Here under leave of Brutus and the rest -
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honorurable men -
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. (From Mark Antony's eulogy of Caesar in William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (Act 3 Scene 2)
Robert Muller has issued his final statement. It was subtle, circumspect and respectful of many institutions. Buried in his remarks he states that if he had been able to exonerate Trump, he would have said so. Muller is an honorable man.
Rod Rosenstein ran out of the Justice Department with his tail between his legs, after supporting an alleged attorney general who has turned the Department of Justice into a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Inc. Rosenstein is an honorable man.
Gary Cohen, James Mattis, H.R. McMaster sprinted away from the Trump Administration, leaving the American people to the tender mercies of an unbridled lunatic. These men keep their own counsel because they are all honorable men.
All of these men and others dutifully protect institutions; protect what is laughingly referred to in the Age of Trump as "the rule of law"; protect a Justice Department memo - memo I say, not a law, that suggests for it cannot compel - that it is unconstitutional to indict a sitting president; protect the office of the presidency itself. In the final analysis, the question becomes who is protecting the American people?
The honorable men and women in the House of Representatives vacillate - protecting their 2020 electoral prospects. While they fiddle, Rome burns. Dutifully and honorably they will attempt to contain the blaze with investigations and legislation that will die in Mitch McConnell's graveyard of a Senate. In the meantime they assert, honorably, that the most important thing we can do is defeat Trump in 2020 - while asking us to ignore the fact that they stand impotent to contain the damage he is doing in real time.
It is my humble opinion, perhaps corrupted by a cynical turn of mind, we are overwhelmed with honor in this country. Courage not so much.