Letters to the Editor

Elected officials should put political partisanship aside

Anyone having witnessed the testimony of Sally Yates and James Clapper before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on May 8 surely realizes that Russia interfered with America’s presidential election in November 2016, and that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (and possibly others) was somehow involved. Also, that the essence of the investigation is a matter of national security. And when it comes to national security, our elected officials should put political partisanship aside and dwell on getting to the truth; the real truth, the whole truth of the matter, not the alternative truth.

However, the Republican members of the subcommittee seemed more interested in identifying who leaked classified investigative information to the news media, an act that resulted in Flynn’s Russian connections being made public. Also, a bevy of other Republicans publicly decried these allegations as “fake news,” nothing more than an attempt to damage the presidency of Donald Trump. That is to say, no cause for alarm here, folks!

For several election cycles past, the Republicans have seized the political high ground with regard to flag-waving patriotism and religious adherence to the Constitution and alleged Christian principles. For congressmen, an enduring symbol thereof is the American flag pin prominently displayed on the lapel. So without further discussion or convoluted explanation, Republican members of Congress should immediately remove the American flag pins from their attire!

Michael K. Broughton, Green Park, Mo.