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Franken resignation not a moral milestone

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announces he will resign "in the coming weeks." (C-SPAN2)

Listening to Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ben Cardin and Al Franken himself, I felt like I was in a time warp. It was a sudden time shift from a Democratic Party that urged Senator Franken to keep his seat and lauded him as the perfect human being to one that an observer might think had urged the senator to resign from the start (“In Franken’s fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP,” Nov. 8).

But Mr. Franken's farewell is very telling of the real truth. He still said that many of the accusations were downright false and that he has very different memories of the rest. He emotionally claimed his innocence. Now, in the face of this, two things could be true. He is guilty as hell and the party didn't care about it until it hurt them politically. Or he is innocent and the party leadership saw a political opportunity to imply negative things about President Donald Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.

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Either case shows a party where truth and morality are not as valued as the party. If Mr. Franken is guilty, I'll bet someone in the party leadership knew all about it, as they knew about President Bill Clinton's abuse of the boss-worker relationship. If he is innocent, as he claims, the party threw him to the wolves to get the womens' vote and throw mud at President Trump and Mr. Moore.

But in their sudden turn around, they may not only have run over an innocent man, but they have approved the destruction of our legal system. One is no longer innocent until proven guilty. If enough people speak ill of you, you are now guilty and your rights should be sacrificed for the party's political advantage.

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The swamp stinks more than ever.

Rev. Michael T. Buttner, Bel Air

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