So, we can all admit that it seems outlandish to suppose that Trump didn’t collude with the Russians to influence the election at this point. To be fair, we probably should have seen this coming when he publicly requested that Russia hack into the systems of the Clinton campaign to locate 30,000 or so deleted e-mails.
While we can’t conclude with absolute certainty about the collusion at this junction, I’m a big proponent of practicality. There’s a clear pattern of Trump’s statements lining up with alleged contact with Russian agents, as well as the litany of Trump confidants who have been caught red-handed concealing meetings with Russian individuals. Beyond the mere preponderance of evidence in my eyes, there’s also the Golden Rule to be considered. Trump spent years pestering our previous president for a birth certificate, nominally because of Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, realistically because Obama was black and in this nation of immigrants, Trump sees some as lesser than others. Oh, and he bragged about sexual assault to Billy Bush on mic. Billy Bush lost his job and Trump moved to D.C. to govern the nation. So yeah, for the purposes of this brain blast, Trump colluded.
The silver lining is that Trump’s collusion is okay for now. While a tragic breach of the fiduciary duty of any elected official, Trump’s brain-dead brand of egotism has led him to ignite the very trappings of democracy which he disdains most; rules. The judiciary has shown that violations of the rights of the governed will not be quietly trampled, even by the highest office in the land. On the other side, the Supreme Court has shown an unwillingness to bend to the will of either Democratic or Republican interests; allowing the most easily defensible pieces of Trump’s travel ban to be implemented while the judicial process churns.
Not wishing to be outdone by the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch has also shown resilience in the face of controversy (the rivalry is unconfirmed). Many were ruffled by Donald Trump’s dismissal of James B. Comey, the Head of the FBI. While highly irregular, and very suspicious given prior events and subsequent revelations of the tense relationship between the two, Trump’s dismissal of Comey was well within his powers (although obstruction of justice was more the issue here than the President’s technical authority to dismiss Comey). Regardless of one’s view on whether Trump was attempting to obstruct justice, the response from the Department of Justice was and continues to be commendable.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had begun the correct fulfillment of duty prior to the dismissal of Comey when he recused himself from all Russia-related matters because he had forgotten (or intentionally omitted, depending on viewpoint) that he had met with a Russian agent and neglected to disclose this in a timely manner. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein picked up the baton post-Comey, given Session’s recusal, and appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel. This was beautiful to see as Mueller is viewed as a non-partisan investigator with iron-clad morals and inhuman dedication to the rule of law. Mueller had served as the head of the FBI under the rule of Democrats and Republicans alike, and from every indication fulfilled his duty so as to allow no room for political distractions. Additionally, once appointed special counsel can only be relieved of duty by the Attorney General, or in this case the Deputy Attorney General. Trump could realistically rid himself of Mueller, but only by dismissing Rosenstein and installing a more “loyal” replacement. This is not unfathomable, as Trump has weathered what many would consider political suicide more than once, but would only generate surfeit turbulence for the administration.
While I ramble, I am merely trying to find a shining light in all the darkness. We do not live in a meritocracy, or a technocracy; we live in a democracy. Democracies are periodically susceptible to demagogues and populists, just as those who succeed tend to be those with the deepest pockets and most flexible viewpoints. While I have beliefs as to the “goodness” or “badness” of each of these traits, for now I am simply presenting them as the facts as I see them. Many people disagree with the current administration, but it was a fairly elected administration as of now. I believe that Donald Trump and those around him colluded with Russia, but until the investigative process concludes, this is merely my belief. Untried muscles wither and die, just as governmental functions lose their efficacy and value if they are simply show-pieces to fool those outside looking in.
We should be thankful that we have functioning courts. We should be thankful that we have organs within the Executive Branch investigating any suspicious activity, regardless of political affiliation. Donald Trump was democratically elected, and has earned the right to govern as each of those before him. I despise his policies, ethics, and character, but Trump brings out the best of America’s checks and balances.