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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Scandals diminish pride in country

- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2013

The cavalcade of scandals bedeviling the Obama administration (Commentary, "The Risk of Overplaying Scandal," June 18) is sure to increase the quotient of cynicism roiling the body politic, as well as diminish the pride in, and love of, country that have always characterized the American people. We are bewildered by what has happened, as some of the scandals are so dismissive of rock-ribbed American principles that we might as well be living in Bizarro America.

Question: How is it that very bright and accomplished people like President Obama, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice and high-ranking IRS officials can originate or tolerate behavior which so cavalierly trashes cherished provisions of our Constitution?

As we analyze our current troubles, we must move beyond compiling the fact-packets of who, what and where. We also must endeavor to comprehend why intelligent people do dumb and destructive things.

PAUL BLOUSTEIN

Cincinnati

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