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During his campaign, Donald Trump agreed that Hillary Clinton should be “locked up” for handling classified material on a private e-mail server. FBI Director, James Comey, said Clinton’s actions, while careless, “didn’t amount to a crime.” A complete evaluation of the e-mail server issue indicated a “less a sinister” but “carefully calculated effort to avoid transparency”. In a Sept 30, 2016 article Politico concluded from reading the FBI’s interviews, that Clinton’s team hardly seemed organized enough to mount any sort of sinister cover-up.
Contrast the attempt to avoid transparency of Hillary to the actions of Former General David Petraeus when he headed the Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus, a respected four-star general resigned as CIA director in 2012 amid a criminal investigation. He faced potential felony charges and imprisonment, after the FBI discovered he had provided classified information to his mistress Paula Broadwell, and lied to the FBI about it. Let me repeat! The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency intentionally gave information he admitted was classified to a woman he was sleeping with. He didn’t receive cash payment for the classified information, but he was certainly using the classified information to pay for something.
In his plea agreement, Petraeus admitted to mishandling classified information that was contained in personal notebooks. Petraeus told his mistress, Paula Broadwell, that his notebooks contained “highly classified” information, yet gave them to her. The information didn’t appear in the biography.Then, to make matters worse, Petraeus lied to the FBI during the investigation — a felony that’s punishable by up to five years in prison. He told agents that he never provided or facilitated the provision of classified information to his biographer. Petraeus’s actions, including lying to the FBI, “were in all respects knowing and deliberate, and were not committed by mistake, accident or another innocent reason,” according to the statement of facts accompanying the plea agreement. Petreaus’s guilty charge was under Section 1924 of Title 18 of the United States Code. This section prohibits a government officer or employee who possesses documents or materials containing classified information, who “knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location.”
Clinton’s emails were not marked “classified” at the time they were sent. But officials found “top secret” information in her emails because of a process called “retroactive classification.” That means if there is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information sent on an unclassified system, the State Department can retroactively deem it classified instead of making it public. That means the State Department can categorize something as “classified” for purposes of the FOIA that was not “classified” previously for any other purpose. Thus there is a significant difference between the classified information Petraeus knowingly and deliberately supplied to his mistress, and the e-mails that Hillary sent in the normal course of her position as Secretary of State, that were later classified as classified for purposes of FOIA.
For Donald Trump to seriously consider Petraeus for Secretary of State, the same position held by the person Trump wanted to “lock up,” is outrageous. Petraeus pled guilty to a federal count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Petraeus is still on probation, and will be until April of 2017, over two months AFTER the Trump inauguration. Hillary was never charged with a crime, never gave classified documents to anyone who was not allowed to receive them, and never had to serve probation or pay a fine for anything. Trump’s consideration of the admitted criminal as Secretary of State is a clear indication of his ability to judge character. The affair of Patraeus was a breach of his marriage vows and a clear indication of his flawed character that caused Patraeus to violate federal law. As the director of the CIA he was in one of the most trusted positions in the country. By giving classified information to his mistress he violated his obligation to the American public and his oath of office. For Donald Trump to even consider this criminal for the position of Secretary of State is an indication that Trump should be locked up!
Just when you thought Sarah Palin couldn’t surprise you,…she does. In perhaps the most outrageous remark yet, Sarah Palin has compared her husband to Hillary Clinton’s. In attacking Hillary, Sarah said:
“What they have created, unfortunately, is this message to little girls, young women, that they need Big Daddy Government to provide for them, that they’re incapable of providing for themselves, being independent, and pulling themselves up from the bootstraps and making it,” she continued. “That’s so unfortunate, and it’s the antithesis, really, of feminism and understanding equal rights. It’s just such a ruse.”
Sarah Palin has gone too far. She suggests that she wouldn’t tolerate a husband that is unfaithful, but we know that Todd was not only unfaithful, but worked as a pimp.
Moreover, I personally invited Sarah to deny the allegations of Shailey Tripp, and never got a response.
The New York Times:
President Donald Trump. Three words that were unthinkable to tens of millions of Americans — and much of the rest of the world — have now become the future of the United States. So who is the 45th president of the United States? …After a year and a half of erratic tweets and rambling speeches, we can’t be certain. Here is what we do know: We know Mr Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history. We know that by words and actions, he has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people. We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press. We know he lies without compunction.
The New Yorker
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American president—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.
The unthinkable is only unthinkable until it happens. Then, like the sacking of Rome, it can seem historically inevitable. So it is with the global political earthquake that is the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. If he is true to his campaign pledges, which were many and reckless, Mr Trump’s win will herald America’s most stunning reversal of political and economic orthodoxy since the New Deal in the 1930s, but with the reverse effect. It halts the ailing progressive narrative about modern America and the 21st-Century world in its tracks. It signals a seismic rupture in the American-dominated global liberal economic and political order that had seemed to command the 21st Century after communism collapsed and China’s economy soared.
The Washington Post:
We can’t pretend to optimism that Mr Trump will suddenly shape more rational responses to these problems than he offered on the campaign trail, nor that he will discover a discipline or wisdom he has yet to display. Over the course of his campaign, Mr Trump spoke about jailing Ms Clinton, suing women who accused him of unwanted sexual advances, neutering the speaker of the House and revoking press freedoms. He has spoken of creating a super PAC dedicated to political vengeance. He has promised to deport millions, rip up trade agreements, apply religious tests and sabotage international efforts to fight climate change, each of which would hurt many people.
So what happened is the question that many Americans are asking. I for one, have a confession to make. As much as I have blogged and spoken about my total disgust for Trump, I have not been an outspoken proponent of Hillary Clinton. In the 2008 election I was not a Hillary supporter, but was a precinct captain for Barack Obama. He inspired me to become politically active because he generated hope for a brighter future.
Hillary didn’t inspire me to be a precinct captain, or even put a sign in my yard. I wish that Hillary had been more truthful. I am much more tolerant of a person admitting to a mistake than telling a lie.
It was hard for me to accept the idea that our first female President rose to fame as a result of being the WIFE of the President. While I respect Hillary’s right to stay married to Bill after he publicly humiliated her over,and over again, it was hard to feel good about Hillary as a role model for American women. Hillary has known for a long time that she desired to become the first female President. Did she think that “American voters would simply ignore her use of a private e-mail server for top secret documents? Did she think it wouldn’t matter to us that she accepted donations to her private foundation from foreign countries while she was serving as Secretary of State?
Hillary was not a perfect candidate. In spite of her deficiencies, she was by far preferable to the savage Donald Trump. It wasn’t enough to cast my vote for her. I should have been more proactive in my support of Hillary. The American people have spoken, and the idea of “making America great again” is hard to argue with. For the millions of people who want to make America great again,…I do too. For the millions of Americans who feel total despair this morning that Donald Trump will be our next president, I do too. Trump has been a cancer to America, eating away at everything that makes us great. Even with the most potent chemotherapy it is unclear whether we will survive.
Friedrich Nietzsche said: “WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, MAKES YOU STRONGER.” If we survive as a nation the Presidency of Donald Trump, it will make us stronger. We will learn from our mistakes. We will learn how important it is to be strong advocates for the candidates that best represent our values, regardless of their deficiencies. We will not as a people remain ignorant of the danger of candidates running for the highest office in the land. We must hold our politicians accountable. People in America are fed up with the dysfunction and self-serving agenda of politicians from both parties. If we are to regain our position as the leader of the free world, we must seek out leaders that inspire confidence rather than celebrities that promote dysfunction,violence, and divisiveness.
Bill Clinton made famous the phrase, “It’s the economy stupid!” His point was that the single most important issue for Americans is the economy. In the rush to report on the ongoing pussy-grabbing, e-mail scandals, many have lost sight of the economic issues. Economic issues should be of particular concern given the fact that Trump has declared bankruptcy four times and lives life extravagantly, instead of the modest life style that might lead to economic security.
Nearly 400 economists have signed an open letter to voters denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and telling voters to “choose a different candidate.”
“Donald Trump is a dangerous, destructive choice for the country,” the letter said. “He misinforms the electorate, degrades trust in public institutions with conspiracy theories, and promotes willful delusion over engagement with reality.”
“If elected, he poses a unique danger to the functioning of democratic and economic institutions, and to the prosperity of the country,” the economists wrote.
Nineteen Nobel laureates in economics published a separate open letter endorsing Clinton for president. But this isn’t really news. We’ve been on notice for a long time that Trump presents a dangerous threat to the American economy. Back in May the Atlantic reported that…” a closer look his policy proposals, such as they are, suggests that within his first few years as president, he would more likely make American recessionary again.”