Of course there’s no such thing as the Establishment, the Deep State

1. Many officials are working against Trump from within the administration
The anonymous author of the New York Times’s essay, titled I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump administration, says that many officials across government are working inside the administration as part of a “quiet resistance”.

The author says: “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

One example given is officials pushing on with sanctions against Russia despite the president’s opposition to them. Across the administration people are “choosing to put country first”. The author says this is not the “deep state” but the “steady state”.


38 thoughts on “Of course there’s no such thing as the Establishment, the Deep State”

  1. Or it’s a psychological ruse, designed to make Trump suspect everyone around around him. This will put him permanently on edge, run down his nerves, and he’ll be in no fit state to contest the 2020 election.

    Occam’s razor suggests this is most unlikely.

  2. Which is all why I keep suggesting that the Senior Civil Service be fired en masse and sans compo and pensions,

    They are our chiefest (sic-but it sounds right) enemies. And they enable/empower if not direct the political scum

  3. Revealing:

    ““But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis,” the op-ed says. “So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until – one way or another – it’s over.””


    “The late senator John McCain, whom Trump had clashed with, was an honorable man whose example should be revered, the author says.”

    McCain was a neocon warmonger who caved to democrats on every domestic social issue. He wanted mass third-world immigration and showed no desire to maintain the US as a functioning first-world nation. His ‘example’ should be used to teach people how not to act.

  4. “The late senator John McCain, whom Trump had clashed with, was an honorable man whose example should be revered, the author says.”
    By dying?
    I’ll look forward to the obituaries.

  5. what is is about these people that they feel they can subvert the democratic process in pursuit of some noble cause and higher purpose?

    Public horsewhipping is required

  6. “What is is about these people that they feel they can subvert the democratic process in pursuit of some noble cause and higher purpose?”

    Common Purpose – “Leading Beyond Authority”…

  7. As I read this the NYT would unquestioningly prefer an an anonymous unelected official to an elected one. Because they assume said dictator agrees with them. Once they find he doesn’t, it’ll be too late.

  8. “The late senator John McCain, whom Trump had clashed with, was an honorable man whose example should be revered, the author says.”

    He knew how to lose. He knew his place.

  9. “I may be wrong, but that does sound suspiciously like treason to me.”

    Sedition, not treason. Treason is very narrowly defined in the U.S.

  10. I count this as a good thing on balance.

    Rilly? You don’t think this sets a dangerous precedent?

    Suppose Trump (or whoever, wherever) successfully purged the cilvil service, refilled it with people like him and then used it to block the progress of future governments? Governments you might have voted for.

    It never ceases to amaze me how little ‘liberals’ care for democracy.

  11. @MC: “You don’t think this sets a dangerous precedent?”

    The precedent was set by the Reagan administration, certainly by his second term. As Reagan had forgotten to tell the electorate he had Alzheimers and was losing contact with reality, his staff faked up a competent presidency while he napped.

  12. @dearieme: “it was a country set up by traitors”

    Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
    Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

  13. Rob

    ‘He knew how to lose. He knew his place.’

    Nailed it – totally. Hence the weird Leftist nostalgia in this country for the ‘one Nation Tories’ as ‘basically decent’ in that they played by the Queensberry rules while the Hard Left bought in baseball bats and knuckle dusters…..

  14. @MC: I said “on balance”, the balance being the good that an unhinged Trump can do in draining the swamp compared to the harm he is likely to cause.

  15. All organisations have culture and have views. Leaders are good leaders if they can win loyalty (bully, bribe or inspire – it doesn’t even have to be heartfelt, just enough to get the job done), and great leaders if they can lead big change and actually inspire enthusiasm. Calling it the deep state or the Establishment doesn’t help – it’s universal, and anyway, you don’t get to blame the led for not following a leader. That’s always the leader’s fault.

  16. Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy: In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

  17. Napsjam–Cockrot.

    “Culture”–yeah the culture of Global Elite dick-sucking traitors and sabotage merchants. And it’s somehow Trump’s fault that an entrenched and entitled shower of shite are trying to undermine him?

    Purge the fucking lot Donald–out with nowt and replace them with patriots.

  18. Ecksy, cockrot yourself. You’re actually just saying the same as me, I think, using shoutier words. I agree if he can’t inspire, bribe or threaten people into line he should be firing them and hiring people who will do what they’re told. Just flapping his hands and calling them traitors won’t help. But I doubt he can organise even the small effective loyal team he’d need to run a purge inside his own government.

  19. They are paid substantial wages out of taxpayers pockets to do what they are fucking told not decide whether they deign to get on board or not. If they don’t like their job anymore they should resign.

    They are already committed GElite/leftist scum. Trump needs to root them out and destroy them

  20. This is either fake news or proof of the deep state (maybe a bit of both). It has to be one (or both) of those. It cannot be neither and people will notice that.

    The NYT will only impress its base with this, so it’s a win for Trump.

    Could be a false flag op by the White House, like that white power symbol behind Kavanaugh. Yeah…

  21. @ Van Patten
    No, the hard left used knives, bombs with timing devices so that they were far away when they went off, etc
    I can remember a cartoon with two bobbies watching some skinny lefties with uncut hair and straggly starts to beards attacking a right-wing march composed of unarmed tattooed heavies and one, instead of trying to get in the way and being hospitalised, saying to other “why don’t we just let them get on with it?”
    The Hard Left wouldn’t know how to use knuckledusters.
    They would be an asset to the revolting Nick Griffin

  22. TDS is in full swing in Guardian Land! They’re all gloating below the line as though Trump’s already been impeached.

  23. I look forward to the declassification of the FISA applications plus various emails. I’m saving my popcorn for that.

  24. Anyone who thinks that a 52% mandate is a substitute for leadership skills is an idiot.

    Or a swiveled-eyed Brexiteer.

    Most of the skill of business and politics is picking a goal that is achievable and leading sufficient people to that goal. Trump has clearly failed.

  25. Dave C–You need your remainiac neck stretching Dave.

    Only goals that the scum of the left approve of are “achievable” eh.

    The West needs all out war on the Marxist scum and their allies using any methods needed. Trump should start with Muller and the gang in jail by nightfall. And life sentences for sedition for any scum in his administration who have participated in sabotage or have known about any sabotage and kept quiet. It would only need a couple of examples to start the rest blabbing.

    It is that or the destruction of everything worthwhile that still remains.

  26. “Treason is very narrowly defined in the U.S.”: naturally – it was a country set up by traitors.


    Still holding a grudge? Your psychiatrist says it’s time to let it go.

  27. @gamecock so is trump failing to achieve because his own team are undermining him or not?

    The achievement list was a bunch of stuff that he’s unilaterally pulled out of. So much easier to storm out of an agreement that to actually pursuade people to agree in the first place. And number two on the list was replacing a judge. If coping with churn is what you call an achievement…

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