Our government was built on democracy. Lincoln called it a country, “by the people and for the people.” But it doesn’t always feel that way.
Elected officials are held accountable by us. They have to listen to our concerns. Otherwise, we will elect people who do. But today the government has grown so big, we have to stop and wonder. Are the people we elect really the ones in control?
According to a new poll, the majority of Americans don’t think so. They believe an entirely different group is pulling the strings.
The majority of the country believes a group of unelected government and military officials secretly manipulate national policy, according to a Monmouth Poll released Monday.
Of the 803 adults polled, 27 percent said they believe the unelected group known as the deep state definitely exists. An additional 47 percent said it probably exists. Sixteen percent said it probably does not exist and 5 percent said they believe it definitely does not exist…
Approximately 80 percent of those polled also indicated they believe the U.S. government is monitoring or spying on the actives of American citizens. Fifty-three percent said they believe the activity is widespread, and 29 percent said the monitoring is happening, but is not widespread. Only 14 percent said they believe there is no monitoring happening at all.
Whether there is in fact a “deep state,” doesn’t seem to matter at this point. It’s a problem when so many Americans think there is. They will have little confidence in our elected leaders. Many Americans won’t vote or get involved in their country.
That only gives corrupt politicians more freedom.
We know there are bad apples in the intelligence community. These men have enjoyed too much power for too long. It’s possible they try—from time to time—to pull the strings of our government.
We know the NSA spy on Americans, despite the 4th Amendment. Former FBI director James Comey interfered with the 2016 election when he let Hillary off the hook.
Obama’s DOJ lied to the FISA courts to obtain an illegal warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign. All of these people are unelected. They are not held accountable to us, the public. They wield far too much power.
It’s clear these agencies must be reined in, regardless of the “deep state.” Congress and the President must act to limit their power. Perhaps even disband a few of them. Nobody in the United States should have absolute power. Period.