WASHINGTON, February 4, 2018: The recently released House Intelligence Committee memo details the Obama administration, the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, the FBI, the secret FISA court, and the U.S. intelligence community’s efforts to weaponize government.
It’s victim, President Donald Trump, was the subject of a grand conspiracy, which included two foreign actors: retired British spy Christopher Steele and Vladimir Putin’s Russians.
But Trump, the ultimate Washington outsider, was also a victim of the GOP’s rather large collection of rubes, clodhoppers, hayseeds, bumpkins, dolts, and buffoons.
After all, these boobs wrote and passed the Patriot Act that triggered the weaponization.
They believed our Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure could be pushed aside so long as the secret FISA court signed off on the violation. A court originally designed to issue warrants that allowed the FBI to pursue foreign spies operating on U.S. soil. A court that now allows our government to gather the cellphone, text and email communications of 310 million Americans.
A FISA court that unwittingly sanctioned an FBI “counterintelligence” operation against the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate on behalf of the very same Russians they once shadowed and apprehended. Russians whose lies filled the Steele dossier were paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton and used to violate the rights of Trump, his staff and, well, the rest of us.
Our battered Constitution
The swamp creatures in Washington, in both parties, aren’t much interested in our Constitution. As James Madison noted in Federalist #51:
“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
A government of enumerated and limited powers, coupled with a Bill of Rights, was designed to “oblige” Washington “to control itself.” That was because our Founders, coming from a Judeo-Christian worldview, believed men were no angels. To be blunt, they correctly saw their fellow humans as being no damned good.
As Madison also observed: “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”
Conservatives, like Fox’s Sean Hannity, would have us believe the phony Trump-Russia collusion narrative and the FBI’s espionage operation against Trump and his campaign staff were the product of partisanship.
On the contrary, it was the most expected form of bipartisanship: the evil inherent in human nature.
An unpatriotic act
Republicans, in an effort to wage “war on terrorism,” opened the door to an evil far older than Al Qaeda or the Democratic Party. An ancient evil that enticed Adam and Eve with access to secret intelligence should they eat the fruit of the “forbidden tree.”
For their sin, the couple was cast out of the Garden of Eden.
A nest of insects and vipers
What Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and avid gardener told his daughter in a letter, most certainly applies to post-constitutional America:
“I suspect that the insects which have harassed you have been encouraged by the feebleness of your plants; and that has been produced by the lean state of the soil.”
The United States of America, a Garden of Eden bequeathed to us by our Founders, rests upon depleted soil, ruined by serpents possessing an ill-gotten secret knowledge and whose corrupting power goes unchecked.