The Dumb State: An Opinion on the New York Times Op-Ed

Posted by Mongo Friday, September 7, 2018

You are not a resistor.  You are a capacitor. Blocking the unwanted signals while letting other, wanted signals through.

The New York Times Op-ed is just that.  It’s an opinion. 

You think you’re saving the country by telling us all that you’re working to undermine Trump’s most base desires to start a nuclear war over tariffs or throw himself a parade with him wearing some medal laden jacket as if he were Sheriff Clarke vying for employee of the month at a TGIFridays.  But you’re not helping. If anything, you’ve blown your cover because now they’ll be on to you.  It was fun while it lasted but you have played your only good card and it’s still the first deal.  Guys, Guys… All red!

Back in 7th grade track, I was a portly little fellow who threw shot put and discus.  And even though I was not a runner, we still had to participate in some events… they called it a hog race.  And in this particular race, four of us from the more hefty group of athletes had to run a mile relay race.  Unfortunately, I did not understand what distance I was running so I took off like a shot, good at sprinting over short distances.  I left all competitors in the dust. And halfway around the track, thinking I was truly some kind of Prefontaine God, I didn’t notice that there wasn’t anyone to pass the baton over to.  No one.  I stood alone on the track as other runners passed me, and now, out of breath, I had to dig in deep and pull myself out of my asthmatic funk and complete the quarter mile leg of this race.

We lost.

I didn’t understand the strategy. I didn’t think far enough ahead.  I just went balls to the wall, guns out, napalm the Earth crazy and I sat there like the Coyote, on his rocket, in the air, dropping like a stone into a tiny puff on the ground miles below.

That is you.  And I say that thinking that perhaps you are truly what you say you are, a resistor.  Someone who is trying to protect the country by stopping Trump from executing every little whim he has.

But, quite frankly, I don’t think you are part of any Deep State resistance.  I think you’re a pawn, or a well-placed plant.  Because if you aren’t, you certainly blew your load on a missed opportunity.

If you are patriotic, you would have resigned in protest and went public. But we know, just like every other sycophant in this administration, you probably signed some non-disclosure agreement that prevents you from going public.  You probably think it was in your own best financial interest to stay anonymous.  If so, you’re an opportunistic asshole who wants to take credit for being selfless, all while counting the Benjamins in private.  You’re Dustin Hoffman in Hero.  You went onto a burning plane to steal from the passengers, but reluctantly saved a few in the process. 

If you signed on early, because you thought Trump was going to somehow magically pivot into being a regular President, yet still bringing that outside non-swampiness business acumen to the job, you obviously did not pay any attention to the campaign.  Trump was never going to pivot.  He was never going to be Presidential. It’s not why he was elected.  He was elected to do all the things you are trying to prevent him from doing.  In that case, you’re failing.  I believe you signed on to some shooting star, bull in a china shop, cutout for the real conservative agenda.  You knew that no other candidate, including those who had the actual credibility and experience could beat Hillary Clinton.  

Maybe you didn’t know about Russia.  Maybe you did.  Maybe this was all manipulated from someone in the Deeper of States and Putin was just an outsourced solutions provider, contracted via the Mercers to give you a flashy turnkey website to sell your agenda. And that agenda was stack the lower courts to remove checks against corruption.  Stack the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and subvert choice. Enact a Nationalist Agenda to “purify” America of non-whites.  Revoke ecological and financial regulations in order to increase profits for the top 1% of earners in banking and industry.  Except the website had bugs in it.  Little flaws like unhinged paranoia and mental instability that threaten your project.  So, you run around like a little Dutch boy, sticking your finger in whatever dike springs a leak today.  If so, that must be exhausting.  And if that is the case, then I wonder who your audience truly was, the true resistance, who see this Presidency as the single biggest threat to our democracy and our lives or the financial backers who think your plan is failing and wonder if maybe they should pull their investment and go somewhere else.

And if all this is a ruse to distract, we aren’t buying it. If you are floating this idea that you are some port in the storm, keeping the wolves at bay, and silently resisting by hiding the remote control from Trump, just to keep us from talking about the real problems, then it won’t work.  If the mental instability is all you are touting, not the election being hacked, the Russians being responsible, or Mueller bearing down on the criminality of this sham of an administration, we don’t care.  The acuity is the easiest charge to defend because we have no way of really checking.  And the 25th amendment needs more than just one supporter who obviously is still enabling someone because they’re benefiting from the things that fit their narrative.  They’re hindering Democracy and forcing an already panicked paranoid egomaniac to go even farther off the rails.  And maybe that’s your plan, because you know the true conservative, who will be welcomed by the religious right and fiscally conscious, sits in the wings waiting to be elevated.  And just know that person is even more dangerous, because he is mentally sound and believes all he does is because of a higher calling.  And he’s just as guilty of the crimes you’re sweeping under the rug to play, “Uh oh, Grandpa’s off his meds and yelling at the Hispanic kid to get off his lawn.”

In any case, you are no Patriot and you are not helping.  You are tiny and selfish. Whatever your reasons are, they are not altruistic and you played your only good card.  You need to get out and talk to the Special Counsel.  You need protection.  You don’t get preferential treatment for keeping the zombies in the barn, just because you think you can manage the problem.  You are going to be caught.  If anyone at the New York Times knows your true identity, you can bet they will sell it out.  You have no friends in this White House.  No one is going to “jump into the pit” with you.  It’s Lord of the Flies and anyone who could gain something from throwing you under the bus will do so for a chance to not be the next one sent home from the boardroom.  Why?  Because Trump didn’t hire the best, he hired those with something to gain and everything to lose.  You may have started the fire but you’re still in the house.  They won’t save a burning man, they’ll just take the stolen wallets from your possession.


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