Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hillary...3 strikes and your out

It never ceases to amaze me how it is that some politicians can avoid jail sentences for violating laws that anyone of us would be put behind bars if caught for the same or similar crimes.  Now Hillary Clinton has been caught numerous times and yet she is treated as if the laws she has violated were minor indiscretions punishable by a slap on the wrists.  Why, I can recall Hillary's blatant disregard for immigration laws where she and Senator Ted Kennedy openly aided and abetted illegal aliens to circumvent laws that are punishable by fines and long jail terms yet no one seems to hold her accountable.  Why is that?  Well what caught my eye this morning was the following headline, "Hillary 2.0"...  Now I didn't think of it as a 2nd semester credit but rather a strike as in baseball.  The author, Thomas Sowell, whom I admire immensely, reminds us of Hillary (and husband Bill) at an earlier time when Hillary was enjoying her first semester as First Lady stonewalling the Congress and the American people over documents not submitted...like the grade school excuse, she will use the, 'the dog ate my homework' way out or talk in circles until the allotted time has run out...any way you look at it, she gets off scot free.  But maybe time is running out on Hillary because we have a new way of keeping score.  My prediction is, when Thomas Sowell pens 'Hillary 3.0' it's three strikes and you're out...hopefully she'll be sent to the bull-pen* and not the dugout. ~ Norman E. Hooben
*As in penitentiary
Hillary 2.0
by Thomas Sowell
Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders’ complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.  But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails.
Thomas Sowell

One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration’s foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
An even bigger issue is whether high officials of government can ignore the law and refuse to produce evidence when it is subpoenaed. If they can, then the whole separation of powers — the checks and balances in the Constitution — gives way to arbitrary government by corrupt officials who are accountable to no one.
This is not the first time Hillary Clinton has defied the law to cover up what she had done. When Bill Clinton was president, back in the 1990s, both he and Hillary developed the strategy of responding to charges of illegal actions on their part by stalling and stonewalling when either courts or Congress tried to get them to produce documents related to these charges.
Hillary claimed then, as now, that key documents had disappeared. Her more recent claim that many of her e-mails had been deleted was just Hillary 2.0. Only after three years of stalling and stonewalling on her part has the fact finally come out this year that those e-mails could be recovered, and now have been.
By this time, however, Hillary and her supporters used the same tactics that both Clintons used back in the 1990s — namely, saying that this was old news, stuff that had already been investigated too long, that it was time to “move on.”
That was Hillary 1.0. More recently Hillary 2.0 said, melodramatically, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
One of the things that the former Secretary of State was now trying to cover up was the utter disaster of the Obama administration’s foreign policy that she carried out in Libya.
Having intervened in Libya to help overthrow the government of Muammar Qaddafi, who was no threat to America’s interests in the Middle East, the Obama administration was confronted with the fact that Qaddafi’s ouster simply threw the country into such chaos that Islamic terrorists were now able to operate freely in Libya.
Just how freely was shown in September 2012, when terrorists stormed the compound in Benghazi where the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was staying. They murdered him and three other Americans who tried to defend him.
Moreover, the terrorists did not even have to go into hiding afterwards, and at least one of them was interviewed by journalists. That’s how chaotic Libya had become.
Meanwhile, there was an American presidential election campaign in 2012, and Barack Obama was presenting himself to the voters as someone who had defeated Al Qaeda and suppressed the terrorist threat in the Middle East.
Obviously the truth about this attack could have totally undermined the image that Obama was trying to project during the election campaign, and perhaps cost him the White House. So a lie was concocted instead.
The lie was that the attack was not by terrorists — who supposedly had been suppressed by Obama — but was a spontaneous protest demonstration against an American video insulting Islam, and that protest just got out of control.
Now that Hillary Clinton’s e-mails have finally been recovered and revealed, after three years of stalling and stonewalling, they showed explicitly that she knew from the outset that the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and others was not a result of some video but was a coordinated terrorist operation.
Nevertheless, Hillary 2.0, along with President Obama and national security advisor Susan Rice, told the world in 2012 that the deaths in Benghazi were due to the video, not a terrorist organization that was now operating freely in Libya, thanks to the policy that got rid of the Qaddafi government.
Yet that key fact was treated by the media as old news, and what was exciting now was how well Hillary 2.0 outperformed the Congressional committee on television. If the corruption and undermining of the American system of Constitutional government eventually costs us our freedom, will the media say, “What difference does it make now?”

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

See also...
5 Hillary scandals the media is missing


Barry Vech said...

She is not held accountable because the press refuses to do its job. Look how long it took them to go after Weiner's atrocious behavior. They have D's after their name, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Barry Vech said...

She is not held accountable because the press refuses to do its job. Look how long it took for them to deal with Weiner, even after the atrocious behavior he exhibited. They have D's after their name and that makes all the difference in the world.