The corrupt Deep State/Shadow Government is not new. It got its legs with World War 1. Business began to supply both the Brits and the Germans in 1914 finding war to be most lucrative. Business did the same in the 1930s and again found WW2 great for the bottom line. No wonder that led to the Cold War and resulting Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The Deep State celebrating a victory with the murder of JFK went into overdrive under Johnson. The Johnson years were probably some of the most corrupt years in our history. However, what was the difference between the mid 1960s and today? Why were so many Americans, particularly over the age of 30 so complacent and ignorant?
Two words, the economy. In the mid 1960s nearly 70% of Americans were classified as Middle Class. That meant a nice home, a new car every few years, a couple of vacations per year, money in the bank, buying the latest new gadget or appliance, sending your kid to college. As history shows when most of us are "fat and happy" when tend to ignore the world at large.
Both of my parents were born in the 1920s. While they weren't totally naive about government they could have never imagined what we now know as the the Deep State. They assumed the 1974 "energy crisis" was real. It wasn't. It was the oil companies taking advantage of the oil embargo to scare Americans into thinking the world was quickly running out oil and that permanent higher price were justified. They believed RR when he talked about less government but did nothing but accelerate and excel the Deep State as Johnson before him, and increase government spending.
However, they had two employers that looked out after them. After my mother took off time to have children, when she was ready to go back to the hospital she had worked at before she was welcomed with open arms. Ultimately they paid for her MBA and her PhD. She rose from a shift nurse to Vice President of Nursing. My father went to college on the GI Bill. He rose through the engineering ranks at the local utility. When he had a heart attack in the 70s it meant being out work for 90 days and working only a part time schedule for the following 90 days. His employer was more than obliging. For them life was good even during more troubling times, well maybe except for the stress of trying to raise four boys into men.
Now Americans have always blamed or credited the President for bad or good times. In the summer of 1974 Americans wanted Nixon's scalp due to soaring gasoline prices and gas lines. In 1980 they sent Carter packing due to the then deepest recession (created by Fed Chairman Volcker) since the 1930s. RR got reelected in 1984 and Clinton got a pass for Monica in 1998 because the economy was on a roll.
That being said, Americans until very recently presumed their government to be at least somewhat honest. We didn't prop up puppet leaders just to take them out years later when they no longer served our purpose, never fixed other's elections, invaded innocent countries and caused social havoc, murdered people including some of our own, etc. That may have been the old Soviet Union or some other wayward countries but that wasn't our government.
Then starting in the previous decade Americans suddenly were no longer fat and happy. They had become hungry and dissatisfied. Suddenly their good job was gone and the ones available just plain sucked. Paying the bills became a monthly difficulty. Their children were not going to college unless they took out thousands in unpayable student loans and credit card borrowing. The car had to now last 12 years. The financial stress caused emotional disrepair within the family. In short, life was no longer enjoyable.
Yet they saw the elites time and time again game the system. The crooked Wall Street bankers made out like bandits. Their financial pain was erased almost overnight. Politicians kept talking about the good times coming but the good times have never come. Obama kept talking about the best days lay ahead but the better days never materialized.
In conjunction with Americans feeling screwed, second was the free flow of information. An Edward Snowden or a leak of what had been hush hush American wrong doing was suddenly in the public realm. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Most of the forces we were battling in the Middle East were put in power by the CIA years ago. We had propped up multiple banana republics and corrupt leaders and now we weren't any better than those Mickey Mouse nations. JFK and 9/11 started to be thought of as "inside jobs". Suddenly we lost our "political and government cherry."
Every month brought a new Washington DC scandal. We learned about fixing voter machines. We heard about the gerrymandering of Congressional districts. We heard tell about the games of the Federal Reserve, most Americans before 2010 probably thinking it was an official part of the Treasury Department.
Suddenly Americans became unhappy with their lives and very disillusioned about their government and leaders. In 2012 we were presented two candidates. One a member of the old plutocrat crowd, one that used the Office of President to join the plutocrat crowd. We chose the latter as the best of the two bad options. The 2016 election was even more dispiriting, two plutocrats battling it out and most Americans staying home shaking their head in disgust. Today our government just gets more dysfunctional.
The plutocrat/elite/shadow government/Deep State got greedy. They began to take all of the pie for themselves. Suddenly an economically strong America no longer seemed necessary. No need to keep Americans off guard by allowing them to be "a pig in slop." Their stupidity might ultimately spell their demise, the jury is out on that for now.