Donald Trump has been trying to destabilize America’s foundation both in public and in private. The nation rarely gets a glimpse into how that backroom process has been working. One of the problems with POTUS continually chipping away at the country’s foundation is that the structure supports the whole country, and it can weaken or even fail. A Foreign Service member has come forth to tell all now.
Chuck Park worked for the Foreign Service, but he just released an opinion piece in The Washington Post to explain why he quit today. Park graduated from his U.S. Foreign Service class when he was 26 and set off for his first assignment.
He talked about the “right-leaning conspiracy” theory that there is a Deep State, a sort of subset of the current government. The idea behind it is that there are “thousands of federal workers…plotting furiously to advert the Trump administration.” As comforting as that might be — even to the left — it is wrong.
However, Park said there is “The Complacent State” where government workers are passively complicit with what is wrong with the country.
The former employee is the son of South Korean immigrants and has been inspired by “the gospel of American exceptionalism.” Yet, that image began to fade:
‘In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, I spoke of American openness and friendship at consulate events as my country carried out mass deportations and failed thousands of “dreamers.” I attended celebrations of Black History Month at our embassy in Lisbon as black communities in the United States demanded justice for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and the victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
And in Vancouver, I touted the strength of the United States’ democracy at the consulate’s 2016 election-night party as a man who campaigned on racism, misogyny and wild conspiracy theories became president-elect.’
Since then, he has seen Trump’s violent white nationalists leanings. The president “denigrate(s) immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ (and) separates children from their parents and sticks them in ‘squalid detention centers.”
Park risked his career to sign an “internal dissent cable” about Trump banning people from majority-Muslim countries. He has looked for that Deep State but never found it.
He has seen the president block Muslim immigrants but also defend Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He watched the government employees “avert its gaze from “images of children in detention camps’. Then it complies with orders. Park wrote:
‘Every day, we refuse visas based on administration priorities. We recite administration talking points on border security, immigration and trade. We plan travel itineraries, book meetings and literally hold doors open for the appointees who push Trump’s toxic agenda around the world.’
He read The New York Times op-ed that called for “midlevel functionaries who make the system run.” When the Foreign Services hires people are hired to work for the Foreign Services, they are hired to serve “during the pleasure of the President of the United States.” They have to serve Donald Trump, or they should quit Park points out.
Park quit. He is still ashamed it took him so long to come to 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.’
His son was born in El Paso where the Rio Grande river where Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter were found dead. This safe city was where a gunman killed 22 people. Park continued:
‘I can no longer justify to him, or to myself, my complicity in the actions of this administration. That’s why I choose to resign.’
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