Bigger than Clinton: The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty & Corruption

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To reject the pervasive dishonesty and corruption that threatens our system and our institutions, and to return once again to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is how important next Tuesday is!
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

USA – -( If you are as surprised as I am at the depth of dishonesty and corruption that has been revealed in this campaign, then you will understand why I am writing this particular column the weekend before the election.

Americans are faced with a crisis of dishonesty and corruption vastly bigger and deeper than Secretary Hillary Clinton. Defeating her is necessary if we hope to clean up our dishonest and corrupt capitol city, but in many ways Hillary is merely the most prominent face in an entire network of dishonest people.

I have been actively involved in politics and government since August of 1958.

In all those years, nothing prepared me for the avalanche of blatant corruption and dishonesty that has been exposed and detailed during this campaign.

The dishonesty infects the news media, the Justice Department, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the State Department, and the White House, among others.

From lying about Benghazi, to lying about the Affordable Care Act, lying about the payments to Iran, lying about corruption, incompetence, dishonesty and failure at the Veterans Administration–the pervasive willingness to lie infects our government.

Secretary Clinton's dishonesty has been breathtaking in its brazen contempt for the American people. She has mastered the art of memorizing lies and then repeating them with such arrogance and assertiveness that she almost convinces you, even when you know everything she is saying is false.

Now with the various Wikileaks, court-ordered disclosures and hard work by a small number of reporters (especially at Fox News and the Wall Street Journal) we have learned that Hillary’s mendacity is merely the most public in a network of corruption and dishonesty so pervasive it can only be described as a cesspool that threatens the entire American system.

One of the greatest dangers to our entire system of self-government under the laws has been the growth in foreign influence seeking to buy control of American policies and actions.

Our Founding Fathers were vividly aware of the danger of foreign money and influence-seeking to control our politics and our government. In fact, they wrote a prohibition against foreign influence buying into the Constitution.

Article I, Section 9 says, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Emolument” is a fancy word for payment.

Congress has implemented this ban through the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, which specifically prohibits spouses of public officials from receiving payments linked to foreign governments. Thus, during the eight years Hillary was in the Senate and the four years she was Secretary of State, every foreign government payment to President Bill Clinton or to the Clinton Foundation was expressly prohibited by the Constitution and by federal law.

Why were the Founding Fathers 229 years ago worried that people like the Clintons would introduce foreign corruption?

First, they had lived through the corruption of the British government, and rebelled against it. As Gordon Wood has described authoritatively, the Americans embraced the Whig critique of and hostility to corruption. Their passion for limited government was in part driven by the depth of their hostility toward government corruption.

Decades before Lord Acton warned that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” the Founding Fathers were designing a constitution to enforce the law and limit dishonesty and corruption.

Second, many of the Founding Fathers had read Roman and Greek history. They had a profound sense of the degree to which corruption destroyed liberty and the rule of law leading to dictatorship and tyranny.

If you read Colleen McCullough's magnificent novels about the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of Caesar you will see sobering parallels.

Volume one is called The First Man in Rome. Already, in that first book (set around 100 B.C.), foreign rulers had learned that the Roman Senate had grown corrupt and could be bribed. The cancer of dishonesty was growing throughout the Roman power structure.

McCullough would have understood the Clintons and the cesspool of corruption they live in and preside over.

Donald Trump says he will drain the swamp. We all need to understand how big a job and how great a struggle that will be.

President John Adams warned:

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

We are now testing the capacity of America to survive immoral, dishonest corrupt leaders and a network of corruption that is pervasive and frighteningly powerful.

If, in John Dean's words, The Watergate cover-up was a “cancer on the Presidency,” then the scale and influence of today’s dishonesty and corruption is a cancer threatening the very survival of the rule of law and the American system of self government.

Lincoln, seeking to prevail in a crisis of the Republic, went to Gettysburg and rallied the American people with these words:

It is for us the living…to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Now it is our turn to rededicate ourselves to the same cause–to reject the pervasive dishonesty and corruption that threatens our system and our institutions, and to return once again to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

That is how important next Tuesday is.

Your Friend,

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  • 10 thoughts on “Bigger than Clinton: The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty & Corruption

    1. Hillary as a carrier of Establishment dishonesty & corruption? Give me a break! Where do you think Donald Trump came from; & who do you think Donald Trump is, if not “Mr. Establishment”? He was NOT born w/a silver spoon in his mouth. It was platinum. Do you not know his past & that of his father? At one point, DT’s dad was one of the richest men in America. And it wasn’t from being ‘the salt of the earth’. Some of you people need to get real & stop being deceived. It’s only lately, when, by starting that stupid ‘Birther Movement’, that Trump noticed that he could influence weak-minded people by playing to their basic fears & their racism. Other than that, he has always been a member of ‘The Establishment’. Don’t you fact check anything?

      1. Maybe you should ‘fact check’ not using the sold out media. Hillary started the birtha movement when she was running for president against Barak Hussein Obama in 2008. Check it out for yourself.

    2. A HEARTY “AMEN”. The revolt has started and it will continue, even if it takes a year or two, until our country gets back to our Constitution, and lives by it.

    3. Voted FOR TRUMP on Monday Oct 31st.
      Our problem is that our Federal government is currently being run by a CRIMINAL MAFIA of Democrats, from the WHITE House to the Supreme and Lower courts and includes most of our government agencies. They suffer NO consequences for their criminal behavior and their Propaganda Arm of the Mainstream media enables this corruption.
      This is worse than the old time gangs that ran New York and Chicago.

      1. Fear not, there are plenty of folks that regularly put the letter “R” after their name that are every bit as corrupt. WHO are the powermongers who are doing everything they can to stop Trump now, and who were successful at the same game the two times Ron Paul ran for President? They KNOW he will clean house and trim the fat. They all FEAR honesty, integrity, accountability, true transparency (not the kinyun’s sort)

    4. I agree completly. Corruption must be destroyed before it destroys us. We cannot continue with this political correctness nonsense any longer. We cannot deny what we see in front of our eyes any longer. Please continúe bringing clarity, honesty _and just plain common sense to our voters this comming election. Thanx you so much _and dont stop. Corruption must be stopped. Our survival is at stake.

    5. More and More people in ,
      Washington are going to get ,
      caught in this mess . The more
      time they have gotten away with
      this crap, The less they think their
      WRONG ! We can’t stop with just her.
      We need to clean house and have a fresh
      start. Hopefully with Honest people at the helm.

    6. There is no power on “Earth” that would convince me to vote for Hillary Clinton. She is the most vile, evil and corrupt person I have seen. She is a liar, thief, sexual pervert, adulteress that deserves to be wearing an Orange Jumpsuit and facing a firing squad or a hangman’s noose. People that vote for this vile, evil bit*h are very ignorant and have no idea of “Morals, Standards or Decency.”

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