Ed: With good weather upon us and plenty of things to do out and about, we thought our readers’ interest would swing away from things political. Boy, were we wrong:
While much of the national obsession with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report continues to rage I find myself growing weary of the argument after sliding towards an inevitable truth: Russia wanted then-candidate Trump in place as president and the man himself was surprised to find he’d been elected.
Although Mr. Mueller found no smoking gun in regard to collusion between the Russians and the Trump Team, his work gave oxygen to the slowly burning trash fire of circumstantial evidence that has given the country – or that part of the country interested enough to look – insight into a man uniquely unqualified to lead a lawful business, much less a nation.
Despite the president’s own braying and the carefully scripted commentary of his enablers, Mr. Mueller’s report flatly declares that investigators could not clear Mr. Trump of obstruction of justice and describes in detail 10 episodes in which the wannabe New York Mob Boss tried to undercut the investigation – including a particularly revealing comment supposedly uttered when he first learned he was under investigation.
Our leader’s claim of no obstruction, like so much of what he repeats and tweets, is as absurd as it is false.
Ray Fields, San Ramon
It was clear even without the release of the Mueller Report that Russia was busy messing with our 2016 presidential election (something we admittedly have done ourselves to other countries with varying degrees of success).
Despite the fact that our own hands are far from clean when it comes to international hacking and dirty trickery I was amazed at how successful a campaign the Russians were actually able to wage against us.
The lengths to which Putin, Russian, and the GRU were willing to go in order to divide the country and put a willing stooge in command have now been made clear. The extent of their campaign’s success to divide us is becoming clearer with time.
Although we have been alerted to the vulnerabilities of our election systems and who is playing with it, this country seems unwilling or unable to understand that foreign disinformation campaigns aimed at confusing voters and inciting conflict was very much in play. Slogans and catch phrases we once heard only at the most strident political rallies have gone mainstream, with people wearing “Better Red Than Democrat” t-shirts with apparent pride and more than a little conviction.
These beliefs have become entrenched, with more than one family dinner or outing utterly ruined because of the expressed political beliefs of certain family members – each of whom is equally convinced that they are right and the other party wrong.
Currently, I feel great harm is being done to the county and that Congress and the states have a very short window of time to address election security vulnerabilities prior to the 2020 presidential election.
John Ostermann , Walnut Creek