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Fri Sep 7, 2018, 06:36 PM

Of Mice and Men

“In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.”
-- John Steinbeck; 1938.


Back in April of this year, I posted a brief essay on a small group within the administration that was secretly operating to lay the groundwork in preparation for Trump's removal from office. I identified VP Pence, UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and a shared-staff individual named Jon Lerner. You may recall that Lerner had no qualifications for either of the two full-time positions, other than his previous “Never Trump” efforts during the 2016 republican primaries. When Trump learned of this, he was quoted as asking why Pence would do that to him?

https://upload.democraticunderground.com/100210509861

It is important to keep in mind that “anonymous” and the “resistance” spoken of in the NY Times' op-ed are the type of republicans that support much of Trump's domestic agenda, but would prefer to have the holy-rolling Pence as president. Their actions should be seen in the context of trying to remove Trump so that Pence is not severely damaged before 2020. They should never be confused as being allied with a surge of Democratic Party power, ethics in politics, or social justice.

The discussions in the media about if the individual or group that wrote the op-ed should identify themselves reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi's lesson on the cat and the mouse. The mouse submits to the cat in fear, not because of a grasp of the principles of non-violence. That mouse hates the cat, and would surely kill it, were the mouse capable of that. No mouse ever shouts, “Fievel, forgive that cat, for he knows not what he's doing.”

Now, I am enjoying the uproar that the op-ed –combined with Woodward's book – is causing. I love it. As indicated in my April essay, I prefer to view systems using the model of a mobile, hanging above an infant's crib. When one piece moves, the others shift to adjust. There are many pieces moving and shifting position in the Trump administration.

However, they are not what I view as “unsung heroes.” They are not honorable women and men. They are mice, infesting the executive branch as the cold looms in their near future. Most lack the postive attributes of mice, and need to be swiftly removed from government, for their only real contribution is toxic feces.

Back in 2017, in an essay I posted here, I told about the last time that Kellyanne Conway was on Morning Joe on MSNBC. As always, she rapidly delivered “talking points” like a rubber-faced robot while the cameras were on. Once they reached a commercial break, she began talking about what a flaming asshole Trump was, and how difficult her job was. She anticipated a sympathetic response, but was met instead with stunned silence. As soon as she left, the crew determined she would never be invited back.

Those details were not reported in the media. But they are likely to come back into the spotlight, if the administration looks closely at who is actively participating in the anti-Trump activities. And they are just the tip of the ice cube. Velow is a link to an interesting Newsweek article about Pence and Conway; though it isn't directly about the information in this essay, it's related.

https://www.newsweek.com/pence-conway-morning-joe-clueless-710516
(Note: I am also extremely impressed with the Democratic Senators in the USSC nominee hearings. Add our field of 2018 candidates, and our party is reaching its potential.)

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H2O Man Sep 2018 OP
OneGrassRoot Sep 2018 #1
H2O Man Sep 2018 #3
malaise Sep 2018 #2
H2O Man Sep 2018 #4
malaise Sep 2018 #6
H2O Man Sep 2018 #8
ChazInAz Sep 2018 #5
H2O Man Sep 2018 #9
mopinko Sep 2018 #7
H2O Man Sep 2018 #10
coeur_de_lion Sep 2018 #13
H2O Man Sep 2018 #14
democrank Sep 2018 #11
H2O Man Sep 2018 #12

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 06:59 PM

1. K & R n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:00 PM

3. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 06:59 PM

2. I'm loving this entire unraveling

Thanks WaterMan.

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:05 PM

4. It makes for a

fascinating study of how increasing levels of paranoia decay a system. The non-Trump members of the administration who are not part of the movement have little or no idea who to trust. Trump wants to identify everyone that leaks to the media, though Ivanka served as the #1 source for a long time. The pressure is building rapidly, and it is almost entirely internal. There is only one outcome -- one we will enjoy.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:13 PM

6. I can see the day when Folks surround their House and say

you're fired.

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Response to malaise (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:25 PM

8. Right!

I understand that Roger Stone is peaking out his windows compulsively. Repulsively, too, of course. Lots of them are expecting visitors! And, as you say, they will come knocking on Trump's door ……

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:12 PM

5. I am reminded of Caesar.

Not that Trump has any of the good qualities that Julius Caesar had! There was the constant jostling for status, money and power around him. Scheming, conspiring factions in all branches of Roman government and civic life, manipulating one another, the populace, doing everything they could to acquire power for themselves.
Eventually, the puggios came out on the Senate floor.

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Response to ChazInAz (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:27 PM

9. Yes, yes!

It's both distinct, yet very similar. Trump never understood -- much less appreciated -- history. And he will neither understand nor appreciate his fate.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:20 PM

7. i so hope you are exactly right.

recommended.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 07:32 PM

10. Thank you!

As far as the things I wrote in this essay, they are accurate. Things have been set in motion, both inside and outside the administration, that Trump is entirely incapable of controlling. Even an intelligent, rational lawyer would be unable to help come 2019. And things will become increasingly worse for him in between now and then.

I'm glad he hired Rudy.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #10)

Sat Sep 8, 2018, 10:08 AM

13. Rudy?

Why are you glad he hired him?

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 8, 2018, 12:18 PM

14. Because as bad as

Rudy has been doing for Trump so far, he is about to shift into a higher gear of self-destruction.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 08:03 PM

11. Can't say I'm all that impressed with "Anonymous"

Why doesn't he/she just belly up to the bowl in plain sight? Grab a microphone....or be a real patriot and grab a megaphone. Show their face. Stand their ground. Put some love of country behind that shiny flag pin.

In my view, this "Anonymous" person is a coward.

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Response to democrank (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 7, 2018, 08:06 PM

12. A system can only

what it is made of. A dog won't give birth to kittens. A cow won't give birth to birds. The Trump administration is a cowardly system. It can only produce cowardice.

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