It was a simpler time in the days before the internet. No email, no instantaneous communication, no letters, words and sentences floating miraculously through the air to get from one place or person to another. None of today’s simply clicking “send.”
But there was no danger of hacking either. And so, no laws or rules governing electronic correspondence security. Servers were the guys and gals who brought you your drinks and food at the neighborhood saloon after a day of honest or not so honest work.
It would be easy to assume that at this very moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton is thinking, “I wish there was no such thing as email.” Easy to assume but not safe to assume. Pun intended. Because the former Secretary of State violated her oath to her country, and because all but the fully invested knew she never gave a damn about security.
Hillary cared only to protect herself, and Bill too, and not the interests of the nation that allowed her rise to the ultimate heights of the power she so craves.
Oh yes, people, there is an administered oath for the position of United States Secretary of State and this is it:
“I, ____________ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
I don’t know which part of the oath confused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Was it the part about supporting and defending our country’s constitution against all enemies, and not treating the sacred text as an insignificant, trashy Harlequin romance novel as her husband had done? Did the word, “true” in “true faith” throw her off? Maybe she misheard the word “without” ahead of the words, “purpose of evasion.”
The Clinton spin machine was on full cycle even before the ink on the State Department’s Inspector General’s (IG) report on the evaluation of Clinton’s records management and cybersecurity requirements was dry. “Hillary violated no laws,” “Other Secretaries of State did the same, “The emails were not marked classified at the time they were sent,” (even though Clinton said there was no classified information, period, before making that caveat), yada, yada, yada.
Clintonian excuses and Clintonian passes are familiar to those of us who remember Bill Clinton’s stay in the White House, when the Oval Office became his playpen, and after which, upon his leaving office, the country needed to thoroughly rinse itself off with hopes that the people’s house would never again be stained, pardon me please, by the reckless behavior of any future inhabitant.
See, the rules don’t apply to the Clintons. They do what they, when they want, leaving damage, damaged people, and a damaged country in their wake. If one can’t seem to keep his pants up in his office, actually my office, the other who wants to sit in my office, could not care less about protecting my government’s confidences as she willfully exposes (sorry again) secret and top secret information because she is selfish instead of selfless.
Sure, none of us are iniquity-free, but 99.99999999999% of us have not been a President of the United States or are trying to become one.
State’s Inspector General, an Obama appointee by the way, said it was departmental policy that only government servers be used, contrary to Hillary’s claim that her server was allowed.
The report said Clinton violated the Federal Records Act by not turning over her emails before she left office. She said she turned over all her emails later, and claimed she had been open about it. But it was too late, and she didn’t and wasn’t. And we all remember that she had her server wiped clean. An innocent person doesn’t do that. An arrogant, “I can get away with anything I want and be vociferously defended,” guilty person does.
Only one of her predecessors, Colin Powell, used a personal email account as well as a governmental one for government business, and not multiple Secretaries of State, as Clinton has said.
Since Powell’s leaving office in 2005, the rules had become more detailed and more stringent, and had Clinton sought approval for her email arrangement, it would have been denied, so of course, she didn’t ask. Also, Powell used two computers, a secure State Department one for sensitive materials, and another for “housekeeping stuff.” And he did not use a personal server.
No matter. You will keep hearing the fake Powell analogy from Democrats all the way to the election and beyond, as they try to deflect and confuse.
Clinton said she fully complied with all governing rules; the IG said, no, she didn’t. Hackers tried to access Clinton’s server twice, and the Clintons knew, yet they did not report it to State. (Hmm, why not? Probably because had she done so, she would have lost her “arrangement.”)
Despite saying again and again she would talk to anyone, anytime about the email issue, and had encouraged her staff to do the same, Clinton and seven of her staffers, as well as an outside-the-department support techie, refused to be interviewed by the IG.
There is more, but does it matter? Certainly not to Clinton supporters. To them, it never mattered. It didn’t matter when Bill couldn’t keep it zipped, and it doesn’t matter now in regard to his wife’s power-hungry recklessness.
I remember asking the apologists at the time of the husband’s, um, uncovered abuses of power and the cover-up lies, “Even if you believe Bill Clinton did no harm with his Oval Office womanizing antics, even if you, those so concerned about women being abused by sexual harassers in superior positions, think this man did nothing seriously wrong to and with a young intern and other women, tell me honestly, were it Ronald Reagan or any Republican, would you be as dismissive? Would you still say, “It was only sex, so what,” or, “What he did in his personal life was his own business?” I never got a real answer.
And so here we go again with the next in line to the monarchy. Instead of casting out the obvious offender, or better yet, the offender withdrawing on her own, as a decent person would do, the word is given and the wagons circle.
The spin machine is better-oiled in this, the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Fax machines no longer, email now. How appropriate.
The talking points disseminate in a flash, and the defenders, surrogates and sycophants with their new marching orders are ready, bobbing and weaving on the Sunday talk shows, dancing around the facts, embarrassing themselves as they deflect and deceive. “Colin Powell…” “Colin Powell…” Colin Powell…” Social media and the office water cooler come into play. Governors and senators, columnists and operatives, regular Joes and Janes, in full battle mode.
Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar. She lies with such ease and coolness, so blatantly and obviously, even when it would be easier and better to tell the truth. Like a spoiled child, she just can’t help herself.
And her followers, excusing or ignoring her false statements, let alone her selfish and dangerous actions, adhere to the usual Clinton modus operandi, dusting off the same mantras as their use invariably becomes required, to enable her obfuscating and stonewalling, her distracting and lying, for as long as possible, so they can then, with self-righteous and fake indignation, exclaim, “This is old news, enough already!”
When this scandal ends, to whatever degree that might be, and the Obama Justice Department does not indict, which it should but won’t, the spin machine will spew out the lines already written, “See? It was much ado about nothing,” “She did nothing wrong,” “She was a victim of the Republicans and the Koch brothers.”
For once, I would like to see some people put ideology aside, not allowing themselves to be exploited, and not toe the party line for a foolhardy Clinton.
Hillary’s supporters should be furious, appalled and disgusted at the recklessness of her actions again and again and again, with top secret material and with everything else. Benghazi, her insatiable, shameless appetite for money, from Wall Street and elsewhere, the Clinton Foundation and its quid pro quo shenanigans with some very unsavory characters, the lying, the unending, constant lying. And everyone knows more of the Clinton freak show is coming.
Would you loyalists not vilify a similarly-acting George W. Bush, or George H. W. Bush, or George P. Bush, or any Bush in your sights? Please, you know you would. The double standard is glaring, and it’s pathetic.
Cut Hillary loose already. You deserve better. We all do.