By Mike Lofgren
There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates on its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power. 
During the last five years, the news media have been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. On one level, the critique is self-evident: in the domain that the public can see, Congress is hopelessly deadlocked in the worst manner since the 1850s, the violently rancorous decade preceding the Civil War.
Family Security Matters
While conservatives might be in a bit of a post-election funk, this is no time to compromise our principles-especially on foreign policy and national security, where Team Obama’s record has been less than stellar to say the least.
Rather, now is the time to dig deep and fight for the conservative principles that made this country the great and benevolent power it has been and should continue to be.
Surrender to the misguided efforts of this Administration on international affairs is by no means an option.
Instead, we should be insisting-indeed, demanding-that the following ideas become the bedrock of our foreign and national security policy:
November 22 was the 47th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I remember the day Kennedy died. I remember the next few days during which all TV was dedicated only to Kennedy’s death and funeral. I remember the funeral cortege. I remember the lighting of the Eternal Flame. It was all in black and white, which seemed darkly appropriate.
And today I think about how different Barack Obama is from JFK and how far Democrats have fallen- how much they have deteriorated since then.