This special Opinion is by Chas Cornweller
Well, the big day has finally come and gone. No, I don’t mean Easter. I am talking about The Mueller Report. All four hundred and forty-eight pages of it. Redactions and all. Two years and hundreds of subpoenas and depositions and god knows how many printed words between the media and twitter accounts. Not to mention the President’s own tweets. And, where are we? Pretty much right where we began. Divided by partisanship and fed unfiltered dis-information versus truth, corruption versus anti-corruption and the balance of power and justice. America, what happened to you?
In my view, there are two takeaways from this report. One, the Russian government most decidedly did interfere with the 2016 election. It is stated over and over within the report as fact and cannot be refuted. Two, the President of the United States, either by bumbling or fumbling or just a lack of political knowledge and Civics along with basic misunderstanding of the laws and the way justice works within this country and as written within the by-laws of the Constitution, directly tried to hinder and shut down both the investigations into the Russian meddling and the consequent investigation into possible collusion with his election staff and himself with the Russian government. Either of which, Robert Mueller clearly and succinctly instructed Congress to further pursue.
What we got, three weeks ago, was obfuscation from the Attorney General, William Barr. By his interpretation of the document, Barr ended up looking more like the lawyer for the President and not his as appointed position for the people as principal Justice. By his actions and his words, he came across as exonerating the President of any and ALL misdeeds, when the document clearly instructed him to leave that to Congress. Secondly, it appears the administration was shown certain early releases of the document before Congress. Both egregious and unlawful from the vantage point of the Constitution. But, that is the least of egregious behavior emulating from the Mueller Report.
Several members of the Trump administration were directly caught lying about certain circumstances relating to the firing of James Comey. Including Sarah Huckabee’s retraction (to the Mueller investigation team while under oath) of the “numerous contacts” stating their loss of faith with Comey, resulting in his firing. She called it a “slip of the tongue”. That “slip of the tongue” progressed through two days of questioning by the White House press Corps. Secondly, it has been pointed out that numerous times, White House Staffers either ignored, or intentionally did not carry out orders given to them by the President himself, thus saving him from direct obstruction of the investigation. Had they not done so, the President would have been in violation of the law and the duty of oath according to the Constitution. This either shows two things, the President doesn’t know what he is doing, or he is weak as a leader. Or…the third possible outcome; he is corrupt and will stop at nothing to bury or hide or wipe clean his mis-deeds. Only his staff saved him from further damage. There is no other outcome but these three. It is there in the report to read.
Lastly there is this: Mueller writes in his presentation. If we had confidence, after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgement. In other words, there is plenty evidence that the President is guilty of multiple things, it is just not that easy to prove it. However, besides the numerous redactions, there is still ongoing investigations in the Southern New York district into Trump’s financial dealings and numerous loans with Deutsche Bank. Meaning, this report could just be the tip of the iceberg. Just how deep the corruption runs in the Trump financial world, we enigmatically await the answers. Meanwhile, the shouts across the aisle get louder. Scholars of interpretive government scratch their heads and the American public is cast deeper down into despair while our roads and bridges rot and our children’s future grow dimmer by the day.
Is Trump the only cause of this? Of course not. In fact, we are as at fault as he. We put him in office. Handed it to him for a cart load of promises and a pile of dogmatic trifle. All the while, the Russian Troll Union fed us Red-Meat daily and denied us truth. We aren’t intelligent enough to figure all this out and therefore we elect the bland, the weak, the corrupt. The puppets that slowly and deliberately dismantle the real structure of power within this country, our rights as citizens. Trump is a symptom of what is truly wrong with us. We are blinded by the material. We over consume like pigs at a trough. We run ram-shod over third world nations and basically steal their resources. Leave them in ruins when we are done. We occupy over five hundred military bases around the world. We interfere in other’s elections. Yes, we do! We’ve been doing it for some time. We use the Monroe doctrine like a big stick or whip. God help the Western hemisphere nation that dares set its government on course to allow free democracy that isn’t in line with the intentions of this nation’s goals. I could list them, but, you are smart people. Look it up for yourself.
When the justice system of any nation falls, so fall all rights for that nation’s citizens. This administration, by all rights, has flaunted that justice system in our faces. They’ve lied to us. They’ve allowed our security and our democratic process to be compromised and lied to us about that! They continue to lie to cover up past lies. I’m not asking you to believe me because I write this. I am challenging you to look it up for your selves. I am challenging you to step outside your comfort zone and truly see where America is today. This is not a reality show. This is our future, our children’s future and our grand-children’s future. We are at war with ideology. And the powerful are winning. In Scandinavian countries, today, class are being taught to grade school children on how to detect false information on Social Media. Why do you think this is? Better still, why do you think it is not being taught in American schools? If you think it is unnecessary, then I truly weep for you. And your children. Because the reality is, what you don’t know, can harm you. It can imprison you and it can enslave you. I leave you with this.
“When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only, what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out? Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe or what you think would have beneficial social effects if it were believed. Look only and solely at what are the facts.” Bertrand Russell