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Across the Federal Government, An Uprising Against the Chumph

01 Feb

Across America, millions are marching against the Chumph and his white-wing Republican allies. Inside the machinery which operates the Government…There is an even more serious revolt rapidly growing, as the people who work for the Government prepare for what is basically a coup.

No, there aren’t going to be any guns or pitchforks in this revolution – just a bunch of people jamming the entire system up. Should the Chumph try mass firings then this will turn into outright revolt.

Yesterday 800 State Department employees signed a letter protesting the Chumph’s racist immigration ban.

If the Democrats don’t grow some cajones…This is going to the streets.

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Resistance from within: Federal workers push back against Trump

The signs of popular dissent from President Trump’s opening volley of actions have been plain to see on the nation’s streets, at airports in the aftermath of his refu­gee and visa ban, and in the blizzard of outrage on social media. But there’s another level of resistance to the new president that is less visible and potentially more troublesome to the administration: a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing any new president’s agenda.

Less than two weeks into Trump’s administration, federal workers are in regular consultation with recently departed Obama-era political appointees about what they can do to push back against the new president’s initiatives. Some federal employees have set up social media accounts to anonymously leak word of changes that Trump appointees are trying to make.

And a few government workers are pushing back more openly, incurring the wrath of a White House that, as press secretary Sean Spicer said this week about dissenters at the State Department, sends a clear message that they “should either get with the program, or they can go.”

At a church in Columbia Heights last weekend, dozens of federal workers attended a support group for civil servants seeking a forumto discuss their opposition to the Trump administration. And 180 federal employees have signed up for a workshop next weekend, where experts will offer advice on workers’ rights and how they can express civil disobedience.

At the Justice Department, an employee in the division that administers grants to nonprofits fighting domestic violence and researching sex crimes said the office has been planning to slow its work and to file complaints with the inspector general’s office if asked to shift grants away from their mission.

“You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” said the employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. Through leaks to news organizations and internal complaints, he said, “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable.”

The resistance is so early, so widespread and so deeply felt that it has officials worrying about paralysis and overt refusals by workers to do their jobs.

Asked whether federal workers are dissenting in ways that go beyond previous party changes in the White House, Tom Malinow­ski, who was President Barack Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, said, sarcastically: “Is it unusual? . . . There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

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The permanent bureaucracy, the backbone of the federal government and the bulwark against many presidents’ activist intentions, is designed to be at least a step removed from the crosswinds of partisan politics.

But for years, many conservatives have argued that the federal bureaucracy is stacked against them, making it harder for them to get things done even when they control the White House, Congress or both.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a Trump adviser and longtime critic of the bureaucracy, said the pushback against the new administration reveals how firmly entrenched liberals are and how threatened they feel by the new regime. He cited an analysis by the Hill newspaper that showed that 95 percent of campaign donations from employees at 14 federal agencies went to Hillary Clinton last fall.

“This is essentially the opposition in waiting,” Gingrich said. “He may have to clean out the Justice Department because there are so many left-wingers there. State is even worse.”

Gingrich said Trump might push for civil service revisions to make it easier to fire federal workers. He predicted that the public would back the president over federal employees.

The signs of resistance in federal offices range from low-level grumbling and angry opposition posted online to anonymous promises of outright insubordination as new policies develop.

The State Department has emerged as the nexus of opposition to Trump’s refugee policy, in part because it has an official dissent channel where Foreign Service employees can register opposition without fear of reprisals. The channel, formed in 1971, has been used to raise policy objections to the Vietnam War and other conflicts. Several hundred employees signed the dissent cable objecting to Trump’s refugee policy.

Secretaries of state have taken the dissent channel so seriously that they have altered policies in response to complaints. In 2002, then-Secretary Colin Powell presided over the awarding of a prize for “constructive dissent” to an employee who had pushed back against a deputy secretary.

But State Department employees are nervous enough now that the American Foreign Service Association on Tuesday sent out an advisory called “What You Need To Know When You Disagree With U.S. Policy.” The note spelled out employees’ legal protections but warned that “walking out in protest of a U.S. government policy, even just temporarily, would be considered a strike” and can result in being fired.

Other agencies that lack that kind of tradition are in more turmoil. When the White House last week ordered an end to all advertising and other outreach activities encouraging Americans to sign up for health plans through Affordable Care Act marketplaces, employees at the Health and Human Services Department protested, pointing out that the ban on ads and robo-calls would probably result in less coverage of the most desirable customers — young and healthy adults whose scant use of medical care can help lower prices for everyone else.

The internal protest, combined with an outcry on social media and from the insurance industry, prompted the Trump administration to revise its directive in less than 24 hours….

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8 responses to “Across the Federal Government, An Uprising Against the Chumph

  1. lkeke35

    February 1, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Yeah,no!Newt needs to sit down and stfu! That man has never ad any good idea of how the American public thinks and is just talking outta his a**.

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    • btx3

      February 1, 2017 at 10:25 AM

      It is getting very obvious that the American People are on their own relative to overthrowing the Trump Reich.

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  2. CNu

    February 1, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    lol, and not a single kneegrow signatory to that Foggy Bottom dissent channel. Let these overpaid, underworked, uselessly-eating oxygen thieves continue showing their backsides and getting summarily shown the door.

    A few hundred of these busters kicked to the curb, out here on these streets unable to pay their credit card bills, car note, mortgage, etc…, and some reduced to near-term homelessness – will be all that it takes to send a clear and compelling message to the rest of these buffoons to get with the program – or else.

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    • btx3

      February 1, 2017 at 12:36 PM

      Sure – do that…

      And watch every Federal System do a complete melt down within 24 hours.

      You fire those people, and WTF do you think is going to own the passwords and backdoors to every Federal Computer server in the country?

      Amusing – the simpleminded thinking of Trump supporters.

      The Red State inbred bucktooths wont be getting their welfare and “disability” checks…Should be amusing.

      Seems to me you was one of those “overpaid, underworked, uselessly-eating oxygen thieves ” yerself, Craig.

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      • CNu

        February 1, 2017 at 1:54 PM

        You fire those people, and WTF do you think is going to own the passwords and backdoors to every Federal Computer server in the country?

        lol, the little underpaid Indian and pinoy contractors who currently do 90% of the useable work right now. Each one of them worth a half-dozen GS-11-15’s sitting around scratching their worthless nuts…,

        I was until I quit 20 years ago and took over the security practice for Price Waterhouse in Dallas. Back in the day, before everything was contracted out – we actually knew how to do a thing or two, well enough that the private sector greatly valued our subject matter expertise.

        That’s simply not the case any longer…,

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      • btx3

        February 1, 2017 at 2:33 PM

        C – Where you worked was a disaster. I designed and built several systems for the back in the 90’s, and working with those morons was a fucking nightmare.

        That was the principal reason I sold my profitable Government business and went “private” in 95. Now, when I do work for them it is overseas or in my labs. I participate in the Decennial infrastructure security writeup, because of my expertise on infrastructure. I do gig work in places like Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, Latin America and the Middle East setting up technology incubators, and working on major issues. That’s it. I don’t work with the GS whatevers, and never set foot outside of a conference facility if I go in a Gov’t building. So, I have no idea what is going on at the grunt level, and no idea if it is a fucked up as it was back in the day.

        I get a big laugh at the propaganda on TV showing all the “advanced computer technology and skills of the FBI”. I have a friend who vets their technology, and the stuff they have is a joke. I assume most of the other Agencies are in similar shape outside of the Intelligence sector who have shidt that scares even me.

        Pissing off State and hiring a bunch of dumb-fuck conservative types who have never been outside of Lynchberg, Va”s Jerry Falwell school is the medicine to not only get our under-cover people killed, and also folks like me who are there on economic or technical missions and don’t work in the black agencies. Been there, done that – seen it happen when some dumb assed jumped up right wing government bureaucrat gets froggy at the wrong time.

        Trump needs to go…In a body bag if necessary and some as of yet unknown Patriot will step up.

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  3. CNu

    February 1, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    some as of yet unknown Patriot will step up.

    rotflmbao…, only if she steps out of that upper middle class beltway YT wymyn demographic, or, puts one of their little cuckolded submissive males up to it and he’s bound to phugg it up..

    Frankly, I’m getting concerned about you brah.I think it’s terribly unhealthy for a man of your advanced years to vacillate between holding his breath for something that’s not gonna happen, and, hyperventilating about Scott Free Preznit DJT

    Just let it go…,

    Get you a pink hat,

    Fire up a phatty,

    Grab you one of these silly YT wymyn,

    Have a coke and smile….,

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    • btx3

      February 1, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      Thank You for your worry, C.

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