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Murder is murder

So they are "investigating" whether the Saudi shooter in Pensacola was a terrorist ("Pensacola shooting 'looks like terrorism,' Trump national security adviser says," Web, Dec. 8). That's almost as rich as thinking that calling a crime a hate crime makes the crime that much worse.

Israel's divine protection

Since its inception, Israel has been the object of persecution, hate, war and destruction. Even today, its enemies are working to that end. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling for an "army of Islam" to invade Israel and destroy the nation and its people.

Why socialists hate freedom

Socialism's core goals fall into three broad streams: 1) Most economic activity is brought under government control; individual wealth creation and goals, innovation, freedom of choice and free-market forces are gone (think Medicare for All and the Green New Deal); 2) Income is "redistributed" (i.e., "excess" wealth is taken from the "rich" and spread around); and 3) Private property and the middle class are abolished.

Cherry-picking 'legal scholars'

Where were the Democrats' distinguished legal scholars when President Obama betrayed Ukraine? Mr. Obama asked Vladimir Putin for "space" in the run-up to the 2012 elections, with assurance of resolving "missile defense" issues. In March 2013, Mr. Obama obligingly cancelled the final phase of the European Missile Defense System, and then sat on his hands when Russia annexed Ukraine in February and March 2014. Yet the phrases "bribery," "abuse of authority," "inviting foreign intervention," "quid pro quo," "withholding lethal military aid," "undermining national security" and "treason" never came up.

Stop 'corpocracy'

Recently learning how controls over capitalist systems and markets have made some European nations more competitive, accessible and free — thus further favoring consumers and workers — than North America has left me seeing how we, the latter, are increasingly under corpocratic rule ("Andrew Yang on impeachment: 'This is going to be a loser,'" Web, Dec. 5).

Rude tweets not "high crimes"

Why the rush for impeachment ("Dems scrambling for impeachment vote by Christmas: 'We must move swiftly'" Web, Dec. 4) ? Is the weight of President Trump's "high crimes" about to sink the republic? Or are Democrats beginning to comprehend that the impeachment circus, directed by manifestly partisan politicians, is a self-made trap?

Left's guilt transference

When our country gives foreign aid to another country, it is frequently done in an effort to affect the foreign country's policies. We have historically tried to eliminate human-rights abuses and improve living conditions and policies with such aid.

No legal grounds for impeachment

The Democrats have played their deceptive attempt to impeach President Trump in a manner that is against everything for which our basic rule of law has stood for more than two centuries. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Smith lied again when he said there is overwhelming evidence against Mr. Trump. Asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen incomplete investigations concerning Ukraine's work with the Democratic National Committee to dig up dirt against Mr. Trump in support of his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton was justified. Delaying aid to Ukraine was justified.

Hearings a despicable show

The first thing that popped into my mind as the Democrats conducted Wednesday's impeachment hearing was "The Three Stooges" show, because it truly was a Hollywood performance ("GOP witness says there is no evidence of bribery in impeachment inquiry," Web, Dec. 4). It was orchestrated by the counsel representing the Democrats, as he gave complete latitude to the "stooges" and stiff-armed professor Jonathan Turley.

Obama deserved impeachment

So, Rep. Jerry Nadler may use much of the time during today's Judiciary Committee hearing to have constitutional scholars attempt to characterize President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "high crimes and misdemeanors," justifying impeachment ("Trump set to spurn impeachment hearing, White House says," Web, Nov. 27). I would encourage the American people to review what didn't justify impeachment — and we need only review the actions of our last president to see these.

Congress' despicable behavior

As one of the millions of hard-working, taxpaying American citizens, I am appalled by the current state of affairs in America. The circus we have in Washington, specifically in the U.S. House of Representatives, affects us all.

Pythonesque Democrats

Living in Britain, I enjoyed the humor of John Cleese and his associates in the TV program "Monty Python's Flying Circus." The series and its later films highlighted an ability to poke fun at the pomposity of life. It led to the coining of a new English word, pythonesque, which is used to describe the ridiculous.

Not entitled to special treatment

The tactics of the LGBTQ lobby to undermine the rule of law and trample the rights of other Americans by playing the victim at every turn must not be allowed to succeed. The latest heinous example is the attempt of certain Department of Justice LGBTQ employees to confuse the public with regard to Attorney General William Barr and influence the Supreme Court with regard to the cases involving gay and transgender plaintiffs now before the court ("Justice Department's LGBTQ workers say administration's stance on protections harming morale," Web, Nov. 28).

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