It's beginning to look as though there's a "shadow government," composed of entrenched Democrat government employees, members of the CIA and other intel agencies. Some pundits are calling it Deep State, based on how deeply it's entrenched in the agencies.
The shadow government hates Trump, and thinks "populism" is a dangerous revolt by poorly-educated, unenlightened peasants against Better
People Who Know Better.
Back in the 1800's a smart man said "There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but
they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to
be masters." Because these Deep State bureaucrats hate Trump and his supporters, they're
determined to remove him from power --whether by impeachment or merely blocking him at every turn.
The fact that this will destroy democracy
in the U.S. bothers them not at all. They're determined to save us from a Fascist Authoritarian, by any means.
The whole Flynn episode seems to be evidence of the precipitous and
ongoing collapse of America's democratic institutions. Flynn's ouster was a soft coup (or political
assassination) executed by anonymous members of the intelligence community. They don't seem to have accused him of anything more serious than talking to the Russ ambassador before he was appointed by Trump. With no official post, hard to see the problem.
Intel analysts are supposed to work for the president, not
the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care
that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to
the press -- mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the
[N]o matter what Flynn did, it is simply not the role of
the deep state to target a man working in one of the political branches
of the government by dishing to reporters about information it has
gathered clandestinely. This was a hit job, pure and simple.
Sitting back and letting shadowy, unaccountable agents of espionage do the job for us simply isn't an acceptable alternative.
Down that path lies the end of democracy in America.