Hillary Clinton Election 2016 Credibility

Last Friday, the FBI pulled the oldest political trick in the book: the Friday document dump. And not just any Friday, but the Friday before a long holiday weekend. The biggest problem with this? The FBI is not supposed to be a political entity.

Our founding fathers designed our government to be a series of checks and balances. The main checks and balances are, of course, the three branches of government, however we do also have entities such as the Department of Justice, the IRS, and the FBI, which are supposed to be non-political and should be able to help uphold our laws evenly. Unfortunately under the Obama administration, it seems no part of government is above politics. The IRS targeting of conservative groups and the Department of Justice choosing cases based on Obama’s political agenda instead of the law are two examples of this. But the FBI is an entity most Americans were hoping would truly be above politics, and it has proven not to be.

I am not going to go through all of the damning details of what Hillary Clinton did with her email server as well as her Clinton Foundation/State Department’s improper connections. All of the information is out there for any intellectually honest person who wishes to know what is going on. It would take up pages and pages to go through it all. The bottom line is, there is substantial proof that she lied under oath, obstructed justice, and destroyed evidence, including government records that were not hers to destroy. When she made the decision to use one email and one server for all her private and work emails, she gave up the right to privacy of her personal emails. ALL emails from that server and email became public property. But it didn’t matter for Hillary Clinton because she is above the law, and doesn’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

As disturbing and corrupt as her behavior is, it is not the most concerning thing to me. She is a corrupt politician. She is not the first, nor will she be the last corrupt politician. It is in human nature for some people to obtain a position of power and then believe they are above the laws. It is a god-complex. That is why you see so many celebrities, politicians, and athletes breaking the law and doing horrible things. It is because the money and fame and power goes to their heads and they believe they are above consequence or reproach. Our founding fathers knew of this, and designed our government to protect against this part of human nature.

But all that seems to be failing now. It worked for 240 years, and it is now all coming to an end. Hillary Clinton is walking proof that our government is completely and utterly, 100% corrupt. The laws are NOT enforced the same for the rich and powerful as they are for the regular folks. There ARE in fact people in our country, one in particular, who actually is above the law because she has enough people in the government who are willing to cover for her. The thing I do not understand is why so many people are willing to go down for her, willing to sacrifice their professional as well as personal reputation for her, and willing to sacrifice the reputation of an entire governmental department for her.

The FBI is supposed to be independent. James Comey is supposed to be a man of integrity. But he has proven not to be, and the department has proven to be in the pocket of the current administration. This will be James Comey’s legacy: the man who sold out the FBI to protect a politician. When you look at all of the evidence there is against Clinton, all of the discrepancies in her stories, the use of Bleach Bit, the lying under oath, and the fact that emails were erased AFTER there was a subpoena telling the Clinton team to retain ALL emails from that server, it does not take an expert to recognize that there is AMPLE evidence that there in fact was intent and that laws were broken. Yet no charges will be filed. She will not even have her security clearance revoked, which would be the absolute least that would happen to any other American who did what she did. There are no consequences whatsoever.

The minute that the system of checks and balances in America breaks is the minute that the public ceases to have any faith in government. That is the point where we are at right now. That is why the Republican party nominated Donald Trump. That is why the Democratic party, had the primary not been rigged, would have possibly nominated Bernie Sanders. People are fed up. People have had it. At least, a good portion of Americans have.

Hillary has been sinking in the polls, but she is still ahead. She still has a very good chance of becoming our next president. And when she does, she will continue her corruption. We will have four years of scandals and lies, and Hillary blaming everyone else and crying “right-wing conspiracy”. And she will continue to get away with it, because our government has proven that there is no will to stop her. If the American people elect her as President of the United States, we are condoning all of the corruption, not just from her, but from every branch and aspect of the Federal Government that is failing to hold her accountable for what she has done.

Many Americans, myself included, are beyond disgusted with our Federal Government. Hillary Clinton embodies everything wrong with it. If the American people elect her as the next President, we will have no one to blame except for ourselves. We have to remember that the people in government work for us, and NOT the other way around. They are not supposed to be above the law, they are not supposed to control us, they are not supposed to ignore us. When will the American people stand up and say enough is enough?

Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton this week

Over the last two weeks, Trump has been behaving in a way that is contrary to the image the left is trying to put out there of him, while events surrounding Hillary Clinton are only working to confirm the image that Republicans are putting out there, and that most of the public has, of her: that of a liar and a corrupt career politician.

For the last two weeks, we have seen a bit of a pivot in Donald Trump. He has been, for the most part, refraining from saying things that are considered very stupid or controversial, he has given many speeches on teleprompter, staying on message and reaching out to different segments of the population. And this week, he had a real-life meeting with a foreign leader in which he did not completely make an idiot of himself, or embarrass America, or throw a tantrum, or do any of those things that the Democrats have been warning us about. While only time will tell whether or not this “new Trump” will actually make any progress with his poll numbers amongst minority communities (or in general), there is one thing that is a definite positive about how he has been over the last couple of weeks: he is going against the caricature that the Democrats are working so hard to paint him as.

The Trump that the Democrats are describing is racist, sexist, xenophobic, ignorant, and a loose cannon that would start a nuclear war with a foreign country simply for insulting him. Now, when you really stop and think about it, it’s a pretty far cry from Trump throwing a fit and insulting someone on Twitter to him starting a nuclear holocaust, so that argument is kind of ridiculous at it’s base, but Trump’s own words in the past have given the left plenty of ammunition to go after him on the other claims. So when, over the last two weeks, Trump has been actively reaching out to African-Americans and Latino-Americans, the left have not been very happy about it. We can see that in the things they are choosing to focus on: the locations he is choosing for his events (mostly white neighborhoods), or claiming he grouped all African-Americans together when speaking of poverty and crime and poor schools (I listened to those speeches and it seemed pretty clear he was talking about inner-city residents). But he has not said anything completely outlandish. He has been making good points about how African-Americans are not any better off than they were 8 years ago, or 15 years ago or even more, despite constantly voting Democrat and having complete Democratic leadership in most big cities for generations. Instead of Hillary Clinton responding by talking about all of the positive things she and other Democrats HAVE done for black communities (because she can’t think of any), she comes out in a full-fledged effort to cement the image of Trump as a racist. And they continue down the path of painting him as out-of-control, with one Clinton surrogate, David Plouffe, just last weekend actually calling him a psychopath and claiming he meets the clinical definition of one (not that he is a medical professional, or that Hillary’s pathological lying makes her any less psychotic). The problem is that over the last two weeks, Trump has seemed to leave his chaotic, off-message candidacy behind, and has been acting far more presidential and staying more on message.

Wednesday’s meeting with Mexican President Pena Nieto really put a damper on the Democrat’s vision of a Trump president. Trump accepted an invitation from the Mexican President to meet, accepted it in a timely manner, and took a bit of a risk in doing so, as there was no reason to believe that the reception from the President of Mexico to Donald Trump would be very warm and fuzzy. But he did it anyway. He met with Pena Nieto, did not capitulate or apologize to him on behalf of America (unlike a certain President we all know…), and held a press conference with him afterwards in which he not only behaved professionally and presidential, and refrained from saying anything embarrassing, but also even took a few questions at the end. For her part, Hillary Clinton heavily criticized Trump for this visit, which to me made her look a bit small, as though she was just angry that he beat her to it. And the only thing the Democrats really had to criticize him on, which Hillary quickly jumped on as an indicator the meeting was a “total failure”, was that Trump said they did not discuss paying for the wall, while the Mexican President claimed he told Trump that Mexico would not pay for it. Although a discrepancy, it could hardly make the entire visit a “complete failure”. Hillary Clinton would have done a better service to herself to not say anything about it at all, as all of her comments regarding the visit came across as grasping and petty.

It also has not looked very good that over the last two weeks, Trump has given numerous policy speeches, visited the flood-stricken state of Louisiana, and now has met with the President of our neighboring country, while Hillary is going on her 270+ days of not holding a real press conference, and has mostly spent the last two weeks hob-knobbing with rich celebrities while fundraising. As the political pundits like to say, the optics of all that are not very good.

I am not claiming that two weeks of good behavior from Trump are going to erase the last year of reasons that he has given people to dislike and distrust him. And only time will tell if this is too little, too late to save his campaign, or if he can continue on this improved trajectory all the way through until November. But there is one thing that is for sure: Over the last two weeks, Trump has been behaving in a way that is contrary to the image the left is trying to put out there of him, while events surrounding Hillary Clinton are only working to confirm the image that Republicans are putting out there, and that most of the public has, of her: that of a liar and a corrupt career politician.

Just this week it has come out that they have found amongst Hillary’s erased “private” emails about 30 emails that were related to Benghazi. While the State Department is claiming that they will need to look into whether or not these emails are duplicates of ones turned over, if they are not, that spells BIG trouble for Hillary. If they are not, then that means Hillary deleted at least 30 work-related emails after telling the American people AND testifying under oath that the only emails deleted were personal ones, and that ALL work-related emails had been turned over. It proves, yet again, that she is a liar. Last week, the big story was regarding the Clinton Foundation and inappropriate connections between the Foundation and Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, resulting in Democrats and Republicans alike calling for the Clintons to separate themselves from the Foundation as soon as possible. And it was very clear that the Clintons recognize the potential backlash over this issue because they released a statement saying that if Hillary should become President, the Foundation would stop accepting foreign donations. This news story cements the idea that Hillary is a corrupt career politician, using her time in public service to bring in millions and millions of dollars for herself and the Clinton Foundation.

And the polls are tightening. She is still in the lead nationally as well as in many key swing states, but some of her most impressive leads from a week or two ago are shrinking quickly. And it doesn’t look like it is going to get better anytime soon. Over the next month, we will find out if those Benghazi emails were duplicates. Over the next month, she needs to respond to written questions under oath from Judicial Watch about her emails. The FBI says it will release notes from their interview with her under a Freedom of Information Act Request. There are an additional 15,000 emails recovered by the State Department that are supposed to be released. And in the shadows lies Julian Assange and Wikileaks threatening to release more information that could be potentially damaging to her.

The point is, this race is far from over. In one of the most volatile and ever-changing elections in history, we as American citizens never know what the next day is going to bring. But one thing is for sure… it is going to be a long 10 weeks until election day.