within one and the same act;
he leads us to believe in order not to be believed;
he affirms to deny and denies to affirm;
he creates a positive object but it has no being
other than its nothingness."
Voters' preferences are considered beside the point.
...to name a few from the relatively distant past.
Recently the Obama administration worked their handiwork in Honduras and Ukraine. It would not be hyperbolic to say that overthrowing democratic governments is as American as apple pie.
It's our "democratic"
tradition - like waging war.
One U.S. president, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated because he had turned toward peace and opposed the forces of war within his own government.
He is the lone example of
a president who therefore was opposed by all the forces of imperial
conquest within the ruling elites.
Nixon waged the war against Vietnam for so long on behalf of the military-industrial complex, but he was still taken down by the CIA, contrary to popular mythology about Watergate.
Jimmy Carter was front man for the Tri-Lateral Commission's deep-state faction, but was removed by the group represented by George H. Bush, William Casey, and Reagan through their traitorous actions involving the Iran hostages.
The emcee for the
Bill Clinton, was rendered
politically impotent via the Lewinsky affair, a matter never
fully investigated by any media.
Hillary Clinton was expected to
complete the trinity.
The day after his surprise election, the interlocking circles of power that run the show in sun and shadows - what C. Wright Mills long ago termed the Power Elite - met to overthrow him, or at least to render him more controllable.
These efforts, run out of interconnected power centers, including the liberal corporate legal boardrooms that were the backers of Obama and Hillary Clinton, had no compunction in planning the overthrow of a legally elected president.
Soon they were joined by their conservative conspirators in doing the necessary work of "democracy" - making certain that only one of their hand-picked and anointed henchmen was at the helm of state.
Of course, the intelligence agencies coordinated their efforts and their media scribes wrote the cover stories.
The pink Pussyhats took
to the streets. The deep state was working overtime.
Some of those mistakes have continued since his inauguration.
While much of this was viewed with dismay, it was generally acceptable to the power elites who transcend party lines and run the country.
Offensive to hysterical
liberal Democrats and traditional Republicans, all this about Trump
could be tolerated, if only he would cooperate on the key
This was verboten...
And when he said nuclear war was absurd and would only result in nuclear conflagration, he had crossed the Rubicon.
That sealed his fate.
Now we have a reality-TV president and a reality-TV coup d'état in prime time.
Hidden in plain sight, the deep-state has gone shallow. What was once covert is now overt. Once it was necessary to blame a coup on a secretive "crazy lone assassin," Lee Harvey Oswald.
But in this "post-modern" society of the spectacle, the manifest is latent:
Everyone knows those reality-TV shows aren't real, right?
It may seem like it is a coup against Trump in plain sight, but these shows are tricky, aren't they?
You see it but don't believe it because you are so astute, while he is so blatant.
He's brought it upon
himself. He's bringing himself down. Everyone who knows, knows that.
At the end of the film he makes his "escape" through a door in the constructed dome that is the studio set.
The liberal audience in a very liberal town stood up and applauded Truman's dash to freedom. I was startled since I had never before heard an audience applaud in a movie theatre - and a standing ovation at that.
I wondered what they were applauding...
I quickly realized they were applauding themselves, their knowingness, their insider astuteness that Truman had finally caught on to what they already thought they knew.
Now he would be free like they were. They couldn't be taken in; now he couldn't. Except, of course, they were applauding an illusion, a film about being trapped in a reality-TV world, a world in which they stood in that theatre - their world, their frame.
Frames within frames. Truman escapes from one fake frame into another - the movie. The joke was on them.
The film had done its
magic as its obvious content concealed its deeper truth: the
spectator and the spectacle were wed. McLuhan was here right: the
medium was the message.
Making reality unreal in
the service of an agenda that is so obvious it isn't, even as the
cognoscenti applaud themselves for being so smart and in the know.
Liberal CIA critic and JFK assassination researcher, Jefferson Morley, after defining the 'deep state', writes,
These are men who ostensibly share different ideologies, yet agree, and state it publically, that the "deep state" should take out Trump.
Both believe, without evidence, that the Russians intervened to try to get Trump elected. Therefore, both no doubt feel justified in openly espousing a coup d'état. They match Trump's blatancy with their own.
Nothing deep about
In the past these opposed
political factions accepted that they would rotate their titular
leaders into and out of the White House, and whenever the need arose
to depose one or the other, that business would be left to 'deep
state' forces to effect in secret and everyone would play dumb.
Even when what's
happening isn't really happening...