What is the deep state?
It is something so absolutely obvious for the entire history of the US and other countries that it has been discovered by the special snowflakes who thought they ought to own it.
It has come as a life changing surprise to them that there exists in the machinery of government and industry a force that seeks to maintain the status quo despite the vagaries of politics.
It is the General who, despite the president's tampering attempts to maintain the traditions and practices that have protected us for generations.
It is the civil servant who, knowing that tampering with some environmental regulations will devastate one area or another, quietly resists the efforts of the temporary occupants of the Whitehouse or congress.
It is the business owner who quietly moves behind the scenes to prevent disruption of our economy for temporary political cache.
It is the police chief who maintains a steady hand on her department despite the popularity of radical change.
It is the intelligence officer who decides what information to give to the leadership based upon his/her very real beliefs about what is (and usually always has been) important.
It the American career diplomat who assures a foreign leader that we are not about to go off of our rails and that normalcy will return soon.
In other words, Rancid, it is the natural force called inertia. It is inherently conservative by definition. It consists largely of people convinced by years of experience that what we have is doing just fine and that there is little reason to break it. It is institutional memory. It remembers what happened the last time someone tried to reinvent the wheel.
It is not corrupt. It is usually not illegal. It is rarely despotic in any way. It is a force for the normal, the mundane and the usual.
Certain right wing people, like Brietbart News have glomed onto the term and used it to describe some nefarious star-chamber, pulling the strings of government and industry while resisting their efforts to change the nation forever.
The fact is that there is no member of this "group" who knows he/she is a member. There are meetings. They are the everyday machinations of government and industry. No locked doors. No secret handshake. No whispered telephone calls. Just the everyday "death by powerpoint" meetings you, as an engineer and leader of your organization, have all too often been forced to attend. It is just people trying to do the best that they can, given the training, resources and scope they have already had, doing their jobs. Sometimes to the chagrin of the summer help we call government.
I do not fear the deep state. It may well have been that I was a small part of it from time to time. Certainly if someone accused me of being a "deep state operative" I would laugh and buy them a ticket to the next Bond movie. But maybe in one or more of my hundreds of government and industry meetings I have furthered the aims and goals of the deep state. I sure hope so. I am proud of my efforts to make my little piece of government and industry run better and maintain it effectiveness for the benefit of the organization and the country in general.
That work for you Rancid?