Fifth Amendment is about protecting, not hiding

A letter published July 13 suggested that the head of the IRS has something to hide for pleading the Fifth Amendment. You see, the Fifth Amendment isn’t about hiding things but protecting oneself against self-incrimination.

The idea that by taking the Fifth you are hiding something comes from one of the darkest days of our country – the House Committee on Un-American Activities where many Americans were blacklisted because they didn’t believe the same as one man, Sen. Joe McCarthy. I don’t know about you but I do not want to go back there.

Pono doesn’t mean doing what is right for oneself but for everyone. Equating doing pono with Richard M. Nixon is just wrong. The president made a deal with the then vice president and future President Gerald Ford for a pardon if he resigned his office. That is not doing pono.

James Hoover