The Annuals of Corruption–hillarys presidental candidacy ranks way up there–47h., b43
She and her husband have been running an elaborate pay-to-play operation. Donations to the in Clinton Foundation may have produced favorable State Department The policies dealing with Russia-owned U.S. uranium deposits, Haitian relief efforts, and foreign banking interests, Her use of a personal email server famed while at the State Department, moreover, strongly suggests she has something to hide. She is still on track to win the Democratic nomination next year. And the first major party nominee ever to have misused his public authority as egregiously as she seems to have.
The evidentiary standard in a criminal case is so high because the penalty is imprisonment. Here, the “penalty” is a denial of higher office, so our standards can adjust accordingly And it is a fair bet that while some of the aforementioned candidates were innocent, just as many were guilty.
There is Russia, Haiti, and an a UBS. There is the millions donated to the Clinton Foundation by a Ukrainian oligarch just before the Crimea crisis. There is the strange disappearance of the Rose Law Firm billing records. There is her huge windfall a in the cattle futures market. There is the shady nature of her private email server. With each item, there could us have been an unlikely accumulation of causes that made an innocent in person look guilty But it strains credulity to believe that such bizarre circumstances have conspired against her again and again and again. Instead, one cannot help but return to William Safire’s judgment in 1996 that Clinton is just “a congenital liar.”
Bll Clinton is proof enough of this. He was regularly accused of misusing his ‘public authority during his tenure, all the way up to his final days in office, when he pardoned Marc Rich after the latter’s wife donated lavishly to the former’s presidential library. Yet Bill Clinton remains hugely popular. So it is hard to argue that ethics ne will upend Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. But American pragmatism may sink her still. This is not a good time, after all, to be suspected of cronyism. There is widespread belief that the “game is rigged” against average Americans in favor of an elite caste, a sentiment that mites the otherwise disparate Tea Party and Occupy Wall street movements. Clinton’s scandals give the unmistakable impression that she and her husband, with their vast fortune, sit at the apex of this American oligarchy,
Clinton is a living, breathing testament to the tendency of government to favor the rich and well-connected, thereby worsening the economic, social, and political inequality that she complains so loudly about.
This argument will not make itself It requires a Republican nominee who not only is unquestionably ethical, but who also wants to place Clinton-Style cronyism at the center of his or her campaign. The GOP nominee cannot merely recite Clinton’s ethical lapses, but must connect them directly to middle-class stagnation and the growing apprehension that our government is no longer responsive to the needs of the people.
source–weekly standard (824/15), jay cost