‘The report’ is out: Now it is time to refocus

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Susan K. Smith

Crazy Faith Ministries

The long-awaited Mueller report is out. The scope of the charges and findings against the president and his administration have been at least partially revealed, and the Congress is threatening to subpoena the full, unredacted report.

Trump supporters are spewing expected venomous statements about the apparent sainthood of this president, and the president himself has taken to his beloved Twitter to continue to communicate his ever-enlarging self-delusions about the “rightness” of all he has done.

If people listen to it and internalize it, they will fall into the grip of fury – either as a Trump-lover, convinced that he has been the victim of a witch hunt for over two years, or as a person who believes that what Trump has done on a daily basis, inflaming the passions of everyone, has been wrong and dangerous to the very survival of this democracy.

This president is a media guru. He knows how he operates and how he has always operated. He has been able to walk in his privilege as a wealthy White man and has manipulated “the system,” if reports are true, ever since he has been a businessman.

He is a master at “stirring the pot.” We have all seen people do it and we have all been affected by it, but in this instance, we would do well not to continue to allow ourselves to be caught up in it. It is not clear if the Congress will impeach this president or what good it would do, but one thing is clear: “We the people” have to stay focused on the issues.

We have to pay attention to what he is doing behind the scenes while he makes a mess in front of the cameras. He is rolling roughshod over the rights of “the least of these” and has no intention of stopping. The only weapon we have is the vote.

The GOP and the far right are on a mission – a mission that is said to have started with the Southern Strategy, as explained on Ask Steve at History.com. Lawmakers in Tennessee are on their way to passing a law that will make it more difficult to register voters, according to The New York Times. The GOP is determined to complete its mission of converting America from being progressive to being a nation that espouses and supports far-right policy.

As has been the case historically, they are touting that what is happening is from God and of God. Michele Bachmann recently said that the current president is one of the most, if not the most, godly presidents this nation has ever had, as noted on CNN.com. The far right has been pushing for a while that God appointed this president, as explained by an article on Politico.com, and Lou Dobbs repeated this belief that the presidency of Trump is God-given after slamming the Mueller report on Indy100.com.

With that kind of rhetoric swirling around, and that kind of intentional effort to make sure non-GOP voters are made unable to vote, we do not have the time to sit around and wait for the next soap opera installment of the Trump presidency. We do not have time to wring our hands or sit stewing in frustration and anger.

If the nation is to survive this episode of our history intact, we have to be “steadfast and immovable” as Paul wrote, and work “while it is still day” to make sure injustice, prejudice, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and all of the other “isms” do not gain more footing than they already have under this administration.

Predictions are swirling now that this president will win a second term. If the economy does well, as many expect it to, the chances of beating him are almost nil, according to The Washington Post.

People like gossip and drama. That is why soap operas, with all of their tales of human weaknesses continue to flourish.

I can remember being in college and wanting to see “my story,” The Edge of Night, and listening to classmates and relatives wanting to hurry home to see their “stories.” There was hell to pay if the stories were preempted by some breaking news or other event.

Too many of us are caught up in this president’s Twitter rants, and in the endless prognostications of pundits on cable news programs, which repeat the same stories and the same interviews all day long.

We can’t afford to watch and be sucked into any of that. We have to be wide-eyed and aware, determined to save what’s left of the gains oppressed people have made over the last 50 years. Being frustrated and “caught up” takes away our strength and our capacity to fight the powers and principalities which are creeping up, one step at a time.

“The report” will not change the minds of people who love this president and will only be fodder for those who want to keep the confusion going. We have way too much at stake to participate in our own ruination.

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is the founder and director of Crazy Faith Ministries. She is available for speaking. Contact her at revsuekim@sbcglobal.net.

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