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The Trump Administration Is Corrupting the U.S. Government; by George Packer in The Atlantic

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See how it was done, through the eyes of real patriots who were there as Trump  destroyed the civil service & bent the government to his will... 'impetuous, bottomlessly ignorant, inattentive, while the bureaucrats were seasoned, shrewd, protective of their institutions. They knew where the levers of power lay and how to use them. But, Trump’s WH was chaotic and vicious -- it didn’t matter if “the adults” were there to wait out the president’s impulses & deflect his worst ideas -- to  discreetly pocket destructive orders lying around on his desk. After 3 years, the adults have all left the room --too sophisticated to see Trump’s special political talents—his instinct for every adversary’s weakness, his fanatical devotion to himself, his knack for imposing his will, his sheer staying power. They also failed to appreciate the advanced decay of the Republican Party..' Read...

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"This is the story of how a great republic went soft in the middle, lost the integrity of its guts and fell in on itself -- told through government officials whose names under any other president would have remained unknown, who wanted no fame, and who faced existential questions when Trump set out to break them.

"When Trump came to power, he believed that the regime was his, property he'd rightfully acquired, and that the 2 million civilians working under him, most of them in obscurity, owed him their total loyalty. He harbored a deep suspicion that some of them were plotting in secret to destroy him. He had to bring them to heel before he could be secure in his power.

"But a simple intuition had propelled Trump throughout his life: Human beings are weak. They have their illusions, appetites, vanities, fears. They can be cowed, corrupted, or crushed. A government is composed of human beings. This was the flaw in the brilliant design of the Framers, and Trump learned how to exploit it. The wreckage began to pile up. He needed only a few years to warp his administration into a tool for his own benefit. If he's given a few more years, the damage to American democracy will be irreversible. "

Read this compelling story that led to "80 percent of employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture quit. The Labor Department has made deep cuts in the number of safety inspectors, and worker deaths nationwide have increased dramatically, while recalls of unsafe consumer products have dropped off. When passing laws and changing regulations prove onerous, the Trump administration simply guts the government of expertise so that basic functions wither away, the well-connected feed on the remains, and the survivors keep their heads down, until the day comes when they face the same choice as McCabe and Yovanovitch: do Trump's dirty work or be destroyed."

Submitted on Friday, Mar 20, 2020 at 1:43:59 PM

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