Continuing this week’s chalkboard series about the Deep State, (find clips from earlier episodes here, here, and here,) Glenn kicked off today’s episode by addressing the belief that — if there really is a deep state here in America — there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
“I mean, if the president and congress can’t do anything to stand up to the Deep State, how can the average citizen hope to be able to stop it?” said Glenn. “Well, this is actually true in countries like Turkey that have a ‘monolithic deep state,’ but that’s not the kind of state we have here. We have a bureaucratic deep state. So the good news is, we do have the power to change all this, but it’s going to be hard.”
So, what can you do about the Deep State?
In this short clip from the full episode, Glenn took to the chalkboard to explain the three main things to push for in order to stop the overgrown bureaucratic machine we call deep state:
- Limit secrecy and encourage transparency
- Re-focus the media
- Scale back the bureaucracy
Foreseeing the growing threat of an out-of-control bureaucracy, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the American Newspaper Publishing Association in 1961. He made two important points:
The first warned against the dangers of secrecy within the government:
“We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” ~ John F. Kennedy. 1961
The second was a call to re-focus the media:
“Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive … and that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not simply to give the public what it wants — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities. To indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes to anger public opinion.” ~ John F. Kennedy. 1961
“Can you imagine a president saying that today?” asked Glenn, “He was actually challenging the media to call him out on his mistakes …. Wow, that is the job of the media, right?”
But the media doesn’t seem to have been doing their job in recent years — at least not according to public opinion. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 32 percent of today’s Americans say they trust the media. This is an all-time low in Gallup polling history.
“Without a media, how do we get answers? Who do we trust?” Glenn asked. “We must demand more from the media.”
Watch the video clip above to learn more.