I’m part of the one percent that read the Mueller Report. And contrary to popular opinion, it is well written and readily accessible. It is neither complicated, nor is it steeped in legalese. Simply stated, the report is a repetitious chronology that provides multiple accounts of various incidents. That the vast majority of our elected officials have not read it suggests that they, like most Americans, have acquiesced to the judgment of others, many of whom, I’m betting, have themselves not read it. Unfortunately, far too many Americans allow social pressure and media outlets to formulate opinions for them. The absolutism demanded by today’s political climate has moved us into a sphere where morality is compromised for political and social reasons.
The cost of this moral equivocation far exceeds any potential for political gains or losses that may result at the polls. The cost goes to the heart of a trust bequeathed to and defended by Americans to preserve history’s long deferred establishment of a democratic society. The moral equivocation I speak of is the central finding in the Mueller Report, and that should matter to every American.
If you read the Report, you’ll see mountains of evidence that detail how the president’s political and business organizations overlap with alarming effrontery; how employees “slow walk” and even ignore his most destructive edicts. The president’s relationship with Russia avoids legal quagmires by his staff having carefully sequestered any public record of political help being welcomed by them in the first instance. If Trump did know, he’s guilty of conspiring with a hostile foreign oligarchy to disrupt and influence America’s presidential election. If he didn’t know what was occurring within his own organization, he’s dangerously inept. Either way, his win-at-all-costs behavior has permeated his staff in much the same sense as recent efforts to hide the USS John S. McCain.
As to candidate Trump’s more public behaviors, there are occasions when he famously stepped over the line, as with his, “Russia, if you’re listening” episode, and there is certainly the appearance of a quid pro quo since the election where America’s absence from democracy’s world stage has benefited Russia’s determination to reestablish its Soviet Empire boundaries. That indictments and guilty pleas include 34 people and three Russian companies, six former Trump advisors, five pleading guilty, and 26 Russian nationals should rally all Americans to demand a fuller accounting.
Of course, to demand an accounting is much easier for Democrats this time around than it is for Republicans, and this is where a profiles-in-courage argument must emerge. Principles are tested where a personal cost may be exacted for taking an ethical stance, but I believe that there is a longing for such leadership to provide a pathway that others may follow. While in the present instance, the Democrats are playing the role of the loyal opposition, that loyalty must be to American democratic principles and the opposition to any erosion of those principles.
If we allow our political views to override our ethical responsibilities and ignore the evidentiary roadmap provided by the Mueller Report, we do so at our peril and that of generations to come. By acceding to a corporate/media effort to keep us at one another’s throats over what is essentially a centrist battle for political dominance, we do a disservice to the memory of those who fought to preserve the cause of liberty at home and abroad. As parents, teachers, community and religious leaders, and as a “united” people, we must stand together and root out the moral equivocation that is threatening the very efficacy of our form of government.