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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor July 25, 2017

6/13/2017 2:00:00 PM
'Non-professional' troubling, refreshing


     I recently finished watching the Jim Comey (the former FBI Director) interrogations by the Intelligence (a term I use lightly) Committee.  That's on top of watching the previous day's interviews also.  I don't think what was said by any of the questioners or those grilled was in any way enlightening or in any way changed the opinions of anyone who watched.  In many ways it just reinforced opinions and led to many more questions.

     The only thing that was reinforced, in my opinion, was that America did not in any way elect a professional politician.  Many of the things this President has said or done, both in the campaign and in office, are not the things we have come to expect of someone who has come up through the political ranks and learned their lessons along the way.  In many ways what he says and does baffles both his supporters and those who are quite frankly out to undo him.  

     This is what I believe is most troubling and refreshing in today's politics.  It is certainly causing more people to pay attention because they just don't know what the President is going to say or do today.  In some folks this is why they truly like him - he's unpredictable.  In some it's why they truly hate him - he's unpredictable.  Either way it certainly is entertaining and keeps the "professional politicians" on their toes on a daily business.

     The greatest question in my mind is what will a non-professional politician be able to accomplish while in office.  This will be the true test of his success or failure.  It may also change the way we think of elections in the future.  Do we want a professional politician in positions of power or would we rather have a person who comes in and shakes up the country with his unorthodox style of leadership.  Only time will tell.  

Phil Montgomery


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