Purge Rooney at election time
Perhaps U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney would prefer to be called “Comrade Rooney.” He wants to “purge” the FBI of agents who allegedly are biased and working against President Donald Trump.
But who are these disloyal FBI agents who have allegedly violated their pledge to uphold the law and where is the proof of their alleged treachery? Don’t expect Rooney to produce names and facts. The FBI allegations are fake.
Rooney’s objective is to destroy special counsel Robert Mueller’s well-deserved credibility and to get him fired. Rooney’s “purge” is right out of Josef Stalin’s playbook. Off to the Gulag with the traitors.
He talks a good game of upholding the Constitution but apparently is unaware that there are no legal political tests to qualify to work for the government. Government employees who violate the law or fail to perform their duties can and should be disciplined or fired, based on the facts. But purging people based on their political leanings is undemocratic and the stuff of dictators.
Fortunately, elected politicians can be easily “purged” at the ballot box. The voters of Southwest Florida will have the opportunity to purge Rooney in November, and for good reason.
Alan Parker, Naples
Investigation of FBI justified
I’ve seen several letters criticizing U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney for suggesting a purge at the FBI. I’m not sure that a purge is needed, but an investigation by a second special counsel certainly is.
While all Americans, including the hierarchy of the FBI, are entitled to their political opinions, they do not have the right to allegedly obstruct justice by illegally exonerating their candidate while at the same time creating an insurance policy so that the other candidate doesn’t win.
It is not surprising that our adversary, Russia, would try to meddle in our electoral process. It is, however, very surprising and scary when the hierarchy (not the rank and file) of the highest police agency in the country has supposedly become so politicized that they would try to thwart our democratic election process.
It was bad enough that under former President Barack Obama’s administration the IRS was used against political opponents, but now it’s obvious that the FBI hierarchy has also been apparently politicized.
Agent Peter Stzrok should be fired and lose his pension at the very least, if not indicted, for allegedly using his position to affect the outcome of an election. The same is possibly true for former FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe and maybe even former FBI Director James Comey.
We need to know who paid for the fake dossier and if the FBI was involved. Americans will never know just how far the reported corruption among these civil servants went without an investigation by a special counsel and real penalties to follow.
Pat Murphy, Estero
Hoping confidence will be restored
President Donald Trump has been characterized as a moron, a dope, an idiot and other less than laudatory names.
These are insults his Cabinet members and other appointees use to describe their boss; in some cases, their former boss. They make it easy for Trump’s critics, who have noted his ineptitude, his childlike temperament, his intellectual shortcomings, his troubling tweets, his self-centeredness, his lack of credibility and his lack of preparedness for his most demanding job.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s former friend and confidante, is quoted in a scathing condemnation of the man who would be king. The book probably means the end of the line for the unsavory Bannon as a political force, but may cause some Trumpsters to reconsider their allegiance to Bozo. “Sloppy” Steve and author Michael Wolff may be guilty of occasional hyperbole, but that should not offend Trump.
We’ll see where the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller takes us (if he’s allowed to complete it). There certainly were meetings with Russians, despite the initial denials by all the players. None of them (Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Jeff Sessions and Michael Flynn) would initially disclose their interactions. They pitched a shutout on the truth. Why?
In addition to accusations of attempts to manipulate the election with Russia’s help, the Trump brain trust is understandably worried about Mueller’s probe into intricate financial dealings and possibly money laundering, involving members of Team Trump. We’re reminded to always follow the money.
We’ll learn more in the coming months about the legal definitions of collusion and obstruction. Let’s hope in 2018 we can have more confidence in the competence and character of our leaders. We’ll see.
Kevin McNally, Bonita Springs
Reasons for border wall
Why do we need a wall?
First, to complete the Democratic agreement in 1986 to build a wall if then-President Ronald Regan would support amnesty for over 3 million illegals. That happened and the wall was not built.
The next reason is to prevent another wave of “Dreamers,” those qualifying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
And finally, to prevent another horde of illegals after this next amnesty.
If not this time, then when?
John Piccolo, Estero
Old poem fits current situation
Before retiring as a teacher of English literature, I had the honor of sharing a magnificent sonnet with my students written by the English poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. He wrote the sonnet “Ozymandias” about a ruler whose desiccated statue lies in ruin, surrounded by emptiness, despite his claim that nothing was or would be greater than he.
Shelley based his poem upon the histories of the insolent Egyptian pharaohs.
How prescient Shelley was; I marvel at the timeliness of his words. Amazing that hundreds of years later, his poem is still full of meaning in its parody of “rulers” who believe that their works are almighty. His poem fits our current situation to a T.
Art David, Naples
Beware of the alligators
Warning! Be careful trying to drain the swamp. The alligators whose livelihood depends on the swamp will come out and gang up on you and eat you alive.
Kenneth Wetcher, Naples
Letter’s conclusion questionable
I had to smile at the Jan. 5 letter from Steven Miller in the Naples Daily News, in which he tried to convince readers that he can assure them that President Donald Trump is not popular outside of the U.S. Miller likely has little knowledge of what those in his host country actually believe.
I base this conclusion on my own experience. I have traveled to over 31 countries and conducted business in over 15 of them. I have lived and worked in three countries for a cumulative time slightly over 10 years.
Miller doesn’t say which country and city he lived in, how long he lived there or if he worked while overseas and whether or not he became fluent enough in the host language to develop local friendships and could listen to local newscasts and read local newspapers.
Most expatriates tend to congregate with one another and don’t develop close local friendships outside of a work environment. In my experience, if there is not an ongoing, close relationship, most locals would not discuss politics. If they did, it was only after they determined what the American’s view was so they could be agreeable with his views.
My guess is that Miller was not shy on first expressing his disdain for Trump. Also strange is how Miller could extrapolate his one experience living overseas to conclude the president is not liked “in most corners of the globe.”
Letter readers need to consider if Miller can speak from real knowledge or is just spewing an opinion he wants readers to believe.
Ron Dudley, Sanibel
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