There are few things that can either bring citizens together or divide them like politics. In the United States, there is doubt that politically, culturally and socially, we are becoming a divided nation.
This morning, former Special Prosecutor Robert Muellertestified in front of Congress and millions of Americans about his report and the conclusions in regards to the accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.
Several points hit me as I listened:
Mr. Mueller is an honorable man who has served his country for decades. Though it would have been easy to cross a moral or legal boundary to reach his conclusions, he chose to stay within the barriers of his position and Department of Justice protocol.
There is without a doubt, something not right about the way you know who and those around him acted during the campaign. It felt like the win was more important than following the rules or established political traditions.
Depending on where your political beliefs lie, you either believe that you know who is guilty and should be impeached or is a victim, as he calls it, a “witch hunt”.
Based on today’s testimony, I am still not sure that impeaching him is the right thing to do. Impeachment does not always mean that the President is forced out of office. Former President Bill Clinton was also impeached, but remained in office to complete his second term.
However, if the decision is to not find a way to force you know who out of office, that leaves the door open for him to possibly win the 2020 Presidential election.
Readers, what do you think? Do you think today’s hearing exonerates you know who or is just another reminder that he is unworthy of being President?
I was up until about 1:00 in the morning reading the report and now have a migraine, so this is going to be a fairly brief post. I just want to share a few thoughts. 1. The 148 page report is split into two volumes. The first deals with conspiracy/collusion, the second, obstruction of justice. […]
After nearly two-years of speculation and news reports, the Mueller Report was finally released earlier today.
I have to admit that the results, even in this preliminary stage are a bit disappointing. While Robert Mueller‘s team was not able to conclude without a reasonable doubt that you know who or his team colluded with Russia, they have not been completely exonerated of the charges either.
In spite of the disappointment, there are three silver linings.
There have been a number of convictions based on the information that Mueller and his team was able to find.
The judicial system works. Free from Presidential control, Robert Mueller and those who reported to him were able to do a thorough investigation.
Because you know who and his aides were not exonerated, there is still a chance that somewhere, someone slipped up.
The next step is for the full report to be submitted to Congress and the American people.
What’s done is done. We cannot go backwards, we can only go forwards. My hope is that this is enough that come time for next year’s Presidential election to sway the voters to someone who is not a corrupt, snake oil, used car salesman with the temperament and maturity of a four-year old.
While many who get into politics as a profession will often state that they are doing it for altruistic reasons, the reality is that some get into politics purely for personal gain.
Ever since you know who was elected in 2016, there have been questions about his reasons for running and who was really behind his successful campaign.
The new book, Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, by Seth Abramson, lays out in excruciating detail how you know who and those around him conspired to win the Presidency through less than honest and legal means. Written in chronological order, the book starts in 1987 and ends in the present. The narrative that Mr. Abramson created is almost like a legal briefing: stark, to the point and very well researched.
The thing that struck me about this book is that it’s nearly impossible to believe that Mr. Abramson is making it all up. The evidence presented only reinforces my belief that we, as a country have had the wool pulled over our eyes. The problem is that too many Americans are unwilling to see that.
According to the American Constitution, a political leader at the federal level may be forced out of office via impeachment if he or she commits “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.
Like many of you, I did not vote for a certain person in the 2016 Presidential Election and I have yet to agree or approve of the policies he has put into place. I also believe that the evidence that so far has been presented is legitimate and solid.
As much as I would love to see him out of office, I believe that for the short-term, we should not be discussing impeachment. My reasoning is the following:
Unlike a certain President who shoots his social media mouth off at every turn, Robert Mueller and his team are only showing their hands when they have concrete evidence. Without concrete evidence, it proves that the Russia Investigation is indeed a witch hunt and a waste of tax dollars. This of course, feeds into the idea that he is innocent and being persecuted for no reason.
If he is impeached, then Mike Pence becomes President. From my perspective, Mike Pence would be a political nightmare.
Unless it is proved that this person has committed a crime, starting impeachment proceeding over political differences starts a dangerous precedent that would destabilize this country in ways that I dare not even consider.
Impeachment subverts the will of the people, but again, that depends on how solid the proof is that a crime was committed.
Only time will tell if and/or when a certain person is removed from the highest political office in the land. I only know that at this point in time, I believe that we should not be talking about impeachment until it proved without a shadow of a doubt that an impeachment offense was committed.
When one takes the mantle of political leadership, there are certain qualities that we expect this person to have. He or she is expected to be mature, level-headed, thoughtful, introspective and basically act like an adult.
After the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections were announced, you know who took an adult temper tantrum. As a result of this temper tantrum, Jeff Sessions is out of a job and CNN reporter Jim Acosta has lost his White House press credentials.
Since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, his former boss put on a target on his back. Truth be told, I had a feeling that Jeff Sessions would be fired at some point, it was just a question of when rather than if. That point came last night.
For the most part, you know who has had it out for most media outlets since nearly the beginning of his time in office, if not sooner during the campaign. Jim Acosta was doing what every journalist does, making sure that those in power remember who is truly in charge. But he who shall not be named does not like those who do not kiss his feet and proclaim him to be the G-d he thinks he is.
We have two years until the 2020 Presidential election. In the next two years, I hope this country remembers what it stands for and why it was founded. Otherwise, the America that I know and love may turn into a thing of the past.
Truth in politics has always been fuzzy. But since November of 2016, truth in politics is has become almost unintelligible.
This morning on Meet The Press, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, was interviewed on Meet The Press by host Chuck Todd. When he was questioned about Russia investigation by the special counsel, Mr. Giuliani stated the following:
When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well, that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth,”
If it’s not the truth, it’s a lie. Someone is lying to the American people. A person who is guilty acts one way. A person who is innocent acts another way. I may be biased, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the country is being lied to and those who knew the truth prefer to not speak out solely to save their own skins.
Only time will tell, but I my hope and prayer is that the truth comes out and those are guilty of lying to American people are given their day in court.
Until then, we have Rudy and The Beast, courtesy of Randy Rainbow.
Most, if not all of us, have a moment of reckoning, whether on a personal level or a larger cultural/societal level.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that killed 14 teenagers and 3 staff members dead is our national moment of reckoning.
The question that we all must answer is a difficult one: do we continue the useless cycle of reaction to mass gun violence or do we actually grow a pair and do something?
The fact that the shooter, who is only 19, was easily able to get his hands on an AR-15 assault rifle, despite the warning signs and the information the FBI had is more than appalling. It is disgusting and alarming to consider that the FBI had the information they needed to prevent the loss of 17 innocent lives and did nothing to stop it.
It is also a moment of reckoning for you know who and the voting public. It happened under his watch and if he continues to be tone-deaf about the subject (meanwhile tweeting continuously about the updates to the Russia investigation), I have a feeling that voters will not soon forget his inaction.
It is finally a moment of reckoning for the survivors and the grieving families of the victims. The kids who miraculously survived the attack are not only angry, but will be of age to vote in the next few years or have recently become of age to vote. They will be the ones who will finally stop this endless cycle of mass shootings and create gun laws that make sure another school shooting never happens again.