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Alexandru Georgescu: Starved of Elites Michael Flynn’s resignation is indicative of a long-term problem for the Trump Administration

Alexandru Georgescu: Starved of Elites Michael Flynn’s resignation is indicative of a long-term problem for the Trump Administration

by Alexandru Georgescu

The staffing of the Trump Administration will always be its Achilles’ heel, from the lowest echelons of its 4,000 positions to be filled to the Cabinet level of the mandarins who decide many of the US Executive branch’s policies and their details. Regardless of the factual and moral truth in the matter of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s discussions with the Russian Ambassador and his report on the content of the discussion to his superiors, the political truth made his position untenable even for Trump at his most defiant. While public contention has reached new heights with the Trump Presidency, every new Administration has had its staff criticized, scrutinized, derided, lambasted or slandered until a stable and workable political formula could be found.

The Trump Administration is different because its anti-establishment credentials have been blown out of proportion both by new levels political polarization within the political class and by the strident attitude of the American media complex towards Trump as his political power (and political resilience) became apparent. The same media has been termed “the real opposition party” by purported White House “eminence grise” Steve Bannon, whose thoroughly pedestrian but well-argued conservative views are being given a sinister gloss by constant media attention, second only to Trump himself (whose love of Puccini’s operas has recently been revealed as indicative of his fascist leanings, given supposedly new insights into the famous composer[1]).

A systemic issue for the anti-system candidate

Many of Trump’s staffing choices make sense when viewed from the perspective of the dearth of credible and loyal talent available to his Administration. The puzzled tone of media appraisals of Trump’s choices appears disingenuous in light of the reported opposition to Trump by the same managerial class he needs to govern effectively.

But the same anti-establishment appeal that propelled Trump to the White House, and which a careful observer might find overblown or rather narrowly focused, is also the source of a main weakness of the Trump Administration, as it has been practically cut off from the limited supply of elites which any leader needs to run the country. Without these elites, their compliance and their loyalty, policymaking becomes much more difficult and implementation much more likely to fail or be sabotaged from within. The Administration which has been boycotted in this way finds itself in a “self-fulfilling prophecy” with regards to being ineffectual or a disappointment. Many of Trump’s staffing choices make sense when viewed from the perspective of the dearth of credible and loyal talent available to his Administration. The puzzled tone of media appraisals of Trump’s choices appears disingenuous in light of the reported opposition to Trump by the same managerial class he needs to govern effectively.

This is one of the possible reasons for the weakness of his Executive Order regarding the entry ban of individuals from seven countries, which was guaranteed to attract legal challenges and therefore had to be “airtight” with regards to how it was written and explained for it to be its own best evidence during the 9th Circuit appeal hearings that later took place. Basically, Trump’s White House could not yet supply the legal talent he needed to enact his program in the face of wide ranging opposition from the other centers of power, formal and informal, within the state. This is a problem President Obama did not have, because his goals were much better aligned with the general zeitgeist of the ruling class, while differing and dithering on the details. This is why his own Executive Order which restricted refugees and visas from certain countries, which was the basis for Trump’s order, did not arouse significant ire or systemic challenge. Even his program for amnestying illegal immigrants without a legislative project was only stopped by concerted grassroots efforts from the population which spurred Republican legislators into action, despite the various amnesty proposals in the past being bipartisan projects, such as the “Gang of Eight” led by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.

Therefore, we can anticipate many more policy misses by the Trump Administration, stemming not only from continuous oppositions, but the failings of his executive apparatus. These problems may eventually be fixed, but at the cost of precious governing time, during which his Party may lose its majority in both Congressional houses and his own position may become vulnerable to impeachment.

Read more: http://www.themarketforideas.com/starved-of-elites-michael-flynns-resignation-is-indicative-of-a-long-term-problem-for-the-trump-administration-a84/

 

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