Why Maybe We Needed a Somewhat Crazy President


I’ve been meaning to note a Kimberley Strassel column from two weeks ago because I think it illustrates well why America may have been fortuitous in electing a president whom many think to be unfit for reasons of (not to put too fine a point on it) a sort of insanity:

Meet the deep state. That’s what conservatives call it now, though it goes by other names. The administrative state. The entrenched governing elite. Lois Lerner. The federal bureaucracy. Whatever the description, what’s pertinent to today’s Washington is that this cadre of federal employees, accountable to no one, is actively working from within to thwart Donald Trump’s agenda.

There are few better examples than the EPA post of Scientific Integrity Official. (Yes, that is an actual job title.) The position is a legacy of Barack Obama, who at his 2009 inaugural promised to “restore science to its rightful place”—his way of warning Republicans that there’d be no more debate on climate change or other liberal environmental priorities.

The federal government has become the embodiment of a sort of surreality that could best captured by a writer of the 1800s born east of Germany.  What sort of standard, sane president would have offered the necessary corrective?

Sometimes you have to fight a cancer with radiation.  Sometimes dynamite is the appropriate tool in construction.  And sometimes you have to vote Trump for president, maybe even twice.

  • Mike678
  • The Misfit

    OK. Good . Lets place the marker. Don’t try and weasel out of this later on. Justin is all in on Trump.

  • The Misfit

    I think you are wrong. At times like this, a deep state is the best thing going. A deep state could also be interpreted as a patriotic force against an outside interest gaining access to alter the nature of our self government. I think it is clear that Russia is a hostile nation employing a new form of warfare. Whether the Trump campaign worked with this enemy or was used by them will matter with the investigations but will not matter with the affect it has had on our self governing. Either way, it has been a win in the Russian war against us. What I object to with you and all the conservative voices that you use to validate your posts is this- you think there is so much in the tank that it won’t matter. You think you can trash our government and it won’t be anything but a homegrown fight. Right now the Russian leadership is loving what they are hearing from you. Does that give you pause at all?

    • Justin Katz

      Of all the comments I’ve ever read on the Internet, yours might be the biggest evidence of a need to look in a mirror that I’ve ever seen.

      For one thing, I don’t believe your claim of alarm, following indulgence of Barack Worse-than-Carter Obama, with his “80s want their foreign policy back” and “tell Vlad I’ll have more flexibility after my election.”

      For another, it’s your side flipping out and undermining the president and our civic society because you didn’t get your way in the election. It’s your side refusing to draw President Trump into cooperation. It’s your side saying everything he does is a “betrayal” of the country, right down to withdrawal from a phony non-treaty.

      Your entire argument — probably your entire worldview — frames all principles and concerns fully in the context of whether they serve your political interests. I don’t believe any of it, frankly.

      • Merle The Monster

        Katz. You’re the one who should be taking a hard look in the mirror. Your response to The Misfit was childish and ridiculous. You wrote absurdly “Its your side refusing to draw President Trump into cooperation “. We are left wondering what this means . Who is “your side”. Is it the Democrats who have minorities in both houses of Congress that stymied the President’s legislative efforts? And is it really anyone’s place to draw the most powerful politician in Washington into cooperation? And what the hell does “draw into cooperation ” even mean?
        Your last statement that you don’t believe “any of it” is disturbing. Did you not hear the ex Director of the FBI testifying under oath the the Russians had interfered with our 2016 election and will likely continue in coming elections? Are you blind and deaf to all information that does not suit YOUR worldview?

  • Floyd

    It wouldnt make a difference to a socialist if it were Trump,Cruz, or Jeb Bush.The feckless media would still act as if the world was ending.Throwing out the evil Conservative narrative..