We constantly hear right-wingers besotted with conspiracy hoax delusions complaining about the "Deep State" as an entity comprising left-wingers committed to sabotaging their freedom. Actually, what they oppose is the long-standing institutions of government that guarantee our health and freedom, institutions such as Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and Justice and State Departments. We are safe only when these institutions conduct business with expertise and integrity and follow traditional customs.
The real threats we face are this President and his personal Attorney General who have forsaken traditional norms of behavior and now sacrifice the law and all human decency to benefit the President. They are the corrupt "Deep State" we should fear.
Regrettably, Congressional Republicans now serve merely as their lap-dogs. Far from being chastised by the recent Impeachment, Trump sees his acquittal by the Senate as vindication and now even doubles down on pursuing conspicuous outright corruption and flouting the law.
Unless Republicans somehow find their integrity and their spines, or are voted out of office en masse, we will lose our freedom, our liberty and our democracy. Trump isn’t the beacon of light defending this democracy, he’s the sword of treason destroying it.