Our elected vs our unelected governments

The most important political question in the United States is whether our elected government can and will assert its authority over our unelected governments..

The elected government consists of the President, Congress, state governors and legislators and all other parts of government controlled by persons chosen by voters in contested elections.

revolving-doorThe unelected governments are (1) the secret “national security” espionage, covert action, surveillance and police agencies and (2) the Wall Street banks and financiers.  The reasons I call them governments are:

  • Their policies affect the direction of the USA as much as the policies of the elected governments do.
  • They are independent of the authority of the elected government and violate laws with impunity.
  • They exercise more influence and control over the elected government than the elected government does over them.

Wall Street exercises power over economic policy.  It has political power based on campaign contributions to the Democratic and Republican parties and on the revolving door between banks and top government positions.

Our political campaign system makes it virtually impossible to run for national office, or for statewide office in large states, without millions of dollars in campaign contributions.  Unless you are rich yourself, you need money from rich individuals or large corporations.  While big contributors differ among themselves in important ways, they all oppose anything that would diminish their wealth and power.

That is why the Obama administration has not prosecuted any important banking official for financial fraud.  Attorney-General Eric Holder, in his “too big to fail” memo, explicitly said that large corporations should not be prosecuted if this would disrupt the national economy.   Neither has Obama or any other important leader of the Democratic or Republican parties proposed to break up these banks.

Neither has the Obama administration, or its predecessors, prosecuted any person in the national security deep state for torture, mass killing or any other violation of national or international law, nor even dismissed any top national security official for lying under oath—the offense, by the way, for which articles of impeachment were drawn against President Bill Clinton.

whatweknow.whattheyknowThe political role of the national security deep state is to suppress dissent that is expressed outside the two-party system.  Peace activists, civil libertarians, environmentalists, even animal rights activists, are treated not as American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights, but as “domestic terrorists”.

I honestly don’t know what would happen if an elected government attempted to dismantle the power of the national security state or of Wall Street.  I would like believe that the American commitment to freedom and democracy is such that the elected government’s decisions would be obeyed.

In Latin American and Middle East countries, efforts by elected governments to tame the power of the military and police organizations has been met by military coups and assassinations.  And the power to engage in surveillance and covert action opens up possibilities for blackmail and for infiltration and subversion of opposing groups.  There are precedents for the latter in J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

The federal government is at the mercy of banks because, even though it has the power to create money, it finances its operations by borrowing from those banks.  All it takes is for banks to “lose confidence” in Washington’s policies, and the cost of government skyrockets.

When President Andrew Jackson tried to destroy the power of the Bank of the United States, its president, Nicolas Biddle, deliberately brought about an economic depression.  Jackson prevailed, but the struggle really was the next thing to war.   If a future President tried to follow in Jackson’s footsteps, I think history would repeat.


Anatomy of the Deep State by Mike Lofgren for Moyers & Company.

Why the Deep State Always Wins by Bill Blunden for Below Gotham Labs.

Vote all you want.  The secret government won’t change by Jordan Michael Smith for the Boston Globe.

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One Response to “Our elected vs our unelected governments”

  1. prayerwarriorpsychicnot Says:

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.


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