Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thinking About The Larger Trump Situation

It has been said--justifiably--that The Donald is The Cause of many of The Donald's difficulties.  His tweeting and drama-queen stuff, combined with his utter lack of coordination with his commo staff (and other high-level administration staffers) is a recipe for trouble.

He should take the advice of Limbaugh and Hannity:  ignore the crap-storm and move the agenda full steam ahead.

OK.  He may or may not do that.

But there's a lot more to the crap-storm situation than just The Donald's tweeter, and when The Federalist publishes a lengthy essay on the problem, it's serious.

It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. Since November 9, 2016, forces within the U.S. government, media, and partisan opposition have aligned to overthrow the Electoral College winner, Donald Trump.

To achieve this they have undermined the institutions of the Fourth Estate, the bureaucratic apparatus of the U.S. government, and the very nature of a contentious yet affable two-party political system. Unlike the coup d’etat that sees a military or popular figure lead a minority resistance or majority force into power over the legitimate government, this coup d’etat is leaderless and exposes some of the deepest fissures in our system of government. This coup d’etat represents not the rule of one man or even many, but by the multitude of our [self-declared] elites....

The essay cites "Publius Decius Mus" ('mus' is Latin for 'mouse', by the way) and Codevilla's essays to underpin the argument that this is not really about The Donald; rather, it is about what REALLY matters.  Here, Publius:

If conservatives are right about the importance of virtue, morality, religious faith, stability, character and so on in the individual; if they are right about sexual morality or what came to be termed “family values”; if they are right about the importance of education to inculcate good character and to teach the fundamentals that have defined knowledge in the West for millennia; if they are right about societal norms and public order; if they are right about the centrality of initiative, enterprise, industry, and thrift to a sound economy and a healthy society; if they are right about the soul-sapping effects of paternalistic Big Government and its cannibalization of civil society and religious institutions; if they are right about the necessity of a strong defense and prudent statesmanship in the international sphere—if they are right about the importance of all this to national health and even survival, then they must believe—mustn’t they?—that we are headed off a cliff.
My editorial emphasis on "family values" is there for a reason:  when you come right down to it, the State is warring against the family, having already (largely) conquered the church(es.)  We are at the final stages here, folks.

Here, Codevilla:

...This election is about whether the Democratic Party, the ruling class’s enforcer, will impose its tastes more strongly and arbitrarily than ever, or whether constituencies opposed to that rule will get some ill-defined chance to strike back. Regardless of the election’s outcome, the republic established by America’s Founders is probably gone. But since the Democratic Party’s constituencies differ radically from their opponents’, and since the character of imperial governance depends inherently on the emperor, the election’s result will make a big difference in our lives.
In effect, the crap-storm about Trump is NOT "about Trump."  It is about whether The Left will be un-impeded in its Statism-quest.  And that Left is wholeheartedly supported by managerial elements of the various and multitudinous Departments--and more ominously, national intel and LEO people.

Lots, lots, more at the link to Bayou--and a big hat tip to him!!


Anonymous said...

Trump needs to rearrange his cabinet and get rid of people like his son in law and Priebus.
I could care less about what he says in twitter account as its funny as hell as long as he puts HRC in Jail with her pals.
and he takes an axe to the bloated Federal government and bring down to size. Lots of deadweight to cut.

anonymous English teacher said...

Sorry to be so meticulous Anonymous, but the correct phrase is, "I COULDN'T care less."

Dad29 said...

Tall: your comment is rejected

Anonymous said...

English Teacher,

Ever here about Grammar Pedantry Syndrome?