Many words, arguably too many words, have been written about Donald Trump and whatever ties he may or may not have to Russia. I’m going to lay out a brief timeline summary that should make the issue easier to grasp, and a case for why I believe it’s important to pay attention to this scandal.
Very brief version:
Somewhat longer version:
Now, as to why I believe the investigation matters:
America is a nation of problems, old and new. Epidemics of opiate abuse, gun violence, sexual assault, and just about every other conceivable problem wrack our country. Our infrastructure is crumbling. We have a million other things to talk about. Traditionally, as a republic, America has faced its past problems by electing representatives that a majority of voters trust and lobbying them to act in the interest of the people whose votes they depend on. A government which is as much or more in debt to a foreign billionaire for its power as it is to Americans is a short-circuiting of this natural process, and with ramped up efforts at voter suppression and threats to begin removing citizenship from legal immigrants the disparity is only going to get worse.
Subversion of an election is the ultimate treason against a democracy, a betrayal so deep it threatens every elected official, every citizen, every person. No decisions can be impartial and no precedent can be set. Trust in government is impossible.
Worst of all, the people involved in this scandal have openly admitted almost every major step of it. Trump Jr. tweeted out his emails about the Trump Tower meeting. Donald Trump openly asked Russia to commit the same crime that Nixon resigned over (though Nixon had the decency to at least hire Americans for the theft instead of outsourcing it all). Trump admitted that he fired Comey to stop the investigation, which is the clearest possible example of the crime Obstruction of Justice. Putin said on stage that he wanted Trump to be president.
One third of the country hears this evidence and thinks it’s a distraction from real issues and another one third hears this evidence and thinks it’s deep state lies to slander God’s own chosen king. Any other crime where the accused publicly admitted to half of this evidence would result in a guilty verdict within minutes- and note that five Trump associates have pled guilty as of the time I am writing this - yet because he has said he’s betraying America to foreign corporations in public, it’s all okay.
The Russia scandal is a symbol of everything that’s wrong with modern politics wrapped up in a package that should be much easier to impeach over than any other terrible thing any recent president has done. It is an opportunity to band together as a nation and say that the people of this country still matter more than the money of someone else living somewhere else. It is a chance to agree that ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness for all people are more important than any one person or any one moment in time. It is a chance for every person of integrity to put the long term good of their fellow man first.
This is a chance to genuinely Make America Great, and all we have to do as a nation is believe and admit the basic truth of our own eyes and ears.