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To the editor:
There are some
who believe our current president can do no wrong. Those same people
would be running around with their hair on fire if a Democratic
President did any of the things passing for governance these days.
Removing security clearance of those who criticize is just the most
recent example. What would the reaction be if President Obama had
removed clearance of Condoleezza Rice?
The real point is that national security is jeopardized by removing
security clearances because people disagree with you. How? Our
nation prides itself on the peaceful transition of power. We
invented it. We do it with tremendous ceremony and celebration.
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If people of different viewpoints donít retain
clearance when they are not in office, theyíre unable to be fully
knowledgeable when that transition comes. No one can reasonably
believe that a new administration can learn 4-8 years of events
during a 3 month transition period. In addition, advice from those
who have been thereís is normally important. Whether such advice is
heeded isnít important. Hearing it is.
Some of us are worried. Itís not just a partisan thing. What
happened to statesmanship? Turning the other cheek? Being the bigger
person? Actually governing and ignoring the noise? I think weíre
seeing a permanent state (or at least 4 years) of pettiness vs.
governing. I think itís important for citizens to send a message
that it is not acceptable.
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