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How 'deep state' paranoia brought down a president (and how it could do so again)
With the Mueller report deposited (if not yet released), the
right has set its sights on rooting out the “deep state” agents behind the
alleged conspiracy to take down President Trump. They look for collusion behind
the investigation of collusion. They dig for an illicit report buried even
deeper than the report we cannot yet see. The idea of a deep state has been a
hallmark of the Trump administration. But the ideas peddled by conservative
outlets — including Fox News Channel’s insistence on purging a disloyal federal
bureaucracy and Trump’s charge that the Justice Department is filled with
“angry Democrats” — are not new.
In the Nixon White House, ruminating about the threat of a
deep state was common fodder. President Richard Nixon’s team sought to
discredit, even destroy, political opponents, inside government and out, by
pursuing them as un-American traitors. Nixon’s deep-statism illustrated the
self-destructiveness undergirding conspiracism, and ultimately led to his
For Nixon, the Pentagon Papers, the sprawling and top-secret
government defense study on the war in Vietnam, triggered his anxieties about
the deep state. When the study was leaked to the New York Times and then to The
Washington Post in the summer of 1971, Nixon took action.
When news of the leak was published, attention almost
immediately settled on a 40-year-old defense analyst and senior research
associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology named Daniel Ellsberg.
He had been one of a few dozen researchers who helped compile the secret
defense report. And the FBI was convinced that he had leaked the papers. (They
had been tracking him for months.)
Ellsberg’s former Pentagon colleagues agreed. After all,
Ellsberg had been the singularly strident and disgruntled researcher on the
team. And he had not been discreet. He courted publicity. Giddily, he crowed to
friends that “he knew his name would surface and he didn’t care.”
But Nixon was not satisfied that Ellsberg had acted alone.
He convened Cabinet members over and again to canvass his staff for information
about theories of the case, believing that a much bigger conspiracy was at hand.
In particular, he thought that peaceniks and intellectuals played a role. And
so he plotted to rough his political opponents up a bit, sully their names. “I
wanted ammunition against the antiwar critics, many of whom were the same men
who, under Kennedy and Johnson, had led us into the Vietnam morass in the first
place,” Nixon recounted in his memoirs.
After generations of (mostly) Democratic rule in the
executive branch, the president calculated that 96 percent of Washington
bureaucrats were “against us.” “Down in the government are a bunch of sons of
bitches,” Nixon barked to his Cabinet. “Many who sit in the meetings and
debriefings … are out to get us.”
To stop leaks, Nixon aimed to purge the head of that
leakers’ agency who had abetted or at least not forestalled the high crime. As
Nixon ranted to his chief aides, “We’re up against an enemy, a conspiracy.
They’re using any means. We are going to use any means. Is that clear?”
Just as James B. Comey, Robert S. Mueller III and Andrew
McCabe have become avatars for Trump’s deep-state fears, Ellsberg became the
Nixon administration’s. Charles Colson, the president’s ever-willing hatchet
man and fixer, was determined to steer the public against Ellsberg. Yet
assassinating Ellsberg’s character — by, for instance, stealing and leaking his
psychiatric records — would get the administration only so far in quashing
their enemies on the antiwar left.
Colson, like Nixon, wanted to use Ellsberg to rescue the
administration from criticism. Nixon’s theory of a deep-state conspiracy
provided much needed justification for his own misdeeds and failed policies.
Instead of presidential failure in Vietnam, Nixon pushed a theory going around
in hawkish circles that Congress had connived to tie his hands militarily and
that the federal government (outside of Nixon and his very closest aides) had
lost its nerve.
Nixon and Colson saw civil servants amassed against the
administration, and so Colson shared an idea that had begun taking root in
conservative intellectual circles.
“The real political payoff will come if we can establish
that there is what the National Review has called a ‘counter-government,’”
Colson relayed to Nixon. They needed to unearth a grand conspiracy, a
clandestine network fixated on undercutting the Americans’ role on the world’s
stage. The anti-Nixon leakers, the news media and peaceniks, the bureaucrats
all “constitute an embryonic ‘counter-government,’” the editors of the National
Review had written. The clandestine clique made “its own decisions about peace
and war, friend and enemy, classifying or declassifying documents.”
By exposing such a dastardly conspiracy as the
“counter-government,” Nixon could emerge a conquering hero to rescue the
country from “the subversion of the unsavory characters.”
But it did not happen. Nixon’s self-destructive conspiracism
unraveled through his resignation. His deep-statism spun in on itself. “What
the Pentagon Papers did was to accelerate things,” Nixon’s secretary of state,
William Rogers, would attest. “The paranoia was already there.”
The very efforts he unleashed to counter and expose the deep
state brought about the end of his presidency. To counter the leak of the
Pentagon Papers, the president created an extralegal team he dubbed the Special
Investigations Unit, more familiarly known as the Plumbers. But there was more
to the Plumbers’ portfolio than stoppering leaks. Nixon sent his clandestine
crew to uncover dirt of their own, to out the grand conspiracy of the
“counter-government.” As the then-chief of the intelligence division of the FBI
would later attest, “What was unusual about this [was] that it involved
wiretaps on the [National Security Council] staff, on individuals that were
part of the White House family.”
In the early morning of June 17, 1972, a year after the
Pentagon Papers news broke, the Plumbers pulled their next job. To find dirt on
the deep state, Nixon’s team broke into the Democratic National Committee’s
office in the Watergate complex. They were caught, and the scandal that
unfolded in the following years brought down the administration. The president
had sought to match leak for leak, and in so doing, became the enemy of the
state he so despised.
The notion of “draining the swamp” suggests a centripetal
force, an ever-tightening circle that feeds on itself. Trump, like Nixon, has
given in to the spiraling conspiracism of the deep state. For Nixon, that led
him to commit crimes that cost him his base of support and, ultimately, his
presidency. It is unclear whether Trump can escape the same fate.
Alright, so this morning I was sent a link this morning to 15 illustrations of mental illnesses represented as houses. It was really cool and thought-provoking, so, thanks to Nyla Grigsby for sending me the link. I'll share it here. Check it out, but not before you read this post (obviously).
After looking through those pictures, I was reminded of a series of drawings I found a couple years ago with the same idea (only much more frightening - which I like). If you're not aware, every October, artists from all around the world participate in a drawing challenge called "InkTober" where they make one ink drawing a day for the entire month.
In October 2016, an amazing artist Shawn Coss decided to make his own original prompt for the month.
Shawn wanted to focus primarily on personifying mental illnesses and disorders. These illustrations are crazy awesome, scary, realistic. Shawn manages to capture the struggle and turmoil of those who suffer with these illnesses perfect…
Antigone, a heroine, icon, and role model has survived the
test of time for over two thousand years, and with valid reason. Her actions
depicted in the play Antigone by Sophocles are those of courage and
fearlessness. She also conveys a sense of deep conviction in the pursuit of
truth as she stared deep into the eyes of injustice by her oppressor. Valiance
is a quality that Antigone has in abundance; she exhibits this with virtually
every word she speaks as if she is possessed by the Gods on a righteous journey
to lay her brother’s body to rest in an act of defiance against the newly
appointed king of Thebes, Creon.
It is no surprise that today Antigone is regarded as a role
model for women and more specifically feminists. To truly appreciate the character,
we must take a closer look into the context of her environment. Patriarchy was
alive and strong in ancient Greece and men dominated the political and social
spectrum. Their methods of justification stemmed from classical mythology…
If you thought the “flat Earth” theory was the craziest
conspiracy you’d hear about all year, think again. Because there’s a growing
community of people convinced the Earth is hollow, with a race of superior
“alien” humans, Vikings and Nazis living in paradise at the center. They even
believe that flying saucers and UFOs come from within the interior Earth — sent
from the highly evolved tribes to spy on us and prevent nuclear war.
Spearheading the bizarre movement is Rodney Cluff, author of
“World Top Secret: Our Earth IS Hollow.” He was so confident in the theory that
he organized a 2007 voyage to the hollow Earth — with a plan to set off from
Russia on an icebreaker ship to find an “opening” at the North Pole. The
$20,000-per-head expedition was canceled, but this in no way dampened his
enthusiasm for the theory that flies in the face of modern scientific thinking.
He told SunOnline that the movement has exploded in popularity — with thousands
subscribing to the idea of an inner su…