The Ruling Class Bureaucracy
For the next several weeks, the Tuesday editions of StressFreeBill’s Substack blog will be dedicated to identifying and describing the disparate factions of the new Ruling Class who have taken the reins of power in our society. Today’s issue will cover the Ruling Class Bureaucracy. Previous newsletters discussed The Ruling Class Media, The Ruling Class Intelligentsia, and The Ruling Class (in general).
What Is the Deep State?
Most of us have heard pundits and journalists talk about the Deep State. We watched almost daily as the Washington Post or New York Times published some shocking bit of ‘news’ during the previous Trump Administration – and the origins of these ‘credible leaks’ were always some ‘un-named source’ from the White House, the Intelligence Community, or the Office of the Special Counsel.
Setting aside for the moment that many of these leakers were committing felonies, and that felons aren’t generally considered credible, the entire Ruling Class Media inevitably treated the information as Gospel and ran with it for the next day or week, discussing how damaging these unfounded revelations were and how dire the situation was for our President. And, even though virtually all of these leaks were immediately or ultimately proven entirely false, the Ruling Class Media eagerly awaited the next leak and the frenzy would start all over again. This happened over and over; you could set your watch by it.
This is where the term ‘Deep State’ comes in. These leakers were supposedly life-long non-partisan government employees deeply embedded in the bureaucracies of Washington who reportedly feared greatly for the course of our nation and felt compelled to get the word out about the democracy-threatening atrocities being committed by the Trump Administration.
By now, almost everyone realizes that was hogwash…
The Executive Branch (the President) has the Constitutional authority to execute and enforce the law and protect the nation, among other things. He does this by presiding over massive federal police and defense organizations such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Homeland Security as well as the Department of Defense.
In addition, the President also oversees vast numbers of civil servants divided up among the various departments such as Treasury, the State Department, Health and Human Services, etc.
There are almost 22 million people employed by federal, state, and local governments in the United States. That’s almost as many people as all the Fortune 500 companies employ combined. It is almost double the number of people employed in manufacturing positions nationwide. Even if you remove the 1.4 million military personnel, this still leaves a staggering number of people whose salaries are being paid by the taxpayer. Of these, 2.79 million are federal civil servants of which slightly over 4,100 are political appointees.
One quick side note: The Ruling Class Media and Ruling Class Politicians have been trying to claim the size (in employees) of the Federal government has been remaining steady or declining. This is a great example of how they try to manipulate and mislead We the People. Many of this number of ever-increasing positions have been pushed into contractor status. So, while they are technically not employees, they are still paid with our tax dollars and are doing the same job. The Federal workforce is constantly expanding.
The 4,100 political appointees make up the department heads, managers, assistant directors, and other top-level positions among the various agencies. Typically, many (almost all) are replaced every time a new President takes office. This is common sense – a new administration wants its own people who believe in its own agenda in charge of things.
It is impossible for any new incoming administration to have all 4,100 political appointees interviewed and lined up on day one of their administration. Therefore, many of these positions remain occupied by the previous administration’s appointees until they are replaced. Typically, new administrations start by replacing the top positions, like cabinet secretaries and agency directors. This allows those that will be in charge to help in the selection of other appointed personnel that will fill out their departments.
Every administration wants its own appointees in office as quickly as possible, but it has never before been considered an issue of national security because it is always assumed that the political appointees of any administration will place country before politics.
But what if that were no longer true? What if a vast number of political appointees no longer value America over and above their own agenda?
Ruling Class Bureaucracy noun / ruː.lɪŋ ˈklæs ‘byo͝oˈräkrəsē /
Career and politically appointed bureaucrats that do not believe in American Exceptionalism. They have their own fiefdoms cut out of bureaucratic America and arrogantly believe they have a moral imperative to enact their ‘smarter vision.’ They are power-drunk and show no regard for the will of the people and will engage in subversive, illegal, and immoral acts to further their own egos and agenda. To these people, patriotism is naïve and the provenance of fools.
The Obama administration gained a reputation for staffing government agencies and departments with ideological zealots (rather than competent administrators). For example, John Brennan (formally the Director of the CIA) has a well-documented history of promoting gay rights. StressFreeBill actually watched a credible guest on Fox News accuse Brennan of purposely jamming as many gays as possible onto the employment rolls of the CIA - regardless of an individual’s competence or if they were the best qualified to do the job. That pundit has certainly not been the only one to question Brennan’s integrity in this respect. And, just to be clear, this is not something that would necessarily be considered unusual in Washington D.C. It is an unspoken fact that a hugely disproportionate percentage of Congressional Staffers (for example) are also LGBTQ.
Let’s be clear, the globalist left will be quick to accuse StressFreeBill of being homophobic or intolerant or whatever the popular putdown of the moment happens to be… The truth is, I couldn’t care less about someone’s sexual preference, skin color, gender, religion, or what color of toothbrush they use. I care about the United States of America and for those that serve her to serve her well. I care that our country be our civil servants’ top agenda. I do not care if John Brennan is gay or whether he hired gay people to serve in the CIA; I care that he reportedly stuffed as many ideological zealots as possible into the CIA and that those zealots place their own agenda ahead of the Constitution of the United States, the Rule of Law, and the expressed will of We the People (the election results). I would feel the same way if his agenda was to stuff white people, women, or Hindus into the agency at the expense of competence or loyalty to America.
Remember also that these massive numbers of zealots the Obama Administration appointed were to the top levels of all governmental departments (not just the CIA). After eight years of being in charge, what are the odds that these crazed ideologues would have promoted civil servants with their same philosophies while repressing the careers of those that believe differently?
Trump was a new President, why didn’t he simply replace all of the Obama appointments?
Well, that was the plan – that’s what Draining the Swamp was supposed to be all about. But it couldn’t be done overnight even under the best of circumstances… And the situation President Trump inherited was anything but the best of circumstances.
Of the 4,100 positions that needed appointments, 1,242 of them required Senate confirmation - and remember, most of those positions were top bosses of their various departments. Most of them needed to be appointed first, before the thousands of other political appointees could be replaced.
And therein lied the problem…
Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the United States Senate, vowed to slow-walk Senate approval of all Trump administration appointees. He was largely successful in this; the last member of President Trump’s 15-member cabinet was only approved by the Senate in April of 2017 – three full months after the new administration took office. It took three months to appoint just 15 people! But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
By the way, it might be tempting to think this was just politics as usual - simply a partisan Republican vs Democrat issue. But we should remember that the Republicans controlled the Senate. So, how could Senator Schumer slow down anything?
Because Ruling Class Politicians, both Democrat and Republican, didn’t want the process speeded up…
The Democrats and much of the Republican leadership did not want the Trump administration rolling back the advances of Obama’s globalist agenda - and that was more important to them than any partisan squabbling. This will become clearer in the coming weeks when we break down the Ruling Class Politician’s faction but, for now, suffice it to say both sides felt it critically important to stall and resist. To them, every roadblock and impediment imaginable needed to be thrown up against the Trump Administration – and the most effective roadblock would be to simply prevent President Trump from taking control of the government (by seriously delaying or thwarting his appointees from being confirmed).
The strategy Chuck Schumer (D) and Mitch McConnell (R) came up with was to grossly misuse the Senate Rule that allows two days of debate before a motion to force cloture — a measure to end debate before a vote. This same rule then gives an additional 30 hours of debate before a vote can take place (to stall even longer, the democrats many times even boycotted confirmation hearings to prevent the required quorum). This historically rarely-used rule was then invoked for virtually every Trump appointee. The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, could have called a simple majority vote to revise or suspend those rules at any time… But he didn’t choose to do so. Instead, he allowed the Democrats to drastically hamper President Trump’s ability to build a government – by the end of his four-year term, there were still hundreds of department head level appointments yet to be filled.
StressFreeBill would suggest that if any readers are still harboring doubt there is a uniparty Ruling Class in Washington that spans and supersedes both political parties, the above example should put that thought to rest.
It cannot be emphasized enough that what happened with the Obama Administration affects our Deep State government bureaucracy to this day. That administration (among many other things) made a number of questionable, unethical, and unprecedented moves right before leaving office. An important one that helps explain how we end up with a permanent Ruling Class Bureaucracy has to do with the transition of political appointees to federal civil servant jobs. In other words, in the weeks and months before the Obama administration left office many political appointees applied to have their status changed from appointee to employee. Because of a lackadaisical approach to federal guidelines and reporting, no one knows for sure how many political appointees actually tried to do this – we only know that it was well over 100 and at least 88 were successful.
It should also be noted that besides hiding ideological partisans within the bureaucracy, that strategy makes them almost impossible to get rid of once discovered. Because of Public Sector Unions and Civil Service regulations, it is almost impossible to fire a federal civil service worker. This is why an employee of the EPA only received a 30-day suspension after being convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of government equipment. This is also why it took almost a year to take any disciplinary action against a Veterans Administration nurse that was caught operating on a veteran while intoxicated.
The effect of all this skullduggery was to bestow upon President Trump a government that opposed him and the people who elected him. The globalists nullified President Trump’s ability to drain the swamp and now President Biden continues Obama’s agenda of adding to it every day.
Once again, StressFreeBill wants to emphasize that this is not about politics as we know it… it is not even about Donald Trump the person. This is about a power-hungry Deep State bureaucracy that arrogantly defies the Will of the People. The Deep State is not anti-Republican; it is anti-democracy. It is anti-Constitutional. And the felonious lengths the Ruling Class Bureaucracy is willing to go mark them as anti-American.
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