This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Friday, January 5, 2018
See Egg on Blogger's Face
Dear Sen Burr,
You probably saw this on the Fox News website. I wrote you a few days back. Now, after seeing this article, I owe you a big apology. The article reads as follows:
Senate investigators are to be commended for the degree of bipartisanship and circumspection offered by members of both parties. Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and top Democrat Mark Warner, D-Va., deserve credit, as do their counterparts on the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.
In the end, the Senate settled on the achievable (my emphasis)– focusing on election protection and oversight of the concurrent Justice Department probe – rather than trying to deliver on the promise of providing a definitive answer as to contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.
HOUSE RUSSIA PROBE ENDING AS IT BEGAN: A MESS
It was always something of a dubious question whether Congress could handle a matter so sensitive and so politically charged as investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
A year later and we have a loud and clear answer: Nope. (Regarding the House.)
Now my question to someone is why we were not aware of the Senate Committee’s approach? I, and many of my blog readers are news junkies. I always read your news letters and everything about your Intelligence Committee. However, until today, I had never seen the above news. Anyway, again my apologies and thanks for getting things right.
FOLLOWING WAS THE FIRST LETTER I SENT TO THE SENATOR WHICH EGG ON MY FACE:
I was among the first to support you both financially and on my blog. Now I am so disappointed.
In my mind, I hold you personally responsible for allowing the attempted coup against our president. My understanding is your responsibility was to oversee the intelligence agencies. But they went rogue and it was on your watch.
Now, instead of trying to play catch up like the House Intelligence Committee is doing, you are still down the dead end Russian rabbit hole.
I am sure you realize there is no worse threat to a democracy than intelligence agencies gone rogue.
Because I believed your role to be overseeing the agencies, I never understood why you took on the Russian probe–especially after the better equipped agencies were doing it. You were redundant.
Also about countries meddling in other countries’ elections, a lot of my readers on my blog (two to three hundred a day and approaching three quarters of a million pages since inception) wonder what is the big deal. We should put on our big boy pants and as smart as we are, figure how to block them.
Meanwhile, all this hysteria seems pretty hypocritical. Hillary got cross wise with Putin for trying to interfere with their election. Blatantly, Obama tried to interfere with Israel’s election. It is what countries do. Many of us feel that all this to-do about Russia is to help the Dems save face because we had a better candidate.
Finally, in the interest in transparency, I need to inform you that when you answer my letters, I always juxtapose yours with my original. So far, you are batting 100 at always sending me boiler plate responses which never are anywhere near the subject of my communication. All my readers see what is going on. Usually the response is weeks later and about some issue that is hot that day. I always believed no one of your staff bothers to read our letters but just takes a flying guess as to what they are about.