Are we not entertained?
Yesterday, a political tactical nuclear device exploded over Washington.
The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed purported to be from a "senior administration official" detailing how he and a group of like-minded people were working to sabotage Donald Trump's worst excesses. It detailed the utter dysfunction of the Trump regime, his unfitness to hold office, and the serious discussions that were had about removing him via the provisions of the 25th Amendment.
It also detailed that America was better off due to the tax cuts, cuts in regulation, and increased military spending enacted by the regime. So the writer and his (her?) cabal are not closet Democrats. They want Republican policies, just without the taint of Trumpist fascism.
Trump, of course, reacted furiously, calling the op-ed writer "gutless", tweeting out "TREASON", and demanding that the Times hand over the name of the writer on national security grounds.
I think we are safely past the event horizon.
Someone in high office, whom we have to assume the Times vetted, has written a piece in the nation's paper of record that the current occupant of the Oval Office is unfit to serve. And not only that, but that everyone who serves under Trump knows this.
If this is so, an op-ed won't do the trick. A "soft coup", as some are calling it, is no way to run a democracy. Imperfect as it is, the Constitution has mechanisms for dealing with someone like Trump. While I feel some solace in this op-ed, there are far larger questions which it raises. Combine this with Bob Woodward's reporting and we have a government which exists in name only. (One of the most frightening things about the Woodward book is its detail about how the military is ignoring Trump's more insane orders. While I don't want Bashar al-Assad assassinated, there's a reason why the military is under civilian control. Trump's madness is eroding that bedrock principle.)
If, as the op-ed writer says, everyone around Trump knows that he is unfit, who will be the brave boy who, openly and publicly, points at him and says "He has no clothes"? Government by cabal in antithetical to our Constitution. And the guardians who are supposed to prevent that are nowhere to be seen. From the Cabinet to the Congress, they have all abjured responsibility to safeguard Constitutional order in the pursuit of brute power.
Trump's installation was the triumph of the bread and circuses which our society has devolved to. "I saw him on TV, and I like him" is no basis for governing an advanced 21st century state. "How bad could it be?" Now we know. Our government is in freefall. Our standing in the world has cratered. We are on the precipice of some great fall. And those who can pull us back from the brink refuse to do so.
I, for one, am not entertained.
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