It is time to really make America “great again,” Mr. President. Currently that is best done by doing everything in your power to acknowledge the threats to our democracy and protect it from foreign attacks, which you have NOT done. It is also time to restore confidence in government agencies and in their leaders, rather than constantly undermining them with your tweets and erratic behavior. Being defensive about Russia only make you look guilty.

It is time to really make America “great again,” Mr. President. Currently that is best done by doing everything in your power to acknowledge the threats to our democracy and protect it from foreign attacks, which you have NOT done. It is also time to restore confidence in government agencies and in their leaders, rather than constantly undermining them with your tweets and erratic behavior. Being defensive about Russia only make you look guilty.
Feb. 27 Adm. Mike Rogers, our top cyber official as director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, told lawmakers that he has not been granted the authority by President Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations, saying "Clearly what we have done hasn't been enough.”
Even Congress has been drawn into the belittling of our intelligence agencies.  David Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee claimed to have secret intelligence and attacked the FBI’s objectivity with a highly publicized memo. But the existence of real intelligence is suspect. It is not the job of the CIA, the NSA, the police nor the secret service to investigate the FBI, nor do any of them answer to the House intelligence committee.
The Department of Justice is the only agency empowered to investigate the FBI, so why would the Inspector General, a member of the executive branch, first turn over the results of a supposed investigation to the House Intelligence Committee? If there had been such an investigation, Jeff Sessions would have asked his own IG for the information, NOT David Nunes. The memo resulted in chaos, a weakening of an agency we depend upon, and a distraction from the real business of Congress.
Josh Campbell, a recent FBI agent, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in early February in which he decried the enormous damage being done to “America’s premier law enforcement agency” for temporary political gain. “F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations. . . . To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves.” Without the public’s belief in the bureau’s honesty and independence and faith in an agent’s truth-worthiness, witnesses and informants will not cooperate, and a jury will not believe an agent’s testimony.
This is not to say that agents are not human and sometimes make mistakes or exercise poor judgement. They do. Campbell continues “Because they are not infallible, the bureau is subject to a robust system of checks and balances, including its internal affairs division, the Department of Justice inspector general, congressional committees and the courts. . . . [It is] disingenuous for anyone who really knows the modern-day bureau to insinuate that the organization is plotting from within.”
Recently the tension in our capital has intensified as our President began lawyering up and attacking Special Counsel Mueller, a Republican with impeccable credentials, who was appointed by the President’s own man Rod Rosenstein. On Monday, March 19, Republican Tea Partier Trey Gowdy, from SC, said what many are thinking: If you have done nothing wrong you should want the investigation to be as thorough as possible. So give him [Mueller] the independence, the time and the resources to do his job. When innocent, act like it! Or as Shakespeare would say, “Methinks he doth protest too much.”

Catherine Rhoades writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.