Wednesday , December 06, 2017 - 6:00 AM9 comments
With the guilty plea by former National Security Advisor MIchael Flynn and the potential incrimination of his superiors, we should begin talking about what this almost certainly means – our primary adversary colluded with the Trump campaign to affect our election. This is unprecedented and endangers our democracy.
If Robert Mueller’s investigation proceeds and shows clear evidence of collusion, we must act. We must punish the Russians and remove Trump from office. The public will continue to lose faith in our system if Republicans refuse to act in this matter. Our society, already fatigued by an erosion of our standard of living and declining civility, will collapse with a complete loss of faith in our system. The average person can’t imagine what this would mean, but they will experience the worst times of their lives if this happens.
I have experienced an almost complete loss of faith in the decency and judgment of many of my fellow citizens in this state because of their failure to reject the obvious evil in Donald Trump. They saw it and voted for him anyway because their allegiance was to their political party and not to their country. Their professed religious beliefs meant nothing to them in evaluating people for office. The worst behaviors were acceptable if the party affiliation was to their liking.
Pundits have postulated what and who caused us to reach this partisan divide. Some have blamed Trump, some have blamed the Republican Party leadership, some have blamed it on our “wickedness.” It is, in fact, none of those things. It is us. We are the problem. We elected the people who are behaving poorly. We must accept the blame and we must now work to fix ourselves and fix our politics.
The stakes could hardly be higher. Our lives may depend on it. What would happen if our embattled president started a war with North Korea to divert attention from his domestic political problems? No one can precisely predict how a war with a nuclear-armed opponent would go.
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