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Some people just can't be disabused of their hatred and the ignorance that got them there. That anyone, two and a half years after House Republicans cleared Secretary Clinton in the deaths of four Americans, would refer to "the butcher of Benghazi" is symptomatic of a much greater problem than just being in error. Guardian reporters, Gambino and Smith (https://bit.ly/29bX3b7) spelled it out at the time. Trey Gowdy's committee had concluded. I'm sorry if it doesn't fit a convenient narrative but choosing to ignore it under the mantra of "fake news" certainly isn't helping.

When the special prosecutor's work is finished, and only then, it will be time for citizens to absorb those findings as the informed electorate our system of self-governance requires. If it contains damning evidence of criminality, the nation must not tolerate a prolonged rhetorical civil war, or worse.

What I hate about these times is not the opposite party's supporters, but the obliteration of any desire to share a beer and talk through our differences. They seem to relish the idea that being an entrenched ideologue is the way to go. They have what poker players call a tell: they lead with that accusation in what can only be called "projection." So I will resist the temptation the best I can to hurl insults at obvious trolls and wait and see where Mueller's investigation leads.

Then I will ask Republicans to face up to whatever evidence it presents. I will too, whether or not it's exculpatory.

Stacey Youdin

Corvallis (Dec. 28)

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