I believe that we are in a battle for the soul of our nation. It is a battle for our hearts and minds. It is a battle for the truth.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Mueller Report gave him a threefold clean bill of political health.
NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!
Claims like these need to be examined under the light of the truth. The first claim is mostly accurate. The Mueller Report did find that the Russian government wanted to help Trump win, but there was not sufficient cooperation by the Trump campaign to bring a charge of complicity.
The second and third claims are deliberate distortions of the Mueller Report findings. The Report is quite clear when it states, “IF WE HAD CONFIDENCE AFTER A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THE FACTS THAT THE PRESIDENT CLEARLY DID NOT COMMIT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, WE WOULD SO STATE. WE ARE UNABLE TO REACH SUCH A JUDGMENT. While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, IT ALSO DOES NOT EXONERATE HIM.” There is no other possible understanding of Trump’s affirmations except that he is trying to mislead the U.S. people in order to protect himself. I personally get very angry when I hear such blatant lies repeated over and over again.
What is equally troublesome for me is that some 30-40% of my fellow U.S. citizens actually believe his falsehoods. I can understand why some citizens support Trump (the strong economy, low unemployment rates, etc.), but I cannot comprehend why they believe him when he so blatantly lies.
We have had many difficult times in our nation and in our world in the past, but the current period seems particularly dire. Perhaps our greatest challenge is the battle for the truth. It is the battle for the soul of our nation. If words no longer have any meaning, then there is no hope for resolving the problems before us. It is time for all of us to affirm the importance of truth for the sake of our country. It is time for all of us to reject falsehoods regardless of the political affiliation of the leaders that propagate them.
Let us commit ourselves to holding each other accountable for the pursuit of the truth. It can set us free.