To the Editor:
Although the Kremlin ostensibly governs by bribery and disinformation, the simple truth is that the Russian people are ruled by whoever manages to amass the ultimate power of arrest.
It is no secret how much President Donald Trump admires the Russian chief executive. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the thrust of our current administration is to debase its own intelligence and judicially related agencies in order to accumulate a more immediate influence in the oval office over arresting powers. Due process and proper investigative procedures are being politicized as inefficient, unfair, biased, menacing and unduly burdensome let alone frustrating to the singular want-to-be embodiment of power. To the extent our traditional barriers to executive abuse are tenderized, we near the end of a free nation.
Perhaps the commercial interests that finance the extreme right’s cable news, radio broadcasts and internet pages eventually will realize that they are effectively endorsing their own replacement by state-subsidized sponsorship in the event they do not toe a party line. However, they still may get ahead of the curve if they encourage media honesty with those who are willing and ask all the others to send their (in)voices for cost of programming to the Republican National Committee.
Edward B. Henslee III