Hillary Clinton's real "culture of corruption"
By Christopher G. Adamo
Of course the real nature of the Craig scandal, especially since it is not an isolated occurrence, indicates a problem in political circles that America must address if it is to restore confidence in the behavior and reliability of its political leaders.
Otherwise, no real "house cleaning" can take place, and the system will continue in its current dysfunctional state, with untoward behavior being condemned or exonerated, based not on the manner of that behavior, but rather on the political leanings and connections of the perpetrators.
To begin with, Senator Craig's malfeasance was abhorrent, but while it should be universally held as incompatible with the expected conduct of a United States Senator, it does not represent an individual act of "corruption" on Craig's part. Nor does it bolster the case for Nancy Pelosi's branding of a "culture of corruption" within the entire Republican conference on Capitol Hill.
In complete contrast to past behavior among Democrats, Republicans have consistently responded to the sad regularity of such revelations of malfeasance by purging their ranks, even occasionally to excess.
When Ronnie Earle, an out of control county prosecutor and Democrat hack from Travis County, Texas, finally indicted former Representative Tom Delay after a lengthy episode of grand jury shopping, Delay's congressional colleagues immediately deposed him from his position as Majority Whip. Thus the Democrats gained leverage in determining the makeup of Republican leadership through nothing short of subversive means.
It is here that the profound difference between "scandal" and "corruption" can be underscored, as well as the latter's elevation from a handful of unfortunate events to an institutionalized behavioral norm, a brazen "culture" of accepted, established, and protected abuses.
Unlike their feigned dismay over the Craig situation, Democrats have had little to say in criticism or condemnation of Hillary, former President Bill Clinton, Representative William Jefferson (D.-LA), Representative Barney Frank (D.-MA), Jack Murtha (D.-PA), Senator Harry Reid (D.-NV), Senator Diane Feinstein (D.-CA).
In contrast, these individuals and their crimes are lauded by the left, while any critics are savagely attacked, often on a personal basis. Among such people the unrestrained corruption does indeed represent a political "culture."
The principal subject of any such discussion is, of course, Hillary Clinton. Her actions, along with those of her husband, transcend any standards of personal lapses and demonstrate the poisoning effects of illicit activity on the entire political system. Such is the inevitable result if perpetrators have no scruples limiting their efforts to advance themselves, and no legal restraints imposed to protect society from their ravages.
Of course Hillary understands the effects, at least in the short term, of responding with shameless audacity. This explains why she never displays guilt or remorse. No matter how blatant the transgression, she simply smirks a denial or offers her mocking "don't recall" retort. To date, her adversaries possess insufficient fortitude to follow up. Those hoping for justice become demoralized, and her outrages continue unabated.
But unlike the Larry Craig and David Vitter situations, in which no harm came to any other than those who chose to participate in the sordid dalliances, the Clintons and their cronies deliberately warped and perverted the entire governing system to protect themselves and their interests, ultimately at the expense of innocent associates and eventually, all America.
Real America knows that, in the event of her election to the Presidency, the nation can only expect more of the same.
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and staff writer for the New Media Alliance. He lives in southeastern Wyoming. He has been active in local and state politics for many years. His contact information and archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com.
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