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True colors

By Staff | Jan 3, 2018

To the editor:

I’ve always valued showing one’s “true colors,” denoting what one truly represents, politically, morally, and socially. In America, our true colors have been red, white and blue.

But Francis Rooney’s color wheel is monochromatic, reduced to one, which is red. As in Red State. As in the color associated with the Republican Party and that party’s favored ally, Russia (remember the Red Army?) So once again, it’s party over country.

His choice of “purge” to describe change he apparently favors at the FBI, and maybe elsewhere, is both chilling and telling. Never mind that purges are features of regimes of Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, a series of Korean Kims, etc. No matter how fabulously famous that list has become, none is called “democratically elected leader.”

Congressman Rooney, apparently paying attention while visiting the Oval Office, has chosen a curiously demagogic word to describe desirable change. But perhaps his word is more prophetic. Perhaps it describes exactly what his boss wants to see.

Now, Congressman Rooney’s “boss” is supposed to be us – We the People of Congressional District 19, here in southwest Florida.

If his boss is, in actuality, the President of the United States, now is as good a time as any to find that out. I can’t wait until Nov. 6, 2018. That’s Election Day.

David C. Fetzer