The Swamp

Hardly a day goes by now without new evidence of Clintonian corruption. The latest has to do with the FBI’s curiously handled investigation of the Clintons’ email server, and the FBI director’s audacious decision not to recommend charges in the case.

As the Wall Street Journal reports here, after the FBI began its investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s felonious mishandling of classified information the governor of Virginia, longtime Clinton bagman Terry McAuliffe, had his political committees make donations amounting to almost half a million dollars to the election campaign of an obscure state senator, Jill McCabe. That would be odd indeed — half a million is a lot of shekels to be throwing around in such a low-level race — except for the fact that Ms. McCabe is married to FBI director James Comey’s “right-hand man”, Andrew McCabe.

As bad as this is, it is, of course, just the latest drop in an ocean of malfeasance by the Clintons, this thoroughly rotten DOJ, this President, and both political parties. I suppose there have probably been other periods of American history, under other Presidents, where things have been this bad — but the difference, of course, is that thanks to a century of continuous expansion of the managerial Leviathan, and the consolidation of power over every aspect of American life under the power of the State, corruption has never mattered more. It is a given that there will be corruption in government — but the bigger and more powerful the government is, the more corruption it attracts, and the greater that corruption’s noxious effect becomes upon the lives of the people. As Dennis Prager once said: “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”

Hence Trump. His candidacy is a gigantic middle finger to all of it, from an angry and frustrated people — of whom millions are only one last legal recourse, and one final insult, away from refreshing the tree of liberty in the way Jefferson prescribed.


  1. Whitewall says

    America is becoming the former Soviet Union unless the military steps in or we the people take matters in our own hands. Since the FBI is now at the heel of the Clinton/Obama junta, options are limited and ugly.

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    The FBI’s rank and file may not be quite on board with being brought to heel.

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  3. Leftists gonna Left. This is Typical Leftist Behavior (TLB) and no different from SOP/MO in other circumstances. Physical removal is the only solution.

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  4. It sure looks hopeless when none of the FBI’s rank and file, nor even any of those higher up on the food chain, is willing to risk being quoted that he is disgusted with Comey’s refusal to recommend indictment. I remember comments in these pages about how the wrath of the FBI’s patriots would swoop down on the evil ones if this came to pass. Instead, there has been not even a whimper …

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink
  5. the one eyed man says

    Another bright, shiny object ricochets around the right wing bubble. Besides the fact that a half million dollars is not unusual in a Virginia legislative race – other candidates got more – the entire theory is bunk. Jonathan Bernstein explains why:

    The absurdity of the Journal piece goes beyond what Bernstein writes. Accepting the convoluted concatenation of this crackpot conspiracy requires the belief not only that McAuliffe had the clairvoyance to know that an FBI investigation would be started two months after he meets with Mrs. McCabe, but also that he uncannily foresaw that her husband would have a role in that investigation a year later. You would further have to believe that the donation actually caused Mr. McCabe to do something he would not otherwise have done, even though there is not a whiff of evidence which suggests that. Not that the complete lack of evidence has ever stopped Clinton haters from making reckless and unsubstantiated accusations before. Why start now?

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Yes, of course, nothing to see here. As always.

    When you are determined to see nothing, that’s what you’ll see. Thick clouds of smoke billowing upward, blackening the sky, day after day, year after year, decade after decade — but never, ever, any fire.

    Just move along, folks.

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm says

    Even if this latest operation was as innocuous as you would like to imagine — which I very much doubt — it is yet another illustration of the tangled, incestuous web of connections in Beltway Washington and the Acela corridor, in which every White House staffer seems to be married to some media executive, every Congressional aide drafting intentionally incomprehensible regulations ends up at some exclusive law firm billing by the hour to explain compliance, former presidents with wives under Federal investigation just happen to have private chats with Attorneys General in their jets shortly before charges are dropped, and so on. Meanwhile the power and scope of this unholy apparatus only grows and grows, its tendrils reaching deeper and deeper into every crevice of our lives — and as its reach and power expands, so of course do the opportunities for corruption and abuse.

    Only a fool would imagine that such opportunities are neglected. The only limiting principle is what can be gotten away with — what a gullible public and a biddable justice system will tolerate — and as your years of commentary here have illustrated with depressing clarity and consistency, the answer is “just about anything”.

    Can anyone living outside of this tumor of a government, and subject to its schemes and rackets, really be blamed for wanting to see it all pulled down?

    Posted October 25, 2016 at 11:23 pm | Permalink
  8. Whitewall says

    Henry, “I remember comments in these pages about how the wrath of the FBI’s patriots would swoop down on the evil ones if this came to pass.” One of those voices was mine as I remember. Those agents are clearly out there but there is a calculation—what to do about a compromised FBI director and more troubling, a corrupt head of the DOJ who is a scandal goalie at best. Overwhelming odds are that HRC wins and the DOJ remains her backstop. That leaves media outlets. If FOX News is chosen then hardly anyone will pay attention. It has to be multiple outlets within the MSM.

    And we condemn the Russians and the Kremlin! Washington is becoming the Kremlin on the Potomac. Clinton is Putin.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 6:55 am | Permalink
  9. Hoberman says

    “other candidates got more”.

    Oh? Who? How much? From whom? If you want to persuade us, give us some details.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  10. JK says

    FBI special agent Michael M. Biasello.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 11:37 am | Permalink
  11. Whitewall says

    emails might not be missing…only thing missing is FBI integrity. Democrats won’t help. There is no Howard Baker in that party. That would take honor. The KGB had honor, Richard Nixon had honor, Spiro Agnew had honor. There is none in the Democrat party.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
  12. Robert,

    “One of those voices was mine as I remember. Those agents are clearly out there but there is a calculation—what to do about a compromised FBI director and more troubling, a corrupt head of the DOJ who is a scandal goalie at best.”

    Yes, Robert, and the other voice I think was JK.

    In any case, at the time you guys made those remarks, I was aware of (or at least suspected there was) the “calculation” you refer to. Were you not aware of it then?

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
  13. Whitewall says

    Henry, “Were you not aware of it then?”. Yes but a presidential candidate who comes under Federal indictment is a candidate whose campaign has ended and the party has to start over.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  14. JK says

    Yes TheBigHenry, mine was another of the voices. And I was totally gobsmacked as our host can attest (emails) I kept to the illusion that what was transparently true could simply not be true.

    I was wrong. And if the apparent, maybe, course turns out to be, “normalcy” will be a long time coming. If at all.

    I’m talking about the politicization of our secret police—an alarming development that threatens democracy itself.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  15. Robert,

    I understand. But did you think the indictment itself was not subject to the “calculation”? I suspected all along the Pres => AG => FBI Dir => would prevent an indictment, which is what happened.

    Please understand, I am not faulting you for being optimistic. I wanted to be optimistic too. I am just totally disheartened by this turn of events for my country. But anything that gladdens the OEM is totally depressing for those of us who give a damn about our country.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  16. Malcolm says

    Henry, this is only a comment-thread on an obscure blog. You’re letting the guy live in your head! (Meanwhile, he’s out having a latte.)

    Sure, the country’s screwed. But we can only do what we can do.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  17. Well thanks, Malcolm, for making me feel better. Nevertheless, I hope he chokes on his latte.

    Posted October 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

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