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The comical publication the Onion ran a special volume, Homeland Insecurity, with the headline, "Run for Your Lives." I thought of that in the wake of the decision by hard-liners Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to voluntarily leave the White House rather than continue to fight for rational pro-American policies in the Trump Administration against what has been called the Deep State.
In their cases, Trump didn't have to say "you're fired." They quit.
Sadly, Trump, the elected president, may be the next to go.
Bannon quit and went on the CBS "60 Minutes" show, where he vented on a variety of issues, ranging from Trump's decision to fire FBI director James Comey to the Catholic Church's pandering to illegal aliens. Sebastian Gorka quit and has now appeared on a special Judicial Watch on-line presentation on the "Deep State," where he basically waved the white flag of surrender in the face of opposition to him and his appointments.
Bannon and Gorka apparently lost a turf war to Egyptian-American Dina Powell, an Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy. Powell has her detractors, having been labeled a "Swamp Creature" by the Center for Security Policy and linked to Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The Deep State, whatever that is, won. These were big scalps. Bannon was Assistant to the President and Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor while Gorka was Deputy Assistant to the President and Strategist.
Gorka wrote a letter of resignation publicized by Bannon's Breitbart News. But he has gone further in his criticism. As reported by The Daily Caller, Gorka said on the Judicial Watch presentation that three of his picks for working under him at the White House were blocked by an "unnamed sister agency." But he didn't name this agency. The publication said that Gorka fingered "bureaucrats" as believing that "they can ignore orders from the White House, as illustrated by the drastic increase in national security leaks under the Trump administration." But those bureaucrats were not named.
This is a problem for Trump supporters. Gorka leaves the White House, supposedly to be able to speak freely about the Deep State, and he still won't name names. Is he scared? Do they have blackmail material? What's going on when "Democracy dies in darkness," as the Washington Post motto proclaims?
What we know is that the Deep State is apparently so deep that those who saw it up close, Bannon and Gorka, didn't want to stay and fight it. The Deep State must be something like "IT" from the Stephen King novel and the movie. What happened? Are they telling us that the Deep State is so deep that it can force people out of the White House? If so, why would they stop with Bannon and Gorka? Has democracy died in darkness?
Sensing his days are numbered, Trump is demonstrating that he is more of a lover than a fighter.
"He likes us!" is what Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) said about his cordial meeting with President Trump. The mutual admiration society was a shocker to those who thought Trump was going to fight and prevail against his political enemies.
However, those who thought Trump was a fighter have been very disappointed. Consider: