2017-06-21 / Letters

Country, not party

Dear Editor:

It is a significant and terrible shame when this country’s ethics become a battlefield of party versus country and are constantly in question.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: We are not all Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, but we are, for the most part, Americans, no matter the race, nation of origin, ethnicity, or religion. Those who represent us in Washington, D.C. are there to serve Americans and America, not Republicans and Democrats.

Another thing: This country started on the backs of immigrants. Our parents and grandparents were all immigrants. Only the native American community has the right to call themselves non-immigrants. So let’s not universally denounce immigrants; it may come back to haunt us.

What we are all seeking is a transparently honest, responsible, ethical, and effective government. What we are getting is anything but.

When integrity is applauded from both sides of the aisle, and later denounced with the same intensity and vigor, there’s definitely something very wrong going on.

The man selected to be the Special Prosecutor, and carried by bipartisan support, is an American with a lengthy history of integrity and transparency. He has been asked to investigate questionable and possibly illegal activity at the highest levels. His goal is to protect this country and its Constitution. If he picks the best, most capable and experienced legal people for his team, and all the “perfect roses” he chooses happen to come out of gardens grown by Democrats, that argument alone, does not prove him any less a man of integrity, or in any way corrupt or biased. If he is a principled investigator, he will surround himself with a principled team, be they Democrat or Republican.

Those who protest the actions of yet one more man of certifiable integrity are just proving the old adage true: "Thou protestest too much."

Let him do his work, and appraise it after it’s completed. Then you can justly determine whether or not he and the members of his team have been fair.

Pat Mudgett

Berkeley Springs

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"Being Fair" would also

"Being Fair" would also include a full and honest non-partisan investigation (if that's even possible) of a certain former high-ranking presidential appointee (and a trusted government employee) who thought it was a good idea to process and store all written government communications and correspondence on a privately owned and operated file server, located in a private basement, in a private house under no government control, security protocols, or oversight. And then, when all that information fell under subpoena to be investigated by duly appointed parties, that same "trusted" employee made sure that all the information - both private and government owned - was summarily and quickly destroyed before anyone in authority could look at it.