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 firstname.lastname@example.org)