By A. Lidden Pate
Our democratic system of “checks and balances” has failed, which is precisely why we’re still waiting for the "Red" meat of the final Mueller report (March 22, 2019).
Since the probe’s beginning, after the firing of James Comey (May 2017), American voters have been kidding themselves, Democrats especially, but also Republicans and Independents.
Following the exposure of every lie and the public outcry over every indictment over the past 22 months, we were told that Mueller would eventually uncover the truth, that Collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign would be established, as would be exposed all the Trumpian efforts to cover up their alliances with Putin colleagues.
So, what do we have? One standout conclusion: the obstruction was so successful it made it impossible for Mueller to show “criminal” collusion.
It’s laughable, more so today than ever, April 1st 2019, as the head of the House judiciary committee , Jerrold L. Nadler, publicly demands in the NY Times the full release of the Mueller Report.
Nadler is fooling no one, not even himself. For he’s a very intelligent man, extremely well-versed in the U.S. constitution and, more importantly, in the ways of Washington. But he’s doing his job and, as we say, “playing out the string.”
Of course, several weeks of debate about what is and what is not to be released lie ahead. But in the end, it is expected by learned observers that SCOTUS will rule that Attorney General William Barr’s actions have been well within the limits of his constitutional authority.
President Donald J. Trump has shown once again that he is “above the law.” His obstructionist methods work. They got him out of jam-after-jam in his business shenanigans. And despite his numerous promises, we still have not seen his IRS returns, nor his high school or college transcripts, and Mexico has yet to pay for "the Wall." All of which is not to mention Trump's cover-ups of the untold number of dalliances with women he has confessed to having had.
So far, every attempt to break Trump's obstructionism has failed. And there’s no reason to believe that Congress or the federal courts will succeed now. They are simply too weak, too much under Trump’s thumb, no matter how large or small his hands.
So, what remains to be done that might possibly break a dam more formidable than the Hoover, Trump's?
#1 The Southern District of New York (a U.S. District court) through its handling of indictments of key Trump allies, may be able to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the Mueller report.
But the SDNY is not perfect. And New York has its own problems; plus, it is the state, let us not forget, where Trump's damning-up-the-legal-system methods were first implemented and first succeeded.
So, that leaves the solution to our dilemma to. . .
#2 to us, the American voters. It is we who must decide in 2020 whether we know enough. With Trump’s overall public ratings at an all time low, the Democrats do appear to have a chance to take back the presidency. But to do that they must, for sure, keep themselves united behind their candidates (president and vice-president) while also making a winning appeal to voters who left them in 2016.
In this latter group, female Evangelical Christians stand out. Among them, there is, at present, a small voice of protest against Trump. To win them over, Democrats must appeal to them honestly, and with every bit of justified compassion they can show for children and for the rights of women everywhere.
About that, there must be no obstruction.