Letter: Keeping up with the Americans | Opinion

We are spending an inordinate amount of time and attention on a hypothesis that the Russians influenced the election of the president, but I have yet to hear any plausible scenario on how they would have done that.

No requests for a recount to examine the legitimacy of ballots or the state processes has been asked for, but some politicians spend a lot of time in front of the cameras calling for an investigation on how the Russians influenced our election. A lot of our tax payer dollars have been and will continue to be spent on “chasing this rabbit down a hole.”

On a similar note, there is a lot of noise about Trump’s relationship and conversation with the Russian ambassador. Innuendo, rumor and speculation abound about what was said. Over the years, hundreds of political figures have had long, private discussions with many different Russian ambassadors, but some politicians are attempting to make this equivalent to the missing 90 seconds of the Nixon tapes, fueling yet another “rabbit” to chase.

Focus on Trump’s un-presidential behavior remains in the headlines routinely, particularly his use of Twitter. Throughout the history of this country, presidents have used various methods to remain in touch with the people. Technology has offered this president more ways to do that than any who have preceded him. He has chosen, like millions of people around the world, to use Twitter. He says nothing more than what he has previously said, or will eventually say, in a public forum. Some of it is appropriate, some of it is not. Yet, anything he puts on Twitter makes news and takes up our time and interest, distracting us from what is important. Finally, some of our elder Republican politicians across this country, including one from South Carolina, are facilitating and contributing to these wasteful distractions. If you are going to call yourself a Republican, then you should act like one. If you can’t do that, change parties.

Americans are very satisfied to focus on these trivial matters that are distracting us from insisting on making progress on the president’s agenda to improve our country, our economy, our society and our ability to provide for the health and welfare of our country. It’s like we are all living daily episodes of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and acting like these trivial, meaningless issues are the most important things going on in our country. Sadly, our political process has become just another form of meaningless entertainment at the expense of the American public.

W. D. Phillips

North Augusta