I want to write this before the details of Special Counsel Mueller’s report hit the airwaves. My innocent outrage vanishes when we know what Mueller found. I will cease being innocent, and I might cease being outraged.
I want to believe that we do not have a president who colluded with the Russians who hacked our election. I want our country to heal. On the brink of greater knowledge, I harbor a shred of hope.
If Mueller finds that Trump and his people colluded with Russian, or knew of the Russian interference and acquiesced in it, the splintering divide cracks further. But if Trump knew nothing of the efforts undertaken on his behalf by Russia, we could ride this storm.
If. If Trump does not luxuriate in his vindication, which I have no doubt he will do. He will chortle if the report says, “Russian did indeed interfere, as everyone knows. They did so intending to aid Trump. Their efforts helped Trump win. But Trump and his people remained ignorant of the Russian efforts”. My innocence fades, and my outrage dampens. I might be nauseous, because Trump’s personal brand of self-aggrandizement ill becomes the office which he holds. Outrage would be misplaced.
But what if it says the opposite? What if it says that Trump and his people knew, or further, that they actively cultivated Russian assistance? My innocence fades and my outrage rises.
I have quite enjoyed the last few months. Blissful oblivion overtook me. I watched the trials and guilty pleas with something like disinterest. Campaign manager indicted, ho hum. Fixer pleads guilty, what’s on the next channel? Fingers wagged, but why believe one liar over another? I went about my business. I could be outraged at the outlandish tweets and the disgusting speeches. My outrage came to nothing because we did not know the depth of Trump’s treachery.
The man occupying the Oval Office has undertaken so many policies damaging to all that I value. If exoneration falls on his shoulders, he will no doubt intensify his efforts. The EPA, the immigrants, the National Parks, our climate — all of these already suffer under his reign. Vindication will fuel him.
At the same time, if the Mueller report opines that Trump and his people promoted and benefited from the hack of our election, a fierce battle will ensue. The genuine business of governance will shudder to a halt while we try to figure out how to deal with a probable felon in the White House. The differences which divide us will intensify. Everything now threatened will feel the strain even more acutely.
On my last night of innocent outrage, I went out for Chinese. When I got home, I started another load of laundry. I’ll watch a little news on YouTube, and go to bed early. I will need my strength, if tomorrow dawns the revolution.