WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2015 – It’s clear from two decades’ worth of press reports that a scandal is central to anyone interested in winning the White House – whose last name happens to be Clinton.
If it isn’t “bimbo eruptions,” it’s committing perjury in testimony before a federal grand jury; if it isn’t impeachment trials, it’s selling pardons to fugitive financiers or taking plane rides with a billionaire pedophile for a little fun in the Florida sun; If it isn’t miraculous commodity option payoffs, it’s concocting a bizarre anti-American talking-points cover story to mask an Al Qaeda attack on a diplomatic mission that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others; if it isn’t the illegal transfer of “top secret” government documents to an insecure home computer server and a thumb-drive meant for a personal attorney, it’s, well, always something.
The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, provides a few mitigating circumstances on behalf of Hillary Clinton before the court of public opinion: “Clinton was no stranger to the rules of the federal government,” said Robinson. “She certainly knew, without any doubt, that her political opponents would delight in rummaging through her communications. Let’s be honest: Hillary and Bill Clinton do have enemies, lots of them, who show no compunction about launching unfair and vicious attacks. She must have wanted to make sure they never got the chance.”
Everyone in politics has enemies.
“If ever there was a time which would license the reiteration of this exclamation, that time is now arrived; for the man who is the source of all the misfortunes of our country is this day reduced to a level with his fellow-citizens, and is no longer possessed of power to multiply evils upon the United States. If ever there was a period of rejoicing, this is the moment.”
So said an editorial in the General Advertiser of Philadelphia on the occasion of George Washington’s last day as president of the United States. The publisher was Benjamin Franklin Bache, the grandson of his famous namesake.
Congressional oversight (“rummaging through”) the everyday dealings of the executive branch has a tendency to take the shine off personality cults, even those as much deserved as that which cloaked the honorable father of our country.
But Robinson misses the point behind Hillary’s illegal sanitizing of her tenure as the Obama administration’s top diplomat: She edited her official biography in order to maintain the fiction that those who rise to the top as the nation’s authoritarian meddlers are beyond reproach and just a little higher than the angels.
For the public to see their officials – elected and non-elected – stumbling about like drunks undercuts the idea that utopia can be achieved under the guidance of such feckless, incompetent and corrupt fools.
When you think of Hillary or Bill Clinton – or any advocate of big government for that matter – I want you to envision the Animas River in Colorado. You may recall that earlier this month one million gallons of pollutants from the Gold King Mine were released into the waterway by the federal agency that claims to “protect human health and the environment” – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The river took on the color of mustard yellow, with mercury 10 times higher, beryllium 33 times high, and arsenic 800 times higher than the, ah, EPA allows.
“Exposure to high levels of these metals can cause an array of health problems from cancer to kidney disease to developmental problems in children,” said CNN.
“Claims for monetary compensation may be filed by submitting a Standard Form 95 specifying the nature of the loss suffered and EPA actions, if known, causing the loss or damage to property,” said an EPA press release to Colorado’s protected humans, “Although EPA’s regulations state that it has six months to resolve a claim, EPA will make every effort to respond to Gold King Mine release claims as soon as possible.”
Oops! Sorry! Now, take a number and get in line. Each cog (you) in the utopian machine known as the United States of America will be handled according to their sterile, dehumanizing numeric order.
I wonder if EPA head Regina McCarthy has a home email server so she can sterilize this little bit of uncomfortable history before congressional “opponents” start “rummaging through… [EPA] communications.”
If so, she just “wanted to make sure they [Congress] never got the chance.”