In 1974, we removed a president for lying to the American people and covering up a political burglary. We correctly deemed this necessary to confirm the ‘rule of law’ and strengthen our republic. In those days no one man or woman was above the law. The ‘cancer’ on the presidency and government was duly removed.
The FBI and Department of Justice are prosecuting retired four-star Gen. James Cartwright for mishandling classified information, in the apparent belief that this shows the American public the FBI is willing to prosecute even big-shots.
Given where we find ourselves politically, what are we to do? Thomas Mann said, “In our time the destiny of man presents its meaning in political terms.” Given the tremendous power derived from government’s monopoly on the legal use of force, make no mistake: It is unwise to ignore politics. Politics is the imposition of will.
Donald Trump is an obnoxious idiot who is trying buying his way into the presidency. He will create nothing but division and hate and make the United States a target for all kinds of reactionaries. He is using the tool of demagoguery and extremist politics to get votes as he plays the racist anti-immigration card to the maximum.
None of us will be ‘freed’ by a politician. However, a single vote can liberate a person. When we step alone into the voting booth in a few weeks, my hope is that we see at the bottom of our ballot, visible only to us, our own names. Why? Because our problems in this life, our true bondages, are in the mirror. If we will look at the mirror again, closely, we will see the solution to our problems.