Over 200 years ago Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre, said it best, “Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” (Every nation has the Government it deserves.)
After the remarkable – some would say reprehensible – events of last week regarding the decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with any crime at all for her handling of State Department emails there was much talk about how wrong it is to have two standards of justice. While unequal justice is certainly wrong, in reality it is only a symptom of what ails America. The real problem America must face is the acceptance by so many of what our government’s leaders do.
We are a democratic republic. We elect our leaders. We should have the power to hold them accountable, but more and more we don’t. Did Hillary Clinton receive special treatment? It’s pretty obvious to any objective voter that she did. The problem is that so many voters, especially Democratic voters, either don’t view things objectively or worse, don’t care. She is going to be the Democratic nominee for President. Consider what is absolutely known about Hillary Clinton. Not just her failed policies or likely corruption. It is the fact that she lies to us and has for a long, long time.
William Safire, a long-time political columnist for the New York Times, went so far as to call her a “congenital liar,” back in 1996. She’s not even a very good liar as shown by all the times she’s been caught in lies both big and small. Most lately there is the laundry list of lies revealed by the Director Comey of the FBI regarding her personal server. Yet still she has at least a 5% lead nationwide over Donald Trump in the latest national polls and vast support among Democratic voters. That so many voters can ignore her obvious dishonesty does not bode well for our future.
Some might say voter acceptance of lower standards for our government officials started when President Bill Clinton was not convicted after his impeachment. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, both of which he was guilty, but our elected leaders, elected by voters who should have demanded justice, decided that these charges did not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. What is telling here is that even after this and the obvious lies Bill Clinton told the country about his behavior with Monica Lewinsky his approval rating stayed high with Democrats. At one point after he left office he was viewed favorably by 66% of all Americans. If you accept lower standards and bad behavior from elected officials, that is exactly what you will get.
The Clintons aren’t the only examples of the public tolerating lies and bad behavior by elected officials. Far from it. Barrack Obama, after a pretty dismal first four years, was returned to office in 2012. Policy failures alone should have kept him from a second term, ISIS was born, racial tension increased, the work non-participation rate rose to a record high, median income stagnated, and Obama Care was already demonstrating it couldn’t work. The President also tolerated, if not encouraged, bad behavior by those under him. His first Attorney General was found in contempt of Congress. Under his leadership the IRS targeted political opponents. Government agencies overstepped their authority, and the NSA tapped reporters’, like James Rosen’s, phones. The State Department and IRS stonewalled investigations under the Freedom of Information Act and by Congress itself. The President himself has repeatedly and deliberately lied to us, most famously when he promised we could keep our doctor and our health plan. He and his whole administrations deliberately misled the country about the cause of the Benghazi attacks. To date there have been no consequences for anyone for anything. Yet thanks to Democrat voters Obama’s favorable ratings are still over 50%, mostly thanks to Democrat support. They just don’t care what their leaders do. And that’s the danger we face.
To what degree this is because they don’t know what is going on thanks to a biased media is hard to determine. The information, however, is out there for anyone who really cared. Sadly some, especially Democrats, vote for their personal well-being instead of the well-being of the country as a whole. Certainly many of those receiving government assistance must figure the Democrats are more likely to increase the benefits they receive so they ignore their leaders’ wrong doing. Finally way too many voters are what Lenin called “useful idiots” who actually drink the Kool-Aide the Democrat party and other progressives are peddling.
In the final analysis it is these voters that are getting the government they deserve, but they are dragging the rest of us along with them. Republican voters finally rose up and voted for an outsider when their establishment leaders broke promise after promise. We can only hope enough Democrats wake up to all the failed policies and assurances of their leaders and also vote for a more responsible government. We should do anything we can to sow the seeds of doubt about the status quo and plant the idea that our country deserves better in the minds of any Democrat or Independent voter who may still be open to reality. This election cycle may be our last chance to get an improved government. Whatever happens, America will end up with the government we deserve.
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