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Letter to the editor: False witnesses

The oath of office every incoming U.S. president takes declares, "I do solemnly swear that I will ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

A scriptural view of the oath is woven into the eighth of The Ten Commandments, calling for affirmation not to lie or intentionally deceive by speaking falsehoods ("bear false witness").

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway once stated, "We feel compelled ... to clear the air and put alternative facts out there." CNN interviewer Chuck Todd responded, "Alternative facts aren't facts, they are falsehoods." (CNN: Meet The Press, Jan. 23, 2017)

With amazing grace, offering alternative logic, letter writer Dale Probasco proves an adoring fan of what our president has undone, yet doesn't give a hoot about anything alarming that Trump says he will do, which is much like another insane scenario: While flying at 30,000 feet, mindlessly condoning what your fellow might-be-a-terrorist passenger says about having a bomb inside his laptop. Words matter - that's a fact.

Mr. Probasco and I agree on one reality: There can be multiple sides to a debate, but "only one set of facts." Unless, apparently, you are in the executive branch of government.

Our president is on collision course with a mega-crisis of constitutional law, per fact-checks by respected legal scholars, and that reality isn't going away soon.

What facts? Of many, he's threatened firing Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller and/or pardoning himself. "He is forcing a fight for the integrity of our system of self-rule, for our liberty." ("An Attack on the Rule of Law," The Atlantic, April 13, 2018).

Thoughts, and words, shape deeds. Whether it's insinuating blowing up an airliner, verbally condemning the inviolability of the separation of powers imparted by the Constitution, or affirming grounds for impeachment, words, in fact, matter greatly.

Steven Olson,

Baxter