There never were any “adults in the room”
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s decision to resign, complete with a strongly worded letter slamming President Donald Trump, is not so much the end of “adults in the room” safeguarding the country from the president’s worst instincts as it is the end of the myth that there ever were any such adults.
Mattis was, after all, recommended to Trump in the first place because he’d gotten fired by Barack Obama for his reckless advocacy of military confrontation with Iran. And while the last grownup was unable to restrain Trump from imprisoning asylum-seeking children, abusing his pardon power for Joe Arpaio, abusing declassification power, undertaking a partisan purge of the FBI, cheering the French far-right, or issuing apologias for neo-Nazis, he finally decided to take his stand over Trump making the perfectly defensible decision to withdraw US forces from a hazily defined open-ended mission in Syria that lacked any legal authorization.
There’s nothing wrong with quitting over a policy dispute that you feel strongly about. (Though frankly I think Trump is on the right side of this one.) But that’s all this was — a normal dispute within the range of things reasonable people can disagree about.
At the end of the day, Mattis proved ineffective or uninterested in preventing shocking abuses of power and flagrant immorality only to throw down over a perfectly legitimate order from the commander in chief.
December 21, 2018 at 2:14 PM #3341NV WinoModerator
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Boy, ain’t that the truth. Probably the only adult in the room is Barron, and I’m not sure about him.
December 21, 2018 at 3:14 PM #3363Mick063Participant
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Any legitimate argument against political corruption, against either party, typically results in that condescending, arrogant response.
The adults in the room say you cannot have your pony. Forget that they have accumulated a stable of them.
Adults compromise. Supposedly. The problem is that we have repeatedly compromised, incrementally over time, and always in favor of the right side of the political spectrum, so the that both parties have evolved closer to fascism than they are to Democracy.
“Adults in the room” created circumstances that allowed for a President with an infantile disposition. It is the Hillbots that repeatedly cry like as a child as a result. That throw relentless temper tantrums as a result. They are NOT the adults here.
"I welcome their hatred" Franklin D Roosevelt
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