Every day around 5 p.m. a new development breaks in the so-called Trump-Russia investigation. Its has dominated the news cycle for about four months, upended the White House, and is the talk of America. It deserves to be reported the way it has – with candor and as much clarity as you can get without all the pieces falling into the puzzle. Those pieces will eventually come together, and we’ll find out if it is all real, or just the result of a coincidences of bad happenings in an administration that has communications problems, starting at the top.
In the meantime, the country as we know it, is being changed as the investigation covers it up with the dark foreboding possibility of scandal.
Some examples: The Secretary of Education is trying to soft pedal sexual assault on campuses. The Interior Secretary is waging a mini-war on beautiful national monuments. The head of the EPA doesn’t seem to care about protection against foul water. The HUD secretary decries the reality of poverty. The Attorney General seems to be disinterested in civil rights. The First Daughter has a White House office as her fashion companies run with cheaply paid foreign workers. Her husband may be in legal trouble. But he gets the support of the President while the Commander-In-Chief waits three days to defend his son for meeting with possible agents to Russia.
About the only strong point is the national defense team which seems to be filled with real experts. The intelligence community also appears to be on target.
The Republicans are rarely outspoken. But their silence speaks volumes. The Democrats are hardly aggressive in fighting against the chaos and conflicts of interest.
Social style and embarrassing comments have reduced many people in the nation to a wave of anxiety and rage.
In the meantime, the scandal, or whatever it becomes, has devoured the news space, and all the while, the power of the people seems to be diminished.
The only hopeful news is that individuals, millions of them, on whatever side of the divide, will eventually let their votes do the talking.