I haven’t talked about this before, because it’s hard to type when you’re stunned.
I love all the people who say that it doesn’t matter, that we all already knew this, that …
Guys, no. We didn’t all already do this. And if the dems all already knew this, they should make a pilgrimage, barefoot and in sack cloth to Nixon’s grave and beg his pardon, because what he did in bugging the opponent’s political offices didn’t include (Adding some stuff we’ve found the last year and a half):
-collusion and help from a sitting president.
-the concoction of a foreign attachment to the opponent to smear him and undermine his presidency.
-the use of our law enforcement agencies to spy on someone’s campaign.
-the leaking of entirely made up “salacious information” to the media, using people whose position should prevent their stooping that low.
-the use of the DOJ to exonerate someone who plainly and clearly broke the law, in a way that any American with security clearance would be in Levenworth for.
I can’t claim I didn’t know the Dems were dirty, and way dirtier than the Republicans. I knew they were because it stands to reason. Part of the reason I’ve always (but once) voted Republican, even for candidates that were in fact democrats like McCain was this precisely: the press will cover for dems but not for republicans. So even if you assume at some point in the distant past they both got up to the same exact sheneningans, the republicans being constantly caught, or even accused of crazy stuff at random, means they’d watch themselves all the time and limit corruption, because they’d be afraid of getting caught.
The Dems on the other hand, could lead dissolute public and private lives with no fear. And therefore they did.
Look, I’m not a political innocent. Never had a chance to be. As early as I started thinking about politics, it was during a revolution and … well… you see things very clearly then.
And coming here, I saw that the dems were using exact speeches I’d heard communists deliver the week before. Note I’m not saying same talking points. I’m saying same speeches, in another language. Maybe that’s why Comey said that Trump gets his speeches from Russia. Maybe they have, for years. After all the left ALWAYS projects.
So this shouldn’t be a shock.
Except it is. America means nothing if it doesn’t mean the rule of law applies equally to both sides.
Heinlein said — and was right — that when people stop believing in he rule of law, society is broken.
And maybe that’s why the media is pedaling so hard. They think they can make us believe again and then everything will be fine.
They don’t get that part of what cost Hillary the presidency was that a lot of Americans have or had clearance and know the rules, and know what would happen to them if they did what she did, intent or no intent. It wasn’t the crime, it was her being allowed to skate on this, that made people mad enough to vote against her. Millions of people who otherwise would not have voted went to the polls. But they don’t get that. They think they can wave everything away because they have for years.
In a way it reminds me of publishing, where if you say something against a darling, they demand you apologize and — as we saw during SP — blare that we’ll never work in this town again.
They don’t seem to get that for most of us our careers aren’t artifacts of “my house pushed and helped me” but rather “I succeeded in the face of their despising me and hating me” and “granted only so far, but now I have indie, so this is my middle finger for you and all your compadres.”
They don’t get, either in the media, in the politics, or in publishing, that the gate is firmly locked, but the wall has fallen.
The wall has fallen — thank G-d almighty, the wall has fallen — and they hold NOTHING in their hands.
They also don’t seem to understand the only way to cleanse the body politico is to come down hard and fast on everyone who openly and clearly breaks the law and has broken the law. It’s the only way to save any power, any structure, any traditional respect for the law.
This is a critical moment for the republic. Things have been revealed that even I would think were borderline fever swamp three years ago. And yet everyone is pretending everything is normal.
I’ve said before the book for our times is Puppet Masters.
They think they can carry on the masquerade forever.
Build under, build over, build around.
The rule of law not only hit the iceberg, but steerage is filling with water.
And yet in the salon of the would-be elite the music plays on and there’s a squabble over what type of fork to use to eat oysters.