General Michael Flynn may or may not have deserved to be ousted from his job as national security adviser. I don’t know, as I am not privy to all the details involving what he did or didn’t do. What is troubling, beyond question, is the way it occurred. As others have pointed out, Flynn was the victim of a political assassination, a soft coup, likely executed by a cadre of anonymous bureaucrats in the intelligence community, leftover from the Obama administration and opposed to everything President Trump plans to do.
As theweek.com’s Damon Linker put it, “The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions.” Which itself is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s morals and culture, political and otherwise. Linker is certainly not anyone’s definition of a conservative, but he gets it exactly right when he states that unelected intelligence analysts are supposed to work for the president, not the other way around, and that far too many Trump critics don’t care about the sensitive information leaked to the press by the “deep state” in this instance because of their hatred for Trump. Of course, had it been the Obama administration that was the victim of the plot, the Trump critics would’ve gone ballistic. In damning the leakers and in support of Obama.
It is Congress’ role to conduct public investigations of alleged wrongdoing by public officials, if and when necessary. It is decidedly not the purview of these unelected, anonymous bureaucrats to secretly feed clandestinely gathered classified information to reporters in order to damage a President by taking out one of the members of his cabinet.
As Linker concluded: “Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do. Down that path lies the end of democracy in America.”
Sadly, to the most ardent leftists, destroying America while deposing Trump is not a tragedy, but a twofer.