Tak­ing ac­tion, pres­i­dent re­leases memo

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - LEO LYNCH For­mer JP, Ben­ton County

Don­ald Trump does it again. Whether you voted for him or for some­one else, our pres­i­dent does keep the press busy with his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s work­ings. He must have been a stu­dent of Will Rogers. Will Rogers was re­ported to devote a lot of his hu­mor pok­ing fun at “the weak habit of sub­sti­tut­ing talk for ac­tion.”

No one can com­plain that Don­ald Trump is all talk. The Don­ald might use Twit­ter a lot but he does keep Wash­ing­ton guess­ing about his next de­ci­sion. The de­ci­sion to de­clas­sify a House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives memo had ev­ery news pro­gram plus all news­pa­pers try­ing to pre­dict the hor­ri­ble con­se­quences that would be­fall our na­tion be­cause we might learn the truth about the Wash­ing­ton swamp.

It fright­ens me to think about all the at­tempts to dis­credit our pres­i­dent ap­par­ently be­cause he is not a part of the es­tab­lish­ment and there­fore can’t be trusted to “bury” cer­tain facts the way Wash­ing­ton might like. Is there any­one read­ing this who would ex­pect any of the other po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to have de­clas­si­fied the memo pub­lished by the House con­cern­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Rus­sian par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign? Which can­di­date Repub­li­can or Demo­crat would go so far as to al­low you and me to see and hear the de­tails of that memo? To me, the in­for­ma­tion has a lot less to do with Trump’s cam­paign get­ting sup­port from the Rus­sians than it does with how our ma­jor se­cu­rity or­ga­ni­za­tions work with the pow­er­ful peo­ple in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal. Would any of the other Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates or Hil­lary Clin­ton be so bold as to ques­tion the FBI?

This is­sue of a spe­cial coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate a sup­posed con­nec­tion be­tween Trump’s cam­paign and Rus­sia smacks of a well-used “ket­tle call­ing a camp­fire pot black” phrase. Our na­tion’s his­tory re­veals that with­out the French con­nec­tion, our Rev­o­lu­tion would have failed. How is that for an­other na­tion in­ter­ven­ing in the out­come of a cam­paign? Or, who ques­tions why we are so ac­tive with our ef­forts in so many coun­tries — Cuba, Syria and a host of other na­tions — all in the name of se­cu­rity. How many coun­ties do we send money to (fi­nan­cial aid) and in­tel­lec­tual sup­port (in­tel­li­gence) when they are hav­ing an elec­tion or rev­o­lu­tion?

Our na­tion is so busy pro­mot­ing our wealthy and ac­tive life style with ac­tiv­i­ties that keep us too busy to ques­tion what re­ally goes on in Wash­ing­ton. How can you be con­cerned with wire taps in Wash­ing­ton when you are on a cruise in the Caribbean? Where do you find pol­i­tics on a roller coaster ride in Dis­ney World? The Su­per Bowl LII be­tween the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and the

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