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Archive for Sunday, January 5, 1992

PARDON BAD PRECEDENT

January 5, 1992

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To the editor:

The Constitution of the United States is like a very delicate fabric. As citizens, we are responsible for protecting and preserving it in whatever way is necessary if we want our system of government to survive.

When President Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra crowd, he tore a serious rip in the fabric of the Constitution. His action implied that if you have the right connections, you do not have to be true to the laws of the land. In his judgment, his "patriots" were simply acting out of "policy differences," and therefore, were not subject to the same regulations as you and I, under the Constitution. This is a frightening precedent.

The reason the Constitution is so delicate is that it can only survive as long as the mass consciousness of the people agrees that it is worth preserving. If the people of this nation see enough incidents where those in power positions are allowed to take exceptions to the rules, that mass consciousness will erode to the point that eventually there will not be any respect for the laws we govern by. There is already overwhelming evidence that this is taking place. Our top elected officials should set better examples than they have by this recent pardon action.

We cannot reverse what has been done at this time. We need to put it behind us as best we can, and resolve to do our part in protecting such an important component of our society.

Kent B. Comfort,

1453 Lawrence Ave.

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