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The Beltway Swamp: “Here There Be Monsters”

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Published on: February 8, 2018

Writing this week for the New York Post, columnist Michael Goodwin outlined the ramifications of the release of a hotly contested, recently declassified House memo that covers aspects of the federal government illegally spying on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

I say “outlined” rather than “detailed” because although Goodwin’s piece is quite informative, it would have to be a book-length treatise in order to truly detail the sinister Deep State dynamics in play.

Beltway Democratic power players and lawmakers vigorously resisted the release of the memo, no doubt because they know it could be a first step (or even a major step) toward extricating leftists from their position of pre-eminence in Washington. To this end, they falsely asserted that releasing the memo would be a grave threat to national security.

Goodwin asserts, “The Washington swamp – the deep state – is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined.” This is quite true, but Goodwin stops short of effectively characterizing the threat. He did say that the insinuation of dedicated deep state operatives extends to some of the most influential positions in Washington, including top FBI brass and the Department of Justice officials.

But what does this really mean to the average voter or news consumer? How are they to process such statements considering the scorched-earth character of Beltway combatants and those who would neutralize them? While Goodwin cites the efforts on the part of the New York Times and Washington Post to quash the memo, I don’t believe that voters are as yet able to understand the implications thereof, or the extent of journalist corruption this represents.

I have no desire to cast aspersions upon Goodwin or his journalistic credentials. His brand of outrage, although warranted, is in my view profoundly understated considering the plethora of commentaries I have logged over the last nine years referencing the cesspool of the Beltway swamp, the Obama and Clinton crime families and their crimes, some of which I’d wager included hanging offenses – and I do mean that literally.

At present, the Beltway and the political left are characteristically attempting to downplay the significance of the memo in a manner akin to the bought-and-paid-for scientific experts who testified to Congress in 1994 that nicotine and other toxic cigarette additives were essentially vitamins. This was to be expected, but considering the seriousness of the nefarious practices attendant to this memo, it would behoove all concerned observers to exercise discrimination in their appraisals of these issues.

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By this, I mean that we cannot accept that the equivocation and rationalization that emanates from the political left is somehow their sacrosanct right, regardless of how heinous the deeds of their leaders are revealed to be. Criminals need to be called out as criminals. In the context of deep state operatives, the illegal surveillance of opposition candidates as revealed in the memo in question is but the tip of the iceberg. This was not a case of a couple of rogue IRS agents targeting conservative nonprofit groups, as establishment officials claimed in 2013 – but you can bet that the same sort of enfeebled excuses will be ascribed by the left to the controversies and scandals that are most assuredly coming over the horizon considering the deportment and character of the current administration.

People must come to realize that the issue of this memo is far more serious, and has further-reaching effects than, say, an American president who engaged operatives to break into the opposition party’s headquarters and then craft an elaborate cover-up when said operatives were apprehended.

My exception to the tone of Mr. Goodwin’s article has nothing to do with disagreement; all of his information is accurate and his points well-taken. My concern is with his comparatively lukewarm response considering the underlying causes and conditions. This now infamous memo speaks not to a few corrupt politicians, but to a vast, century-old conspiracy, the mission of which is to tear this nation down to its foundation, and then pulverize that foundation into dust.

Draining the swamp, as President Trump pledged to do, and around which many of us rallied, is not enough. Dropping a pallet or two of high explosives into the swamp (figuratively, of course) would be a far more appropriate course of action. Imagine congregating on the banks of the Potomac, nursing our beverages and snacks of choice as the metaphorical bodies floated to the surface like so many stunned game fish.

As denoted in those campy pirate treasure maps of old, modern representations of the D.C. Beltway should indeed bear the legend: Here there be monsters.

Article posted with permission from Erik Rush

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