FBI Director for the next decade, James Comey, has informed us via a speech he gave this week that there is no absolute right to privacy in the United States.
Comey’s statement that there is no absolute right to privacy is correct. Anybody who thinks about it for a minute will see the truth in that. However, Comey said a few other things. First, he has no understanding of where the “expectation” of a reasonable right to privacy comes from. The history of privacy rights – as we understand them today in the United States – does not begin in 1787. It began in 1890 with the invention of a cool piece of technology that today we still use and is, of course, ubiquitous. And we have the same concern about it today that they had in 1890.
Because Director Comey doesn’t know or understand that, he builds his syllogism based on a false axiom, specifically that we “made a bargain” which traded privacy for security “over two hundred years ago.” Frankly that ought to cause us more concern about his understanding of things. And it would have chilled some of the Framers to the bone…
I guess the good news – if there is any – is that 48 hours from now it will all be over. Except that it won’t be will it?
Regardless of who wins, we are set for at least four years of accusations and counter accusations, investigations, special prosecutors, faux outrage and a complete and ToTaL lack of civility and cooperation. Each side will blame the other and say, “See, I told you so!” Within each party, their various sects and wings will blame each other and chaos will reign. Lifelong friendships will end, and family members will refuse to speak to each other for months, if not years.
There will be both pearl clutching and popcorn munching. And almost no actual governing.
By this point in this grand adventure, the only way you could possibly have been surprised by FBI Director Comey’s announcement – on Sunday no less – that the FBI would not be bringing any charges against Hillary Clinton after the new eMails were found, would be if you haven’t been paying attention or you’ve been reading too many fake stories that match your confirmation bias. The FBI’s announcement – on a Sunday no less – was as predictable as a sunrise, and I guarantee by this time tomorrow it will be the talking point of talking points. Nothing to see here, keep moving, go vote for Hillary.
Like I said, the only people surprised by this are people who got their hopes up because they aren’t really paying attention to what is going on.
For months, pundits on the Right have been screeching that we must ignore the polls. But now that many if not most of the polls seems to show Trump pulling closer (which, by the by, was a predictable as a sunrise) we are told that the polls are good as gold. Personally I remain convinced that Clinton will win and win big. The polls showed Romney closing, and it came to nothing. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Read the rest of this entry
October 3, 1995 was a seminal day in American History. Anyone who was cogent that day can tell you today where they were when THE Verdict was announced. In the aftermath, the nation lost the bubble as the discussion shifted from justice to injustice and retaliation; from what did we learn, to what did we accomplish? To this day your opinion on the matter can get you labeled as a racist or a bigot or an Uncle Tom or an idiot or any nom de guerre you choose to throw at a person who disagrees with the outcome, without consideration of why that person believes or feels the way that they do.
July 5, 2016 will not go down quite as fully in the American conscience. Only those who are virtuously involved in politics and care passionately about the affairs of the nation were paying attention. But in the same vein, by yesterday afternoon, we (corporately) had lost the bubble again on the real issue of justice and gave ourselves over to partisanship and vitriol.
Once, Hillary Rodham worked hard to try and punish corruption in a Presidents actions. Now, in a case of at best incompetence and at worst, treason, she works hard at avoiding accountability and responsibility.
Hillary Clinton and we the People have come full circle. The same lesson the nation actually learned on October 3, 1995 wad driven home again.
That lesson was that the perversion of justice is always excused for those who can afford to purchase the excuse.