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Truth, Patriotism, and The Mueller Report: Looking for A Hero To Release the Report

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Withholding the revelations of the Mueller report to the general public arouses the highest suspicions of culpability in the matters investigated as well as the judicial propriety in handling the report by the Attorney General. This action undermines the essential trust people should have in its government and casts further doubts on its legitimacy.

A country is bound together by a sense of patriotism. Citizens are asked to risk their lives for country in the event of war or subversion. In our democratic society, founded upon the principle of government of, by, for the people, it is incumbent upon officials to equally serve our country by performing their duties in a faithful and honest fashion. If there is any malfeasance disclosed in the Mueller report, it is their patriotic and moral duty to report it to the public. To deceive the public by suppressing the truth in vital concerns marks one not fit to govern and an enemy of the people.

There is an essential difference in standards of ethics in the worlds of government and business, although seldom observed. Business operates with compromised ethics to achieve maximum material gain. Good government aspires to universal principles of ethics to promote the general welfare, which may be different from achieving maximum material gain. Government should not be ruled by people following business ethics.

We look for someone in government like Daniel Ellsberg or Chelsea Manning, who takes his or her patriotic responsibilities and dedication to universal principles of morality seriously, to bypass the red tape and present the Mueller report to the public regardless of risk.

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Russiagate is a soap opera with all the cliff hangers leading to nothing. This article is trying to imply that the nothingberger Mueller Report is a cliff hanger. Keep watching Mueller and Trump as the democrats commit Seppuku with pointed lies and corruption, Trump gets stronger, internet censorship gains a foothold, we invade more countries, and money and prestige are showered on our oligarchs. Its worked for over two years and it looks to be good for at least another month or two.

When will they ever learn.

Submitted on Friday, Apr 5, 2019 at 9:33:43 PM

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Chuck,

It is not a question of learning. This is tribalism, not truth seeking. Establishment Democrats are no more honest than the liar occupying the White House. How many of them have stated unequivocally that all 17 intelligence agencies concluded that Trump conspired with Russia to defeat Hillary? This would be also be a good time to remember how they misrepresented Hillary as a progressive. LOL! The U.S. electoral/political system is a cesspool of corruption. It is undemocratic and rigged to elect politicians who have been vetted and approved by the 1%. The cheerleaders for the Democratic Party will continue to make their false claims. The facts don't matter. Having said that, I would very much like to see the Mueller Report released for two reasons: 1. We know we cannot trust either political party to tell the truth so any summary or representation as to what the report says by members of either party is unreliable; and 2. Maybe, just maybe, it would shut some of the Democrats the hell up about Russiagate. No, I'm not taking any bets on whether the report will be released. After all, if either political party wants to keep something secret, all it has to do is invoke the pretense of "National Security".

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"Democrats are no more honest" - not true.

The liar in the White House is most dishonest.

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Trump and friends underestimate the power of public opinion at their peril. It's not a hard power, like a 'gun', but that precisely is why he underestimates it. He is digging his own grave with more foolish enthusiasm than I could have ever imagined.

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It is possible that this time the Republicans have overestimated the stupidity of the American voter.

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I hope you're right. They should know of the lesson of Noblesse Oblige, but Trump clearly dismisses it.

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