The ro­mance of the ‘re­sis­tance’

But no shoot­ing, please, it’s only an in­sur­rec­tion by brave bu­reau­crats

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Democrats write off Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s con­cerns about leaks, anony­mous state­ments to the press, and other malfea­sance by Obama holdovers and ca­reer bu­reau­crats in­side the gov­ern­ment, as merely the para­noid ram­blings of some­one who has no right to the job he was elected to hold. They’re at­tempt­ing noth­ing less than to nul­lify the elec­tion.

They call it “the re­sis­tance,” as if it were a ver­sion of the French Maquis of World War II be­dev­il­ing the Nazis, but it’s more cor­rectly called an in­sur­rec­tion, an at­tempt to de­stroy a le­gal gov­ern­ment and re­place it with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, re­duc­ing the United States to the likes of a Third-World ex­cuse for a coun­try.

Only a month after the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Don­ald Trump, Robert Re­ich, the sec­re­tary of La­bor in the Bill Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion, posted on his Face­book ac­count a trib­ute to the fed­eral work­ers who had joined this “re­sis­tance.” What he had to say was taken from a blog post from Wash­ing­ton’s other news­pa­per, and he in­cluded his ob­ser­va­tion that “the re­sis­tance is grow­ing in­side fed­eral de­part­ments, com­ing from fed­eral work­ers charged with im­ple­ment­ing Trump’s agenda.”

Mr. Obama re­mained in Wash­ing­ton when his term ended, al­most un­prece­dented among past pres­i­dents, on the trans­par­ent pre­tense that he wanted his daugh­ters to fin­ish the school year with their chums in Wash­ing­ton, when it was clear that he wanted to stay in the cap­i­tal as in­spi­ra­tion for the “re­sis­tance.” Now, with his fa­mous legacy in tat­ters, he has given up the pre­tense, hav­ing pur­chased the for­ti­fied man­sion which the family has been rent­ing, per­haps to be taken as a sign that he will stand with the “re­sis­tance” when the lib­er­a­tion is at hand.

Ca­reer bu­reau­crats can now seek ad­vice as well as in­spi­ra­tion from Mr. Obama on how to push back against the new pres­i­dent’s agenda. The “re­sis­tance,” un­like the French re­sis­tance (with­out the quo­ta­tion marks), has yet to be­gin cut­ting tele­phone and elec­tric wires, poi­son­ing wells and blow­ing up rail cross­ings, but as­sas­si­na­tion fan­tasies ob­vi­ously lie har­bored deep within brave “re­sis­tance” breasts, as Kathy Grif­fin’s cel­e­brated mock be­head­ing demon­strates.

Rogue Twit­ter ac­counts have been cre­ated to em­bar­rass Pres­i­dent Trump with fake news, slow­downs are planned within the Jus­tice Depart­ment, and other mis­chief is plot­ted if the bu­reau­cra­cies are “asked to shift grants away from their mis­sion.” Pa­tri­o­tism is mea­sured in dol­lars and cents.

“I’m sure these are only the tips of a vast up­surge of re­sis­tance in­side gov­ern­ment,” Mr. Re­ich wrote. “You see, most gov­ern­ment work­ers want to do their jobs, and they be­lieve in democ­racy. Let us pause to ap­pre­ci­ate and ap­plaud our fed­eral work­force.”

Oh, dear. The gov­ern­ment — the real one, not the gov­ern­ment of Demo­cratic fan­tasy — is now un­der at­tack from an axis of Rus­sians and a ver­sion of the Amer­i­can Maquis. Pres­i­dent Trump, like FDR be­fore him, might be forced to de­cide which of two op­pos­ing en­e­mies to fight first.

The “re­sis­tance” seems to be un­der the com­mand of Sen. Charles Schumer, the leader of the Demo­cratic mi­nor­ity, block­ing the Trump agenda and rais­ing the bar on ev­ery im­por­tant piece of leg­is­la­tion. Fed­eral judges ap­pointed by Messrs. Clin­ton and Obama re­peal and re­write law from the bench. They think that los­ing the elec­tion does not deny them the right to con­tinue to set pol­icy and run things. The con­flict cre­ates a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis over whether the will of the peo­ple, as ex­pressed at the bal­lot box, ac­tu­ally mat­ters. But what do “the peo­ple” know un­less there’s a sore loser to tell them?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.