In THIS third-rate oligarchy? Don’t make me laugh.
And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of “insufficient evidence,” and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness.
In other words, it was a judgment call by James Comey. After laying out clear proof that Mrs. Clinton violated both the letter and the spirit of the law, he essentially punted by saying this is not the kind of case a reasonable prosecutor would make. Of course it isn’t — not if that prosecutor wants to both keep his job and stay above ground. As a moral failure, Comey even surpassed the supine John Roberts, who twice turned down an opportunity to put a stake through Obamacare’s black heart thereby inflicting it upon the American people with the patina of “settled law.”
But Comey had a bigger task: to prevent the nomination of a woman manifestly unsuited to the highest office in the land; a woman of no accomplishment except her sham marriage to a former president (himself impeached, disgraced and disbarred); a woman of Saul Alinsky levels of malevolence toward the nation as founded; and a woman whose candidacy would shame a banana republic in its sheer effrontery.
Ummm…no. Comey’s task was to prevent the First Woman President from being indicted, and he knew that quite well, thanks. He knew his job, and he did it, to the complete satisfaction of his real bosses. Who, y’know, ain’t us, the “public” he supposedly “serves.”
Hence the setup campaign we all just witnessed. The “accidental” meeting on a Phoenix tarmac last week between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton — an outrageous moral violation of the legal system. Lynch’s bold words that she would “accept” the FBI’s recommendations. The FBI’s sudden “invitation” on Saturday to Mrs. Clinton to “voluntarily” submit to examination. Hillary and Obama, all smiles, outcampaigning together this very day. The events of the past week would give any rational person sufficient grounds to believe that the fix was in, and has been all along.
The fix WAS in, right from the start. Some of us knew it all along, because we understand full well what kind of country this really is, and what kind of government we’re subjects of. We expected no more than the slap in the face we just got, the arrogant and scornful insult to any reasonable concept of justice just delivered by “our” government. We’re not clinging to some sweet pipe dream of “democracy” and “liberty” and “the Constitution,” and have no illusions about what relationship those reassuring fantasies have to current reality.
In failing to find sufficient evidence of a crime big enough to derail Hillary’s candidacy, Comey missed the chance to take down the far larger racket that’s strangling America. Dewey succeeded because he was ruthless, euchring Lepke into an electric chair bounce by convincing him to surrender to J. Edgar Hoover personally on federal narcotics charges. But Hoover double-crossed the murderer and turned him over to New York State, which fried him in Old Sparky on a murder beef.
I’ll leave it to others to sort out the electoral ramifications of today’s news, but in the end it’s not going to make a whit of difference. Hillary now cruises to her nomination, taps into the Obama network, and flounces around the country shouting to her true believers that this was just another trumped-up indignity at the hands of the Rethuglican attack machine. She will say — a lie, but she will say it — that she’s now been cleared by the FBI. Who cares that Comey essentially said this woman should never be allowed near a security clearance again; after all, if and when she’s president, she won’t need one.
It doesn’t matter how hard the FBI worked, or how diligent their work was. It doesn’t matter that they sleuthed or sussed out hidden, fragmentary, lost or concealed Clinton emails. It doesn’t matter how they arrived at their conclusion to do nothing. All that matters is that they did nothing.
All that REALLY matters—to them, anyway—is the maintenance of the status quo, and of the unquestioned and unchecked power of the ruling class. Comey knew this. He acted on it, for the preservation not of some fantasy concept of “the republic” or “justice,” but of the ongoing privilege of the people who write his checks. All of which renders Andrew McCarthy’s bafflement the more achingly ludicrous:
There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.
Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.
I think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally, but this makes no sense to me.
There’s a reason for that: it’s because you think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally. If you saw Jim Comey for what he so clearly is—what his actions confirm him to be—there’d be no confusion on your part, and it would all make perfect sense. Jim Comey’s seemingly inexplicable actions to shield Hillary from justice demonstrate that he’s nothing more than a wholly corrupt agent of a wholly corrupt government—one that has no legitimacy, no Constitutional underpinning, and no just claim on the allegiance of a free and self-respecting people.
That may be a painful admission for a man of integrity to make, particularly one whose whole career has been spent supporting a debased and depraved system which at this point is little more than a diseased, scabrous parody of Constitutional government. But admit it you must…or remain “confused” about things that are incandescently obvious to everyone else. And sooner or later, admit it you will. All of us will in the end. We’ll be forced to; there’s simply no way to maintain a cognitive dissonance that deep, penetrating, and resonant forever. Not and remain sane, there isn’t.
For those of you who still don’t get it, I’ll let Zman give you the crip course:
Most everyone reading this is bright enough to know that America was never intended to be a democracy and it is not a democracy today. The Founders imagined a republic composed of sovereign states that would do the bulk of the governing. The Civil War obliterated the sovereignty of the states, thus allowing the Federal government to assume most of the governing. Our state governments perform administrative tasks on behalf of the Federal government, often financed by Federal tax dollars.
It’s tempting to think America is on a long path toward Caesarism, where the institutions of republican government are hollowed out as power is transferred into the hands of an authoritarian. The trouble with that is the modern nation state is too complicated for that sort of autocratic rule. The nation state is a vast bureaucracy today with a semi-permanent staff loyal only to the bureaucracy. They take direction from the executive, but the scope of the government is too massive to control in a fine detail way.
Consider some numbers from the US government. Health and Human Services has about 150 employees who report directly to the president. These are appointees usually brought in the by the Secretary of HHS. The department has 78,000 employees that are civil servants. Most of what HHS does on a daily basis is unknown to the White House staff. Most of it is unknown to bureaucracy itself. An organization of that scale and permanence takes on a life of its own. It’s a giant blob that absorbs what it touches.
This is why we have elections and not much changes. The rhetoric changes and maybe the way the bureaucracy is sold to the public changes a bit. Otherwise, the only thing that changes is the overall size of the state. It always gets bigger. 50 years ago the Feds spent about $4500 per citizen and today they spend close to three times that. This is in inflation adjusted dollars. That’s a lot of elections with nothing ever changing, suggesting something else determines the size and scope of the state.
A better way to think of the modern nation state is as a corporation. The modern publicly traded corporation is setup to profit the owners, who are the stockholders. The people running the corporation, the CEO, the CFO, the senior managers and so forth, are put in place to run the enterprise in the interests of the owners. You, as a stockholder in Apple, want to see the company make money so your stock goes up in value. You don’t get to set company policy, but you have a vote at a shareholder meeting.
Now, the major stock holders have some say in the management of the firm. These are the people who sit on the board and decide who is put in as a CEO or push for a shakeup of the management team when necessary.They are not running the daily operations, but they get to decide who is running the daily operations. Like the small stockholders, they want to see profit so presumably they have the same interests as those small shareholders.Sometimes they have other motives, which are at odds with the shareholders.
The voters of countries are the small shareholders. They have some say in things, but only at the fringes. When the board puts up two candidates for the CEO position, the voters get some input on which one gets the job, but usually both choices are offering the same thing. Whenever there is a shareholder revolt and an alternative option is presented, the members of the board close ranks to fight it. They do this to protect their prerogatives as major shareholders. Even if the people are right, they cannot be allowed to dictate policy to management, much less the board. After all, the corporation is not a democracy.
That’s the state of the West.
All of which makes this country the perfect embodiment of a certain ideal: not of democracy, not of government “of the people, by the people, for the people,” not of a representative republic. None of those. The word you’re looking for here, the ideal we have at long last achieved to the smallest detail and in every way that matters, is fascism.
Deal with it.