I grew up at the tail end of the Cold War. I believe it was Soviet Premier Khrushchev who is credited with saying that the United States would be destroyed from within. Funny, because not only does that echo warnings from one the greatest presidents that we have ever had, Abraham Lincoln – and the very architects of our nation the founding fathers, that is precisely what we are witnessing today. That Russia would be capable of destroying trust in our sacred institutions and thus undermining everything this nation has ever stood for was unthinkable - until now. And yet here we are. WHEN are we going to wake up and fight this corrupt regime that uses its illegitimately gained power to wield the mighty influence, riches, and strength of these United States of America to silence dissent and enrich the ruling family?! Come on people, wake up! This is not a isolated mention about some obscure, brutal dictatorship in a remote fiefdom that fires it top cop for not playing ball, is arresting journalists for asking questions, and selling visas in exchange for foreign investment in the ruling family's holdings. We are talking about the mightiest, richest nation the world has ever known, one whose entire legacy and legitimacy is based on the sacred principles put forth of freedom of the press, free speech, separation of church and state, freedom to assemble, the ability to criticize our leaders without fear, freedom to worship and practice our faith whatever it may be - Islam included (whether we like it or not, because dammit this is the USA). Have we let the 1.1 million men and women who, in order to protect our nation and our way of life, willingly sacrificed the most precious thing of all - their very life - for nothing?
To the GOP leadership and Trump’s voting supporters, it is time for the sake of our nation to do this and do it right. There is nothing to fear, and if a special prosecutor and independent panel do indeed find that Trump is innocent, think of the monster-sized victory celebrations you will hold and the optics of that going into 2018. And if he isn't? Well guess which party's leadership is so devoted to everything this nation stands for and put it above its own party, saving us from a true, existential threat to the very foundations of the United States? You are so concerned about optics, well here you go. Win-win either way, meaning there is absolutely no reason to justify inaction - unless somehow it is your own ass you are trying to protect. In that case, you are committing treason and history will remember you as the traitors that destroyed America for their own crummy little insignificant selves.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
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The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. Gerald R. Ford
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