The world waits with us

Today, little doubt remains that the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence was corrupted by the influence of Russia, possibly enabled in part by those closely associated with Trump. While world leaders watch in dumbfounded horror or clap their hands in glee, depending on their regard for America, we at home stew in helpless worry. David Remnick summarizes our national anxiety in his exquisitely detailed critique of the president’s first 100 days in the May 1 edition of New Yorker. All Americans should read it, in my view. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“His presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.”

The central question for me is the way this incompetent person got to be president, and if that process was in any way corrupted, all of us Americans are owed a thorough cleansing and corrective action. Removing Trump from office and handing the presidency to his vice president falls short of a solution. Not good enough. If their election was corrupted, the ascendancy of both of these men to their positions of power was affected.

Members of both houses of Congress in a position to investigate charges of misdeeds that threaten our nation’s democracy and its security shuffle their feet as they try their best to stall a nation’s efforts to know the truth. As the national cry grows louder and more persistent for an impartial, independent effort to get the true story, we wait.

One thing this incompetent, egocentric president has accomplished with his tweets and phone calls:  Now the whole world is watching and waiting with us.

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