Mr. Mueller is finished, now what?
I don’t know about you, but I am relieved that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding the 2016 presidential election. I don’t know Mr. Mueller personally but over almost two years I have come to trust him since he seemed to be one of the only honest/honorable/trustworthy men on earth, or so we’ve been told.
The general consensus was that Mr. Mueller couldn’t be bought, bossed, or compromised. Again, I don’t know about you, but that was comforting to me since almost every week someone in power goes down in flames for lying, cheating, or using their power and influence for personal gain.
So, now after months of probing, investigating, lots of fanfare about confessions, and millions of dollars, my questions remain: 1) Was there some monkey business before, during, or after the election of the 45th U.S. president? 2) Of the 34 people who were convicted, indicted or pleaded guilty for hacking emails, lying to investigators, tampering with witnesses, and overall misbehaving, is our democracy safe from foolishness and tampering going forward? 3) If there was no collusion, did Mr. Trump instigate, lie about or otherwise do something fishy to win this election?
The more I know about the Internet, the power of social media, and the laws that can’t keep up and protect privacy and data, the more I worry about the safety of our elections. Further, as legislators continue to maneuver voting lines and laws to protect their majorities and power, and the more apathetic voters become, we should all be worried about how we move forward in the name of democracy.
As an informed and alert electorate, here are five things we should remember as we prepare for the 2020 elections:
- The things that have always mattered still do—honesty, integrity, commitment to service. Let us recruit and support candidates who believe as we do and who have shown us they can be trusted.
- We must pay closer attention to the information we seek and the sources we use. The fake ads look like the real deal and we must demand to know who is paying for them so we can decide whether we trust the content.
- Being above reproach is a wonderful reputation to have. Mr. Mueller ought not be the only one with it.
- Voting is a privilege and when we don’t exercise this right, everybody loses. We end up with the few rowdies on either side and those of us in the middle go along to get along. Enough already! We must get off the fence and advocate for justice, equity, equality for everyone, whether that’s adequate healthcare, great schools for every child, decent, respectable work for those who want to work and earn a living, access to affordable housing—we really do all want the same things, no matter what our names are and where we come from.
- Are we getting the best candidate for the job or are we getting the best candidate we can buy? So much money is wasted/spent/squandered on political campaigns that if candidates aren’t really savvy with fundraising or independently wealthy, even if they have great ideas, they may not be able to gain much traction. Remember there are no perfect candidates, so listen carefully to ALL those who are willing to serve so we can invest wisely.
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