Hillary comes full circle

August 23, 2015

HillaryWatergateIt was 2 a.m. in a London apartment that I first saw the signs of the 1994 Republican wave that was to sweep across one U.S. Congressional district after another.  Scrolling across the bottom of the flickering 13” screen was a victory check mark indicating that previously unknown Boeing contract administrator Todd Tiahrt had just defeated 9 term incumbent and well liked Democrat Dan Glickman for the right to represent the Kansas 4th Congressional district.

With the internet still an infant and CNN international the only news available, for the next 5 hours I might as well have been on the dark side of the moon.  By breakfast, the papers were on the stands.  I bought one of each and then proceeded to kick myself for being four thousand miles from home during the biggest political shift in decades.

Throughout the day and into the pub hours I kept getting asked:  Why?  What had happened “across the pond” that for the first time in decades, the Republican Party now controlled both congressional chambers?

To which I had a one word answer:  Hillary.  Explaining how the impetus for the anger began with an unelected Hillary Clinton trying to force upon the voters a top down, government mandated health system.  Instinctively they knew the intrusions into their privacy to come and they made clear they wanted no part of it.

In less than half a pint my British friends understood and for the rest of the evening I listened to one National Health Service horror story after another and how anyone who could manage it purchased private insurance to escape the government system.

Combine that “Hillarycare” debacle with her less than stellar performance as a staffer on the Watergate committee twenty years earlier, add some magical cattle futures profits, toss in the Rose Law firm records miraculously appearing in the White House residence nearly two years after being subpoenaed, the Travelgate purge, the real war she waged against women that dared speak out on the behavior of her husband, and the ethically challenged, political piranha portrait that emerges is anything but flattering.

So it comes as no surprise that when she began her stint as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to ignore Presidential direction and set up a private server in her home that bypassed the required government systems.  She has always thought herself above the laws and rules of the peasants, why should her emails be any different?

Her “don’t you someday want to see a woman President?” is less about America being past due for a Madame President, then it is that she’s tolerated 2nd chair for over 40 years and by God she’s owed.

So don’t you dare start asking questions about what security her private email server had or what classified information passed through it, or why was it transferred to a mom and pop tech company operating out of a loft apartment in Denver, Colorado or why it appears to be professionally scrubbed of any relevant information.  Such questions are insignificant in comparison to the glorious greater good that would be a Hillary Presidency.

And thus, Hillary Clinton’s political career now comes full circle.

During the 1974 Watergate hearings, Senator Howard Baker (R, TN) asked the seminal question “What did the President know and when did he know it?”

With the FBI and its fiercely independent director James Comey now in charge of Hillary’s erased server, it is only a matter of time before the question “Who gave the order to wipe it and when was it given?” finds its way into future history books as the moment that the Presidency of the United States of America, permanently slipped through the grasp of one Hillary Rodham Clinton.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: A version of this column first appeared in the August 23, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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