Thursday, April 25, 2019

Perfectly Legal

Are you ready for the latest? According to "America's Mayor" and Sometime Trump Lawyer Rudy Guliani, “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.” This may be taking the definition of glasnost to its extreme, especially since we are no longer dealing with the somewhat more benign Mikhail Gorbachev but rather the somewhat less benign Vladimir Putin. I say this with a full heart because I truly wish that there was a way for us to come down to the same global watering hole and swap facts and spit with the rest of the metaphorical jungle. 
But since this isn't the way the planet currently operates, what do you suppose Rudy was trying to get us to believe when he spouted off about taking information from Russians? He wasn't talking about recipes. Or Instagram. The Russians in this particular example are the ones in government. The ones who might just possibly be wishing for a kinder, gentler approach from our country to theirs. Or maybe looking for a Manchurian Candidate. On one side of his mouth, Rudy suggested that “any politician” in the United States would have sought damaging information about an electoral rival. From the other side, when asked if he would have done something similar with a foreign source he spouted, “I probably wouldn’t. I wasn’t asked. I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, don’t do it.”
So there we have a motive. And Mueller's report offers up any number of opportunities,  the “investigation established multiple links between Trump campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government.” It also said, Russia’s alleged interference in the election was intended to help the current "President."
And so once again, we are being asked not to pay any attention to that man behind the curtain. This is just the way sausage gets made, after all, and it's best if we the people don't get too caught up in that process. We just wouldn't understand. These aren't the droids we're looking for. Except this isn't somewhere over the rainbow or a galaxy far, far away. This is the here and now, and I would prefer to believe that when someone brings me a feathered friend who quacks and walks just like a duck that I have been introduced to a duck. Not collusion. It's a duck. A duck that obstructs justice. 

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