Let’s tackle the elephant in the room first. Well, not so much tackle as address. Tackling an elephant would be really, really hard. I just heard my step-father say, “Tommy, let’s do the impossible thing first and the hard things later.” I also just heard him say “Rome wasn’t built in a day, Number Seven, because I wasn’t there.”
Okay, I’ve already digressed. Sue me; I haven’t done this in a couple of weeks.
But in honor of Rusty Steele (yes, that was his name) I’ll do the impossible thing while doing the hard thing and get another post out while tackling an elephant. And I’ll do it in less than a day. Ready?
The Bob Mueller report was wrong.
Or, at least, the 4-page summary of the 300-page document was. Wrong, that is. Actually, to be more precise, a lot of you out there interpreting the Mueller Report for the last seven days are wrong. The president, in particular (POtuS, if you will), is completely and utterly wrong. Here’s why.
Since the release of the summary, written by the president’s hand-picked myrmidon, the clown-in-chief has been running around saying words like “totally exonerated.” If you’ve been watching the Jussie Smollett thing you’ll see that word, or its likeness, applied there as well, by the guilty individual or his representatives. Because a justice (or jury) decides not to prosecute or incarcerate an individual does not mean that person did nothing wrong. In fact, in both cases, the actual investigator goes so far as to say that their findings do not exonerate the individual. Remember Shawshank Redemption?
You’re gonna fit right in. Everyone in here is innocent. Heywood, what’re you in here for?
Didn’t do it. Lawyer fucked me.
Everybody is innocent in their own eyes. Even hardened criminals. Even corrupt presidents. Nixon had the best quote of all before being tossed out of office for being a crook when he said, “I am not a crook.” He was. So is Donald Trump.
During the Mueller quest pieces of Donald Trump’s criminal empire fell. His former campaign manager and personal fixer both went down. One of them, Donald Trump’s lawyer, has even named our corrupt president as a co-conspirator in his crimes. It looks likely, at this point, that the entirety of the Mueller Report lays out a set of findings on the mob boss’ criminal activity but fails to completely connect the dots. Happens all the time in mob investigations, particularly when many of the loyalists feel that their allegiance will be rewarded in some way. In this case it’s likely the dangling pardons.
If you’re a fan of the president, which is still unfathomable to me, then relax. Go easy on those still clamoring for this fella’s head. The situation was reversed not so long ago and y’all are still mad about the conclusions the Justice Department found in regards to them e-mails. Bad people get away with bad things all the time, particularly when they have money or influence. Be mad about that. Very mad.
But your anger should reach beyond a seething indictment of Jussie Smollett and Hillary Clinton, if you support this incompetent boob of a president, and should reach to the mob boss, too. Likewise for you on the other side. If you feel that Donald Trump got away with one with the release of the Barr memo, you’re right. But so did Jussie Smollett and so did Hillary Clinton and so do a lot of other privileged people. In the meantime our prisons are needlessly overcrowded with folks who had neither the privilege nor the power to “exonerate” themselves. You want to be mad at something, be mad at that.
Not to say we should ignore the elephant in the room. We need to correct our politics and elect better leaders, better representatives. It’s going to be really, really hard to do, but it’s a thing worth doing. And all we have to do, first, is the nearly impossible. We have to set aside our own biases and see the elephant for what it is.
We have to stop defending the bad behavior of those who do more stuff for our side. We don’t need them; there are plenty of good folks willing to take up the cause. To borrow an overused phrase, we need to actually drain that swamp. Plenty of crocodiles on the left and on the right, including the man who made that phrase famous. That’s where we start. Before you know it we’ll be able to argue about politics again instead of arguing about politicians.
At this point Rusty would probably say something like “let’s get started.”
There’s still plenty of daylight, he’d add. We’ve got a lot of work to do before the sun goes down.