using deceitfullness, and crisis to achieve the end game so it appears like the right thing is happening
Exactly. And the vast majority of the electorate is too dumbed down to realize what happened. Someone once said there are three types of people in the world: those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened. I would add a 4th category, however – which may still only be a subset of the 3rd category: those that don’t care what happened (unless it takes away their music, their benefit check, or refuses to forgive their PhD in gender studies student loan).