And the State Dept wonders why it is treated the way it is? Who works for whom?

Israeli-FlagIn the minds of many, it has become emblematic of the problem of the Deep State syndrome – a runaway bureaucracy responsible only to its own bureaucrats:

SHOTTrump Recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Citing a 1995 law, the Jerusalem Embassy Act, compelling the president make the move absent national security risks, Trump said the time had come to recognize what everyone already knows to be true. “Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times,” he said. “Today Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government.”

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of the reality,” he added. He directed the State Department to begin preparing the move [of the US embassy – Skip].

CHASER: Report: The State Department still won’t recognize Jerusalem as a place that exists

Despite President Donald Trump’s formal declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. will still not recognize Jerusalem on official documents, maps and passports.  According to the Washington Free Beacon, for the time being, the State Department still won’t recognize “Jerusalem, Israel” as a place that actually exists.

The State Department last week acknowledged at press conferences that Trump had declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, but when asked if the U.S. government will officially recognize Jerusalem as a place that exists within Israel, officials refused to acknowledge the holy city.

HANGOVERAnd from Foreign Policy comes the attitude of who works for whom

Emphasis mine, reformatted:

An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy.

So the rump wants to wag the head of the dog?  Sorry, if you don’t like the priorities of your MANAGERS, leave.  Otherwise, as a worker/employee, your job is to say “Yes Sir” or “Yes ma’am” and do the work.  Suggest if you need, but you don’t make policy – the President and your boss, the Secretary of State, do that.

Reportedly there are “cabals” within most departments (State, EPA, Interior) that have signaled that they are part of “The Resistance” that have stated they will work against Trump’s policies.

I don’t care if it is Trump and the bureaucracy or Hillary and the the bureaucracy – do as you are told to do.  I understand the that Party of Big Government has infiltrated and taken over Big Government such that the latter  (re: Hillary) would be more of a party than the former (now an weaponized government resistance).

My, do the folks at State understand that positions AREN’T being filled so as to “drain the swamp” which they now admit is filled with them as the swamp creatures?


by Skip

Co-founder of GraniteGrok, my concern is around Individual Liberty and Freedom (and how Government is taking that away from us). My fight, from a Conservative (with small “L” libertarian leanings) and evangelical Christian perspective, is with the Progressives that are forcing a collectivized and secular humanistic future upon us. As TEA Party activist, citizen journalist (and pundit!), my goal is to use the New Media to advance the radical notions of America’s Founders back into our culture again.