Letter to the Editor: Mueller failure? My foot!

Frank Daniels’ DSN Commentary (6/6) said that the Mueller investigation was an “absolute failure.” My “investigation” of Daniels’ commentary says that his story might be best judged to be a propaganda success but would otherwise be a failure as a search for truth or justice.

The political universe of reality has this important problem: ask a Democrat and a Republican the same question and you will get two different answers. Which one is right? Or, are they both wrong? Read on for insight.

The Mueller investigation led to many guilty pleas, many indictments, and as much truth as could be reasonably expected among interviewed people with a range of biased interests and limitations in memory. In the end, a lot of people will prefer to make a judgmental conclusion based on what they like or dislike rather than any real truth or justice. Frank Daniels must like Donald Trump because Frank trashed Mueller because Mueller’s story says Trump might not have been a “good little boy” (I have read a lot of the redacted Mueller report, and a lot of the media commentary — from both sides — about the report).

In contrast to Frank’s thought that the report was not worth the paper it is printed on, the fact is that the printed form of the Mueller report has been on the best seller list for weeks. I got a free download copy off the internet but it is inconvenient to read or write notes on pages. My printed copy cost me less than $8. Thus, a lot of people, including me, thought the report really was worth something and there has been a great deal of interest in and discussion about this report. The Mueller report sheds light on two real, serious, and fundamental questions: 1) are we going to have an open discussion about serious foreign meddling in our domestic election processes and do something about it?, and 2) is our top “elected” official above the law, unobligated to “play nice” with the other two branches of our government, and free to make “truth” change from day to day according to his whim, political goal of the day, or self-granted perception of omnipotence?

Most of the large amount of study and discussion about Trump and the Mueller report indicates that Russian covert presence and activity in social media gave Trump very significant help in getting elected through a peculiarity of the Electoral College process to circumvent the popular vote. Public comments by Trump prior to the election indicated that he had a greater interest in having Russian help to find “Hillary’s missing emails” than help from American intelligence agencies. All the reports say Russian hacking began later that day. Was that a coincidence? Party loyalty — either for or against any particular person — is understandable up to a point but when Trump behaves more like a medieval king, and in his own interests (emoluments anyone?), rather than part of a “government of…, by…, and for the people,” then the train is running off the track.

Another, secondary but related important problem, but only distantly related to the Mueller report, is the spread of bad information (eg. hate, propaganda, rumors) and encouragement of defective thinking through internet social media channels and the collection of personal data and information by unknown entities for unknown purposes. Propaganda psychology was practiced during the Nazi Germany period and that period ended very badly. I would prefer to advocate for the idea that “we are all Americans here” instead of a bunch of “sports teams” in a messy free-for-all riot where everyone forgot that they are supposed to behave themselves and get along with each other in a civilized society.

Arthur E. Sowers

Harbeson

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