Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

I am not feeling great about the state of our nation tonight.

I have not felt all that great about it since January 2017, but tonight marks a new low point.  Tonight, The New York Times published an op-ed written by an anonymous contributor who claimed:

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

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.

The dilemma — which he 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.

I would know. I am one of them.

This is some scary shit.  Either a “senior official in the Trump administration,” as the NYT describes the contributor, has admitted he and others of his ilk are running the executive branch behind Trump’s back, without the consent of the electorate, which essentially amounts to a coup d’etat without actually throwing the executive out of office, or the NYT is guilty of publishing some kind of sick joke.

“Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the op-ed goes on, as if to reassure the American people.  “[T]here were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration.”

This is banana-republic level rationalization.  My disgust with the current president notwithstanding, there should be no one steering the administration but the president.  Not his most trusted advisors, not his closest friends.  Whether or not there are “adults in the room” who might be capable of taking the wheel, it’s not for them to decide to take charge.  That is not how American government is supposed to work.  And the idea that someone, or some people, have decided it is their duty to put their hands on the wheel while letting the president continue to pretend he is driving, fills me with dread.

coup | 8:36 pm CDT
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