[Vision2020] I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

Debi Robinson-Smith debismith at moscow.com
Wed Sep 5 17:15:08 PDT 2018

In the age of Trump, how does one define "too vulgar"?

Just sayin'

Debi R-S

On 9/5/2018 5:11 PM, Ron Force wrote:
> Bogus resistance. The author is just trying to cover his a** so he'll 
> be welcomed into polite society after the Trump administration goes up 
> in flames. The actions are fine, but the tone is too vulgar.
> /What does this resistance fighter think are Trump's -- excuse me, the 
> Resistance's -- good policies? "Effective deregulation, historic tax 
> reform, a more robust military and more." So: the destruction of the 
> EPA 
> <https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-epa-is-poisoning-our-children/>, 
> HUD 
> <http://nahbnow.com/2018/02/trumps-fiscal-2019-budget-seeks-18-3-cut-to-hud-budget/>, 
> et alia; massive tax breaks for the rich 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/03/30/the-richest-americans-get-a-33000-tax-break-under-the-gop-tax-law-the-poorest-get-40/>; 
> and a wasteful and dangerous increase in military spending 
> <https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22727400/john-mccain-defense-spending-bill-donald-trump/>. 
> The resistance fighter doesn't say anything one way or the other about 
> the administration's other controversial policies, such as the Muslim 
> ban, the ongoing attempt to stack SCOTUS to kill Roe, or the ICE 
> child-stealing atrocities. You think that's because this person 
> doesn't have an opinion about them -- or because this person doesn't 
> want you to know what it is? /
> http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/09/stephen-miller-welcome-to-resistance.html
> Ron Force
> Moscow Idaho USA
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 3:26 PM Moscow Cares <moscowcares at moscow.com 
> <mailto:moscowcares at moscow.com>> wrote:
>     Courtesy of the /New York Times/ at:
>     https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html
>     ———————————————
>       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. We invite you to
>     submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here
>     <https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/reader-center/oped-questions.html>.
>     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.
>     To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We
>     want the administration to succeed and think that many of its
>     policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
>     But 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.
>     That is why 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.
>     The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who
>     works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first
>     principles that guide his decision making.
>     Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows
>     little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free
>     minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these
>     ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
>     In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is
>     the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are
>     generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
>     Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless
>     negative coverage of the administration fails to capture:
>     effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust
>     military and more.
>     But these successes have come despite — not because of — the
>     president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial,
>     petty and ineffective.
>     From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies,
>     senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the
>     commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to
>     insulate their operations from his whims.
>     Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in
>     repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked,
>     ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be
>     walked back.
>     “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind
>     from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me
>     recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the
>     president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a
>     week earlier.
>     The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for
>     unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides
>     have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have
>     gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West
>     Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
>     It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should
>     know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is
>     happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald
>     Trump won’t.
>     The result is a two-track presidency.
>     Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump
>     shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President
>     Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un,
>     and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us
>     to allied, like-minded nations.
>     Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the
>     administration is operating on another track, one where countries
>     like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly,
>     and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than
>     ridiculed as rivals.
>     On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so
>     many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a
>     former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about
>     senior staff members letting him get boxed into further
>     confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the
>     United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its
>     malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such
>     actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.
>     This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of
>     the steady state.
>     Given the instability many witnessed, there 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 in the right direction until —
>     one way or another — it’s over.
>     The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the
>     presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do
>     to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be
>     stripped of civility.
>     Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All
>     Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism
>     trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and
>     love of this great nation.
>     We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his
>     example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our
>     national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we
>     should revere them.
>     There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people
>     choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be
>     made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across
>     the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single
>     one: Americans.
>     ———————————————
>     Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
>     "Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
>     http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
>     Tom Hansen
>     Moscow, Idaho
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