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Pettiness vs. governing

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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.

Jane Ryan

[Posted August 23, 2018]

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