Ironic isn't it that the crowd that screamed "Lock her up!" because there was potential for some of her "classified" emails to be intercepted by enemies abroad, somehow have gone mute when it is revealed that several senior Trump White House staff have been trading classified national secrets without proper security clearance. You may recall from my earlier blogs how often I stressed the principal of mens rea (or mental understanding and intent) - a requirement they actually intended to violate law, is required to convict someone of a criminal act. As you may also recall, those Clinton haters always took a position that the intent really didn't matter when it came to Clinton - "LOCK HER UP" was their position even if it could not be proven she actually intended or knew classified materials could have been improperly accessed or shared. Yet, now that we know classified information was not only passed around electronically by Trump advisors, but also shared, where is the "Lock Her Up!" crowd now? Suddenly speechless. When intent is needed, many didn't care. When it's obvious not only was classified material improperly handled, but it was done intentionally by members of the Trump Administration (and many GOP members in the House of Representatives), where is the outcry?
This past week the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee determined that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have improperly leaked oversight and investigatory material to the White House and Fox news. When pressed by both the Senate Republican and Democratic members of the Committee to explain these actions, Speaker Ryan appeared willing to listen their complaints, but offered no further action. So let's get this straight. Highly classified information gathered by the Senate Intelligence Committee is shared with members of the House Intelligence Committee, but the Republican members of that Committee then improperly leak it to the White House and then ultimately to Fox news. When asked for their response, David Nunes, GOP head of the House Committee simply (and typically) points a finger at the media instead. (See: www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/us/politics/senate-intelligence-nunes-leaks.html). When pushed further by pundits in the media to explain their actions, the common response has been "What about her emails?" or "Clinton was a flawed candidate!" In other words, "get over it" seems to the the only response from GOP members of the House.
Let's get this straight- when Hillary Clinton did anything the Right Wing and Trumplings did not approve of, it was "criminal" and "corrupt." When the GOP and Trump are proven to be in the wrong, their refrain remains - "what about Hillary!?" Aren't most Americans about fed up with this "business (of hyper-partisan corruption) as usual?" And what ever happened to the role for Congress (Article I, US Constitution) designed by the Framers to constantly check and balance the authority of the Executive branch? Aren't liberals portrayed by the Right Wing as "Leftist Cucks" and "Snowflakes?" But with Trumplings and their GOP sycophants in Congress, aren't all Americans being conned into being "cucks?" (See: www.gq.com/story/why-angry-white-men-love-calling-people-cucks).
As President Thomas Jefferson once warned, "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." When hyper-partisanship is exercised in the halls of Congress, we no longer have a trust in our representatives - and this is the real threat to our great nation. Tyranny is always just around the corner when politics blurs our peripheral vision! Have a great week!