When he is finally booted out of office in ignominy, it will prove nigh impossible to calculate all of the immeasurable damage Trump has inflicted on the world in general and the American government more specifically.
He has shredded peoples’ trust in the United States and has rendered us small, vindictive, and ignorant looking. On top of that, he has drained our federal apparatus of some of its best and most promising talent either by firing them or driving them off in disgust. We can now add another name to the list of people to have resigned over this odious president.
Chuck Park, an official at the State Department, has resigned and penned a brutal Op-Ed for The Washington Post on his way out in which he slams his now-former colleagues for putting up so little resistance to the disastrous Trump administration.
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Park, who has worked at State for almost ten years, recounts how excited he was when he first joined the Department, before addressing how the public’s perception of his work has changed in recent years.
“According to a certain type of right-leaning conspiracy theorist, that would make me part of ‘The Deep State’ — a shadowy government within the government that puts its own interests above the expressed wishes of the electorate. Adherents to this theory believe that thousands of federal workers like me are plotting furiously to subvert the Trump administration at every turn. Many on the left, too, hope that such a resistance is secretly working to save the nation from the worst impulses of President Trump,” writes Park.
This perception could not be further from the truth he explains. Instead, he says, it would be far more accurate to refer to the federal bureaucracy as “The Complacent State” because of its failure to stand up to Trump.
“The Complacent State sighs when the president blocks travel by Muslim immigrants; shakes its head when he defends Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; averts its gaze from images of children in detention camps. Then it complies with orders,” he explains at one point in the piece.
Park explains the difficulty he has experienced trying to square the traditional American beliefs he sought to spread abroad with what’s being pushed domestically. “Freedom, fairness and tolerance,” it turns out, are much harder to promote when you constantly have to deal with your president back home pushing antithetical ideas. Park found himself “struggling to explain to foreign peoples the blatant contradictions at home.” He then lists a litany of the president’s transgressions, citing everything from Charlottesville to child separation.
From there Park goes on to explain what he thinks is the appropriate way forward: State Department officials cannot become a “Deep State” and sabotage the president. They are obligated to ensure State’s neutrality and as such must serve Trump if they decide to stay. The only moral option is to resign.
“I’m ashamed of how long it took me to make this decision. My excuse might be disappointing, if familiar to many of my colleagues: I let career perks silence my conscience. I let free housing, the countdown to a pension and the prestige of representing a powerful nation overseas distract me from ideals that once seemed so clear to me. I can’t do that anymore,” Park explains.