I tend to think s/he ought to reveal and then resign...his/her present course further undermines the foundations of functional government...no matter how good this may feel now, that feeling will not last...and we had worked out much of what s/he reports.

I get why the NYT did what it did and can pretty well condone its decision; but not so much the method of the writer (one or more).

His/her non-reveal is itself a sad cave to the dysfunction, the madness the reveal deplores.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 6, 2018 at 6:58am

Good Day!

Comment by Rosigami on September 6, 2018 at 7:26am

Good day to you!

Despite how much I hate the current administration's head, I hate the idea far more that folks who have not been elected into positions of government authority are doing things to "help".

And that they are taking actions, writing and being published in such a cowardly way. 
If it's real, OWN IT. 

It is truly disturbing that the anonymous writer reveals that s/he and others have taken it upon themselves to circumvent the current elected "president" when there are remedies in place within our Constitution- the 25th Amendment and impeachment. Waiting for the 2020 election, which may or may not be a viable alternative, and coup, which most certainly is not.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 6, 2018 at 7:55am


Comment by koshersalaami on September 6, 2018 at 8:04am
In this case I disagree, even though I’m generally a process fanatic. To begin with, I think this is partially analogous to Deep Throat. If he’d resigned, Nixon would have served out his second term.

There is an extent to which this is not analogous, and that’s that this person is actually affecting policy. That’s scary, but what is also scary is that the Constitutional remedies are being ignored. Congress is doing next to nothing to limit the President. It would be one thing if my concerns were partisan by nature but they’re not because it isn’t Trump’s issue stands that threaten the Republic, it’s his gross disrespect for process. Trump is a constant and deliberate threat to the institutions and practices that make the country work. His capriciousness and overpersonalization of everything threaten our future. The country and the world shouldn’t need to be reassured that people are cushioning the President’s actions from affecting the world, but that reassurance may actually be functional. We have a President who is deliberately and blatantly undermining our democracy and who has not shown in any way that he values it other than as a vehicle to get him into office.

There was a time after he took office when it became apparent that he was totally ignoring information coming to him from our intelligence services that I would have been reassured by a coup. I would have trusted our military and intelligence services to do more to safeguard our democracy than I trusted the President. I don’t just mean safeguard our country, I mean safeguard our democracy. The President is not a responsible man but he’s in an office that requires more responsibility than any in the world.

None of this should be necessary, and unfortunately the reason it’s necessary is because the Congresasional leadership is more interested in power than they are in our country.

This is why McCain’s funeral was such a big deal. He was more interested in our country than he was in power, he couldn’t tolerate the alternative in the White House, and he was right. That is why he is now being venerated and that is why Trump was not welcome at his funeral.
Comment by alsoknownas on September 6, 2018 at 8:20am

Smart discussion.

Now I am really on the fence about this.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 6, 2018 at 8:34am

Thanks, fellas!

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 6, 2018 at 8:35am

...and thanks, Rosi!!

Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 10:00am

Anonymity in governent is anathema to the principles of transparent democracy.

It is for this reason that I favor disclosure of the identity of the author(s) of the NYT 'resistance' op-ed....

Comment by alsoknownas on September 6, 2018 at 10:38am

I'm leaning towards reveal, with a tinge of concern that it could thwart someone with even more to disclose.

This POTUS needs to vacate the White House.

The republic is at risk right now. 

Which standards should be applied if it is to survive?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 6, 2018 at 11:02am

Standards that are more likely to mitigate in favor of long-term institutional survival; that is more assured when the long-honored and good standeards are upheld.

Too, I fail to see how this person's anonymity, as opposed to his/her resigning, is less of a move toward our legal, social, or cultural preservation.



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