It is with a healthy mindfulness of the need for wisdom and humility in the face of complex discourse that we introduce the author’s personal opinion of the notion of a so-called “deep state” in American politics. It is not the author’s intent to investigate matters outside his understanding, nor to imply disrespect towards different opinions on this highly contentious topic. Rather, we seek to explore one man’s personal opinion in the context of his professional experience as an intelligence officer — an opinion framed in this piece of broad political philosophy.

The “deep state” theory posits that a shadowy association of unnamed government officials, private sector magnates, and faceless movements are secretly operating to undermine President Trump and that the President alone stands against the forces of evil (e.g. “Radical Left” and Antifa) that seek to destroy this nation.

This theory and its narrative — while coherent amidst a confusing pandemic response, aggressive social justice discourse, fears of civil liberty violations due to contact tracing, and other issues — cannot and should not be accepted at face value. Proponents of the deep state theory carry the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and in the author’s opinion, have yet to deliver any “actionable intelligence.”

Rather, the deep state theory is a polarizing political tactic that poses a threat to U.S. national security because it sacrifices necessary public trust in government for short-term partisan gain.