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We're in a permanent coup
Taibbi Substack ^ | 10/11/19 | Matt Taibbi

Posted on 10/11/2019 8:24:13 PM PDT by OddLane

I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score.

The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast?

When the KGB in 1991 tried to reassume control of the crumbling Soviet Union by placing Mikhail Gorbachev under arrest and attempting to seize Moscow, logistics ruled. Boris Yeltsin’s crew drove to the Russian White House in ordinary cars, beating KGB coup plotters who were trying to reach the seat of Russian government in armored vehicles. A key moment came when one of Yeltsin’s men, Alexander Rutskoi – who two years later would himself lead a coup against Yeltsin – prevailed upon a Major in a tank unit to defy KGB orders and turn on the “criminals.”

We have long been spared this madness in America. Our head-counting ceremony was Election Day. We did it once every four years...

(Excerpt) Read more at taibbi.substack.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: cia; coup; cwii; cwiiping; deepstate; democrats; dncstrategy; schiffyism; trump; trumpukraine; witchhunt
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1 posted on 10/11/2019 8:24:13 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Interesting article. My take is he seems to be with the coup plotters. Is that correct?


2 posted on 10/11/2019 8:32:02 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: OddLane

You don’t get more left than Matt Taibbi but even he can see what’s happening.


3 posted on 10/11/2019 8:34:44 PM PDT by CaptainK ('No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker')
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To: Fungi

He’s not with the plotters.

He dislikes Trump but thinks the plotters are worse and dangerous.


4 posted on 10/11/2019 8:35:47 PM PDT by CaptainK ('No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker')
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To: Fungi

That was my takeaway on it too.

Interesting read. We are definitely at a crossroads in our republic.


5 posted on 10/11/2019 8:36:35 PM PDT by Boomer (Our melting pot has turned into a pressure cooker)
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To: OddLane
Taibbi's going to lose a lot of party invitations. He hates Trump, but he sees what's going on: a soft coup by the intelligence agencies, in cooperation with the media and scumbag Dems like Nadler, Schiff, and Schumer.

And now - within days of a former intelligence official saying on national TV that he'd like to "put a shiv in Giuliani's back," they are coming after Giuliani and people associated with him. This is all out in the open, and Taibbi is one of the few lefties who sees it for what it is AND opposes it.
6 posted on 10/11/2019 8:39:03 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: OddLane
except your political future depends on the score

Except your very life may depend on it, as I think is the case right now in America. If the Left wins, it'll be curtains for lots of us.

7 posted on 10/11/2019 8:41:16 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Fungi
He seems to vacillate and it is hard to tell where he stands.

His two concluding paragraphs are very frightening. I doubt that Trump would act like the dictator they all accuse him of being, but, if you and your family are facing prison at the end of your term(s) or sooner, then who knows what might happen? The communists are igniting a horrible civil war in the U.S.

I don’t believe most Americans have thought through what a successful campaign to oust Donald Trump would look like. Most casual news consumers can only think of it in terms of Mike Pence becoming president. The real problem would be the precedent of a de facto intelligence community veto over elections, using the lunatic spookworld brand of politics that has dominated the last three years of anti-Trump agitation.

CIA/FBI-backed impeachment could also be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If Donald Trump thinks he’s going to be jailed upon leaving office, he’ll sooner or later figure out that his only real move is to start acting like the “dictator” MSNBC and CNN keep insisting he is. Why give up the White House and wait to be arrested, when he still has theoretical authority to send Special Forces troops rappelling through the windows of every last Russiagate/Ukrainegate leaker? That would be the endgame in a third world country, and it’s where we’re headed, unless someone calls off this craziness. Welcome to the Permanent Power Struggle.


8 posted on 10/11/2019 8:41:49 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: OddLane
Interesting piece. The author is certainly no friend of Trump but this, I think, is the main point:

And while Donald Trump conducting foreign policy based on what he sees on Fox and Friends is troubling, it’s not in the same ballpark as CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times engaging in de facto coverage partnerships with the FBI and CIA to push highly politicized, phony narratives like Russiagate.

The author won't quite call that a coup but that's what it is. The country has lived through Presidents at all points in the competence continuum. It has never lived through anything like this. The Left, who are the beneficiaries of the moment, have closed ranks to protect this new ruling class, thinking that it's going to advance their own power. Theirs is the old Marxist doctrine of permanent revolution, but if this coup does turn permanent they've a very nasty surprise coming.

9 posted on 10/11/2019 8:43:04 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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He gets it and doesn’t like it.


10 posted on 10/11/2019 8:44:37 PM PDT by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Fungi

No, he is not with the coup plotters.


11 posted on 10/11/2019 8:45:25 PM PDT by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: OddLane

Scary, Matt Taibbi thinks his buddy Leftists will provoke an America ending exchange of violence between factions of the American Military, CIA and FBI.


12 posted on 10/11/2019 8:46:54 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (America NEEDS Mob Rule, another European and Mid East World War and a universal Draft)
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To: CaptainK

Matt Taibbi lived in Russia for several years, and his keen interest in this story has been based on his outrage over the way Democrats have jeopardized our relationship with Russia as an excuse for engaging in this Deep State “coup.”


13 posted on 10/11/2019 8:47:53 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: CaptainK; All

Exactly-the rare, honest liberal. Quite a courageous admission on Taibbi’s part. No more DC cocktail parties for him. He’s about to become a pariah.


14 posted on 10/11/2019 8:47:58 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist...)
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To: OddLane

Fascinating.
(Spock pose)


15 posted on 10/11/2019 8:48:46 PM PDT by right way right (May we remain sober over mere men, for God really is our only true hope.)
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To: LibWhacker

“Except your very life may depend on it, as I think is the case right now in America. If the Left wins, it’ll be curtains for lots of us”.

You are absolutely right. Too many on our side do not grasp how serious this is. They’d better wake up.

And, for instance, they would selectively ruin many peoples finances.


16 posted on 10/11/2019 8:49:34 PM PDT by laplata (The Left/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

He’s an anti-Trump douchebag who has nevertheless managed to grasp what 99% of freepers have known for at least 2 years now.

The takeaway is that these dumbunnies are capable of learning, albeit slowly.


17 posted on 10/11/2019 9:04:03 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: OddLane

President Trump needs to assume full plenary power, Suspend Congress, ban & outlaw the Democrat Party and stand up a multi-million person Civilian Volunteer Militia, with Federal posse powers, to back up the military and regular law enforcement. The CVM should be authorized to bring their own artillery....


18 posted on 10/11/2019 9:04:27 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: OddLane

bookmark


19 posted on 10/11/2019 9:07:10 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: OddLane

Matt is late to the party, but he’s finally figured it out.


20 posted on 10/11/2019 9:08:10 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill & Publius available at Amazon.)
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