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Forum Name: Political Voice
Forum Description: Regional and national political opinions
Printed Date: Feb 25 2020 at 4:26pm

Topic: Speculation
Posted By: Houndog
Subject: Speculation
Date Posted: Sep 06 2018 at 10:29pm
Everyone is speculating. Yet no one is throwing any concrete names around. In reality, they are throwing everyones name around. Which is honestly a rather chicken chit move to make. The NYT has built a very dangerous balcony on which to stand. Mr. Trump has already convinced his base that all print media is false. And they believe this. Now, without a name, they print an op-ed. 
 When I was in college I wrote prolifically but I always put my name to it. I had a professor who told me that there is no merit without a name. If you choose to make such bold claims of truth then you should put your name to such proclamations. 
And yet here we find ourselves in 2018 with a paper selling itself with not just 'unnamed' sources but totally 'anonymous'. This is no different than all of the false and meritless chit that gets thrown around on twitter. 
If anything comes from this administration it will be how very gullible the entire voting base truly has become. In the end, it will show that not only are we swayed by men who play games, NFL, but also by men and women who print words and yet do not have enough faith in the populace to accept who is actually writhing those words. 
 I have always accepted the fact that sources must remain anonymous but OpEds are different story. 
Put your name to it. Stand up and be counted. 


Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 9:37am
Houndog is refering to this:

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

Sept. 5, 2018

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 9:40am
This op-ed is and example of

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 9:50am
-President Trump says an anonymous op-ed slamming him in The New York Times was an act of 'treason' 
-Trump called the writer an 'anonymous gutless coward' but twice mangled the pronunciation of 'anonymous' – settling for 'anomonous' 
-Senior aides scrambled Thursday to disown Wednesday's op-ed that slammed the president's leadership style as impetuous, petty and ineffective
-FBI Director Chris Wray became the latest top official to deny being the author 
-The Woodward book has Trump alternately dropping repeated F-bombs, while also using jargon terms like 'KORUS' 
-Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has suggested lie detector tests for senior aides
-Outside advisor tells the Times Trump has a list of a dozen suspects
-Requiring sworn affidavits is an option  
-During his Thursday speech Trump demanded the Times hand him its nameless author's head on a platter 'for the sake of national security'
-The culprit could be a non-Republican lurking in his administration, Trump  suggested, or 'it may be a deep-state person that's been there a long time' 

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
-Joseph Campbell

Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 11:20pm
Hell this could all be a play by the administration.  
It would be a brilliant move. 


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 11:21pm
He is our most Hollywood president ever. His longest job has been that of television reality show host. 


Posted By: Houndog
Date Posted: Sep 07 2018 at 11:40pm
Anomonoius. Anomunous. 
we know now he has no idea how to actually pronounce the word. 
Haha. But also when things are not playing well with optics he will have people replaced. 


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