Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 1/26/18
With respect to our own government, we deserve to know. It’s as simple as that.
Save for matters of national security, when it comes to the operation of our government, and to the behavior of those in elected, appointed and staff positions within that government, we deserve to know.
Yet it has become too much the rule that we don’t. And as a result, a dark cloud of cynicism and doubt hangs over every federal department, most especially, sad to say, the Department of Justice.
Have crimes been committed by individuals in government? And if so, why, save for some token prosecutions on the periphery, has no one been punished? We deserve to know.
Did Lois Lerner, in her high-level position at the IRS, act illegally with respect to denying tax exempt status to organizations whose political beliefs she did not like? Publicly available information strongly suggests that she did. But the Department of Justice took no action.
Why not? We deserve to know.
Did Hillary Clinton violate federal law with respect to her private server, her emails, etc. etc.? No one denies anymore that she and her lieutenants on multiple occasions were in possession of classified materials. That’s a crime for you and me. Why isn’t it a crime for Hillary? We deserve to know.
Speaking of Hillary, while she was Secretary of State, did she engage in influence peddling with respect to the Uranium One deal that handed 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves to the Russians? We deserve to know.
Still on the subject of Hillary, are all of those donations to her family foundation from unsavory characters and governments on the up & up? Has that been properly looked into? We deserve to know.
Even yet on the subject of Hillary, was a conscious decision made at the Department of Justice to give her a pass on these things, evidence be damned? If so, was that James Comey’s decision? Loretta Lynch’s? The two of them together? We deserve to know.
Was a bogus “dossier” against Donald Trump cooked up with the explicit or tacit cooperation of the FBI and then used as the predicate for convincing a court to issue a warrant for electronic surveillance of the Trump presidential campaign? Was President Obama involved? We deserve to know.
Did certain high-ranking individuals at the FBI take it upon themselves to launch a clandestine crusade to prevent Donald Trump from winning the election? When Mr. Trump won the election anyway, did those same employees set out to maliciously undermine his presidency?
Is the fact that text messages between these individuals have suddenly gone missing just a coincidence? We deserve to know.
What’s in the memo? We deserve to know.
Do all of these questions amount to nothing more than the ravings of Republicans and righty pundits? Or has our government become corrupt at the very highest levels?
Until that question is answered, the very future of the republic hangs in the balance.
So we deserve to know.