What’s happening in the United States right now is getting me to wonder whether or not the facts still matter. It’s clear from all the testimonies thus far in these impeachment proceedings that President Donald Trump did indeed pressure the president of Ukraine to announce investigations into his chief political opponent and also a debunked Kremlin-produced conspiracy theory in order to get much needed government aid and a white house meeting. There’s no equivocation from any of these witnesses. Trump conditioned a white house meeting and $400+M of aid on those investigations being announced by the Ukrainian president. What’s also clear is that the only reason Ukraine got the aid was because Trump and co. were caught.
Yet despite all of this news being revealed, it still looks likely, at least to me, that Trump will skate away from this like he has every other perceived scandal that has come his way. He also very well might win reelection.
The facts matter to me, but do they matter to Americans as a whole? Why aren’t more people seeing this for what it actually is? The easy answer is media bias and that Fox News is spinning a different narrative or that Republicans are out defending their guy. But no matter what you do, the facts remain the facts. So why can’t the facts win out even when they are crystal clear?
Perhaps I’m too cynical and that facts will win out in the long run. But as of now, it does look like we live in a country and world where the facts get ignored in favor of ideas that we find to be more comforting. Rather than accepting the truth, we have a sizable portion of the population that chooses to ignore it in favor of what they wish were true. Not just with this impeachment inquiry. This seems to be happening all the time in a variety of settings. It’s a phenomenon that I can’t get my head around as one who roots for the truth to always prevail. Perhaps Cake can be a place that helps set the truth free.