The Republican commentator wants government resistance on the part of Federal workers refusing to obey their elected boss.
In the video below, David Brooks calls for government resistance by having Republicans in Congress defy President Trump. This is enraging because his grounds for such government resistance are emphatically unjustified. His whole perspective is posed as anti-Trump but his real enemy is the coalition of voters who, as Mark Shields says, dominate all the geography in the middle of America.
Here are Shields’ words on the PBS Newshour:
The Democrats lost 958 legislative seats during Barack Obama’s eight years. The Democrats went into the election of 2016 holding control of seven states where they have got the governorship and both houses of the legislature.
Today, as we sit here, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oregon, California, and Hawaii are the five states that have Democratic governors and Democratic legislatures. It’s 2,500 miles from Hartford to Sacramento, and there’s not a single Democratic-controlled state in between that.
In context, Shields is trying to justify the liberal media’s self-appointed role as the opposition.
In this moment of victory, Brooks characteristically articulates betrayal. He suggests two other sources of opposition.
The second is Congress, and not only the Democrats, but — that’s important, but also the Republicans in Congress. The Republicans in Congress, A, they believe in Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party, not Donald Trump Republican Party or Steve Bannon’s Republican Party.
Second, they have made this Faustian bargain with the guy. They think, we’re going to tolerate him, and — but just as long as he signs our legislation. And if we can get some health care that we like or a tax reform that we like, all that chaos is worth it.
But the chaos may turn out to be too high a price to pay. And so now we get in a big fight with Mexico, and some members of Congress are very upset that we have upset this, needlessly started a trade war, which could go totally out of control.
And some of them would love to go down to Mexico and say, hey, he doesn’t speak for us. And they are not going to do it now because they’re pausing to see what happens, but six, eight months, a year, they could decide, this is too much for our country, we have to go down, and we would go to Mexico or whoever the next 18 fights he picks.
That Brooks, making a comfortable living as a “Republican” in the mainstream media, suggests that Republicans made a “Faustian bargain, shows he has no self-awareness at all. Arrogant hypocrisy produces no end of absurdities.
It also endorsed open criminality. Brooks first suggested another form of government resistance. The comments begin about eight minutes in:
Well, I do think there is another opposition more effective right now, or more important, which is people who work in government, some of the civil servants.
They have to — if we’re going to impose a visa on European countries, they have got to process it. And, believe me, civil servants have many ways to not do something. And it’s easier for them not to do it.
That’s right: David Brooks wants unelected taxfeeding bureaucrats to set their own policy and provide government resistance to elected leaders.
I’m not sure how to adequately describe this. Brooks has practically joined the forces of those who claim that Trump’s Presidency is illegitimate. What other interpretation can one give to a call for federal employees to disregard and sabotage policy?
This will prove effective. Federal workers are mostly progressive globalists. And they already are used to being paid well for not working. If they get the idea that they will get backup from the media and from Republicans if they don’t follow directives, we will get government resistance to the President.