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Your Opinion: The emperor has no clothes

Your Opinion: The emperor has no clothes

February 7th, 2018 by Daniel L. Kottman, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

My favorite Hans Christian Anderson tale is "The Emperor's New Clothes." I am continually amazed at how many parallels I find between the political circus that passes for "government" today and the lessons of this children's tale.

In the tale two swindlers, posing as weavers, sell the emperor a new set of clothes made from cloth so fine and rare that they tell the emperor that only the most fit, discerning, and intelligent can see it. Although it was never directly said, it was implied that if one could not see the "new clothes," then obviously, it must be because that person was unfit, incompetent, or stupid. None of the emperor's subjects, and indeed the emperor himself, wanted to be thought of as unfit, or stupid, so they would not challenge what their own eyes were telling them.

Donald Trump, Devin Nunes and the Republican Party would have Americans buy a new set of Emperor's clothes this week in the form of a memo that challenges the legitimacy of how the FBI, and the American intelligence communities operate. They say that their memo makes it clear that these organizations are biased, and therefore corrupt, and their findings are not to be trusted, and that if we don't agree with that conclusion, it must be because we are just not smart enough to appreciate their claims.

Now I know I am not the brightest crayon in the box — but honestly, I don't see it. If anything, the memo proves to my satisfaction that the FBI is doing precisely and exactly what we pay them to do — to identify threats to the American people and the American way of life. Russian interference in our elections is just exactly such a threat and I welcome and applaud the FBI and the rest of our Intelligence gathering agencies for their efforts in putting a stop to this very real attack on our democratic way of life, and in making those people who may have assisted the Russians in their efforts accountable.

The emperor has no clothes.