Ungoverned State

The United States has never, since our founding, been in a mess this deep.

What we do about it I don’t know, but the government is, currently, not functioning. By choice.

The United States of America is in a lawless interregnum at this moment. There is no functioning government above low-level bureaucrats. The President, although still physically present, has been overthrown by Congressional Coup. Our old enemy whose defeat we so recently celebrated has staged an invasion of our homeland and installed their chosen person in the Presidency. Although he has not yet been inaugurated, Russia’s chosen President is in clear control of our foreign policy and is demonstrating increasing power over the economy, by turns building up and tearing down American corporations. He is rapidly reducing, not least by sheer threat of violence, the power and willingness of others to speak out against him.

The members of the Congressional Coup know that Russia is involved, know that Russia has invaded us and installed their chosen candidate as President. They are not taking any action. In fact, they are denying that the invasion ever took place and denying the clear spoken words of the intelligence agencies. It seems likely although not certain that they were involved in the decision to permit the invasion.

Every intelligence agency in the US knows that we have been invaded. Russians entered American computers and manipulated data there in such a way as to elect a President of their choice. Spokespersons for the entire American intelligence apparatus have said so in public, although not in such blunt terms.

Law enforcement is an Executive branch function. Federal Law enforcement is not currently involved in preventing or correcting the Russian invasion. The sitting President has been stripped of his power. I don’t know for certain but it appears that the Coup is running Executive agencies like the FBI, but even so the FBI has stated publicly that Russia interfered with our election. They postponed the statement until well after the other intelligence agencies, but ultimately they were the odd man out and just looked incompetent, so they agreed. Yep. Russians. Yawn.

It is my opinion that the FBI Director is himself a member of the Coup. He clearly took steps which benefited the Coup’s work. It is possible that without his November letter all their work would have gone for nothing, or at least it would have been much harder for them to keep Sec. Clinton out of office. However their current chain of command is arranged, the FBI has chosen to remain not involved in the Russian invasion.

According the Constitution, defending the nation against invasion is a Congressional duty.

Article I Section 8 says, in part

The Congress shall have the power…
[some paragraphs omitted]

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

Seeing the laws are faithfully executed is an Executive duty, and it is not being done. Repelling invasions (yes, I understand it was a cyber invasion. This is 2016. We were invaded.) is a Congressional duty. It is not being done. Every working professional in the field knows we were invaded.

What we do about it I don’t know, but the government is, currently, not functioning. By choice.

Oh, the President is Commander-in-Chief and all that, but there is no Constitutional provision for the President to activate troops or begin military action. Does anybody think that, one month before the end of his second term, Barack Obama could call out the troops to get rid of Donald Trump and the Russians?

Congress activates the military, the President tells them what to do next. (More or less.) So… What we have is a lawless interregnum. Everything you see in the news is my proof.

There is some possibility that during a Constitutional crisis like this the Judiciary could step in. Their power is implied rather than explicit, but they might be able to save the republic. Unfortunately, the deadlock by death of the Supreme Court appears to have been the trigger for launching the Coup. Is it possible the court could decide, 5 to 3 or 6 to 2, to repel the invasion and jail the coup? I suppose they could. It would remain to see what might happen next. Which branch controls the military? Whose authority would the military recognize in a pinch? Which branch controls the police? If the courts gave an order who would enforce it?

The United States has never, since our founding, been in a mess this deep.

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