The coup failed now what?

COUPLE

By Charles “Sam” Faddis

Throughout
history, political succession has been a bloody, chaotic business. The Romans
and the Ottomans among others engaged in palace intrigue, assassination and
civil war as a means of determining who would rule next when an emperor or
sultan was replaced.

We have
been, for over two hundred and fifty years, a rare example of the legal,
peaceful transfer of power.

Until now.
Until 2016.

The absurd
Ukrainian impeachment attempt is dying. A final stake will be put through its
heart within days. Three years of unprecedented extralegal efforts by members
of the Democratic Party and rogue federal bureaucrats to overturn the results
of a free and fair election are coming to an end.

If we are
to keep our democracy, as Franklin implored us to do, we must ensure this never
happens again. This is not a cause for Republicans. It is a mission for us all.
When a self-appointed elite in Washington, D.C. selects our rulers and
elections become irrelevant, we all lose. A coup that deposed a Democratic
President would be no less an abomination.

What then
must be done? Put simply there must be consequences, and they must be severe.

The
investigation of U.S. Attorney Durham must be completed, and when it is every
individual identified in it as having engaged in criminal conduct must be
prosecuted and punished. The nation has seen far too many examples of senior
officials and politicians who abuse their power and walk away untouched.
Hillary Clinton circulates freely and continues to toy with the idea of once
again running for the nation’s highest office years after her actions in regard
to a “homebrew” server and the compromise of classified information would have
landed any “lesser” person in prison.

The
corrupt, double standard must end.

We should
have no illusions regarding the scope of the undertaking that will entail.
Anyone who seriously believes that the handful of individuals identified
publicly so far as having been behind the Russiagate smear of the President
constitutes the full list of conspirators has missed entirely what just
happened. This attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election began well
before Crossfire Hurricane; it involved senior officials well beyond the FBI,
and many of the people who participated continue to hold key positions in this
administration to this day.

They must
all be identified. They must all be held accountable. The nation must see that
the law means something, that palace coups and treason are not tolerated in
this nation and that there is  again  accountability in Washington, D.C.

The
investigations into what has just happened should not be limited to the scope
of U.S. Attorney Durham’s investigation, however. The impeachment charade now
collapsing before our eyes was the product of collusion and abuse of power
involving serving Congressmen, members of the National Security Council and
individuals in the Intelligence Community 
all of whom appear to have believed that it was good sport to attack and
attempt to destroy the man the American people elected President because he was
not their choice. These individuals must be identified, and they too must face
the consequences that go with sedition.

People must
go to jail.

And, then
we must remake the landscape and attack the root causes of this palace coup.

The
bureaucratic edifice, which participated in this coup must be demolished. This
is not an attack on the FBI special agents in field offices investigating
crimes. It is not an attack on CIA case officers running sources in the field
and saving American lives. It is a recognition that we have allowed the growth
of a massive, incredibly powerful cast of mandarins in Washington, D.C., who go
nowhere near the battlefield and make little or no impact on our enemies but
devote massive energy to crafting policy, playing politics and ensuring the
survival and expansion of their fiefdoms.

That cast
of mandarins must cease to exist. Cull the herd.

Move
bureaucracies out of D.C. and closer to their constituents. This will have the
added benefit of ensuring that tax dollars from all over the country, which
mostly serve to make the D.C. area rich now, will flow to communities all over
this great nation. It will not hurt that the working level civil servants in
our government will now be buying and renting homes, purchasing groceries and
buying clothes in areas of the country where the cost of living is a fraction
of what it is in Washington, D.C.

Reduce the
overall size of the federal bureaucracy and, in particular, dramatically reduce
the number of senior officials inhabiting the vast landscape of federal
buildings spread across the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and
Maryland. There are in excess of 8000 members of the Senior Executive Service  the civilian equivalent of general rank
officers in our civil service. This does not include agencies like the
Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of
State and the Central Intelligence Agency. All of these organizations maintain
their own separate senior executive systems, and the numbers of individuals in
those positions do not count against the total above.

Roughly 80%
of the federal government’s SES positions are located in Washington, D.C. When
Donald Trump took office over 7000 of the SES’s in the U.S. government had been
appointed by President Obama. Increasingly, these officials regard themselves
not as public servants but as some sort of self-appointed elite charged with
ruling over the “great unwashed” and saving what CNN would call the “rubes” and
Hillary would call the “deplorables” from themselves.

This
arrogance was on full display during the House impeachment proceedings when a
whole procession of senior officials testified as to their disapproval of
President Trump’s Ukraine policy. Every one of those individuals was a member
of the Executive Branch.

Every one
of them worked for the President and was subject to his orders regarding the
direction of American foreign policy. To all appearances, not a single one of
them believed that was the case. They believed they were in charge, and the
nation’s Chief Executive  our
President  was an interloper.

This unelected 4th branch of government  armed with massive resources and increasingly
unresponsive to the people’s elected officials 
has become a threat to our democracy and the rule of law. It must be brought
back under control, trimmed to an appropriate size and reminded that it serves
the people of the United States. We have survived a great crisis. We are
reaching the end of unprecedented and unconstitutional attacks on our
democracy. We must now make sure this never happens again.

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