Yes, George Washington warned us of the politics surrounding the Mueller Report more than two centuries ago!
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He warned us against permanent alliances and the need for impartial
commercial relationships with foreign nations. And, as if speaking
directly to the daily headlines of 2019, warned that against “the
insidious wiles of foreign influence … the jealousy of a free people
ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that
foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican
Those most actively supporting the Mueller investigation might find
support in that warning. But, he added a caveat that we all should pay
close attention to: “But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial,”
he instructed, “else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to
be avoided, instead of a defense against it.”
Washington predicted that foreign governments would use the political
party system that might develop in the United States as a means of
sowing division and gaining favor. But he also understood that there was
an equally bad tendency of people to use such concerns for their own
partisan agenda rather than for the good of the whole.
How prescient Washington’s Farewell Address seems to still be today,
more than two centuries after it was offered to the American people. If
we would return to it again on the day of his birth and meditate on his
many lessons for the United States, we might end up being a better
nation able to manage our journey together through the choppy waters of
the 21st century.