Pay For Play Is The Clinton Way
|Editorial Cartoon by AF Branco|
That's the only rational conclusion that can be derived from an Associated Press report that opens:
And this isn't even going into the impropriety of Abedin double-dipping at both State and the Clinton Foundation at the same time, as she operated as a special government employee along with carrying out Clinton Foundation duties.
As for me, I don't want to hear from any of the far-left "open government" types who have made a living whining about money in politics with a particular emphasis on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision over the past couple of years.
Clinton had a credit-card processing machine on the front door of her State Department office rather than a lock, and like a modern Eva Perón handed out indulgences to those who lavished her with gifts.
But the left should not be shocked that the same family that rented out the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House during their first eight years on Pennsylvania Avenue would engage in this level of brazen pay-for-play. All the while having the poor State Department spokesperson have to admit, "This was simply evidence of the way the process works, in that a secretary of State has aides getting emails or contacts by a broad range of individuals and organizations."
The inadvertent admission that this is exactly how the process works in the Clinton world, where you pay for access and if you can't afford it, you get left behind. A world where extortion becomes the norm, and people who should know better lose their bearings and attempt to cover it up.
And for those in the GOP establishment who cling to their quaint anti-Trump slogans like a life raft, this abject corruption is what you are accepting all because you can't get around the Republican nominee Donald Trump’s rough edges.
For the "what difference does it make" crowd, you can no longer credibly claim that Bill Clinton's half million-dollar honorarium (as reported in the New York Times) for a speech in Russia was not tied to the decision that followed shortly thereafter to allow many of the same Russian actors to gain control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium reserves.
What can anyone on the left say, besides that this is the Clinton way? Anyone suffering under the delusion that they won't be covered by the slime, ooze and corruption that envelops anyone associated with her is out to lunch.
Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is President of Americans for Limited Government. This article was also shared on The Hill.
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