De­fend­ers of jus­tice are in short sup­ply


Some­thing that is get­ting re­ally wor­ri­some is the num­ber of peo­ple who are sup­posed to be the de­fend­ers of jus­tice, all of a sud­den find­ing their job too hard.

FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey was fired but Deputy Di­rec­tor An­drew McCabe was pres­sured to re­sign. Now we have the No. 3 per­son at the Jus­tice Depart­ment, Rachel Brand, go­ing to work for Wal­mart be­cause she didn’t want to be in charge of the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion if Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein is con­vinced that he needs to spend more time with his fam­ily or, more likely, is fired in­di­rectly by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

When spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller ends his in­ves­ti­ga­tion, if he is al­lowed to, there may be noth­ing to re­port but dirty pol­i­tics. But if there is some­thing re­ally rot­ten go­ing on in the White House, it will take peo­ple with some real spine to stick it out.

Amer­ica needs a hero. Where would we be if Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton said to the pa­tri­ots at Val­ley Forge, “Lis­ten up, boys, it’s too cold; let’s give this up and go home where it’s nice and warm.”

We have thou­sands of he­roes whose names don’t ap­pear on a big mon­u­ment some­place, but only on a grave­stone in some lonely ceme­tery. The men who signed their name on the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence were putting their lives on the line.

That is the kind of courage that makes Amer­ica great. DAVE CLENDINING, LOXAHATCHEE

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