The undeniable truth is this: The Party of Trump are the enemies of democracy. Identify the enemy and their goals. If we get that straight, first and foremost, we can proceed with a strategy to save our republic.
Until the public figures that out, the authoritarian far Right's mortal threat to our democratic republic will prevail. They have proven they don't need a majority in our flawed and delicate democratic institutions.
We’ve seen nothing from the Mueller Report. All we have is what Trump’s loyal henchman Barr says about the Mueller Report. Barr was always opposed to the investigation. It has been clear since this unctuous toady’s job application letter to Trump showed he wants to cleanse his boss of the stench of corruption and collusion with Russia.
Most of us don’t buy it. The Party of Trump reeks of authoritarian corruption, and show only scorn for not only the rule of law, but for basic human decency.
Now the Tangerine Tyrant, like all totalitarian thugs, wants vengeance.
Putin’s Puppet tweeted to his authoritarian followers: “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!”
Every Republican dutifully followed their authoritarian leader and called for Schiff to step down.
And the Mueller Report has not even been released yet.
Shiff's eloquent response to the Party of Trump after they demanded he resign from the House Intelligence Committee should be the lead story in the news until the election.
He has shown the entire party is corrupt, by aiding and abetting a criminal, and waging open war on decency, truth, justice, and democracy.
Let these words reach every voter in every corner of the Republic.
"My colleagues might think it’s OK that the Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate for president as part of what’s described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign. My colleagues might think it’s OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help — no, instead that son said he would ‘love’ the help with the Russians.
You might think it was OK that he took that meeting. You might think it’s ok that Paul Manafort, the campaign chair, someone with great experience running campaigns, also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that they concealed it from the public. You might think it’s OK that their only disappointment after that meeting was that the dirt they received on Hillary Clinton wasn’t better. You might think it’s OK. I don’t.
You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law sought to establish a secret back channel of communication with Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility. I don’t think that’s OK. You might think it’s OK that an associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks. You might think it’s OK that a senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say, in terms of dirt on his opponent.
You might think it’s OK that the national security adviser-designate secretly conferred with a Russian ambassador about undermining U.S. sanctions, and you might think it’s OK he lied about it to the FBI. You might say that’s all OK, that that’s just what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK. I think it’s immoral, I think it’s unethical, I think it’s unpatriotic and, yes, I think it’s corrupt, and evidence of collusion.
I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. The day we do think that’s OK is the day we will look back and say that is the day America lost its way.”
Schiff’s “You Might Think It’s OK” speech should be remembered by history as the line in the sand, drawn by defenders of truth, justice, decency, and democracy.
It is nothing less than taking a moral and resolute stand for our Constitution, rule of law, and what remains of our nation’s dignity.