The Emerging Shadowy Government of United States of America
It is typical for the Democrats to harp on President Donald Trump’s unconventional style of governance, his personality, and official statement, but odd for Republican figures to voice similar concerns. On Wednesday the 5th of September, the New York Times published an op-ed attributed to an unnamed senior Trump administration official titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”
In the op-ed, the writer emphasized, “It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.” He or she revealed, “The dilemma — which [Trump] does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” The writer went on to state “many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” This mind-boggling cognitive dissonance is believable in light of the published excerpts from Bob Woodward’s latest book “Fear: Trump in the White House” to be released on the 11th of this month.
The op-ed author made a distinction between the “resistance” he/she belong to, which is operating from within the administration and not part of the Democratic Party. The difference being is many of the administration’s “policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.” Yet, on the other hand, he/she is doubting the ability of Trump to advance balanced and positive policies concluding that “we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.” The writer’s intended takeaway appears to be reassuring the American people and the international community of the secret group’s commitment to being a force of good working in the shadows of the White House to preserve the integrity of nation domestically and its standing in the world.
Americans are living in an era of existential crisis since Trump assumed office. True to his campaign he shook up Washington DC beyond recognition. Depending on a person’s worldview, most people are either fervently opposed to his policies and personality or are in support of the man with palpable exuberance. This latest revelation only confirms an already reached decision about Trump.
How will Americans react to the op-ed revelation? With a combination of a sigh and panic. It is reassuring to know the public servants in the administration are committed to the republic and hold their duties toward country and flag at a higher regard than to loyalty to the occupant of the White House. It is worthy to note the oath each and every one of them swore to on the first day on the job was to uphold the constitution. This brings us to the panic portion of the reaction to the op-ed.
It is very troubling to realize members of this dark group are thwarting the will of the American people, elected Trump, technically and legally according to the rules of the Electoral College, to lead the country toward a vision for which they have bought into. The slow nature of government has prompted Trump to complain about the power of the “Deep State,” accusing it of working against him from within the government. This claim has been dismissed for lack of evidence and for its improbability as a hollow conspiracy theory. But this op-ed confirms the so-called “Deep State” is in fact comprised of trusted Trump advisors who are charged with implementing his policies.
A Democratic Style Coup D’etat
Upholding the US Constitution is a baseline requirement expected of every public servant. Among those in public service are the president's team and/or advisors. On the first day of their tenure, they were required to swear (or affirm) to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The oath goes on to say ‘I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion”.
The coordinated effort to curtail the President of the US is partly evasive and completely premeditated. It can only be understood in the vein of a nonviolent Coup D’etat. It confirms a few powerful administration officials are acting against the person who was elected to lead the nation, President Trump. This is simply treasonous. It is irrelevant if they are working for what they believe to be a higher purpose. The mere act of circumventing the system, the audacity of stifling the will of the American president, is in and of itself, a betrayal of the trust put in these public servants. To fully grasp the gravity of the situation, when reading the original New York Times op-ed, one should take the name Trump out and replace it with the name of any past president one admires. I dare say that no one will accept a sinister scenario. If at any time it becomes acceptable for the president's team to override his/her actions, future presidents will be paralyzed by lack of trust and thwarted by secrecy. It would be a betrayal of the person, the American people, and the Constitution. We cannot be partisan in our reaction to this shadowy act because it’s an assault on the essence of the American system of Democracy independent of who holds the presidency.
Political courage must be the “lodestar” guiding these concerned public servants; the courage to come out from the shadows by invoking the 25th Amendment lest compromising the Constitution itself. The writer anticipates readers pointing to this constitutional option by writing after “early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment,” “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.” I believe it is too late; publishing the op-ed has already triggered a Constitutional crisis. Now we will wait for the political inquisition to commence.