I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers… — The New York Times, September 5, 2018
Today the New York Times took a wild and virtually unprecedented move.
You can choose to agree with the President who feels the OP-Ed essay is treasonous.
You may think the writer is courageous and a hero, or an anti-American coward. Perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle – “a misguided patriot.” One thing is clear he has stated that he and like-minded colleagues have vowed to “thwart” parts of the administration’s agenda. They are working from the inside to override what they personally believe to be dangerous presidential actions.
In your mind, President Trump may represent the Holy Grail or the biggest threat to our democracy since Watergate – maybe even more so.
It doesn’t matter whatever your view of the administration. What’s most important is that unelected citizens are keeping what is in their opinion, vital information from the President of the United States.
Appointed and perhaps not even fully vetted individuals taking the law into their own hands, consequently influencing presidential decisions without the knowledge of the President.
Given Donald Trump’s seemingly erratic, egotistical and borderline behavior you might think it’s great that there are a few sane minds in the White House looking out for our country. Since the earliest days of his presidency, there has been an effort to hire and retain knowledgeable, level-headed patriots in important posts to ensure the safety of our nation.
Defense Secretary Mattis & Chief of Staff John Kelly are two examples. Though one might not agree with all their policies both are considered to be competent and measured individuals who will help keep our nation on a safe course. One by managing the President’s behavior, the other by influencing international policy.
What’s the problem you might ask?
There’s lots of oversight keeping a check on the President by telling him what he wants to hear and giving him a lollipop and a pat on the head when he is perturbed. And of course, Vice-President Pence is always huddled close-by with a compliment whenever it’s needed.
But think about this. Going as far back as October of 2017 Republican Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stated, “that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Of course, he’s retiring and has nothing to lose by speaking out.
Who should be speaking out?
The Democrats have tried, but just like all minorities through the course of America’s history they have been thwarted and mistreated.
- Who does that leave?
- Who are the biggest culprits?
I’ve given it a hard thought. Really!
All I can come up with are the lily-livered Congressional Republican majority who cling to two basic premises.
- First, the ends justify the means. No matter how dysfunctional they believe the President to be, no matter how harmful to our nation in so many ways, he is cutting taxes that save the rich a lot of money, rolling back corporate restrictions, appointing lifetime serving conservative judges and helping big investors make a lot in the stock market.
So what if he is allegedly breaking ethics laws, obstructing justice and conspiring with the Russians to pervert our elections. He’s getting us stuff we want.
- Second, these scared and in my opinion un-American, unpatriotic and singularly despicable politicians won’t speak up for fear of losing a primary or an election. “The heck with what’s good for America, I want to stay in Washington.”
How they can go home on breaks and face their spouses and children is beyond me. I can’t picture a male Senator trying to justify some of the President’s statements to his 15-year-old daughter. “Don’t worry sweetie, just because the President says he can grab women by their p***y doesn’t mean he will do it to you.
We all have leaders of one sort or another. People we look up to or those to whom we report.
The House of Representatives has Paul Ryan. He’s getting out. But he’ll be back when the dust settles.
The Senate has Mitch McConnell. These two fellows are the real culprits. They are the bottom feeders who didn’t want Donald Trump as President, but when he was elected decided to discard their most basic values.
Had they not done so, The New York Times wouldn’t have the need to publish an anonymous article by White House insiders seizing partial control of our government.
If they hadn’t sold out and simply done their jobs things would be very different. They should have been holding open, honest, bi-partisan hearings from virtually the first week President Trump took office.
They would have examined the multiple perversions of our system of government and acted where it was required. The United States of America would not be in a position where self-appointed (perhaps well-meaning) individuals would decide they needed to intervene and censor what comes across the desk of The President of The United States of America. That’s not how our democracy should operate.
You can call your Congressmen and Senators. But if it were me, I’d start by calling Speaker of the House Mitch McConnel, perhaps the single most obstructionist politician of this era.
Leave a simple friendly message.
Perhaps something like this, but in your own words:
“Senator, when are you going to stop being a political hack and put America First! Your job is to represent all Americans and to work in a bi-partisan way with the opposition to do all in your power to protect the citizens of this great country and help create a better life for all.”
Here’s Senator McConnell’s Washington phone number if you care to call! 202-224-2541.
His Twitter account is: @SenMajLdr Perhaps something like #DoYourJob might make an interesting Tweet. I’m sure you can come up with a better hashtag. I challenge you.
This is your country!
Don’t let unelected bureaucrats make the decisions for which your national politicians were elected. If you care what’s happening then get involved. If not, perhaps 2020 will bring even more political excitement.
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