THE DEEP STATE'S PLOT TO TAKE OVER AMERICA HAS SUCCEEDED
such a fervent, passionate, evangelical
faith in this country…why in the name of
God don’t you have any faith in the
system of government you’re so hell-bent
to protect? You want to defend the
United States of America, then defend it
with the tools it supplies you with—its
Constitution. You ask for a mandate,
General, from a ballot box. You don’t
steal it after midnight, when the
country has its back turned.”—Seven
Days in May (1964)
No doubt about it.
coup d’etat has been successful.
Deep State—a.k.a. the police state a.k.a.
the military industrial complex—has taken
American system of representative government
has been overthrown by a profit-driven,
militaristic corporate state bent on total
control and global domination through the
imposition of martial law here at home and
by fomenting wars abroad.
When in doubt, follow the money trail.
always points the way.
Every successive president starting with
Franklin D. Roosevelt has been bought—lock,
stock and barrel—and made to dance to the
tune of the Deep State.
Even Dwight D.
Eisenhower, the retired five-star Army
general -turned-president who warned against
the disastrous rise of misplaced power by
military industrial complex
was complicit in contributing to the
build-up of the military’s role in dictating
national and international policy.
Trump, the candidate who swore to
drain the swamp
in Washington DC.
putting an end to the corruption, however,
paved the way for lobbyists, corporations,
the military industrial complex, and the
to feast on the carcass of the dying
for instance, Trump—boasting about the “purchase
of lots of beautiful military equipment
because nobody makes it like the United
sell Saudi Arabia more than $110 billion in
and “tanks and helicopters for border
security, ships for coastal security,
intelligence-gathering aircraft, a
missile-defense radar system, and
Trump—purportedly in an effort to balance
the budget in 10 years—wants to
slash government funding for programs for
ranging from health care and food stamps to
student loans and disability payments.
military doesn’t have to worry
about tightening its belt, however. No, the
military’s budget—with its trillion dollar
$125 billion in administrative waste,
and its contractor-driven
that hits the American taxpayer where it
hurts the most—will continue to grow, thanks
This is how you keep the Deep State in
rich will get richer, the poor will get
poorer, the military will get more
militaristic, America’s endless wars will
get more endless, and the prospect of peace
will grow ever dimmer.
As for the
terrorists, they will keep on being played
for pawns as long as Saudi Arabia remains
their breeding ground and America remains
the source of their weapons, training and
of the 19 terrorists—including Osama bin
Laden—who carried out the 9/11 attacks were
from Saudi Arabia).
Follow the money. It always points the way.
Gross noted in Friendly Fascism: The New
Face of Power in America, “evil
now wears a friendlier face than ever before
in American history.”
Writing in 1980, Gross predicted a future in
which he saw:
despotism creeping slowly across
America. Faceless oligarchs sit at
command posts of a corporate-government
complex that has been slowly evolving
over many decades. In efforts to enlarge
their own powers and privileges, they
are willing to have others suffer the
intended or unintended consequences of
their institutional or personal greed.
For Americans, these consequences
include chronic inflation, recurring
recession, open and hidden unemployment,
the poisoning of air, water, soil and
bodies, and, more important, the
subversion of our constitution. More
broadly, consequences include
widespread intervention in international
politics through economic manipulation,
covert action, or military invasion...
creeping, silent coup that Gross prophesied
is the same danger that writer Rod Serling
warned against in the
1964 political thriller Seven Days in
which put the military in charge of a coup
that would institute martial law packaged as
a well-meaning and overriding concern for
the nation’s security.
the big screen, the military coup is foiled
and the republic is saved in a matter of
hours. In the real world, however, the plot
thickens and spreads out over the past half
We’ve been losing our freedoms so
incrementally for so long—sold to us in the
name of national security and global peace,
maintained by way of martial law disguised
as law and order, and enforced by a standing
army of militarized police and a political
elite determined to maintain their powers at
all costs—that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly
when it all started going downhill, but
we’re certainly on that downward trajectory
now, and things are moving fast.
question is no longer whether the U.S.
government will be preyed upon and taken
over by the military industrial complex.
That’s a done deal.
“government of the people, by the people,
for the people” has perished.
It will not be
revived or restored without a
true revolution of values
the likes of which we may not see for a very
America is a profitable business interest
for a very select few, and war—wars waged
abroad against shadowy enemies and wars
waged at home against the American
people—has become the Deep State’s primary
means of income.
America has been at war more than we’ve been
over the past half century, it’s because the
country is in the clutches of a greedy
military empire with a gargantuan,
profit-driven appetite for war. Indeed, the
U.S. has been involved in an average of at
least one significant military action per
“ranging from significant fighting in
Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan to lesser
incursions in such far-flung countries as
Kuwait, Bosnia, Pakistan, Libya, Grenada,
Haiti and Panama… That total does not count
more limited U.S. actions, such as drone
is big business.
order to maintain a profit margin when there
are no more wars to be fought abroad, one
would either have to find new enemies abroad
or focus on fighting a war at home, against
the American people, and that’s exactly what
we’re dealing with today.
police transformed into a standing army
in the American homeland through
millions of dollars’
to local police agencies for military
training and assistance.
The citizenry taught to fear and
distrust each other and to welcome the
metal detectors and pat downs in their
schools, bag searches in their train
stations, tanks and military weaponry
used by their small town police forces,
surveillance cameras in their traffic
lights, police strip searches on their
public roads, unwarranted blood draws at
drunk driving checkpoints, whole body
scanners in their airports, and
government agents monitoring their
the government tried to ram such a state of
affairs down our throats suddenly, it might
have had a rebellion on its hands.
Instead, the American people have been given
the boiling frog treatment, immersed in
water that slowly is heated up—degree by
degree—so that they’ve fail to notice that
they’re being trapped and cooked and killed.
the people” are in hot water now.
As I make clear
in my book
Battlefield America: The War on the
the Constitution doesn’t stand a chance
against a federalized, globalized standing
army protected by legislative, judicial and
executive branches that are all on the same
side, no matter what political views they
subscribe to: suffice it to say, they are
not on our side or the side of
From Clinton to Bush, then Obama and now
Trump, it’s as if we’ve been caught in a
time loop, forced to re-live the same thing
over and over again: the same assaults on
our freedoms, the same disregard for the
rule of law, the same subservience to the
Deep State, and the same corrupt,
self-serving government that exists only to
amass power, enrich its shareholders and
ensure its continued domination.
republic has fallen to fascism with a smile.
Gross wrote in what may have been
his most prescient warning:
1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote a popular
novel in which a racist, anti-Semitic,
flag-waving, army-backed demagogue wins
the 1936 presidential election and
proceeds to establish an Americanized
version of Nazi Germany. The title,
It Can't Happen Here, was a
tongue-in-cheek warning that it might.
But the "it" Lewis referred to is
unlikely to happen again any place...
Anyone looking for black shirts, mass
parties, or men on horseback will miss
the telltale clues of creeping fascism.
In any First World country of advanced
capitalism, the new fascism will be
colored by national and cultural
heritage, ethnic and religious
composition, formal political structure,
and geopolitical environment... In
America, it would be supermodern and
multi-ethnic-as American as Madison
Avenue, executive luncheons, credit
cards, and apple pie. It would be
fascism with a smile. As a warning
against its cosmetic facade, subtle
manipulation, and velvet gloves, I call
it friendly fascism. What scares me most
is its subtle appeal.
am worried by those who fail to
remember-or have never learned -that Big
Business-Big Government partnerships,
backed up by other elements, were the
central facts behind the power
structures of old fascism in the days of
Mussolini, Hitler, and the Japanese
empire builders. I am worried by those
who quibble about labels… I am upset
with those who prefer to remain
spectators until it may be too late… I
am appalled by those who stiffly
maintain that nothing can be done until
things get worse or the system has been
changed. I am afraid of inaction. I am
afraid of those who will heed no
warnings and who wait for some
revelation, research, or technology to
offer a perfect solution. I am afraid of
those who do not see that some of the
best in America has been the product of
promises and that the promises of the
past are not enough for the future. I am
dismayed by those who will not hope, who
will not commit themselves to something
larger than themselves, of those who are
afraid of true democracy or even its
Elections will not save us.
Learn the treacherous lessons of 2008 and
2016: presidential elections have made a
mockery of our constitutional system of
government, suggesting that our votes can
make a difference when, in fact, they merely
serve to maintain the status quo.
Start now—in your own communities, in your
schools, at your city council meetings, in
newspaper editorials, at protests—by pushing
back against laws that are unjust, police
departments that overreach, politicians that
don’t listen to their constituents, and a
system of government that grows more
tyrannical by the day.
you wait until 2020 to rescue our republic
from the clutches of the Deep State, it will
be too late.
attorney and author John W. Whitehead is
founder and president of The
His new book Battlefield
America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks,
2015) is available online at www.amazon.com.
Whitehead can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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