Is the sky really falling, Chicken Little?

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Lloyd "Pete" Waters

Wow, just when you think you’ve seen everything, now arrives the FBI investigating an ex-president of the United States and hauling off evidence from his Palm Beach home.

When the acorn fell from the tree, Chicken Little thought the sky was falling.

I fondly remember back in the late '50s when principal Ralph Shipley at that little two-room Dargan schoolhouse gave me my first silver badge as a safety patrol officer. Mr. Shipley told me the badge represented an orderly world and was designed to help keep all people safe.

This Dargan Boy was proud as a peacock!

But the FBI's raid of ex-President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home makes me wonder about the FBI's role in maintaining an orderly world.

Eventually, released information will reveal more of this matter.

It seems that if citizen Trump is not charged with something and gets reelected in 2024, he might then send some G-men himself to Delaware in search of some shrimp fried rice containers and/or a few more laptops.

Perhaps everything pertaining to this raid is on the up and up and we’re just not aware of all the facts, but one has to be a tad suspicious about the timing of these events.

One political party using a Department of Justice platform to investigate another political party is an unsightly and troubling new matter for our country unless "the proof is in the pudding" and the resulting action represents a national security interest.

Citizens will get to make their own judgment when many of the facts are provided. Few people thought President Nixon was involved in the Watergate scandal until all the cards were laid on the table. A lot of voters were surprised then, too. Could this be a deja vu moment for modern U.S. politics?

Can one say for certain that politics are not at play here? When our current president’s poll numbers are in a dark mushroom cellar somewhere and his team seems to be headed for a political drowning in the upcoming November election, perhaps creating an unfavorable story about the potential opposition might seem like a lifesaver tossed into the water.

There have been other political diversions. The not-too-distant Russian dossier event was another episode disguised in a cloak and dagger manner and revealed in the sunlight as rotten with political manipulation.

It seems to me too that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is once again in the spotlight much in the same manner as it was when new details of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email files were disclosed by the FBI days before the 2016 election, a decision that perhaps cost her the presidency. The details that were said to possibly be pertinent to the investigation were not.

I’m wondering how many FBI agents are registered Republicans and/or Democrats and if their political preferences occasionally sway or influence some of their thinking and investigative results.

Is there always complete objectivity within this highest law enforcement agency of the land? When I closely examine the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, who served as director of the FBI for 48 years, and some of his alleged abuses of power, I sometimes wonder.

The general public and I grew up believing Hoover was the Boss Hogg of the land in enforcement of those laws that protected us and our country.

However, historian Athan Theoharis, in "From the Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover," reveals some of Hoover’s abuses during his leadership.

Hoover had John F. Kennedy’s hotel room bugged and he knew of Kennedy's dalliances with a woman suspected of being a Nazi spy; another file contained Kennedy’s escapades with a woman supposedly connected to the Mafia.

Hoover opposed Martin Luther King Jr., and he also collected dirt about congressmen to gain leverage, according to Theoharis.

I for one like to think that the Federal Bureau of Investigation of today is an entity prepared to do its job in an efficient manner and avoid political interference while remaining committed to examining facts with objectivity.

But is that possible in today's steaming political climate?

Perhaps the sky really is falling.

Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Some think sky is falling after FBI raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home