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Letter: The Benghazi-Watergate Connection

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

There may well be an important fundamental connection between the Democratic Benghazi debacle and the Republican Watergate debacle.

Having lived through both, I understand how serious that threat is now, as Watergate was then. Both represent the most serious threats a democracy can confront. Both, if coming from the same motive, to gain or retain power by deception, represent impeachable offenses.

At the end of the Watergate disaster, it was Republican leadership that took the action forcing President Nixon to resign less than halfway through his second term after winning a landslide re-election. This is the question that requres an answer: Will the Democratic leadership be equally responsible, if what might well be coming, requires equally bold action?

The threat anyone ought to see can be understood in this comparison. It is a felony crime to lie to the government, FBI, Congress or in court while under oath. That is because these entities represent the people and hold the highest authority, which is for the people’s good when seeking the truth.

We the people are still however collectively the highest authority, and elected officials are just interim proxies for the people. Justice and the good of all the people cannot be achieved if self-serving lies replace the truth.

During a presidential election period, especially during the critical last two months, the power shifts back directly to the people themselves, because they are in the process of electing proxies for the exercise of that highest authority after the elections are over.

We the people require the truth in order to make right decisions at the polls. Any dishonest effort by anyone, and most especially by those most powerful in government itself, to gain or retain power by deception, would then be a felony crime against the people.

All efforts to cover up wrongdoing would only make matters that much worse. If that’s where we are headed with Benghazi, then Benghazi is Watergate No. 2.

Manipulation of the election process by those in power is a deadly threat to democracy. As such, it cannot be tolerated. We must get to the truth on Benghazi wherever it leads. This is not a partisan issue, it goes much deeper than that.

We are failing in our duty, both to our time and future generations as well, if we ignore this unsolved mystery.

Gerard McLain

Sycamore

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