The Hillary Clinton e-mail debacle makes for great fodder for the chattering class, political operatives, and, even foreign governments. For an overwhelming majority of Americans, however, the former Secretary of State is, at best, a political footnote. It’s just another dumb thing done by a power-hungry politician that, in Hillary Clinton’s case, only cares about one thing: becoming the first woman president of the United States.
If you must follow e-Mailgate the sideshow, keep in mind that it is not about e-mail, but rather one more symptom of the lawlessness that has characterized the Obama Administration the last few years. These people came to Washington, DC in 2009 to put in effect “change,” whatever that means, and in the process set out from day one to isolate the Congress and do as much as they could via executive action.
Drunk with their new-found power, the Democratic Congress played along from 2009 to 2011, affording the “change” agents a patina of political and legal legitimacy that resulted in the largest and unconstitutional power grab by the federal government since the New Deal, centralized controlled healthcare.
Wisely sensing the power shift by the hard left, enough Republicans and independents pushed back. In 2012 the new House of Representatives was sworn in with a Republican Speaker and, a few years later, in 2015, the Senate had its first Republican leader since Obama took office. Logic would dictate that Obama would try to find common ground with the new leadership, and in some cases he has.
Ambassadors with dubious qualifications, embassy security, Benghazi, Syria, Egypt, Libya, the Iran nuclear deal, and as a recent Washington Examiner report detailed, Cuba foreign policy for sale; all of these foreign policy failures, require a lot more coordinated Congressional sunshine. The problems are bigger than just a corrupt former Secretary of State and President, it goes to the heart of separation of powers and the failure of many political appointees to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Congress needs to scrub programs as well as the acts of political appointees at the State Department that have abused the diplomatic service to help the Clintons and Obama advance a radical global agenda that has put U.S. interests in the trunk of the car and, in the process, enriched many people along the way. As the few reports coming from the House Select Committee on Benghazi illustrates, some of this work will make for dull political theatre; however, it must be done and at a much more robust clip.
The Clintons use public office to advance a perverse soft leftism, but mostly for personal gain. Whitewater. The Rose Law firm. Hillary Clinton’s secret health care meetings at the White House. The Clinton Foundation. Uranium One. And, the most egregious abuse of power for personal gain, the Clinton Global Initiative where, if Congress cares to dig deeper, they’ll likely find plenty of more examples of “US Foreign Policy For Sale.” e-Mailgate is fruit from that Clinton tree. They are reminders that Mrs. Clinton was not fit to be Secretary of State. It is also an early warning to the Democratic Party that they need to find the courage to nominate someone other than the Clinton machine for the 2016 presidential campaign.