more freedom of expression, we seem to have gained far more freedom from responsibility.
We welcome gratuitous violence and sexual license into our homes and then vehemently deny that such content can have any effect on our conduct or on that of our children.  We also allow our government to further destroy the nuclear family through regulations that make it more profitable for persons in need to not be in an intact marriage.
Our government and the entertainment media at large have realized an advantage in keeping the greater part of our population nurtured (through handouts) and constantly entertained.
Their power, wealth and ability to control are directly proportional to the creation of low functioning adults and facilitated by the dissolution of the nuclear family.
What we are creating is a generation of “adults” who are not only easier to control but to a great degree not capable of recognizing that they are being manipulated.
This is not a new approach to controlling the Masses.  Remember, the Emperor Nero famously observed that the way to control a population was to give them “bread and circuses.”
The circle closes once again and the empire crumbles.

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COMING HOME

This space exists like a hole in the monitor’s screen, wanting to be filled.  Time was when it was a natural daily function to sit before the keyboard and record the thoughts of the day, hoping to stumble upon those that might be of interest to others out there in the digi-verse.  Coming home to that position, after four years of virtual isolation from the friendly folks in the world of WordPress, is proving to be more difficult than I would have imagined.

A similar situation exists in creative writing.  I had been publishing a new novel every year or so but that also ceased about four years ago.  2019 saw the first effort in reversing the trend of mental stagnation when I managed to produce a volume of free verse titled “Thought and After Thought.”

Below is a selection from that book:
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FAREWELL BETELGEUSE

Our dying planet, circling a dead sun
Left no room for nostalgia
No hope for remediation

We fled, as many as could,
Aboard vessels spawned of desperation,
Fleeing certain death for possible survival.

Seeking refuge we crossed a star strewn galaxy
And fell to earth.

How different this new world,
So green and blue and hospitable.

The inhabitants shrank back in awe
As we made our home on their mountaintops.

We, the remnants of a once proud race,
Eternity’s outcasts, entropic waste,
Cast our lot upon the cosmic sea.

Exceeding all hope for mere existence
We found not only safe haven,
We are now the new pantheon.
BY: Rick Fontes
Copyright 2019, published by LULU.com
Available at Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

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OZYMANDIAS TIMES TWO

The famous poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley presents a bleak view of past glory.  Lesser known is that this work resulted from a contest, as did his wife’s classic horror tale, “Frankenstein.”  Reprinted below are both Shelley’s version and that of Horace Smith.  While Shelley’s has greater appeal for its poetic form, I think that Smith’s rendition has more value due to the lesson it presents, a cautionary tale of the all too common fate of empire.  Please read and judge for yourself.

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REALITY IS NOT… REAL

During a recent information overload I began to question the basis for defining reality.  Researching various descriptions of the term led to exacerbating the original condition but it also provided for a fascinating foray into something most of us take for granted, the existence of reality.

What is real?  To pull an apolitical example of the conundrum from our current political landscape, consider the dichotomy presented by the President of the USA.

Here is a man loved by half of the country, hated by the other half.  Without regard to which side you are on, your feelings are likely to be strong.  Half see him as an angel with a slightly rusted halo, sacrificing an affluent, pampered lifestyle in his effort to make this country a better place for all its citizens.  The other half view him as a villain, a misogynistic, homophobic bigot who only sought office to personally grow his already too large bank account.

Each side believes in their truth, each side acts on their truth.  But the “truths” are mutually exclusive and therefore cannot both be true.  Both cannot be reality.

An ancient reality points to the persistence of belief.  Heliocentrism, that the sun revolves around the earth, was an accepted reality until first questioned by Philolaus in the 4th century BCE, yet it remained the accepted reality until Galileo in the 16th century CE.  This was a “reality” that required two thousand years to vanquish.

On a lighter note, there is a reality in which prayer can cause rain to fall.  In times of drought primitive societies around the globe have used prayer to bring needed rain.  The technique involved prayer, and sometimes dancing, which continued until the rain began.  We might argue cause and effect but the operational reality is that the prayer caused the rain.

A TV ad for a DNA testing company showed a man who said he had long believed himself descended from German ancestors.  He belonged to German cultural organizations, wore lederhosen, and had a large circle of friends within that community.  The testing showed that he was actually of Scots descent so he traded in the lederhosen for a kilt.  Did reality change?  What of all the people he interacted with as a descendant of Germany, did they suddenly disappear?  Perhaps only his perception changed and with minimal effect on anything else.

If reality is truth, truth reality, then what of the polygraph.  The venerable lie detector can actually only detect deliberate falsehood.  What the subject believes to be true will record as being true.  Again, perception creating reality.

There are 7.7 billion inhabitants on this planet.  I would venture a guess that something close to 100 percent of them would accept as reality that plunging a hand into boiling water would be painful.  A significantly smaller number would accept as reality the proposition that chocolate tastes good.

And now let’s turn stage right and move deep into the weeds.  Quantum physics seems to indicate that all matter, all time and all space are interwoven into a single entity, a construct that acts according to a body of law as yet undecipherable to we humans.

In this developing science objects being observed can move instantly from point to point, manifest at two or more spatial points at the same time or even move along parallel tracks at speeds that vary one from the other.  In this new universe, seemingly scripted by Lewis Carroll, all bets are off.  Perception is no longer reality because what we perceive is in constant flux, ever changing.

While the points of illustration that bolster our discussions of reality can range from the sublime to the ridiculous, the question remains, what is real?  In this progression from flat earth to quantum physics perhaps our linchpin to sanity, our systemic matrix, comes down to shared perceptions within those groups we identify with and the civility to peacefully understand, accept and work with the perceptions of others that do not quite dovetail with our own.

Thank you for the time you have invested in reading this and I value your opinion.

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