Fifth Column

By Nathan Barton

As we are in the third week of the Trump Era (however long that may last), it is clear that there are enemies within and without.  Not just within and outside the Fifty States, but within and outside the FedGov.  Especially the executive branch.

More and more stories are coming out of bureaucrats working directly against the White House and sneaking around to work around and undermine, weaken and betray the man elected in accordance with the Constitution.  There are clandestine Tweets and Facebook accounts, whispered leaks and outright refusal to carry out lawful orders. They are whispering and screaming about the evil illegality, the lack of compassion, the lack of constitutional sanction of the new regime.

All good, really.  Whatever their motives, they are preaching and encouraging and promoting and aiding the weakening of government, and destroying its credibility and the confidence of the people in government.  A lack of confidence which, coming on top of eight years (or even sixteen … or twenty-four…) of distrust and betrayal, is that much more powerful.

But is that true even when the goal of the “traitors” is not less government, less control, less spending, but rather MORE?  I think so, as long as they don’t succeed in their goal.  And as long as they are recognized for what they are: a fifth column dedicated to overthrowing the Constitution.  (Not that such is necessarily wrong, as folks like L Neil Smith and Boston T. Party have long pointed out.)  As long as we remember that the enemy of my enemy is NOT necessarily my friend.

The entrenched bureaucrats, and their allies in Congress (in BOTH old parties AND the “independents”), and their allies in the courts and in the States, are NOT lovers of liberty – or even very tolerant of liberty (even, sometimes, their own!). They are afraid that Trump and his subordinates will take away their power and prestige and overturn their agenda for a New World Order – or at least an agenda to make the Fifty States more and more like Europe (and, frankly, China).  They may even become fearful of having some lose their jobs and therefore their security.

If we remember these things, and do NOT get sucked into the fight (as the Libertarian National Committee already is), we can sit back, vigilant but a bit relaxed.  Sit back and watch the FedGov tear itself apart.  Just as happened in the original, very first, Fifth Column, when the fighting destroyed Madrid so that it could be “saved.”  Government bureaucrats intent on fighting each other can provide opportunities for their usual prey (US!) to sneak around and live. The more bureaucrats who are fired or resign in protest, or make themselves pariahs, the better it is.  For us.  For the Fifty States.  For liberty.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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