Smile for the history books everyone. It’s the end of an era. If some planetary doctor took the pulse of the United States right now, they would be rightly alarmed. Robert Mueller, appointed special council and silent prosecutor, has just wrapped a two year old investigation into any hints of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. He turned in his final report to Attorney General, William P. Barr this past week, and now the world is on edge.
I want everyone who reads this between now and Monday to revel in this moment. It’s the calm before the storm, the flood has been building for two years and now the gates are about to open. Unfortunately though, all that may come out is a trickle and a lot of gnashing of teeth.
We must remember to breathe and realize that life doesn’t exist solely on Twitter or the New York Time’s newsroom. It’s more complicated and rarely as exciting. I think Hollywood is to blame for their portrayal of these types of moments. We’ve gone through the dark night of the soul and now it’s on to the climax. We’re all waiting for the triumph of the hero, that 3rd act, M. Night. Shyamalan twist that changes everything. We hunger for vindication and the sad fact is that it’s likely not to come.
That’s not to say that Mueller will ultimately reveal this all to be a giant hoax and him and Trump will fly off in a helicopter to Mar-a-Lago while the sun sets, but the media narrative that has been incessantly stoked over the past few years would have you believe otherwise. It’s our fatal flaw as humans. We can’t help but see patterns within the information we ingest every day. We chase narratives that often don’t exist.
The fact is that we’re unreliable narrators. We make assumptions, believing we have all information, when in reality our perspectives are skewed.
I’m not saying Trump is innocent. He’s not.
But neither is the media and I don’t think they have fully reckoned with that fact. They tend to get into this rut of wishing so hard for something to be true that the universe folds in on itself making the opposite thing a reality.
So don’t believe the hype, prepare to hunker down, and do your own research, because the only way Trump is getting kicked out of office is via the ballot box. Focusing on anything else is just not worth it.