I've been quiet lately in part because I'm sinking back into the pit of despair when I think about politics. The spinelessness and hypocrisy of the Republican party, the insidious and corrosive effects of corporate "free speech" embodied in soulless monsters like Sinclair and Fox News, and the fact that ultimately all this insanity has its foundation in the will of the people (or at least a significant fraction of them) has me struggling at times to see much light at the end of this tunnel. The outpouring of grass-roots energy in the Democratic party is encouraging, of course, but we really shouldn't have to work this hard do defend the principle that, if the President is a crook, he should be called out for it.
The Washington Post yesterday ran a story headlined "Could Trump bury Mueller’s findings? Yes — if Republicans help him do it." You should read it. It's sobering. I am as staunch a defender of civil liberties and the presumption of innocence as you are likely to find. But if Donald Trump is, say, beholden to the Russian government, don't you think the American people ought to know?
It is becoming clear that we cannot count on the Republicans to answer this question affirmatively. They have repeatedly shown that they will put party over principle. They will gerrymander, lie, cheat, and even abandon their own principles to stay in power (to what end one has to wonder). Not that the Democrats are necessarily a whole lot better, but there is one thing that is becoming clear: if we want to know the truth about Donald Trump, the only way we can insure that we will find out is to vote the Democrats into power in the House of Representatives this November. If we fail to do that, it will be game-over. Robert Mueller will be fired, his report will be buried, and We the People will never know the truth.
Happily, taking the House seems to be a real possibility, and I want to take this opportunity to do something that I very rarely do here on the Ramblings and endorse a Congressional candidate and ask you, my readers, to support him. His name is Josh Harder, and he is running in California's 10th Congressional district, which includes the central valley town of Modesto. That district is currently represented by Republican Jeff Denham, who won the 2016 election by only 3 points. If there was ever a flippable district in the U.S., this is it.
I met Josh the other day and I was very impressed. He's working incredibly hard, he knows what he's doing, he has great stage presence, and he has terrific command of facts and issues. But most importantly, he will bring us one step closer to a Democratic majority in the House, which we will need in order to stop the Republicans from burying Donald Trumps sins in a bureaucratic sarcophagus. Whatever your stand on policy may be, I ask again: if the President of the United States is beholden to a foreign power (or has otherwise broken the law) don't you think we ought to know?