Wikileaks: Hillary campaign gamed how to respond to ‘open marriage’ with Bill Clinton

Bill and HIllary Clinton. 1992 60 Minutes

Breitbart today revealed a Wikileaks email discussion within the Hillary Clinton campaign gaming out how she should respond to concerns about her marriage with the Philanderer in Chief Bill Clinton. It’s just another in a long stream of examples of how the campaign internally admits every problematic thing we all know about Hillary and the now transparent cooperation of the media to reduce the damage and pile on Donald Trump to create a cover for her.

No doubt Donald Trump is participating in the scheme with his poor response to the attacks on him. Address and then shift to what a Trump administration will do to heal the country from eight years of Obama: that is the effective thing to do. (His wife Meliania has had two fantastic interviews which you should watch).

Yet, this recent Wikileaks dump reveals the duplicity of Hillary Clinton who has much to answer for herself when it comes to personal indiscretion. And there’s a long history of these problems.

To put some perspective on all that’s going on in Trump world now, let’s look back at another election–1992–and see how another candidate had to deal with major allegations against them. Keep in mind, this is Bill and Hillary Clinton on the eve of the New Hampshire Democrat primary before Bill become as President and almost eight years before the Monica Lewinsky affair became public. Hillary is sitting right there supporting her husband because they wanted to win the White House badly.

Hillary is back again running for President having to answer for allegations of her own about emails, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation scandal, her health, her previously hidden, highly paid speeches to financial institutions. It’s all more of the same, and she is answering those questions just like she did then.

Oh, and then there is the Donald Trump thing. Let’s not forget about that. But is that really the biggest issue in this election in light of the much broader corruption in Clinton-land? I have shared my outrage at Trump’s behavior. But I don’t hear enough outrage about Hillary’s behavior after the video on Trump became public and especially in light of the document dump on Hillary that came out at the same time. And that, of course, was the plan.

I wonder if in fairness to Donald Trump Hillary is willing as she was in 1992 to say as she did in this interview “And I think it’s real dangerous in this country if we don’t have some zone of privacy for everybody….” in support of Trump. I believe, in fairness, that the deeper sins of Hillary Clinton which have decades of increasing scandalous history must be highlighted. And it pains me to know that we may elect a Clinton again who was working to deflect attention from their immoral behavior which if elected will increase tenfold once in the White House.

Here we are now in 2016 with two greatly flawed candidates for President making a case for why we should elect them. One has a well-documented history of infidelities that should offend all of us and another who should be put in jail has a list of scandals a mile long and ten miles deep.

This makes this video an interesting one to review both in light of history and the messy way this year’s election is playing out. And it is even more important to examine in light of the dire circumstances our country faces with lagging respect abroad, the growing threat of terrorism that portends and the trillions of dollars of debt we face here at home.

Here are some excerpts from the video.

Steve Kroft: “Are you prepared tonight to say you’ve never had an extramarital affair?”

Bill Clinton: “I’m not prepared to say that any married couple should ever discuss that with anyone but themselves.”

…….Later on in the interview:

Hillary Clinton: “There isn’t a person watching this interview who would feel comfortable detailing everything that went on in their life and their marriage. And I think it’s real dangerous in this country if we don’t have some zone of privacy for everybody….”

…….Bill Clinton later in the interview argues for why the “allegations” should be put behind them and just move on.

“The only way to put it behind us is for all of us to agree that this guy has told us about all we need to know. Anybody who listened to it just about gets the drift of it. And let’s go on and get back to the problems facing this country….”

Trump taxes and Hillary corruption

A recent Politico story doesn’t quite get it right. What’s missing from this story is more important than what it says (and implies).

While the media are dumping on Trump for (the unconfirmed allegation of) not paying taxes for many years, they aren’t focusing on the fact that the IRS is not accusing him of breaking any laws or not paying what he owed. While Hillary and the New York Times both used the same tax laws to carry over losses to reduce their own taxes. Trump by all accounts has acted within the law.

Republican Never-Trumpers are screaming about Donald Trump’s behavior as a candidate and bemoaning his lack of political skill and inconsistencies as a candidate. Yet they never note how well he is doing in this race in spite of all his real and perceived weaknesses as the presidential nominee.

What we are missing is any discussion of why the American people have shown so much (appropriate) anger at Washington and politicians this year and as far back as the 2010 elections. That is an anger at the corruption of politicians and the absence of the Rule of Law which those politicians have allowed to dominate our political system.

Donald Trump has not been even accused of breaking any laws. He’s only been accused of being rich, using the tax code to reduce his taxes and being a ‘loose cannon’ in his approach to his political effort.

In the meantime, Washington politicians like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Congress have performed as follows:

1) Obama has used the IRS to attack and thwart the efforts of his political opponents.

2) The IRS destroyed evidence which was under subpoena for congressional investigates.

3) Barack Obama has used executive power to thwart the will of Congress and legislate from the White House changes in policy which only Congress is authorized by the Constitution to change.

4) Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s Congress bypassed normal legislative process and rules to pass a massive, now-failing healthcare program.

5) Hillary Clinton used a private email server to illegally transmit classified information in defiance of her responsibilities as a government employee.

6) When Hillary Clinton’s emails were under subpoena by the FBI and Congress in conjunction with ongoing investigations, she had records destroyed.

7) When Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State, she unilaterally refused to return records she was required by law to return which she illegally held on a private computer.

8) The Clinton Foundation took in millions of dollars from corporations and foreign governments during Hillary’s tenures as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State which in numerous cases led to favorable treatment and corrupt dealings which financially benefited the Clintons.

9) Congress and the Obama administration have ballooned our federal debt over the last eight years and seem intent upon doing very little to change course. Sure, the sequester temporarily stopped the bleeding until Congress and the president reversed it.

10) Barack Obama neglecting his duties as president has contributed to the rise of ISIS in his foreign policy and the re-emergence of the racial divide by his actions on the homefront.

I could list many more significant ways the federal government has thwarted the Rule of Law, acted in irresponsible ways with our tax dollars, allowed corruption to balloon in federal agencies and ignored the will of the American people so starkly expressed in the 2010 elections.

The media and many politicians are throwing up accusations against Donald Trump as shiny objects in an attempt to confuse the public about the real problems with government. The anger which has sprung up as a result of neglect and abuse of political power is the genesis of the success of Donald Trump. And it keeps him in this race.

Yet we find ourselves in the same circumstance modern elections regularly cause and against which many Americans bristle. Honor and a discussion about the hard facts of government are put aside as the media and politicians make the political game more important than the advancement of the freedom of the American people.

Donald Trump–for all his good and bad qualities–is the answer to this problem. And in the Will of Providence, he may be the instrument of change needed to reverse a system which has gotten off its constitutional tracks.

All the mess that can fit into a messy election 

I’d like to take a moment and think out loud about the messy revelations coming out about both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

I am in no way withdrawing my support for Donald Trump. In fact, I think it is outrageous some of the members of Congress beginning to do so. Donald Trump is still the right man for the job and exactly what we need right now. But if we are going to ignore the horrible nature of the comments he made and not say what they are, then we have completely lost the capacity for redeeming our country much less ourselves.
I am deeply offended by what I heard in that recording of Donald Trump released today. I won’t link it here. It’s horrible. You’ll hear about it on the news. I’m deeply disappointed. And it gives fodder to the #NeverTrump movement. But let’s still take a moment to consider what this all really means.

When it comes to Trump’s behavior, I must say I’m not into the “Bill Clinton did it too” argument. Bill Clinton did do it. And what Clinton did is equally bad and possibly much worse. But Trump should stay away from talking about Bill Clinton and acknowledge his horrible behavior and admit people will be upset and apologize to them.

That doesn’t mean Hillary gets a pass. The releases on her today are incredibly disturbing and reveal a great evil which will be perpetrated upon us if she’s elected. In fact, in a different manner the Wiki Leaks dump is similarly offensive as anything we’ve learned about Trump.

We are faced with deep flaws in each of the candidates. But Hillary’s sins are something we shouldn’t observe without due consideration.

Hillary intends to duplicate #ClintonCash pay for play with billions of dollars of our money as president. This is execrible. We must also face the reality Hillary and Bill Clinton intend to pull off the biggest scam in world right out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And Hillary would have the power to wreak havoc on our liberty if necessary to perpetrate this scam. It is breathtaking the lengths the Clintons will go. 

Have you considered the billions of dollars diverted from Haiti earthquake relief? 800 people just perished in Haiti due to hurricane Matthew living in shacks instead of the homes Bill Clinton and the Obama administration promised would be built. They exacerbated the Matthew problem because of the corruption which saw billions wasted and diverted into the pockets of the well-connected. And the Red Cross is equally liable having raised $500 million for post-earthquake rebuilding and doing NOTHING.

Every person who cares about Judeo-christian morality as the proper foundation of society should be offended by the Trump recording. It’s very offensive. What he said even if in private is disturbing, and it is corrosive and hurtful revealing dark motives which we should reject.

But the motives of Hillary Clinton are no less (and probably more) evil and broader in effect? There should be outrage. Her dark politics will thwart our liberty if necessary to fulfill their ends. The revelations of her speeches reveal her intent to undermine freedom for the benefit of the highly connected. It’s entirely offensive

Donald Trump must answer for a common sin. Hillary must be made to answer for her much deeper corruption which of she gains the White House will be perpetrated on an international scale. Breathtaking!

C.S. Lewis quote designed to suppress Christian political activity 

I recently came across this posted on Facebook, and it didn’t quite make sense.

If you’re familiar with The Screwtape Letters, you know that this work of fiction is composed of a series fof letters rom the demon Screwtape to his nephew and protégé Wormwood who is undertaking an ongoing process of tormenting a human first to keep them from coming to faith in Christ and then when Wormwood fails in that effort (to the great consternation and rebuke of Screwtape), to keep the new believer preoccupied with anything that would keep him from undertaking activities that would model the teachings of Christ to the world or have any positive influence upon the people around him.

The passage above seems to fit well within that scenario. It’s become almost dogma in the American church that involvement in politics is a messy “worldly” activity beneath the more “spiritual” aspects of being a Christian.

Sounds reasonable, right? Well, it’s nothing but hogwash! And, in fact, one could interpret this apocryphal quote as a very real letter to Wormwood in reverse designed to trick believers. 

This passage does not exist in the book and was created out of whole cloth as a way to encourage people (especially Christians) to remain unconnected from the political system. It’s walso inconsistent with the ideals of C.S. Lewis himself who saw rational, godly engagement with the culture as a high ideal.

There is a real quote from the book which is relevant to politics, and I believe meant to encourage political activity by Christians. And when you read it, you will find that the impetus which caused someone to create this false quote is exactly what Screwtape hoped would happen though the meddling activity of demonic efforts.  

Read carefully and consider it fully. Every American of goodwill and especially every Christian should take this lesson to heart.

“Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose. The good work which our philological experts have already done in the corruption of human language makes it unnecessary to warn you that they should never be allowed to give this word a clear and definable meaning. They won’t. It will never occur to them that Democracy is properly the name of a political system, even a system of voting, and that this has only the most remote and tenuous connection with what you are trying to sell them. Nor, of course, must they ever be allowed to raise Aristotle’s question: whether ‘democratic behaviour’ means the behaviour that democracies like or the behaviour that will preserve a democracy. For if they did, it could hardly fail to occur to them that these need not be the same. You are to use the word purely as an incantation; if you like, purely for its selling power. It is a name they venerate. And of course it is connected with the political ideal that men should be equally treated. You then make a stealthy transition in their minds from this political ideal to a factual belief that all men are equal. Especially the man you are working on. As a result you can use the word Democracy to sanction in his thought the most degrading (and also the least enjoyable) of all human feelings. You can get him to practise, not only without shame but with a positive glow of self-approval, conduct which, if undefended by the magic word, would be universally derided. The feeling I mean is of course that which prompts a man to say I’m as good as you.” The Screwtape Letters, p. 197

NFL ratings in the tank while Roger Goodell plays his fiddle 

While NFL ratings begin to suffer after the Colin Kaepernick protests began, Roger Goddell is greatly harming a league which had reached a pinnacle because of a lack of consistency in enforcing guidelines or policing problems. Should the Patriots have been punished for Deflategate? Lots of us have opinions on the matter, but no one after that incident has any clue what the standard is (or should be) in the future. Should Ray Rice have been punished for his personal problems with his wife which were revealed shockingly on video? Again, who knows? Not only was the process undertaken to deal with the matter convoluted, Roger Goddell sat by and allowed it to fester for weeks. And the average fan on the back end of the ordeal wouldn’t know if there is a standard the league should enforce or even if there is consistency in the one exists. And when the Ray Rice situation–based on a serious issue every American is concerned about–was handled with varying punishments which were ultimately changed by a judge, the NFL looked weak and unconcerned about the seriousness of the issue.

All of this which has been simmering for some time among NFL fans came to a head with the Collin Kaepernick situation. Not only is the average viewer offended by Kaepernick’s protest, they look at the inaction by the NFL as another fumble; a slap in the face against the things that matter to them in their personal lives. And it’s a distraction from the league’s number one purpose–enhancing the entertainment value NFL fans seek from the game.