Anonymous Op Ed Describes White House Coup by Charade

Anonymous Op Ed Describes White House Coup by Charade September 6, 2018
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I’m not a big fan of President Donald Trump. But I have to tell you, that anonymous I’m-on-the-inside-subverting-the-President New York Times piece made me gag.

The New York Times recently published an anonymous Op Ed piece that it says was written by someone high in the Trump administration and inside the White House. The author of the piece details why he and other staffers are using their positions to subvert the president and essentially govern the country themselves through lies and charade.

Whoever wrote that thing just might be a bigger jerk than the president himself. What we have is someone who says — and the New York Times, which says this person is known to them, vouches for it — that they are high in the Trump administration, right there in the Oval Office, supposedly serving the President as he tries to govern the executive branch of our government.

This person intones that he or she feels that some of the things that President Trump has done are great “conservative” (read that corporatist) triumphs. He likes the big tax cuts aimed mostly at the rich that will one day, in an economic crash, come back to bite all of us. He’s also keen on the increases in money for “defense” (corporate pork barrel.) But he is against — and in active inside opposition to — most of the rest of the president’s initiatives. 

So, instead of doing whatever job he (given the sexist nature of the Trump White House, it just about has to be a “he.”) is in place to do, he — along with rest of the president’s staff — actively subvert their boss. The anonymous writer intones that he wants the American people to know that “there are adults in the room” to protect them from their duly elected president.

Yeah. Uh-huh. Sure. 

Mr Anonymous doesn’t sound so much like the “adult in the room” to me as he does another lying, back-stabbing, two-faced, self-referencing corporatist jerk. He sounds like just another corporatist who wants to govern the country along lines that the voters of both parties revolted against in the last election (ie, feeding America down the maw of corporate greed to the ruination of the rest of us.) Despite the fact that he wasn’t elected, he brags about subverting the duly elected president who gave him his cushy, top-level White House position in the first place. 

The excuse for this is that President Trump is bad. Somehow or other, Mr Anonymous thinks President Trump’s badness justifies an inside-the-White House coup of governance. 

My feeling on this is that of course President Trump is bad. He’s a capricious bully, a liar, and a sexual predator; a woman-hating misogynist, and most likely a Putin stooge. But he’s also the President of the United States. Whoever wrote this anonymous piece has the position of power and influence that allows him to proclaim himself one of “the adults in the room,” because Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

The fact that this bozo is undermining his boss doesn’t make him one of the “adults in the room.” It makes him just another one of the liars in the room. 

This country does not need more back-stabbing, self-referencing, holier-than-thou liars in top positions. We have a surfeit of them. It also does not need more corporatist operatives bleeding our resources and power into the hands of the greedy and destroying the rest of the nation. 

The author of this piece references President Trump’s morality, or lack of it, as one of the excuses for his own duplicity and dishonesty. This kind of finger-pointing, pass-the-buck excuse-making seems to be the order of the day among Republicans ever since President Trump took office.

Since day one, I’ve heard the “but Hillary,” and “but Obama” stories used to excuse inexcusable behavior. No matter what President Trump does, his apologists pick up their Hillary or Obama dolls and shake them in the faces of their incredibly stupid followers, and the followers go glazed-eyed and thick-brained and begin ranting about Hillary or Obama and accept whatever atrocious behavior President Trump has committed as A-OK.

Now, we’ve got a liar/manipulator/corporatist shill bragging about subverting the president and he’s — get this — waving the Trump doll in Democratic faces to make that seem admirable. In truth and in fact, the hatred of Trump is just as visceral and automatic as the hatred of Hillary and Obama. Each side of the political divide has their dolls they can wave in the faces of brainless true believers so that their thinking capacity will shut off. I’m no fan of President Trump. I also criticized quite a few things that President Obama did. 

But I never, at any time, have countenanced lying, subverting and trying to coup the government out from under either of them. If you don’t agree with President Trump, then get outside the White House and go at him. Work actively in the open political system to fight him every single day. 

But don’t namby-pamby around with an anonymous op ed proclaiming that you are one of the “adults in the room” who is working to subvert him from the inside and govern this country your own unelected self in accordance to your own unelected ideas. Do not engage in palace coups in place against the duly elected President of the United States.

Whoever Mr Anonymous is, he is a liar. Whoever Mr Anonymous is, he is a self-congratulatory, back-stabbing, two-faced monster. 

President Trump was elected. 

He’s a piece of work, a real mess. I am going to work hard to see him defeated in the next election. In the meantime, I will continue to criticize his actions and demand that Congress do the job it was elected to do and actually be that other, balance-of-power branch of government they were created to be. 

The opposition position that Mr Anonymous is taking onto himself should be coming from Congress. But the same corporate interests which our smug author serves have destroyed Congress’ effectiveness by beaming their shills into office on beams of corporate money. 

Corporatist interests have bought Congress. And they’ve achieved dominance in the Supreme Court. 

It appears, based on this letter, that they’ve also managed to place their operatives inside the White House. That, not patriotism, is what is at work here. 

 

Simcha Fisher wrote an interesting piece on this issue. To read it, go here.

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11 responses to “Anonymous Op Ed Describes White House Coup by Charade”

  1. I was nervous about the tax cuts until last week’s new unemployment claims numbers came out.

    Unemployment in the United States is lower than it has been in my entire life.

    Either trickle down is working, or we’re headed for the first reversal in middle class shrinkage since the 1960s. Quite possibly both.

    Hate to say it, but if the only thing I cared about was materialism (and it isn’t, or I wouldn’t be Catholic), then President Trump’s immorality is beating morality all hollow.

    But I care about morality, and so….I don’t like this one bit. We’re buying a heap of trouble.

    • The tax cuts haven’t played out yet Ted. When things crash — and they will — that’s when it will all come to breakfast.

      • Due to how the tax cuts were structured, with the biggest tax cut being on payroll, the average american worker saw an immediate effect, because to get the tax cut they needed to pass the increase on to workers. That is why you suddenly see more job openings than unemployed, because businesses are trying to increase headcount to grab more of the tax cut.

    • The economic numbers are astounding, but I am certain they are only temporary and will be followed by a load of pain. Had the tax cut been paired with serious fiscal discipline, the country might have had an enjoyable, sustainable economic expansion. Fiscal discipline, though, is something that many members of Congress seem to be willing to impose on others but not on themselves (no offense to our host is intended by that statement). What we got, however, was a big tax cut paired with increased spending. What we’re experiencing is an unnatural, dangerous period of unsustainable expansion.

      Candidate Trump derided President Obama’s “massive” (his word, not mine) increases in national debt. President Trump has presided over a further increase of more than $2 trillion in the national debt. (NOTE: The source for the following is the website http://www.thebalance.com, and I cross-checked with the April 2018 CBO report on projected economic outlook.) At the end of 2008, just before President Obama took office, the U.S. national debt was 68% of GDP. At the end of 2016, just before Trump took office, the national debt was 104% of GDP. At the end of 2017, the national debt had increased by less than $1 trillion to just a $20.2 trillion and was 103% of GDP, but then Congress raised the debt ceiling and started spending above the sequestration limits. The national debt passed $21 trillion in March 2018, and it is projected that we will have a national debt >=$21.5 trillion by the end of 2018, which is projected to be 107% of GDP, although with the economic growth the nation is currently experiencing, I wonder if 107% may be too high of a projection (I’m not an economist, just someone who is interested in economics). For every year after this one, though, the national debt will continue to increase, and the amount of debt as a percentage of GDP will increase, with debt remaining >100% GDP for the next few decades unless Congress makes changes.

      This burst of economic activity that the country is experiencing is not sustainable in part because we do not have sufficient investment in the things we need to sustain this economic activity over a long period of time. Infrastructure needs massive investment, but the funds are not there. We need much more investment in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) to produce more graduates with the skills needed to sustain this activity and to lay the groundwork for future growth. My own informal review of the literature (I’m a scientist by training and profession) leads me to suspect that China may surpass the United States in output of high quality scientific research publications in the next 20 years. The work that Chinese scientists are doing, especially in chemistry and medicine, is impressive, and the Chinese government appears to be heavily invested in getting Chinese STEM to rival the United States, although I do not know how long China’s high level of investment in scientific research can be maintained, let alone whether it can expand further.

      This giddy economic burst that followed from passing a major tax cut without imposing fiscal discipline in spending will end. When it ends a huge number of people in the poor and middle class will be hurt. Ironically, some of those who will be most hurt will be Trump’s base, but I am reasonably sure that Trump and his base will find a way to blame the economic collapse on Democrats.

      • There are times when irrational exuberance has beat fiscal discipline all hollow, but it requires something we don’t have: a central bank willing to stomach triple digit inflation in a virtual economy.

        And the Democrats have been causing economic collapse in the poor and middle class for 60 years now, so what else is new?

  2. Yes! This was such a cynical ploy – the author admits that they don’t just not respect Trump, they actively disdain and fear him. But they find him useful – so they’ll prop up an amoral, dangerous leader, because they claim they are duping or manipulating hm into implementing their agenda, and blocking items on his agenda they don’t care for. And they seem to want a pat on the back for this, a congratulatory hug for being part of the ‘resistance.’ Nope. No one elected you, you cynically accepting a job for this man just so you could attempt to run the country yourself behind his back is not admirable; in this case Trump is right, it’s treasonous. For the record, I agree that he is an amoral, dangerous idiot but that’s not a green light for Mr Anonymous to take the reins himself while hiding behind his cloak of anonymity. If it’s that serious, resign; resign and say publicly and explicitly why you are resigning so that the American people can decide what we want for ourselves. Ugh.

  3. From all the denials from senior administration officials, it appears that the NYT op-ed piece was written by “Nobody.” When I was growing up, Nobody did quite a bit of mischief at our house, and always managed to frame my brother and/or me for the damage. I didn’t realize that Nobody had gotten such a high government job.

    I’m not sure whether to view the op-ed piece as a false hit piece on Trump or as a scary, backstabbing attack on him by a gutless wonder. Trump is now calling for the Times to release the author’s identity on “national security” grounds. Given the severity of the breach and of the accusations in the piece, I’m not unsympathetic to his reaction, though I somewhat doubt a case to force the Times to release the identity of the against the as-yet-unidentified writer would stand up on a “national security” claim.

    • I don’t see how anyone could consider this a national security issue. The op ed did not reveal any national secrets. Presidents don’t get to use the Justice Department to “investigate,” harass and try to intimidate either the press for printing things they don’t like, or individuals for saying things they don’t like. I’m no fan of the op ed. But the president’s response was totally inappropriate.

      • I agree that his response was inappropriate, but I also understand the initial response of anger and frustration, and given that Trump leads with his mouth, it is unsurprising that he would start by seeking an investigation by DoJ on national security grounds. In fact, his first response was to claim treason, since for Trump, disloyalty to him is treason (no matter how the Constitution defines it). If I were Trump, I would also wonder what this person might spill to our nation’s enemies given the right incentives or the right pressure. Writing this piece also gives the appearance from those outside this country who hate us the impression that the leadership of the country is in absolute chaos. It is in chaos, and most people who are not rabid Trump partisans know this. Our enemies probably know it also. Putting the chaos on display for everyone to see, however, is not good from a national security perspective, as it could embolden some of the more reckless actors among those who wish us harm.

        • I don’t think that anyone needs this op ed to see that the leadership this country is receiving from the White House is chaotic. President Trump supplies plenty of evidence of that, all on his own. It’s not treason, and it’s not illegal, for someone inside the White House staff to say unflattering things about the president. That happens to every president. What is illegal is for the president to mis-use his powers to go at his enemies. It is objectionable and wrong for a shadow government of unelected people to try to subvert the will of the people in electing this man. But, I don’t know that it’s illegal, if that’s all they do. As usual, President Trump has turned this whole thing into a conversation about his own over-the-top behavior.

          • I totally agree with you. I sincerely hope the mid-terms will change the make-up of Congress, and that something will be done about DT—I personally think he is mentally unbalanced…..and if the op-ed is accurate, it just verifies things that come out on a regular basis. Woodward’s book actually might be worth the price it will cost. He is an admired author. Nixon could testify to that! Going back to one of your comments—-I too do not see how this op-ed is “treason”.

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