Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bye Bye, Republic

I think that Hillary Clinton would be well served by affiliating with James Comey in an even more official capacity by appointing him to serve as her attorney general or perhaps including him in her run for the White House as her choice for vice president. The pretense at a rule of law vanished and with it the capacity to rely on codified statutes as a guide to conduct. Now, laws change from day to day and hour to hour, so that whether you are punished or vindicated does not depend on what you do, but who you know, or how much you are able to pay.
I'd say that pretty much sums it up, and welcome to the Banana Republic.

Unleash the Monkeys!



LindaG said...

Not much else to say.

LL said...

You'd better learn to lie, cheat and steal so as to be able to set above the law in a thugocracy - like Mexico, or North Korea, or any of a number of African nations (of the sort Barack calls his second home). Hire armed guards (legal and encouraged for the right sort of people who are willing to play ball).

That's what Director Comey - or should I say Vice President Comey - told us yesterday. Welcome to the new world.

(one take on it)

Mattexian said...

I'm thinking ahead here, but if Hillary (hrk, ptewy!) wins, then eventually she'll leave (as prophecied in "Demolition Man," so Chelsea can get in), what will her presidential library look like? Won't it just be a giant, perpetual bonfire, destroying her books, papers, and other records?

LL said...

Fahrenheit 451...

Fredd said...

As Yogi Berra, one of the most brilliant men on the planet, once quipped: 'it ain't over 'till it's over.'

She's not in the Oval Office yet. Not yet.

A few more hurdles for the old crone, such as the general election. The Donald can play hardball, too. And then there's her health - if there is any justice in the world, she will simply drop dead.

Listen to Yogi. This is not a done deal. Not yet.

Theodore said...

The aspect of this whole mess that really gets my goat is that every first year law student is taught about mens rea (intent) for criminal law and the difference in laws between crimes requiring a specific mens rea (intentional murder, rape), lower mens rea (manslaughter - only needs reckless actions) and those that don't (strict liability crimes (ex. statutory rape, speeding, etc.). The statute in this debacle specifically calls for a "gross negligence" standard in order for the statute to be broken. Her extreme carelessness definitely qualifies to meet this standard. Comey's assertion that she didn't have intent and therefore he wasn't recommending charges is completely at odds with the law. Again, any first year law student who was given this question on an exam and didn't prosecute would fail. This is Law 101. Either Comey was bought off or he didn't want to end up like Vince Foster. Or it's just one more nail in the legal/judicial coffin that we've experienced under Obama (Supreme Court decisions uphold Obamacare, gay marriage, etc.).

We're doomed.