What is “the swamp”?
It is a term that became popular during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. It is also known as the “deep state” and the “administrative state”. Whatever name one uses, its power has been on display lately, culminating in a raid on Donald Trump’s home that was reminiscent of actions taken by entities that existed. in some 20e Police States of the Century.
The raids on Trump and other Republicans (funny how Democrats are never the target of such activity) were carried out by swamp agencies under the control of Attorney General Merrick Garland and his team. The politicized FBI have taken the lead in this latest parody, but they’re only a small part of what we call “the swamp.” It may surprise the average citizen, but the swamp is wider, deeper, and much closer than you might think.
When I say “swamp”, I am referring to the unelected administrative state. It is this body that really rules America, simply because most of it is in place for the lifetime of its members, while the largely reckless politicians we elect come and go at the whim of our electorate just as irresponsible.
In 2019, there were approximately 24 million full-time and part-time government employees at all levels in the United States, of which approximately four million were employed by the federal government (including the armed forces).
The remaining approximately 20 million people are employed by state and local governments, including teachers and police officers, among others. On the other side of the ledger, current private employment in the United States stands at 129 million. The government workforce is just under a fifth of the size of the entire private workforce and 16% of the total workforce.
While 16% might not seem like a huge percentage, you have to remember that those who make up that number are the people who operate the levers of power from Washington, D.C., to your local borough or township, and while the hand -of private labor is diverse with diverse interests, that of the administrative state is focused on one thing: self-preservation, growth, and power. Trust me, because I’ve spent 30 years working in the darkness of the swamp and I know what drives it.
If you want to see how those in the administrative state think, just look at how a sector of it, the FBI and the intelligence community, has gone after Donald Trump since he walked down that escalator from the Trump Tower in 2015. Trump promised to be a change agent who would bring the swamp to heel, and they had none.
Since then, the federal law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, with the help of the Democratic Party and a pocket media outlet, has launched one hoax after another to bring down the former president. Six years of this nonsense culminated in “Russiagate”, the Steele dossier, the nothing-burger of the Mueller investigation, two failed impeachment trials, and now the January 6 kangaroo court.e hearings. The latter’s impending failure undoubtedly sparked the desperation on the left that culminated in the Mar-A-Lago raid debacle, which only strengthened Trump.
We frequently hear conservative commentators coo that only the leaders of the FBI, CIA and others are behind this corruption, and that rank and file agents are pillars of morality. But unfortunately, that is not true. Remember what I wrote above about the sole interest of those in the administrative state: self-preservation, growth and power.
I can tell you that many rank and file members of these agencies or any other government agency will at best look the other way when they witness corruption, or at worst participate in it. The preservation of their career is far more important than justice for them.
They didn’t start out that way, but it doesn’t take long in the swamp to fall into “moving forward to get along” mode. If they don’t, they’ll be shattered, like the only good cop in a twisted neighborhood who ends up dead one day in a drug bust.
There are now reports of FBI whistleblowers working with Senator Chuck Grassley to bring down corruption in the FBI. Pray for them, as their careers and perhaps their lives are in danger. They may be the last hope to control the cancer of the administrative state.
Dwight Weidman is a resident of Greene Township and a graduate of Shepherd University. He is retired from the United States Department of Defense, where his career included postings in Europe, Asia and Central America. He has held leadership positions for the Republican Party in two states, most recently serving two terms as chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party. Involved in web publishing since 1996, he is the editor of the Franklin County Journal. He has been an amateur radio operator since 1988, earning his first license in Germany, and is a former Navy and Army MARS volunteer, Military Auxiliary Radio Service, and is also a certified firearms instructor with the NRA.