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Trump is a needed emetic

~Editorial

Trump Is rude, crude and crass, and he may just be the emetic the Republic has needed to show how corrupt and entrenched some of the country’s elites have become over the years.

An emetic causes you to vomit things out of your system that you probably shouldn’t have there to begin with. Things that are rotting in your innards. By its nature, the emetic is ejected from your system along with the bad stuff. So, Trump may eventually get himself ejected, but hopefully not before exposing some real problems with our system.

One of them is the so-called “Deep State,” a term which is actually considered something of a joke among the elites. But it appears to exist. And if you doubt that big, important things can exist despite the best efforts of the establishment to deny their existence, just remember that until 1957, J. Edgar Hoover, longtime director of the FBI, denied that the Mafia existed. It didn’t fit in with the image of the FBI as a super successful agency to concede that some mobsters were beyond its grasp. So, it didn’t exist. He even forbade the use of the word “Mafia,” just like President Obama refused to use the term “radical Islam.”

I didn’t vote for Trump. I didn’t vote for Hillary (there is no possible universe in the multiverse where I would have voted for Hillary.) But if Hillary had won the election, which I fully expected her to do, I would have accepted it. Like I have accepted a long line of presidents that I neither liked, nor voted for.  That’s what you do if you are a citizen of the U.S. You accept the result of fairly and legally conducted elections. 

But the top echelons of the FBI didn’t do that. Instead, after President Trump fired James Comey, who, given all his indiscretions during 2016 should have been fired once Trump took his hand off the Bible, they decided they were going to dig to try to find something, anything, to link Trump to Russian collusion.

As CNN reported earlier this week: “In the hectic eight days after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and top FBI officials viewed Trump as a leader who needed to be reined in, according to two sources describing the sentiment at the time.”

Who the hell are they to be deciding that the President of the United States needs “to be reined in?”  That’s the job of the U.S. Congress and ultimately the people. They are sovereign, not some Justice Department egomaniacs. 

Because of this, I think that the FBI should be torn out root and branch. It’s been a relatively dodgy organization since the days of Hoover, who, as everyone now knows, kept dossiers on every famous person in the country, and often used those dossiers to his political advantage. How that is different from what the top levels of the FBI did when their boss James Comey was justly fired for incompetence strikes at the very heart of the civilian running of the republic.

Despite that history, as a good citizen I’ve always thought that if I ever learned about something that was suspicious, I’d have no problem calling the FBI and telling them about it. Now, I’m not so sure. Certainly, if I’m contacted by the FBI, I will tell them the absolute truth because, as we all know, the FBI is far more interested in catching people for telling federal agents lies than they are for catching actual criminals! But I sure as heck won’t go out of my way to contact them.  

My view of the FBI is this: It’s no longer a “I’m a good citizen and I want to help the FBI fight criminals” but rather, “The FBI can send me to jail anytime they want to by just twisting my words to make it seem like I lied to them. So, I’m going to cooperate with them out of fear.”  This seems to me to be an unfortunate way of looking at the top law enforcement agency of our nation. But it is a perspective that the facts would suggest.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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