Impartiality needed for Russian mess | Staff Columnists


A big, fat nothing burger.

Proof that impeachment proceedings should begin immediately.

Every Russia-related revelation about last year’s presidential election is somehow both more frightening and more fascinating than the previous one.

The only thing that is even more frightening and fascinating is the public’s response to each new revelation.

The mind spun faster than the average tornado after scanning the whirlwind of opinions thrown around after Donald Trump Jr. released the email exchange concerning last year’s meeting with a Russian lawyer.

That was just the latest controversy in the saga that is so never-ending and bleak that it makes one consider escaping for a vacation somewhere away from the news for a while — maybe Siberia.

(Note: Since this was written 48 hours before the newspaper hit porch steps, the odds that this is still the “latest” Russia-related controversy is next to nyet.)

My personal constitution encourages a strong separation of sports and politics, but I can’t help but thinking that the characteristics of the worst sports fans have now overtaken many everyday Americans.

There are the sports fans whose team can do no wrong. The referees are always against their team. The other team is a bunch of cheaters.

You know, that person whose basketball team gets called for its first foul when the other squad already has been whistled for seven and screams out, “Call it both ways!”

That’s how “political” fans are letting their biases run wild. And what is looming over the current administration is much, much more important than even a Super Bowl, believe it or not.

But people dig in for their side and won’t believe anything that doesn’t support their beliefs.

Trump Jr. releases emails that show that he agreed to meet with a “Russian government attorney” who had information that could “incriminate” Hillary Clinton?

If you’re dressed head-to-toe in the Republican team color of red, you say there is still nothing to this Russian witch hunt. Trump Jr. was transparent by releasing the emails (right before the New York Times was planning to do so), and nothing happened in the meeting anyway.

And it doesn’t matter that Trump Jr. changed his story three times in a four-day span.

Or that we’ve gone from no one in the administration met with Russians to Michael Flynn’s Wikipedia entry for National Security Advisor being listed as a (generous) 2017-2017 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with the Russian ambassador to Attorney General Jeff Sessions not disclosing meetings with the ambassador to this meeting involving Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to …

Whew. Take a deep breath, because it can be just as bad from the other side.

Those head-to-toe deep blue Democrats quickly declare the latest news as proof that Donald Trump must be removed as president. He shares a name with his son so he must share all knowledge and that meeting smells like nothing else than 100 percent collusion.

Why wait for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to play out?

Well, this is serious business, that’s why. Depending on what proof — yes, actual proof — can be presented about who knew what and what was done, this could lead to a presidential crisis that hasn’t been experienced by any American who hasn’t already gone through a mid-life crisis.

If only everyone could take that deep breath and stop root, root, rooting for the outcome that best serves their political party.

No matter the final findings, there is now doubt about a foreign country’s influence in our most important election.

We need to know who, what, when, why and (most importantly) how to prevent anything like this from happening again.

If we forever lose faith in the future results of one of the greatest aspects of the United States of America — our free elections — then it doesn’t matter if you feverishly cheer for Republicans or Democrats.

We’ll all be the biggest losers.

Dale Miller is a sports writer for the Independent. Once a week he wanders away from the sports department to offer his take on non-sports related topics. Email him at [email protected].

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