Why is it that the Clintons do things in a way that make us uncomfortable? They are smart and hardworking and, even if you disagree with them, you want to like them. Why do they have to make it sohard? It’s difficult to like someone who doesn’t trust you, and the Clintons don’t seem to trust the American public. Maybe that’s why they live in a shroud of secrecy; that’s their comfort level.
A few days ago, a New York Times story revealed that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton never used a government email account for official government business, even though it is required by the Federal Records Act. It’s not that she didn’t use her official email; she never even had one.
Didn’t her email recipients find it odd that her official email address came from an AOL account or was it simply Hillary.Clinton@just-trust-me.com? Were her communications secured? Edward Snowden might know. It speaks volumes of the blatant disregard for the need to respect and accept the rules and regulations that apply to all public servants. What makes some people believe that rules apply only to the “little people” and not to them?
Then, there is the ethical question surrounding the Clinton Foundation. While she was serving as secretary of state, her family’s charitable foundation was receiving money from foreign governments that might have also been banking on the fact that she was a sitting cabinet member and likely to run for president. We are talking about serious amounts of money, reportedly $1.6 billion, which came from foreign governments, corporations and the like. It looks more like a Super PAC than a charitable organization.
Why would Clinton be so foolish and reckless? Maybe she is betting that even if caught, no one will mind — she’s Hillary. She must believe she is far too smart and talented for people to care that she bends and breaks the rules that the rest must follow.
Her former boss certainly thinks so; he had to be one of her recipients. President Obama splices and dices constitutional law, rules and regulations to suit his political fancies. The administration that promised to be the most transparent ever is the furthest from it so far. Most telling, when federal employees get into trouble for bending or breaking rules and laws, they are advised by members of the West Wing to dutifully obstruct justice, as if it were a patriotic duty.
Take, for example, Lois Lerner, of the Internal Revenue Service, who was being investigated for unlawfully targeting conservative organizations because of their political beliefs. She insisted that she was unable to provide emails, subpoenaed by a Congressional committee, because of a purported computer crash, insisting the computers had since been destroyed. We now know this isn’t true.
Then, there was the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Gina McCarthy, who also was “unable” to provide the necessary emails to a House Oversight Committee hearing because of alleged computer crashes.
Sounds like the Obama administration needs to beef up on tech support because as soon as there’s an investigation of alleged wrong-doing, those darn computers break down!
If this had happened during a Republican administration, Democrats and media would have had these officials’ heads hung on spikes overlooking the Potomac River.
Controversy has always followed the Clintons. It looks like Hillary Clinton not only is used to it, she invites it. Maybe she really believes, “At this point, what difference does it make?” She blurted this out during a Senate hearing on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Well, to a lot of people, it does matter.
That’s why Jeb Bush released his emails from his eight-year tenure as Florida governor, as Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio will have to do if they decide to run for president. The records will be raked over with a fine-tooth comb, as well they should.
They do it before it is asked of them because they know transparencies matter, and arrogance isn’t attractive. Hillary Clinton knows this, too; she isn’t dumb. She just feels entitled.