The Democrats capped the case for Donald Trump's removal at the Senate last week by referring to the U.S. president as a "dictator." While California Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee managing the trial, Adam Schiff, tried to frame the impeachment procedure as a battle for democratic values, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass condemned the trial as nothing more than a "the puppet show." The Democrats have tried everything to make their maneuvers appear as a bow to the altar of democracy, yet as Kass states, this is not about democratic ideals, but rather the "Kemalist bureaucrats" of the U.S.
The "Kemalist Bureaucracy" is a term denoting the cadres of the reformation that emerged in the wake of a popular uprising against European and U.S. plans to dismember the Ottoman Empire. Along with the empire itself, the old imperial bureaucracy was dissolved and partially rendered inoperable after the republic's various reforms such as the adoption of the Latin alphabet – which reduced various office workers, teachers and civil servants to virtual illiterates overnight. The leader of this resistance, Mustafa Kemal, and a core teams of friends, colleagues and supporters who helped him during the resistance and afterward subsequently ended up taking the reins of the essential bureaucratic apparatus of the new republic.
Of course, after an appropriate amount of re-education and necessary assurance of loyalty to the new polity, the old imperial staff re-emerged as part of the new government system, but that core unit comprised mainly of the military and the political figures of Kemal's own Republican People's Party – intellectuals, university professors, top brass government officials and even some business people, coming to be known as "Kemalists."
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