The Mueller Report is done and is being interpreted by the Justice Department and has been related to us in a rather short letter. Fine, that is the process but we really should stop talking about the report until and unless we actually read the actual report.
It would seem that the system has run its course. Plenty of indictments and convictions and guilty pleas by a number of the president’s “best people.” One thing I draw from that is that perhaps he is not such a good judge of character and that is not good for us.
I am willing — very willing — to move on once I know what is in the report. I don’t take my car lease on faith, I read it. And so it should be with this report, exempting only those things too sensitive to be made public.
My problems with Mr. Trump remain as to his character. He seeks to bully and shame in the public square, which I find to be undignified, cruel and dangerous as to how further presidents will see fit to use social media. His opinions and use of facts change with the wind. He is still talking about the votes of the electoral college and Hillary. Talk about needing to move on.
His time would be better spent studying history and being able to explain to the public, not just feeding his base catch phrases, why he is doing what he is doing, what principles, facts and vision he has. This he does not do. He tweets and demeans. I fear his character, his lack of self editing. Melania has her work cut out for her here on Be Best. He is not a role model for us or our children and yet he could be.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find proof of collusion and for that I am very grateful. The report, so we are told, does acknowledge Russian or foreign attempts and possibly successes in influencing our election process. I find that something that we should throw money at because once we cannot trust basic information on candidates or our electoral process, where are we?
We should be very, very scared about that. Between false and foreign “data” streaming in, gerrymandering by both parties, we the people are being stiffed on our right to elect our representatives.
No matter which party is “winning” by this legal form of vote robbery, it is time for this to stop.
The cases before the Supreme Court concern Maryland which is pro-Democrat and our dear state which is pro-Republican. This is a rigged game and ultimately serves neither the party — which begins to believe it is their “right” to run roughshod over the people — nor the people whose opinions and choices may change over time but cannot be realized because of the rigging.
If we are to believe that only Republicans — or only Democrats — hold all the right answers and no one of the other party can contribute, take down Old Glory and close up shop. It is not true, has never been true that only one form of thought is correct. It can feel really good to believe that but it has never been true. Not once in history.
History also teaches us that great governmental structures rise and fall and often it is by their own hands, by hubris, by not being mindful of our original intent. Now, intents change as a civilization matures. Women get to vote, races mix, gender is less of an issue and corporations can come dangerously close to being counted as people.
But nevertheless we started out to avoid one person ruling over us. Replacing that with one party is not a step in the right direction. Let us hope the Supreme Court can at least force the states to listen to reason and have the guts to find a simple, mature and neutral way to draw our house seats both for the state and nation’s good.
I am not looking forward to this next and overlong election process. Trump will tweet and rant, leaving us without a presidential model, and the others will take the bait. It is going to be ugly, nonproductive if thoughtful consideration is your thing.
I thank Mr. Mueller for doing his job. Now I want to read it for myself.
Joyce Reehling lives in Pinehurst. She retired here from New York after a 33-year career in theater, TV and commercials.