“MR. MUELLER, I PRESUME!”

Two plaques hang in the same room on the same wall in my house, and even if I wanted to miss them, it would be nearly impossible (unlike the position of my answering machine).

One plaque, with a picture of President Kennedy engraved in the woodwork, is a quote taken from his 1961 inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

The second plaque, with a picture of President Lincoln engraved in the woodwork, is the entire Gettysburg Address. The last part reads:  “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Yesterday, after hearing commentators and political pundits thrash Mr. Mueller’s performance before Congress, I walked by these two plaques and read both for the five hundredth time, and I asked myself, “What have I done for my country?” The answered was not much, except for being a good and law abiding citizen. And then I asked, “What have most of these talking heads, thrashing Mr. Mueller,  done for their country and the answer were probably not much more than what I have done.”

Robert Mueller served as a Marine Corps Officer in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star for heroism and the Purple Heart… That is after graduating from Princeton. That little stint in Vietnam is probably more than any of the political pundits and commentators have ever done for their country. He served as FBI director under Presidents Bush and Obama from 2001 to 2013.

He also served as an assistant United States attorney; a United States attorney; United States assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division; a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C.; acting United States deputy attorney general and finally special counsel looking into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.  In short, the man has been serving his country nearly his entire life.

Yes, he comes from a wealthy family, but the amount of money he could have made working at  a private law firm in New York or Washington is 20 times what he would have made as an employee of the U.S. Government.

Mr. Mueller took an oath of office to uphold and protect the Constitution and as Special Counsel and a DOJ employee, before resigning, he followed the guidelines of the department and continued to uphold the policies of the DOJ and refused to speculate on ongoing investigations or answer questions that were not factual in nature but conjecture. Mr. Mueller’s biggest problem yesterday was not being a better actor for the millions of Americans watching… Maybe next time… If there is a next time he can get Robert DeNiro to fill in for him.

Mr. Mueller simply obeyed the rules and laws of our land, but in this crazy time we live in such honorable behavior is looked down upon. What every American, every politician, and the President of the United States needs to ask is “not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

Maybe then, and only then can we fulfill Lincoln’s promise “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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