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Admission of Guilt

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Trump and his cohorts' desperate efforts to conceal the contents of the uncensored Mueller report and prevent any accomplice from testifying before congress is nothing more than an admission of guilt. This would be equally true of withholding income tax statements that would reveal illegal transactions, whereas no other presidential office holder is granted that privilege. It should be obvious to anyone not wearing blinders. The guilt of this predicament falls equally upon all those members of Congress who defend these actions by placing loyalty to their political party above their moral and constitutional duties to serve the American public in a fair and honest manner according to democratic principles.

These schemings reflect the larger drama of the primitive state of our political basis. In this day and age, after millennia of czars and tyrants, how could a coterie of oligarchic demogogues surreptitiously assume leadership of a supposed democracy designed to promote the general welfare? I would first trust our government in the hands of some outstanding sixth-graders.

The passions of politics have become our primary religion and faith instead of rational principles needed to guide our nation through difficult times. This is disheartening for what lies ahead. We are operating with a constitution basically unchanged since created 236 years ago, that does not impose the highest qualifications for high office or standards for the process by which candidates are elected. The political maturity of the general public necessary to perpetuate the spirit of cooperation and unity essential to democracy has been forestalled by the lowest common denominator of political and popular culture. For one thing, they are still honoring the advent of the Confederacy. We are still placing divisive ancient religious teachings above the universal moral lessons learned from civilization's lengthy historical experiences.

I would ask each member of Congress who supports the status quo of the current presidency: are you serving the public good or your own and your party's interest? How can you support the self-evident guilt of this president and his cohorts without feeling your own guilt? Perhaps it is time to leave the sinking ship as did Michael Cohen.

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