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Springfield student Daniela Detore reacts to The New York Times story on Donald Trump

Daniela Detore

Are you in fear for your life?

Rather, should you be in fear right now?

When one of the world’s most respected publications, The New York Times, releases an anonymous Op-Ed, I cannot help but allow the fear in me to begin bursting at the seams.

Especially when it’s titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”

I did not vote in the last election because I was scared. I was as liberal as I was conservative. I enjoyed my freedom as much as I enjoyed conformity. However, seeing a nation at wits end in the midsts of the most controversial election in Presidential history, frightened me to my core for I did not know the magnitude of what my single vote will hold.

So, I did what most newly turned 18-year olds did; watched from the sidelines.

Some, if not most, will re-elect Donald Trump, the current and 45th President of the United States of America, in 2020. While others will do anything and everything in their power to impeach him, now.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the New York Times released an Op-Ed essay to the world with a note from the staff on behalf of the anonymous editorial it was published under. It read, “The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.” The note went on to invite subscribers, and readers alike, to ask questions that would be answered in updated versions of the anonymous essay.

The essay from the senior official began by reading, “President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.” The anonymous narrator continued to reassure readers that the test is not America dividing over the presidency. Nor is the House in jeopardy or at expense in the next war on American soil.

Instead, the said test is the senior officials within the Trump administration working “diligently” together to “frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” The narrator then confesses that he/she is apart of the described resistance.

The essay reinforced that the resistance is to protect the health of the republic and not a perceived rebellion coming from the “left.”

“That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” as quoted from the op-ed essay. It continued to say, although elected of the Republican party, President Trump has expressed little integrity with upholding ideals adopted by most conservatives:free minds, free markets and free people. Instead it was noted that he has outwardly attacked such ideals.

The essay goes on to mention the resistance is fired by his, “erratic behavior”, impulsiveness and downright egregious conduct.

“The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House,” the anonymous senior official reassured. To cap off a tangent list of concerning manners, and the belittling of the President, the narrator re-assures all readers and that, “there are adults in the room.”

A very unsettling reassurance considering that its coming from a nameless, faceless, man or woman, who is openly rebelling against the President of the United States of America, as well as depicting the cabinet in an unprofessional and unconstitutional manner.

It’s every bit of scary as it is American.

Before closing with a forced encouragement that we are all American before we are man, woman, black, white, gay, straight etc., the narrator mentions the eradication of the 25th Amendment, which would in turn be the launch pad for the impeachment of President Trump. It’s also grounds for a Constitutional crisis, which this country was founded on and have been abiding by for the last 200 years.

Streaked throughout the essay were certain assets that Trump has brought to the Presidency such as effective deregulation, historic tax reform and a more robust military in addiction to countless other economy related growths.

There was a faint light shed on a Presidency that seems to only be depicted as evil, which was not reassuring considering the reassurance was coming from a nameless and faceless, backstabbing hand of the President. This leaving lingering questions of who really is the bad guy here?

Two years into his term as president, Trump responded to the anonymous op-ed with a solo, single-worded, tweet-, “TREASON.”

On one hand, a rebelling administration at the hand of the President, knowingly committing acts of treason and exploiting the President in the most public manner, through mass-media. On the other, a president who is evidently not respected and is said to be capable of sending this country under.

This is why I am provoking you to question your own security. Our government is in a silent war and has proved to go to great lengths of betrayal.

My fear resides in the rebellion itself, for peace has since come and gone.

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