These Are Not The Actions of An Innocent Man

These Are Not The Actions of An Innocent Man

Trump claims there was absolutely nothing illegal going on during the election - so why is he trying to stop the truth from coming out?

I won't talk about the investigation, nor speculate what's going on. We simply do not know just what exactly Robert Mueller has found, nor do we know how severe the impact will be. However, I want to address the facts we do know. The Trump campaign had communications with Russian officials, the Russians hacked into servers and systems to alter public view to make Trump win the electorate (we don't use the public because the system is outdated), and Robert Mueller III, former FBI director, is investigating the president for collusion and obstruction of justice – both being impeachable offenses. If you want to know how all this started, I wrote an article last year about the firing of James Comey. And well, since then (and long before), Trump has tried to end a fair and just investigation. Innocent people do not act this way.

Trump said that Mueller should not investigate any money or business deals, as those are his personal “red line.” And on April 9, following a tip from the Mueller team, the FBI office in New York City raided Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen's offices for documents, using a no-knock warrant signed by a Trump-appointed federal judge. Prior to this, several indictments had been handed down from the Special Counsel, including ones for campaign officials such as Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General for the United States, has kept his stance very clear – Mueller is within his rights and will not be fired. But after the Cohen raid (which Cohen himself said was appropriate, whatever that means), Trump has considered firing Rosenstein as he cannot fire Mueller, and AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself and has no knowledge beyond what we the people know about the goings on with the investigation. Yes, it is true that Mueller told Trump he wasn't a target of the investigation, but he did inform his legal team that he was still a subject and there is a near complete report on obstruction of justice and possible other crimes committed while in office. And now he wants to fire those who are holding him accountable. These are the facts, and can all be verified easily. Perhaps it's because he's never been held accountable in his life and expects it to just go away, or he's trying to cover up a high crime that would get him impeached and even jailed for doing. As we find out more and more, and he says he's actively considering firing them, the latter is more likely.

This is not how innocent men act. If Trump was truly innocent and there was no wrong-doing, he would be cooperative and help the Counsel by any means. He'd let it go without issue to prove his innocence. However, he has attempted to stop it from continuing several times, believing he is above the law and that Mueller and his team are leading a “witch hunt” against him. If he had committed no crime, he would be supportive and willing to work with the team. There would already be completed interviews. But there is not. Trump obviously has been up to no good, he's tried to fire Mueller or Rosenstein several times just because they're investigating his campaign, his family, and himself. Trump even admitted to obstruction of justice by trying to fire Mueller and firing Comey to stop the investigation, because he wanted to “fight back.” If he did no wrong than he wouldn't need to retaliate. The entire thing would be over by now if there was nothing of substance, but it's still going strong and more and more people are being questioned and documents are being subpoenaed. For that matter, Trump and the leadership of the RNC are trying to discredit Comey with out of context quotes and flat out lies to cause their base to turn against the FBI – that way if and when Mueller comes out with his findings, then they can try and say it's all fake and for their supporters to fight back. Innocent people do not try and end an investigation, let alone attempt to ruin someone's reputation.

Republicans and conservatives without party (basically Republicans) have mostly excused these actions and say the president should be allowed to do his job. But if he did steal the election, should he be allowed to continue? No, and everybody complicit should be in jail. If he didn't, then the investigation would have already proved that. Republicans want a dictatorship, if they didn't then they wouldn't be supporting Trump and his belief that he can make all the laws and go after journalists and order people upholding the law to be fired. If you're registered R and you don't like the way the party is going, be a real patriot and change to independent or Democrat, because you're aiding and abetting treason and the destruction of the justice system. I'm serious, if you care about this country then make the official on paper split from the GOP. If not, then you're just as much at fault as the ones at the top who sold off the presidency. And yeah the Democrats haven't exactly been the shining example of politics in this country, but at least right now they aren't covering up the destruction of our elections and with that the American system of government. I dare a Republican to explain why they'd let Trump get away with all this yet still consider themselves a patriot. As I said, the RNC is officially running with Trump's methods of lying and slander against officials. They are no longer a party of patriots, rather a party of people covering up high treason. They need to be willing to speak out against him if they want to really show love of country. If they're not ashamed to call themselves a Republican, then you need to get far away from them and do it fast, because their views, no matter what they say, are connected to a group that wants elections stolen and criminals installing fascism in the country. Nobody is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States and leadership of political parties.

By the time you read this, there will be more developments in this story, be it indictments or firings. The Department of Homeland Security is preparing a list of journalists and bloggers who are speaking out against the administration, the president wants to stop an investigation into him and has openly called for his supporters to fight back and rise up. Once again, this is not how innocent people act. Trump is not innocent, because if he was, he wouldn't be trying to end things, he'd be working with Mueller directly. For once in his life he's being held accountable and with consequence, something he's never had to deal with – hence why he's trying to close it all down. If Trump was truly innocent and his campaign did nothing illegal, then he should be supporting the investigation. But he's not, and he's just digging himself deeper and deeper. You don't fire someone because they're looking into your campaign's possible collusion with a foreign government, because then you might as well pack up and go home. And the RNC will stand with Trump even if it comes out that he's a traitor and a Russian plant, because they too have been corrupted by people who would sooner see a nation under the rule of a dictator than one ruled by the people and for the people. Tell your Republican friends and family to either denounce Trump altogether or find a new political party, because sooner or later this will all come crashing down and it's going to cause more division in this country. If they won't, then maybe you need to reconsider being around them. Because anybody who supports a group like this shouldn't be considered true Americans. Innocent men don't do what Trump is doing, and Mueller will be after him. It's only a matter of time.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.


I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.


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