HIllary Clinton now has time on her hands and, according to what we understand about charitable foundations, that’s great for the world’s impoverished. It must have been quite the distraction from this Foundation’s noble goal to have one of its namesakes so tied up with an electoral pursuit.
When I was in high school, if a teacher suspected a kid of cheating, he or she could follow a course of specific actions intended to lead to the truth.
The doubting teacher had the right to administer an exam in a more controlled setting, perhaps alone in a room. If the student performed as well, his reputation was restored and he would be vindicated. The flip-side? If he did not, then the suspicion was justified and consequences followed swiftly.
That brings us to a post-electoral era in which the Clinton Foundation is in a position to demonstrate its nobility. Yes, the teacher –the American public— has sufficient evidence to suspect cheating. The FBI has said as much, as if common sense hadn’t.
But, giving the Clintons the benefit of the doubt would be a telling exercise in political science taught for years to come.
Let’s be judge and jury. Instead of condemning the Foundation and the Clintons, let’s see if, free of distraction, the Clinton Foundation might now flourish as never before. The Clintons speaking calendar should be open and money should come rolling in.
If there was no “pay to play,” which the Clintons passionately insisted, then speaking fees should stay the same and engagements should be at least as frequent, maybe more so. Foreign nations and wealthy individuals should be upping the endowment of this fine institution.
Yes, the teacher should put them in a room and see how the test goes in a controlled environment.
Let’s measure how those two energetic fundraisers perform in the the next two years and compare it with the past two.
If the results are the same, or better, the teacher’s suspicion was wrong. If the student doesn’t fare as well, what other proof do you want? This will be a great experiment, provided of course it’s not interrupted by, say, an indictment.
Yes, I am for investigations and independent prosecutors. The Clintons’ treasonous behavior shouldn’t be allowed to pass with impunity. There is too much at stake. But, in the meantime, let’s apply common sense.
Citizens throughout the land believe there are two sets of rules. Such an audit will help us determine if that’s the case.
Mending fences and bringing people back together after a strange and vicious electoral season is important. But, pardoning the Clintons or ignoring their trespasses against the public trust would only cause more suspicion regarding a “rigged” system.
Ironically, it may wind up being that the Clintons’ insatiable lust for power and money was, in fact, what kept her from the White House. Had the corruption not been so flagrant, this country might have been saying, “Mrs. President,” in January.
Let me be clear. This is not the only reason Hillary Clinton lost. Her corruption, along with failed policies of the incumbent, was the coup de grace.
The scary part of the results? Clinton still won the popular vote. This is not the time to celebrate but the time to get to work.
That work should not be Donald Trump’s alone. That would be the gravest of errors.
The fact that many of the President-elect’s adversaries did not care about limits on Executive power provides no license for him, or us, to behave the same.
No, Congress needs to reacquaint itself with its formidable delegated powers under Article I of the Constitution and, by comparison, the quite smaller duties of the Executive in Article II. We too, as a people, need to be involved in this mission and insist upon a Constitutional Republic with elected leaders held in check by the parchment barriers that give them legitimate authority to lead us.
When leaders take advantage of their position by lining their own pockets at the public expense or exceeding their Constitutional mandate then the thread which holds our society together is frayed.
Therefore, the Clinton Foundation scandal cannot now be forgotten and why the excesses of each succeeding President cannot be tolerated.
Holding those within our Government accountable and limiting our Government to the powers we have delegated to it are essential to the preservation of the Republic.
Only then do we have a real chance of a more stable ship of state with Liberty and Justice for all our continued mantra.