Allen B. West

Clinton email scandal a symptom of greater cultural rot

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I am of the belief that the better days for our Republic lie ahead and that the American people will chose the right principle direction for our nation. I took the position at the National Center for Policy Analysis because I wanted to be on the front lines of the ideological policy war for the future of our America. It is a critical moment for our children and grandchildren, and I believe right will prevail.

I watched the late showing of Fox News Sunday yesterday and to say I’m somewhat disturbed is an understatement. I watched a clip of President Obama tell a CBS interviewer this was the first time he learned anything about the Hillary Clinton email usage from a private account during her tenure as Secretary of State.

I guess we’re supposed to believe that not once during the entire four years she served under President Obama did Secretary Clinton EVER send an email to the resident — or vice versa, did he ever send her an email. Are we the American people deemed such rubes that we can be so easily duped?

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But it was most disconcerting watching long time Clinton “cleaner” Lanny Davis minimize and excuse everything away about the former Secretary of State using her private email from a private server in her private residence, home, in Chappaqua, NY.

I’ve met Mr. Davis on several occasions. I’ve done radio show commentary with him in opposition and we had respectful dialogue. I’ve chatted with him at the Fox “green room” and we both participated in a charity comedy show. To hear his smooth talk in an attempt to exonerate Mrs. Clinton was simply appalling. How will we move our country ahead when the simple standard of character and integrity is allowed to be dismissed for those in positions of power?

On the Sunday Fox news panel there was a woman from the far left think tank, Center for American Progress, who tried to say this was much ado about nothing. She even went so far as to make light of the situation, asking if the public should have the “girl talk” emails between her and Mrs. Clinton. She again touted the talking point that Mrs. Clinton had already given her emails to the State Department. One thing must be clearly understood: those are not Mrs. Clinton’s emails — they belong to the American people, which it seems is why she didn’t want to use the .gov system.

So here we are again with another false narrative — just as with Benghazi, where we still don’t know why a false narrative was created and promulgated by so many when four Americans were abandoned to die?

So, why did Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State issue an edict admonishing State department employees to conduct official State department business on official email-while she was violating her own decree? Why would Mrs. Clinton fire the Ambassador to Kenya, former Air Force General Scott Gration?

As reported by the Daily Caller, Gration said “Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff fired him based on an inspector general’s report which found, among other things, that he routinely used an unauthorized email account to conduct official government business. The revelation of Clinton’s then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills’ involvement in Gration’s termination — which Gration shared in an email from his home in Kenya — adds another wrinkle to a story of an apparent double-standard within the State Department.”

“During her entire four years as secretary of state Clinton exclusively used a private email account — [email protected] — to conduct all official and personal business. “I make no apology for ‘rocking the boat’ in the State Department to improve physical security, to enhance cyber policy, and to conduct several other initiatives that the State Department Inspector General misrepresented to build the case that Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff used to terminate my tenure as the US Ambassador in 2012,” Gration wrote in the email to TheDC and other outlets.”

And let’s be clear, former State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills — who has been eerily silent through this entire episode — only fired the Ambassador with the full knowledge and approval of the secretary of state. Which brings up an interesting point, don’t you think Secretary Clinton would have informed the president that one of his representatives in a foreign country was being fired? She would have done that from a private email — but then again, President Obama never knew about any of this. And where is former State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland?

All this reminds me of the quote attributed to Marcus Tulius Cicero:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

America is a strong and resilient nation but can it truly survive this level of Orwellian deceit and questionable integrity — which many willfully accept, and even protect? What I saw yesterday on Fox News Sunday is that there are those who care less about our Republic than protecting the entitlement of certain individuals. The question to be answered is whether or not America will accept this abhorrent privileged behavior. If so, then the soul of our nation has begun to rot.

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