Eagle Scout

I just bought a copy of the Mueller Report.

When I was 16, I bought a copy of the Warren Report. And I read it which is even weirder.

And, at the time, because the Warren Commission was headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, I figured what was in the report was the absolute truth and that conspiracy theorists were crackpots. I still mostly think that but it’s harder since it has been revealed to me that truth is like jelly, deceptively solid, fluid with the merest heat.

I ordered the Mueller Report after I saw on the news that a particularly vociferous defender of the president, some Republican member of Congress whose name I don’t recall or refuse to commit to memory, admitted he’d not read the report because, well, why would he have to since the president already told him what was in it and I was reminded of people who run around quoting the Bible because of verses they’ve read on restaurant placemats. It’s hard reading the real stuff. Real hard.

So to make myself feel extra righteous about this purchase, I’m going to quote President John Kennedy’s famous statement about going to the moon.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Now we are entering the realm of the sanctimonious. I understand that. And I would apologize for this, for “making a show of being morally superior to other people” as the helpful Google dictionary puts it, except I think reading the Mueller Report is the morally superior thing to do and that’s why I’m going to do it despite the fact that it will probably take me well into the next decade to finish it, my attention span and preoccupation with social media being what it is.

I was a student once, though, a serious one. So my plan is to approach this task like homework. Now, leafing through this 448 page masterpiece, it seems that the reading might go faster than I thought.

The Trump years have worn me down. I find myself shrugging off things that would have made me careen into a light pole three years ago. Worse, the people around me are shrugging. We’re all shrugging. And many of us, tired of the discipline required for effective moral outrage, are skipping out on the hard work of resistance. It really is such a bitch to deal with national politics. Easier to be a thorn in the side of local elected officials. It’s way more fun and offers the prospect of immediate results.

I think the opposition, and yes, the Republicans are opponents, never mind the nostalgia of Joe Biden in his claim that the GOP would return to sanity once Trump is out of the picture, anyway, the opposition is assuming that we over here in the resistance are so gosh darn tuckered out with all our marching and yelling and sign-making that we’re just going to wander off and watch Seinfeld reruns and remember old times when we thought things made sense.

Nope. Not me. I’m working on getting my citizenship badge at this year’s jamboree. One page at a time.

5 Comments on “Eagle Scout

  1. I was on my soap box about the Affordable Care Act. Some many people that had opinions had no ideas what was contained in the law. There was a classic piece on Jay Leno showing an interview of people asking if they liked Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. Most gave an opinion about which one they preferred with no idea that they were the same thing.

    So congrats to you going to the source material. Not being confused by the facts.

  2. I have been going to order it and you have now inspired me to do so. We hear what other people are saying is in the report but that is hearsay, which in the court of law doesn’t count. And after I read it maybe I’ll pass it along to my cousin who I love and enjoy but is a Trump supporter.

  3. and what an exciting/frustrating/crazy read this will be! please keep us posted and it’s a document I would be interested in reading as well

  4. At the very least you deserve a fist bump Jan for determination. I get the shrugging part as well. Nothing much surprises me anymore, or makes me even close to irate the way I was initially. And now there seems to be a clear race already in the works as the headlines have all but forgotten the, what is it now-20+ dem candidates besides Biden?
    It’s not easy to sustain much enthusiasm for resistance when my mind is being made up for me and I’m back to wondering what the point in all of this is…

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