In reference to the March 16 commentary by April Moore, in which she asks “whether (Rep. Ben Cline) actually believes what he’s saying” about the Democrats’ failed effort to remove President Trump from office. Ms. Moore questions “his ability to comprehend what seems pretty obvious even to the majority of regular citizens.”
In my letter published Feb. 5, I pointed out “the majority of regular citizens” in Rep. Cline’s district support his efforts to discern the facts in the hyper-partisan impeachment effort. Perhaps Ms. Moore has forgotten that the U.S. Senate voted against impeachment.
This fact is still a fact, but unfortunately, most of what we see and hear today comes from news outlets across the political spectrum that have abandoned any idea of a firewall between professional reporting and opinion. This results in confusion when weak-minded people hear or read something outrageous, then claim “That’s what (insert name) believes!” Then it gets repeated: What’s heard on TV or read on the internet becomes a “fact,” and to believe otherwise marks you as an ignoramus, a racist, or worse.
I will not repeat the anti-impeachment talking points, which are familiar to all. But if you question their factuality, you must also question the factuality of the pro-impeachers’ claims that they were illegally robbed of the pleasure of ousting the president. Then you can believe what you choose to believe. Ms. Moore and Rep. Cline have starkly different opinions on the impeachment drama. That means one of them is mostly wrong, and in my opinion, Ms. Moore needs to move on to something more productive.
Fortunately, Rep. Cline likes to do his own fact-finding, in collaboration with his excellent staff. He thinks for himself and believes that which he determines is factual, letting others travel the “I heard it on TV” route. Anyone who has spoken with Ben Cline knows him as a thoughtful and discerning person who, like that “majority of regular citizens,” doesn’t believe everything he reads or hears.
Denise Doyle, Edinburg