The old school Paleoconservatives, like Sam Francis and Paul Gottfried, were instrumental in describing the sordid state of the once-great American republic, mainly through concepts such as the “managerial state,” and “anarcho-tyranny.” They are closely related, but for the purposes of this piece I would like to focus on the later, particularly in relation to the Trump administration and its enemies.
Anarcho-tyranny refers to the situation in which the state is negligent in enforcing the laws in certain areas, but will bring the hammer down in others. The issue is that the reasoning for such bifurcated applications of the law is specifically for the state to allow cronies to do whatever they wish, while exerting oppressive control over everyone else.
As the Trump administration rounds out its second year, we are seeing this dynamic playing out more and more at the highest level. Here, the State, represented by the globalist establishment/deep state/swamp/pick your term, is wielding its powers to crush its foes (represented by Trump and the dissident right), while allowing its cronies to skate.
Exhibit A is the Michael Flynn case. Flynn is an individual who has been on the Deep State radar since his loud policy disagreements saw him leave the Obama administration. His re-positioning as a Trump man and prospective National Security Advisor to the new president obviously was concerning given the fact that he served as Obama’s Director of Defense Intelligence meant that he would have known where some of the bodies buried by the previous administration rested. So the Deep State, via the FBI and other aspects of the bureaucracy listened in on his calls during the post 2016 election transition period, and then sprung a perjury trap on him early into the new administration. Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal outlines this in a new piece amid new developments in Flynn’s case, just before he was to be sentenced:
Former national security adviser Mike Flynn a year ago pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Flynn’s defense team this week filed a sentencing memo to Judge Emmet Sullivan that contained explosive new information about the Flynn-FBI meeting in January 2017.
It was arranged by then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn on other business, then suggested he sit down with two agents to clear up the Russia question. Mr. McCabe urged Mr. Flynn to conduct the interview with no lawyer present—to make things easier.
The agents (including the infamous Peter Strzok) showed up within two hours. They had already decided not to inform Mr. Flynn that they had transcripts of his conversations or give him the standard warning against lying to the FBI. They wanted him “relaxed” and “unguarded.” Former Director James Comey this weekend bragged on MSNBC that he would never have “gotten away” with such a move in a more “organized” administration.
In other words, the FBI interviewed Flynn about information they had already gathered (most likely illegally) for the express purpose of trapping Flynn in a lie he would almost certainly commit.
Then, you have the Michael Cohen situation, with respect to campaign finance laws. The Southern District of New York, which ascertained Cohen’s guilty plea, put forth the idea that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to commit a campaign finance violation by paying hush money to two women to silence them, as in the run up to the 2016 election, they were about to go public with allegations they had affairs with President Trump in the past.
Thus, in silencing the women, the narrative goes, the election was improperly influenced, as the US electorate was “defrauded” by not knowing that President Trump slept with two attractive women, adding to the dozens of attractive women Trump bedded over his 30+ year run as a tabloid favorite. Of course, nobody will have even so much as a word of criticism for the likes of NBC News, which attempted to influence the election by leaking the Pussy Grab tape. Nor will anyone cry foul over the laughably bad attempts to use the likes of former model Alicia Machado, along with dozens of other women to accuse the then-candidate of everything from misogyny up to rape, all with the hopes of influencing the election.
Now, I am not alleging that any of these efforts by anti-Trump forces were illegal, but neither were Trump’s efforts in quashing them. The Deep State is seemingly going after Trump for beating them to the punch in two cases out of about twenty, in terms of using women to influence the electorate against Trump. And this is supposed to be the stuff of high crimes and misdemeanors. As Pat Buchanan remarked in his most recent column, the US is no longer a serious country.
The element of tyranny in all of this is in the gross elevation of an act which is at the worst a misdemeanor, punishable in virtually all cases by a fine, to the level of impeachable offense, and one that is a threat to the republic itself. Note this passage from a Washington Post op-ed this morning:
The whole idea of our criminal justice system is to enumerate those offenses that are so egregious that they demand serious jail time. Those felonies are the bread and butter of our criminal justice system. Of course, every criminal defendant seeks to minimize his crimes. But such defendants don’t have a cheering squad composed of United States senators. If Trump wants to argue he didn’t commit the crimes, as he used to assert in April, fine. He’s entitled to that defense. But the grievous minimization of serious campaign finance violations by members of Trump’s political party further corrode our commitment to our age-old ideal of being a “government of laws, and not of men.” If Hatch thinks too much activity has been criminalized, he is in a welcome position to change the laws as a member of the Senate. He shouldn’t denigrate the law in the process. After all, the campaign disclosure requirements at issue here were enacted by Congress (as key post-Watergate reforms after President Richard Nixon’s personal lawyer Herbert Kalmbach went to prison for paying hush money to potential witnesses out of secret cash campaign contributions).
The bad arguments being floated in Trump’s defense are emblematic of a deterioration in respect for the rule of law in this country. The three of us have deep political differences, but we are united in the view that our country comes first and our political parties second. And chief among the values of our country is its commitment to the rule of law.
For reference, the Obama administration, which was found to be in violation with regards to about $1.3 million in campaign contributions, paid a fine. The figures surrounding Trump are roughly $300,000, and could easily be classed as personal expenses, especially since it was his money that was paid.
The real difference here is that Trump is an enemy of the globalist establishment, while Obama was an ally. So the latter pays a pittance in fines, while the former must be run out of office and even jailed post-presidency. And a compliant press plays its role, waxing lyrical about the “rule of law” and similar sobering terms in a naked attempt to appeal to the American sense of moral purity and equality of men under the law, but in pursuit of justifying bush league tactics.
More tyranny comes in the shape of the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wiped the phones of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two of the more prominent figures in the Deep State efforts to nail President Trump from within, after their bias was discovered. Such actions are not the actions of honest players.
And to further underscore what these investigations are really all about, the incoming New York Attorney General is pulling no punches in describing what she sees as her role in life. The Conservative Treehouse points us to this NBC News article:
New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and “anyone” in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month.
“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well,” James, a Democrat, told NBC News in her first extensive interview since she was elected last month..
In short, President Trump, owing to his political and ideological disagreements with the Deep State has now been marked for destruction by said Deep State. The long arm of the law is now being employed to investigate HIM, as opposed any specific crime. To investigate HIS FAMILY, as opposed to any specific crime. To investigate ANYONE IN HIS CIRCLE, as opposed to any specific crime.
Remember when we were told how Authoritarian President Trump was for “threatening his political rivals with prosecution?” And remember how President Trump not accepting the election results would be the gravest thing ever to happen to the United States? Yet post-election, what we have seen is a Deep State refusal to accept the results of the election, from the refusal to allow Trump to exercise basic constitutionally granted powers as president, right up through a dubious investigation meant to force him out of office. And furthermore we have a Deep State which is threatening the ruination of any and all who associate with Trump, simply because of their political persuasions, rather than any crime they have committed.
Such underhanded tactics is stuff of stereotypical corrupt governments from distant lands, yet it is happening in the god ol’ USA and furthermore, the people justifying it indirectly invoke the founders of America with their talk of the “rule of law,” and “the republic” to do so. It adds a twisted, insulting layer to what is ultimately a defense of anarcho-tyranny. It is all rather sickening to behold.