While I don’t expect everyone to agree the with the opinions I write, I do have the hope that people will get the big picture and apply a reasoned judgement; applying the same standards to all and not having one set of rules for one party and a different set of rules for the other. However, it seems that the chasm between those on the left and right is rapidly deepening and, in my view, it has the potential to spread anarchy and destroy our republic. Because of that concern, I would like to address a few of the comments made recently.

— The first issue is hypocrisy. In a previous column I wrote about presidential infidelity. The article was not to defend infidelity by President Trump or anyone, but to point out that almost half of our previous presidents had some questionable relationships and the press and the public most often stood mute. Is fidelity, or lack thereof, going to become a disqualifier for the office of president? How about for aldermen, or mayors-congressmen-senators-and others? Whatever you decide, will it apply to those of every political party, or just Republicans?

— The next issue is the “deep state.” One writer seemed to believe that it doesn’t exist, that the non-elected bureaucrats don’t form their own cabals and try to override the wishes of the electorate. If he was honest in his statement, could it be that for many months he is unaware that the Congress has requested documents from the FBI and the Justice Department and those requests have been severely stonewalled or denied even though the Congress has the constitutional “oversight responsibility” of those departments? Can he be unaware of the text messages that have been uncovered that showed the bias and corruption at the senior levels of the FBI and Justice Department. Is he unaware that the head of the CIA, in an effort to prevent candidate Trump from being elected, broke rules when he gave unverified information to Senator Reid for him to use to instigate an investigation? Is he unaware that the department heads of the NSA and the CIA lied to Congress?

— The next issue has to do with internal collusion between the Justice Department and the FBI where a number of questionable, and most likely illegal actions have taken place. Do you think it was right that the FBI placed a spy in the Trump campaign when Russian hacking took place but did not advise them of the hacking but did not place a spy in the Clinton campaign but simply advised them of the hacking? Isn’t it curious that the Democrat National Committee refused to let the FBI check out their internet server? I wonder why?

— Another significant issue is that the infamous dossier was paid for by the Clinton Campaign and the DNC. Four times the FBI used that document to get FISA warrants to spy on people in the Trump campaign but, at no time did the FBI advise the court that the information was unverified and had been paid for by Clinton and the DNC. Absolutely outrageously, the FBI appointed a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign for Russian collusion. The first question is why wasn’t the special counsel directed to investigate the issue and, if necessary, both candidate’s teams. If Russia was trying to influence our election, why wouldn’t a probe of both campaigns be in order?

These are but a few of many examples of corruption and malfeasance by those in the deep state, our federal bureaucracy. Their actions are anarchistic as the bureaucracy did not follow the law or the rules and regulations. Sadly, we can provide even more examples that are still continuing. However, overriding all of this is the fact that so many on the left are willing to ignore or to forgive and forget all the wrongs by their candidates or those who violated the law on their behalf . . . rules for Republicans — no rules for Democrats. And remember, all of this corruption and violations of the law were done on behalf of the Democrat candidate and, for many of the issues, the FBI text messages that have been recovered stated that it was necessary to keep the (Obama) White House informed.

As this is being written, Paul Manafort, who managed the Trump campaign for about four months, was found guilty in Virginia of a number of financial no-no’s that occurred many years ago and have no relationship to his work in the Trump campaign. On the same day, the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, reached a plea agreement with officials in New York. In that agreement, he stated that he paid two women in an attempt to have them keep quiet about their previous consensual sexual relationships with Mr. Trump. At issue is whether doing so violated campaign finance laws. Just remember, a non-elected bureaucrat authorized a non-elected special counsel to investigate a charge of collusion, which itself is not a crime, and investigate anyone associated with the president for any unknown potential crime they may have committed at any time in the past. Is this how we want our laws to be enforced in the United States?

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident. He may be reached at bobmeade13@gmail.com)

(11) comments

Brian03253

Well if you're wondering Bob why the 3 replies... apparently when you click the "submit" button over the weekend it doesn't actually show up. And so you now have 3 responses. Sorry to clutter up your thread.

Brian03253

Bob, we differ because I believe our system of justice works and am willing to let it proceed to whatever the truth ends up being and you are just furthering whatever Fox News decides is the truth. You cry over the supposed deterioration of the FBI yet fail to realize it's because people like yourself continue to undermine it in the press. I suspect if Robert Mueller went public you'd then cry how unfair he is and how it's proof he is partial against the president. You have the tendency to pick your news or the "facts" you want to present as facts. A journalist you're not. Robert Mueller career should speak for itself but I guess you'd prefer someone of the stature of Rudy Giuliani to head the investigation. If you were actually interested in the truth you'd wait for whatever come out before your comments. As to Manafort and Cohen you actually are condoning their actions. Your comment about the "poisoned tree" defense is nothing more than BS logic from a Trump fanboy and if it had any merit in a legal sense the judge, in the case of Manafort at least, would've thrown out the case. Even the juror who spoke out, while acknowledging she thought Manafort wouldn't have been caught still voted to convict him because he was guilty. That is a fact. And back to my earlier point... if you took the time to read the Rosenstein order creating the special investigator it authorized the prosecution of any crimes arising from said investigation. Were you a Nixon apologist as well?

RMEADE

Hi Brian, True! We don’t know what we don’t know . . . that’s a universal affliction. However, as briefly as I can state it, we do know, that the senior levels of the FBI and the Justice Department were in collusion in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from being elected and, subsequently, to see that he gets ousted from office. Not by my words, or by those of the left’s favorite scapegoat Fox News, but by their own words that were exposed in their text messages and from testimony by them. Further, we do know that the FBI sought four FISA warrants that enabled them to spy on Carter Page which gave them access to telephone and text messages within the Trump campaign. We also know that the FBI did not tell the court that the Clinton Campaign and the DNC paid for the infamous “dossier” and that if had not been verified. Further, we know it has been revealed that the FBI planted a spy in the Trump campaign without his knowledge but didn’t call him a spy but called hm something like a “resource”. We also know that the wife of a senior member of the Justice Department worked/works for the firm that produced the dossier. Further we know that the Justice Department kept funneling information from that firm into the FBI . . . even though (on paper) the FBI had supposedly severed relations with that firm. And, we do know that FBI text messages revealed that they were to keep the “White House” informed. There’s more that we know, but you get the point. One last point regarding the “fruit of the poisonous tree” . . . I wasn’t trying to excuse anyone who may have broken the law. The point I was trying to make is that there is judicial precedent that if the basis of authorizing the investigation or the search and seizure was not legal, anything that stemmed from it may be voided. I think there are some other legal technicalities that may allow for a subsequent trial but I don’t have time to write an essay on them. Again, thanks for your comments. Peace. Bob

Brian03253

In the authors last paragraph he infers that notwithstanding the 2 felons (yup, felons...) involvement with the Trump election they would not be criminals... Possibly the author can read the Rosenstein order creating the special investigation in it's entirety where it directs any crime uncovered as a result of the investigation can be prosecuted. Frankly, it doesn't matter how a person was caught. Does the author tell his children, grandchildren, family that so long as you don't get caught... fine? Furthermore, government is full of "non-elected" people who're sworn to uphold the constitution and the laws of our nation. If you're going to dismiss one you dismiss them all and the role they play in our governance.

Frankly, the only one who seems to be "draining the swamp" is Robert Mueller. Maybe the president should be taking his example more serious.

RMEADE

Hi Brian, Thank you for your comments and I appreciate your taking the time to express them. You and I differ in how we look at the situation. First, the Mueller investigation hasn’t done anything to uncover the terrible collusion and corruption within the FBI and Justice Department with the developers of the infamous “dossier” that was bought and paid for by the dems. That exposure came from independent investigative reporters and the Inspector General’s report. And there’s much more yet to be exposed. As a citizen, it’s not so much a republican or democrat issue, it the fact that what was probably the most respected law enforcement agency in the world has been shown to have widely colluded to prevent the election of Donald Trump and, subsequently, further colluded in myriad ways to try and find ways to oust him from office. One of those ways was to appoint the Special Counsel. While Mueller may be a fine man, I think his appointment ignored the close relationships he had with Director Comey, Rosenstein, and many other members of the FBI – that he had previously supervised. And, curiously, everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that all the FISA warrants came because the FBI failed to tell the courts the truth . . . it is the fruit of the poisoned tree. And, that poisoned tree is what lead to the warrants against Manafort and Cohen. While I don’t condone their actions, their arrests are because of Mueller’s search for some “financial” wrong that may have been committed by the Trump organization. I think they are hoping to find something of that nature because the collusion search is a bust. Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to express your opinion. Peace. Bob

Brian03253

Bob,
Like me, you have no real knowledge of what Mueller has uncovered because like most professional investigators he hasn’t disclosed what he knows unless it furthers the road to the truth. You should state that clearly otherwise it just perpetuates the attacks on his office and the man. Much of the details of the events you cite are still classified and so until the final report comes out I’ll try and stick to what I know. One FACT is Manafort is a convicted felon. He was convicted by a jury of his peers NOT Robert Mueller. This makes him a felon regardless of how that came to be. If your argument about the “poisoned tree” is valid it would’ve been a factor in his defense or at least an argument used by his defense prior to the trial. The other, Cohen wadsn’t convicted but pleaded guilty so I won’t comment further on him nor statements made by him after his plea. I’m old enough to have lived through 2 impeachment attempts, like I suspect you are, and the first took far more time than this investigation has taken. If the president is shown to have done nothing wrong so be it. The FBI is still the most respected law enforcement agency in the world and will continue to be unless people like you continue to undermine it. Good day to you.

Brian03253

Bob, I can only say you don't know what you don't know... nor do I. Quoting a narrative thrown out there by Fox News is just as damning at one from any of the other news sources. I have faith in our system of justice and the people who run it. Somehow, over the course of time truth has a habit of coming out.

A last comment about your "poisoned tree" narrative... It doesn't matter. Both are guilty and it doesn't matter how they were caught. It's just another Guliani blustery theory. Here's fact, a jury of his peers convicted Manafort of multiple felonies. While the only juror to speak out after said she thought he "wouldn't have been caught but for the Trump investigation" she still voted to convict him. That, in itself speaks to your poisoned tree narrative.

RMEADE

Hi Brian, Thank you for your comments and I appreciate your taking the time to express them. You and I differ in how we look at the situation. First, the Mueller investigation hasn’t done anything to uncover the terrible collusion and corruption within the FBI and Justice Department with the developers of the infamous “dossier” that was bought and paid for by the dems. That exposure came from independent investigative reporters and the Inspector General’s report. And there’s much more yet to be exposed. As a citizen, it’s not so much a republican or democrat issue, it the fact that what was probably the most respected law enforcement agency in the world has been shown to have widely colluded to prevent the election of Donald Trump and, subsequently, further colluded in myriad ways to try and find ways to oust him from office. One of those ways was to appoint the Special Counsel. While Mueller may be a fine man, I think his appointment ignored the close relationships he had with Director Comey, Rosenstein, and many other members of the FBI – that he had previously supervised. And, curiously, everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that all the FISA warrants came because the FBI failed to tell the courts the truth . . . it is the fruit of the poisoned tree. And, that poisoned tree is what lead to the warrants against Manafort and Cohen. While I don’t condone their actions, their arrests are because of Mueller’s search for some “financial” wrong that may have been committed by the Trump organization. I think they are hoping to find something of that nature because the collusion search is a bust. Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to express your opinion. Peace. Bob

Alan Moon

Ignorance is bliss, Spellchecker. read the news once in a while.

Spellchecker67

One should talk Moon. At least I can read!

Spellchecker67

Your letters are like junk mail.

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