I gave this 50 claps because it is almost identical to an article that I wrote and no one paid any attention to. In that article, I stipulated that we were in the midst of a coup d’é·tat in which a group of unelected appointees have taken operational control of the nation away from the elected president.

I find it impossible to understand why anyone thinks this is a good thing because we now have a shadow cabinet making decisions about what the president of the United States can and cannot do…which of course means that he is no longer the president of the United States.

We know that the members of this cabal are unelected because there are only two elected people who regularly frequent the Oval Office, the president and the vice president.

We also know that this is a group — not an individual -because no one person could do this alone. Several people have to be operating in collusion. Operating in collusion, in secret, to usurp the sitting president of the United States makes this a criminal conspiracy under the Rico statutes.

And we also know that the New York Times knows who this person is…and so does the Washington Post. The Times knows it because they wouldn’t have published the letter in question from an unknown source. The Post knows it because Bob Woodward knows who it is, and Bob Woodward knows who it is because the anonymous letter was obviously instigated by Woodward’s book, “Fear.”

The timing of the anonymous letter — which coincided with the publication of Woodward’s book — is too coincidental to be coincidental. It is as if the letter was written specifically to assuage the fear that Woodward’s book arouses which, of course, is why the book is aptly named, “Fear.”

I will go one step further in this analysis. Not only does the New York Times know who the authors (plural) of the anonymous letter (which, by the way, is therefore not anonymous), but the Times also took the step of publishing the letter a day after Woodward’s book was released specifically to up the ante. They obviously knew what was in Woodward’s book because they had received advanced copies. (Woodward always distributes advanced copies throughout the mainstream media;I’ve been trying to get on that list for years now.)

The Times upped the ante by putting Trump in the position of having to go after The New York Times…and Trump has graciously followed the script by demanding that The New York Times be investigated.

Question: investigated for what? There is nothing to investigate. Normally, when a reporter writes a challenging article and the police want to know the source, they will attempt to pressure the reporter into revealing his or her source….but, in order to do that, there has to be an indictment leading to a trial at which a judge could hold the reporter in contempt of court until the reporter revealed his or her source.

In this case, however, there IS no reporter to be held in contempt because the article in question wasn’t written by a reporter. The court would have to hold the entire editorial board of the New York Times, along with its executive management, in contempt of court…and there is no state court that would ever issue such a contempt ruling because no crime has been committed.

It is a crime to withhold evidence from investigating authorities but in order for the investigating authorities to initiate an investigation, a crime has to have been committed.

No crime was committed when the New York Times published the Anonymous Letter. Unlike the Pentagon Papers, which were stolen and therefore evidence of a criminal act, no government documents have been purloined. No secrecy laws have been broken. There is therefore no crime of which The New York Times could be accused.

In Trump’s mind, disrespecting Trump is a criminal offense, but the New York Times has boxed him into a corner. He has to respond. He has to find the traitors. The New York Times is the only entity that can divulge that information and the Constitutionally guaranteed protection of the Freedom of the Press makes it impossible for him to attack the Times.

In the final analysis, THE NEW YORK TIMES, not the author of the anonymous letter has committed the bravest journalistic act since Edward R. Murrow took on Joe McCarthy, or The New York Times and The Washington Post choose to publish The Pentagon Papers.

The New York Times, after being repeatedly vilified by Donald Trump bared its fangs and sank them deeply into Trump’s pretensions, showing everyone, once and for all, what the power of the press really looks like.

Donald Trump thought he was the baddest man in the whole damn town but The New York Times is the real eight hundred pound guerilla.

In his article, A.J. Calhoun calls The New York Times unsteady. I call that remark into question. It took some serious balls to do what they are doing.

The problem, however, is that we are still in the middle of a coup d’é·tat that no one is doing anything about. By not finding and firing the members of the cabal, Trump has committed one of those “high crimes and misdemeanors” that the Constitution so vaguely enumerates as just cause for impeachment.

Well, by permitting a criminal conspiracy to operate within the White House, Donald Trump is aiding and abetting a criminal conspiracy. That’s got to be one of those high crimes and misdemeanors.

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.