Top of Mind Thursday June 8, 2017: The Price of Democracy

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This morning, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before Congress as to the details of his exchanges with President Trump.

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It’s expected that Comey’s statements may reveal details the administration wishes were not aired. He’ll talk about what he was asked to do and not do before he was fired by the president, likely contradicting some of what Mr. Trump has said publicly.

In one sense, what Comey says is not nearly as important as the fact that we live in a country where this type of testimony is not only accepted but expected. In most other countries in the world, a ruler can depose of underlings with little regard for what others think. In some countries, those who disagree are imprisoned, poisoned, or just permanently disappear from view.

There may be a bit too much melodrama about this set of hearings, but the bottom line is they’re being held, they’re public, and at the end of the day, Comey will return to his life as a private citizen and not to a government prison.

The price of democracy is that sometimes things get messy, we accept that, and we move on. If we take nothing else from these hearings, it’s that this transparency is something we need to honor and cherish and what we need to defend.

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