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The story goes that as he was leaving the hall, the newly drafted Constitution approved and signed, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him what kind of government the delegates gave America. Franklin replied: “a republic, if you can keep it.”

We are now in a previously unheard of state of rebellion, both open and covert, against a duly elected President of the United States. There is no doubt Donald Trump was properly elected. He played within the system and masterfully managed it. Our system depends on regularly rotated politicians—not so much these days—and a group of non-partisan, permanent civil servants, whose loyalty must be to the Constitution and the people, not any politician, faction or party. The proper function of government, and the trust of the people, depends on those civil servants doing their jobs regardless of their own political preferences.

During the Obama years, the civil service was weaponized to the benefit of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. Bureaucrats were not only allowed to engage in partisan abuse of their positions, they were encouraged to do so. They came to see this unethical, even unlawful disdain for the people, particularly anyone other than far leftwing Democrats as their duty and right, and as such, any abuse, any crime could be justified, lied about and covered up.

But there was worse to come. During the Obama years, Democrats built up a deep state, a permanent, progressive force of saboteurs and Democrat operatives that would not only abuse the people, but would passively and actively sabotage any Republican president, appointee or elected representative. If destroying national security, committing felonies, destroying reputations and lives, even destroying the foundations of the Republic were involved, it’s a small price to pay for a permanent Democrat majority, regardless of who wins presidential elections. The Free Beacon explains:

The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.

Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda. These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.

Meanwhile, holdovers from the Obama administration are working to undermine the Trump administration’s agenda through efforts to alter official communications, a number of administration officials confirmed in conversations with the Washington Free Beacon.

It would appear that at least some of the civil servants working for the federal government have not forgotten who they serve and the ethics of their jobs. Are there enough to avoid horrific consequences, even eventual civil war?

Multiple sources expressed concern over what they described as an unprecedented effort by the former administration to subvert President Donald Trump’s team. These sources would only speak on background because they were not officially authorized to publicly discuss the situation, which is said to have fostered a level of discomfort and distrust in the West Wing.

The Free Beacon first reported on several portions of this effort earlier this year, including separate campaigns to undermine current CIA Director Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, both of whom were subjected to leaks aimed at undermining their credibility.

‘We have members of the former administration at the highest levels who through their actions after January 20 have demonstrated their refusal to recognize the results of the general election,’ one senior administration official told the Free Beacon. ‘They have pursued, organized, and managed a comprehensive subversion of the new administration.

Substantive evidence of this is Barack Obama’s last minute authorization for the NSA to share formerly classified surveillance intercepts with the 16 other intelligence agencies, something that had never been done before. This put sensitive intelligence in so many formerly unauthorized hands it ensured leaks against the Trump Administration, which is certainly why it was done.

Mr. Trump’s executive order temporarily pausing immigration from seven Muslim countries rife with terrorism was actually altered without permission to reflect Obamite principles:

In one instance, Trump administration officials found evidence that the administration’s executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority nations had been selectively altered to bring it more in line with Obama-era talking points.

Several hours before the orders were set to be signed by Trump, officials noticed that language concerning ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ had been stripped from the order and replaced with Obama-era language about countering violent extremism.

Upon taking office, the Trump administration found abundant dirty tricks. Remember, as you read, how President Obama pretended to be doing all he could to assist the Trump transition:

… the previous administration permitted staff to accrue substantial amounts of vacation time in its last year in office. As soon as team Trump entered the White House, it was obligated to pay out all of these hours. White House sources say the cost was in the millions of dollars.

The payout prevented the Trump White House from hiring key staff in its opening days due to insufficient funds, according to those familiar with the situation. Flynn, for instance, was able to hire only 22 people to work on the White House National Security Council, which topped around 420 staffers under Obama.

‘They put landmines everywhere,’ according to one senior administration official.

Those landmines include former Obamite staffers working with a very compliant Democrat media to harm any and everyone in the current administration:

Outside of the White House, meanwhile, a team of former Obama administration officials is working to subvert Trump’s agenda.

Former Obama administration officials such as Ben Rhodes, the architect of Obama’s pro-Iran press operation, and Colin Kahl, a senior national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, have engaged in public efforts to ‘purge’ the current White House of officials they disagree with.

Earlier this month, Kahl admitted on Twitter that he is seeking to provoke the firings of Trump’s handpicked team ‘in the West Wing,’ including senior advisers Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka, and NSC leaders Michael Anton and KT McFarland.

As part of this effort, Kahl, Rhodes, and others have leaked damaging stories about these officials to allies in the media.

The latest target, Gorka, has been falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and an Islamophobe. The campaign against Flynn unfolded in a similar manner and sources who spoke to the Free Beacon about the matter speculated that these leaks will continue.

‘They have a network of journalists for whom they have served as sources and they have fed stuff to these journalists,’ one senior U.S. official told the Free Beacon. ‘That’s what pretty obviously is going on. I’ve never seen this happen before. I’ve never heard of it happening throughout history.

The media is more than willing to subvert Democracy, as The Washington Examiner reports:

The media and Democrats are so close in association and so close in their philosophical views that we might as well use one word to describe both, and that’s ‘Mediacrats, said Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus.

Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has often been on the receiving end of the media’s anti-conservative bias, but he said the attacks on Trump have led him to urge colleagues to stop referring to the ‘mainstream’ media. [skip]

In an interview, he cited the media’s ills: 91 percent of Trump campaign coverage was negative, 96 percent of media campaign contributions went to Democrat Hillary Clinton, and 55 percent of the public is weary of the anti-Trump tone in coverage.

‘It’s the most biased media I’ve seen in my lifetime,’ Smith said.

The media’s coverage of Trump since inauguration, is, if anything, even more biased, commonly moving beyond opinion journalism directly into outright lies. It’s all part of a coordinated strategy. Back to The Free Beacon:

Putting the current White House in a permanent state of defense is a key objective of this strategy, according to one senior Republican foreign policy operative who is close to the White House.

‘Part of this campaign, of course, was the media operation of selective leaks, many of which were illegal and directly targeted the staff and officials of the incoming Trump administration,’ the source said.

This targeted media campaign is similar to the method used by Rhodes and others to push the Iran nuclear deal.

‘You can tell what’s clearly going on because many of the same media outlets who formed crucial parts of Ben Rhodes’ Iran Deal ‘echo chamber’ are springing to launch coordinated attacks on Sebastian Gorka today,’ said one longtime political consultant who is close to the White House NSC. ‘The way it works is, one highly partisan journalist goes out on a limb in dishonestly characterizing the target. That dishonest story is used to build on the next, in which the original lie is taken as fact, and then repeated in an echo chamber until it becomes conventional wisdom.

While this media blizzard of lies and misinformation can, in the short run, depress President Trump’s popularity, in the long run, the dangers for Democrats, and the Republic, are significant. Should Mr. Trump fail to force all federal employees to work within their rightful ethical boundaries, should he fail to drain the swamp, we can expect that every Republican administration from this day forward will be under constant partisan attack from within and from without. No Republican will be able to accomplish anything of significance, and the design of the Founders will be thwarted.

Concurrently, every Democrat Administration will be utterly without oversight, either by the Congress or the press. There will be nothing to restrain the worst demons of human nature. Obamite lawlessness will be only a pale imitation of what the future will hold.

The state of society could reach the point where individual citizens, abused and damaged by federal bureaucrats would take matters into their own hands and wreak retribution on their governmental tormentors. Should things deteriorate to that point, outright civil war would not be long in coming.

A useful first step would be for the Congress, while it owns the majorities in both houses, to pass legislation to completely reform civil service rules. Punishment for partisan political activities must include immediate termination, and forfeiture of all benefits and pensions. Criminal prosecution should also be an option. Failure to provide transparency, exempting legitimate privacy and secrecy requirements, must also fall into this category.

Some might suggest Republicans play by the Democrat’s rules, but in so doing, they would merely be trying to restore adherence to the Constitution.

Sadly, Donald Trump may be the final chance to stave off the dissolution of America and the establishment of just another socialist/communist hell hole within our borders. While he may have the determination and drive to drain the swamp, Congressional Republicans are already demonstrating why they’re justly called the stupid party. Ultimately, they know if we throw them out, we’re stuck with Democrats, and the worse things get, the more likely the best potential republican candidates are to avoid public service altogether.

Draining the swamp isn’t just a campaign slogan, it’s a necessity if we are to keep the Republic about which Benjamin Franklin spoke. the next four to eight years will tell the tale.