What Others Are Saying
A Climate of Fear Descends on America. A passionate statement by an American days before the US Presidential Election.
“Simply said… today will mark the date that, for me, my country officially died. I have lived through the Civil Rights struggles and witnessed divide and bias. I remember well, when first JFK was assassinated. Then MLK, then Bobby. I have lived through wars, the anarchy of the Weathermen, Watergate, the loss of John Lennon, 9/11, and the murders of school children and those in the Gay community. But never did I not believe that the US was not the sum of its parts. Never did I believe that the bad parts outweighed the good. Not once did I doubt that no matter how difficult or bleak the times seemed to be, we would not overcome what afflicted us and achieve our best potential.
“These last months, I have again witnessed bias, division, partisan mudslinging, conspiracy theories, debasement of women,/immigrants/religions… but still I believed we would heal, that our system of checks and balances would prevail…that enough good, sane, honest officials would have the integrity to not allow our country to fall back into the abyss of past wrong doings. My faith held up until today when I learned that the executive director of North Carolina’s GOP, brought handcuff’s to an MSNBC interview as a method of ‘show and tell’ demonstrating what he thought should be done to Hillary Clinton.
“My hope dissolved upon hearing that The Daily Beast reported on Thursday on ties between Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, and the FBI’s New York field office, which reportedly pressed the FBI to revisit the Clinton server investigation after beginning an inquiry into Weiner’s alleged sexual texting with a minor. The website reported that a former New York field office chief, highly critical of the non-indictment, runs a military charity that has received significant financial donations from Trump. My belief in the integrity of the FBI is now non-existent, knowing that current and former FBI officials, none of whom were willing or cleared to speak on the record, have described a chaotic internal climate. And that one current agent has stated ‘The FBI is Trumpland.’
“And now comes news that Western European officials believe they must investigate Trump’s ties to Russia and what they perceive to be his inability to observe security measures that are essential to their well-being in addition to that of the US.
“I did not doubt that this election cycle had brought with it a climate of fear mongering, bias, and blame gaming. But now I additionally believe, know, in my heart, soul, intellect, and gut that corruption is in those among us whom we look to for our safety and well-being, which has enabled the negativity now permeating the US.
“Fear not only Russia friends, the enemy is within as well.”
– Regina Sabin
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