Both my loyal readers know that once something gets stuck in my craw I use a variety of disguises to say the same dang thing, so here goes.

Like I’ve said before, it’s the proven/recorded lies, over 10,000 of them over 700 days, which means our president has lied 14.3 times a day, that bother me most. And the most bothersome part to me is how we the people seem to think that this type of political morality is OK, just the norm.

Like I’ve said before, read the Mueller report. If you haven’t, then you don’t really know the facts and should reserve all judgment until you do. The right wants us to believe that it was all a “witch hunt” put forward by those lefty liberals, and the middle is silent.

Before you listen to anyone who expresses an opinion on the Mueller report ask them if they’ve read it. If not, ignore what they have to say because they got their opinion from someone else, not the report. The report is an easy read; yes, it’s over 400 pages, but I believe that all of us need to take the time to read it rather than listen to the talking heads report on it.

The real problem here is that the vast majority of American voters won’t read the report, they’ll rely on whatever twisted snippets they hear from their news source -- and that’s not only sad to say but the implications for the future of our republic is at stake.

This is exactly what our founders worried about most -- an uneducated voter -- and this is what caused Ben Franklin to respond to a woman who asked him what type of government he created by stating, “A republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.”

When I listen to the folks who call the Donald Trump/Russian issue a witch hunt I can’t help but wonder what kind of citizen they are. Do they think lying under oath is OK, do they understand the effects of perjury, do they know the difference between a republic and a dictatorial aristocracy, do they really believe that all people are equal or are some folks just more equal than others?

What about all that blabber about the United Christian states, don’t they realize that each of us has to get to God in our own way, thus our Constitution prohibits our government from establishing any religion? Yes, we Christians outnumber the others but the heart of that religion only beats when we not only tolerate but treat each other as we’d like to be treated.

And as you should be able to discern by now I’m having difficultly tolerating not only our recent president’s administration but also those who are doing their best to distract us from the facts. The only way we’re going to get there is to continue keeping our eye on the ball -- and the ball is not only Trump and Russia but any other foreign entity that attempts to destroy our republic by meddling in our electoral process. It is illegal for a foreign government to involve itself in our electoral process, and usually it’s considered an act of war. By the way, when the Russians tried to meddle in the 2000 Al Gore campaign he turned them in to the FBI the next day. We have a problem here and only we the people can do anything about it. Here’s hoping you read the report.

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Dan Ulmer is a parent, grandparent, as well as a retired teacher, counselor, politician, lobbyist, public employee, nonprofit executive and opinionated citizen who believes that we need to do what we can to leave the world better off than we found it.