American politics have been a little, well, weird lately. With all of the angry leftists, a heaping pile of federal investigations, and actual espionage.
The election of 2016 was strange enough as it was. We had Hillary Clinton, who many believed would be shoe-in given her extensive Washington contacts and illicit deals, up against Donald Trump, the wildcard of wildcards.
Clinton’s inevitability was truly the bane of her campaign. The entire air of assuredness radiating from the democratic party was enough to turn off even the most liberal undecided voter. Surely, someone who is that certain of their own future victory is not the sort of human being we want steering an entire nation. There’s far too much arrogance inherent with that sort of attitude, and that just doesn’t make for quality diplomacy.
Then came the big stuff that derailed the entire Hillary Clinton experiment: Wikileaks.
Whistleblower website Wikileaks took it upon themselves to expose Hillary Clinton and her entire posse for what they were: Career politicians, willing to do whatever it takes to win, no matter the moral, ethical, or legal ramifications of those actions. The revelations regarding her collusion with the DNC to nullify the efforts of primary opponent Bernie Sanders fractured the democratic party, and forever cemented Hillary’s reputation as an old hag, blasé and bossy woman with absolutely no regard for the will of the American people, let alone the will of the democratic voters.
And this was just the tip of the iceberg. Later disclosures by Julian Assange and his band of merry truth seekers had Hillary back in hot water over treasonous allegations of accepting bribes for access to her in her role as Secretary of State. These bribes were funneled through The Clinton Foundation, a “charitable” organization that is run by herself, her former husband and President Bill, and daughter Chelsea.
That seemed to be the final straw for We The People, and Americans swiftly elected Donald Trump to the highest office in the land.
The espionage behind the Wikileaks disclosures was just the first in a long line of accusations of foreign entities interfering with U.S. politics, given that the left was consistently attempting to pin the entire Wikileaks debacle, and the subsequent Clinton loss, on Russia. Then came accusations of Russian interference with vote tallies, later debunked, and “fake news” being planted by the Kremlin in order to undermine Clinton…an allegation that has again fallen flat in the face of research.
Now another foreign affairs scandal is developing, this time at the state department. Believe it or not, no one is accusing Russia this time.
“A State Department employee from the Caucasus Affairs office has been arrested and charged ‘with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents,’ according to a statement released by the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs.
“’Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,’ Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord stated after announcing the charges Wednesday. ‘Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.’
“’Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided,’ added U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia. ‘As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments’”.
Oddly enough, Hillary Clinton’s own accepting of gifts and cash through The Clinton Foundation while acting as Secretary of State has still not been satisfactorily investigated.