Is there a difference or is it semantics? In some ways, yes and in others, no because corruption is corruption and detrimental to America, her citizens, and our future. It speaks worlds about the condition of our system but possible even more about who we have become as a people and a nation. I do not want this to be a railing indictment against everyone and on our entire system of government but an unveiling of the reality and destructiveness of the corruption of today in politics and the politics of corruption.
One of the most recent examples of the power of corruption in politics was the decision of the FBI Director James Comey to ignore a plethora of facts and opt to let Hillary Clinton off with only a backdoor reprimand for carelessness. We know that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly displayed incredible contempt for “rules” in her pursuit of political objectives. Mr. Comey had to overlook the fact, not theory, that she had her staff set up her private server on the very day she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in her confirmation hearing to become Secretary of State. That smacks with intent and most definitely demonstrates contempt for “the rules”, even if she did not know this was in direct violation of many regulations and even laws, her staff most assuredly did. Were they too fearful of her to address the issue or did they proceed knowing full well that she knew and was determined to have her scheme to hid from the public and congressional eyes enacted?
The motto that is on display in the main portico of the Supreme Court is “Equal Justice under Law.” The saying, “The Law is no respecter of persons” is a mantra and motto that has long existed in our nation and yet, Hillary Clinton and others seem to be exempt for reasons unknown or because of the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics. Our founding fathers adamantly fought to ensure that “No one could be the judge in his/her own case.” Yet, Hillary Clinton repeatedly litigated her case in the media, destroyed records, and lied to congress and the public, as well as the FBI. But with regard to the latter, the director revealed that Hillary was not formally interviewed and was not under oath. AMAZING is a word to describe that decision for it would appear that the director made the decision to take perjury off the table and not give Hillary a chance to lie by not placing her under oath. Why? Again, if it is not the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics, what is it?
The New York Post published an article stating that FBI agents who worked on the Hillary Clinton case are privately upset and believe that Loretta Lynch, possibly with instructions from her boss, struck a deal with Bill Clinton in their private meeting about their grandchildren. How we get from grandchildren to Hillary Clinton’s email illegalities is a leap but if you believe their meeting was just “chit-chat” I have some prime Oceanfront property in the middle of the Arizona desert I’d like to offer you at a very appealing price. In fact, the agents had to sign “Case Briefing Acknowledgement” forms silencing them unless called to testify under oath. Again, is this an example of the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics, whichever you prefer to call it?
Can we ignore the pork in politics? How many of those elected to political office begin their terms in Washington with meager financial portfolios and leave Washington as multi-millionaires garnering influential and powerful positions in corporations or become powerful lobbyist where millions of dollars flow to their accounts? Can we ignore the cronyism that the current president has been involved especially with regard to the so-called “green energy” industry? Can we ignore the activism by justices of the Supreme Court and lower courts? Can we ignore the backdoor funding of terrorist organizations by this administration or the diabolical and failed efforts of things like “Fast and Furious” where American lives have been lost and the world made more dangerous? Can we ignore the promise for transparency by this administration and the repeated failure to fully disclose information that is lawfully required by law? Can we ignore the hefty sums of money contributed to political candidates by foreign governments and nationals who have a demonstrated disrespect if not hatred for America and our way of life? Can we ignore the blatant disregard for America and Americans in cases like Benghazi where repeated lies were advanced for political purposes and the apparent decision that sacrificing American lives for political purposes was, in their minds, both acceptable and justifiable? IF WE CAN then that speaks more about our condition than it does about the opportunism of corrupt politicians. We will be answering those questions in November and what we answer will speak of our condition and be prophetic as to our future.
Alexis de Tocqueville sounded a warning and one we must heed if we are to succeed in protecting, preserving and defending the Republic. He said: “When the taste for physical pleasures in such a nation grows more speedily than education or the habit of liberty, a time occurs when men are carried away and lose self-control at the sight of the new possessions they are ready to grasp. … There is no need to wrench their rights from such citizens, they let them slip voluntarily through their fingers. The exercise of their political duties seems to them a tiresome nuisance.”
America, when we allow politicians through corruption to pervert our entire system and buy votes we have ceded our Republic to corruption. Benjamin Franklin made an alarming prediction on the last day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 saying: “I agree to this Constitution…and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.” He was not promoting despotism but feared it knowing humanity propensity for “self-interest” and susceptibility to “corruption.” Thomas Jefferson echoed those concerns and advanced his fears saying: “The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the governments into the jaws of that which feeds them.” Then James Madison made a statement that should send chills down the spine of every Freedom Loving Patriot as he said: “If Congress can employ money indefinitely, for the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, the establishing in like manner schools throughout the union; they may assume the provision of the poor…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.”
America, we have allowed corrupt people to ascend to the highest elected offices in the land and we have allowed them to use corrupt means to gain and keep power while reducing our rights and privileges as Americans under God and the Constitution. We have allowed the evolution of this condition and it is up to us to STOP IT and RETURN to the principles and expectations upon which this nation was established. We can continue to allow the Politics of Corruption or the Corruption of Politics to rule and lose the Republic or we can UNITE, grab our brooms and SWEEP CONGRESS CLEAN of the corruption. That cannot be done in one election or even one lifetime but if we do not begin now we may relegate our posterity to the slavery of tyranny. I cannot do that with a clear conscience.
God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!