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Hillary Clinton has disqualified herself from the presidency.
No matter what your tribal politics may be, after FBI Director James Comey’s withering testimony before Congress on Thursday over her email scandal, there really is no way around it, is there?
She disqualified herself by her own hand.
Mrs. Clinton, former secretary of state, has already proved she can’t be trusted with national secrets. She put those secrets at risk by using a private email server kept in her basement, against security protocol.
That server was likely hacked by foreign intelligence. She failed, miserably, in protecting the secrets of her nation.
So for all this she should be rewarded and promoted and handed the near absolute power of an imperial presidency?
And, she lied to the American people. That much is clear. She lied about what she did and how and why. There are tapes of it floating all about on the internet, lies to reporters, lies in those rare public appearances where she actually takes questions.
Comey also confirmed that she allowed her lawyers — who didn’t have security clearance — to view and assess her vast store of incriminating emails.
Clinton did all this not in the national interest, but in the Hillary interest.
It was all done to keep her presidential candidacy viable. History will tell our children what we already know, that it was always all about Hillary.
And so, it follows, logically, that Mrs. Clinton cannot be president.
The Republicans didn’t do this to her. The mad barbarian Donald Trump, ranting and shouting and mugging like some vulgar late-night TV pitchman, didn’t do it. Thoughtful Democrats who put their country above their ambitions didn’t do it.
Years from now, she may wander the corridors of whatever palace she finds herself in, wringing her hands and muttering nonsense, her hair disheveled in the night, and it won’t change things.
She’s disqualified herself. If she continues to campaign, she may win the election, but she’ll only have power to leverage support, and that isn’t good.
The worst thing in all of this is that any defense of her actions only reinforces a dangerous belief that keeps growing in America, that there are two standards of justice:
One for the citizen suckers like us. And another for the lords and the elites, like the Clintons.
That is extremely risky, especially now, with the country in a volatile, anti-establishment mood, after years in which a sizable portion of the electorate has remained unemployed or underemployed, and marginalized and ridiculed by the servants of the ruling elites.
A nation that values a commonly held belief in the obligations of leadership couldn’t ever elect someone like this. Advocating for someone like this would be seen as shameful.
Only a corrupt nation could do so, a nation that values a Chicago-style political payoff more than it values a belief that leaders should be held to ethical standards.
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