Normally when a major news item breaks, I try to post my insights ASAP. But this past week, I was working some ungodly hours and unable to comment on the two major events of the week: FBI Director James Comey's announcement that no charges would be filed against Hillary Clinton, and the heinous attack on police in Dallas, which left five dead and wounded seven.
Perhaps it is better to have had a few days to ruminate. As my esteemed co-blogger stated, it helps to ponder the various angles and ramifications rather than responding immediately, as today's 24/7 world of the Internet, cable network news and social media demands.
Let's start with Hillary. I must admit, I was somewhat naive in assuming that FBI Director James Comey was beyond reproach and full of integrity. Turns out, the seemingly squeaky clean Comey apparently has succumbed to pressure from above -- a politicized Department of Justice, but ultimately, our corrupt president, by refusing to recommend that Secretary Clinton be prosecuted for her serious transgressions.
Which begs the question: Why? Was Comey threatened? Do the feds have something on him, or did they imply things might be rough for him and his family if he threw the book at Hillary? Or is Comey simply someone who doesn't want to be remembered in the history books as the guy who derailed the candidacy of what would have been our nation's first female president?
Another possibility: Does he only care about his great position, job security and pension? A two-term Hillary would most likely reappoint him as director after his 10-year term ends in 2023. Why stir up trouble by recommending prosecution? The mainstream media and tens of millions of rabid Democrats would demonize and harass Comey to no end if he'd chosen that route. Most people don't want to bring rage and hatred down upon themselves, even if they are as accomplished and intelligent as Mr. Comey.
So where do things stand for Hillary? Well, for her supporters, it's time to acknowledge that she is one of the biggest liars in world history, and has shown horrible judgment and reckless disregard for sensitive information. Some of the emails she handled were stored on gmail servers, and who knows about the servers and email services of recipients of her classified communications. I'd say there's a 99.99 percent chance that the Russians and Chinese have hacked into her communications. We will probably never known how many people in sensitive positions have been abducted, tortured and even executed as a result of her criminal neglect. But partisan fervor runs deep, and millions of Hillary supporters will choose to be ignorant and delusional, and downplay this whole situation as nothing but mean-spirited, bigoted Republicans picking on a woman. Sadly, that kind of vacuous thinking permeates todays Democrat Party.
Getting back to the private email server, the reason Hillary set it up in the first place was not just to skirt Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, but to cover up how her business as Secretary of State was tangled up with the dirty dealings of the Clinton Foundation. The FBI is believed to be delving into the foundation, its donors and whether a clearcut quid pro quo arrangement existed between Hillary and Bill Clinton and foundation donors. But even if the agency finds fire where all of that smoke is coming from, don't expect it to recommend prosecution. One thing that really bugs me, though, is that the FBI did not question Hillary under oath, and did not record its interviews. Unbelievable, but then, it seems like nothing surprises me anymore under this corrupt administration.
Hillary is severely damaged goods, and she will continue to twist in the wind. Many independents will not vote for her, but not all of them will vote for Trump. Some will cast their ballots for third party candidates; others won't vote at all. And it is possible that a few Democrats will sit on their hands, utterly disgusted with their party's nominee. But what the Comey announcement and his subsequent congressional testimony definitely did was pour gasoline on the anti-establishment fire and further embolden the narrative that the system is rigged. This will bode well for the Trump campaign IF the GOP can get a clue about using data bases, computer technology and social media to get out the vote as effectively as the Obama campaign did in the 2012 election.
Now, regarding the men in blue... My prayers and condolences go out to the officers and their families. It was a truly heartbreaking atrocity, made even more so when we learn more about these upstanding men who gave their lives. While President Obama's critical comments about police and racism have certainly worsened things, he's not solely responsible for increasingly volatile relations between blacks and police officers. The tension and shootings such as the ones in Minnesota and Louisiana this past week stem not from government or the police themselves (yes, there ARE a few bad apples wearing blue, but they're in the minority), but from a breakdown in the family structure and a lack of morals.
As I stated last year, there are rogue cops who have committed crimes, and they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Better training and a more rigorous selection process for recruits probably need to be part of the equation.
But more often than not, blacks who are victims of police shootings could have avoided the confrontations if they had not already had a tendency to be confrontational as well as a track record for disobeying the law. The victim in last week's Baton Rouge slaying, Alton Sterling, had a lengthy criminal record, including impregnating a 14-year-old girl when he was 20. That doesn't justify his execution; it simply points out that a proclivity to flout accepted norms of behavior and disrespect law enforcement officials makes it more likely that a person could have a bad experience interacting with police officers. Why is this so difficult for the leftist activists to comprehend?
Although blacks only make up 13 percent of the population, they committed over 50 percent of the homicides between 1980 and 2008, according to U.S. Department of Justice figures. In more recent years, that figure has declined to about 30 percent -- still far higher than blacks' percentage of the population.
Out-of-wedlock births, children being raised in crime-ridden slums without fathers, failing schools and the myriad bad influences of the streets -- alcohol, drugs, gangs, prostitution, and a cancerous rap music culture that glamorizes violence and hatred for police have all contributed to the tensions between police and the communities they serve. Poor lifestyle choices invariably lead to painful longterm consequences.
So now we have millions of young people -- black, white, hispanic -- out marching against the police, and many of them are simply dupes for the left wing militants. They are ignorant, uninformed, easily influenced by demagogues. Threats have been made against police departments nationwide, and more demonstrations are planned. Welcome to the 1960s. There's nothing new under the sun, as they say.
The Republican Convention in Cleveland, coming up in a few days, also holds the potential for more unrest. Fasten your seat belts and hope for the best. It's going to be a rough ride.