A Pox on Both your Houses

As we head into the final stretch for the Democratic and Republican nominees for President there remains drama and controversy as the parties’ choices for candidates have either dropped out or are losing momentum. Both parties are pulling out the stops to prevent Bernie or Donald from capturing the nomination by popular acclaim.

In spite of hundreds of millions spent to advance their inevitable picks, the people have chosen a different direction. Hillary has a real fight on her hands and must count on super delegates to win as the voters pick Bernie again and again; the next few weeks should be interesting to say the least. The Republican Party is in full panic mode fearing Donald could capture the nomination, the lights in the back rooms have been burning all night long for months now after their anointed one, Bush III dropped out of the race. Faced with the choice between Ted and Donald the Republicans are so panicked that they’re rewriting the rules so they can pick an acceptable candidate at their upcoming convention who knows how to toe the line and the Democrats simply can’t believe that Hillary seems to be losing the momentum to Bernie.

What both parties seem to be missing is that the people want change; they want someone who will shake things up and break the inertia that’s plagued congress for far too long. Citizens who’ve never voted before or participated in the political process are coming out in droves. Both parties lament that their anointed ones are failing, and they blame the supporters for both of the outsiders as being ignorant and uniformed with increasing venom. The problem is that supporters of the outsiders are neither ignorant nor uninformed. Bernie, Donald and Ted have drawn “Yuge” crowds wherever they appear. Tens of thousands of voters have turned out repeatedly for Donald, Bernie, and, Ted and according to early primary results, we can expect Election Day turnout in November to surpass the percentages for President Obama in 2008.

More citizens becoming involved in the political process, more citizens attending rallies and sharing their beliefs with friend, neighbors, and families, and more citizens voting on Election Day… What’s not to like about that?

Unfortunately the Democrat and Republican parties don’t like it at all and worse, appear to be deaf to the will of the people. Instead of fairly supporting all candidates, the elites have taken it upon themselves to decide who their party’s nominee will be; after all, the entrenched Washington insiders know better than the uninformed (read: dumb) citizens what’s best for America.

Fortunately for the USA, the people are a lot smarter than either party gives them credit for. The parties, along with most of the media, actually believe that all Americans outside the Beltway or the Big Apple are “sheeple”, and unfortunately many are. There are folks that simply aren’t interested in being part of the solution and are perfectly content to sit on their butts watching mindless programs so they don’t have to think. The good news, however, is that millions and millions of Americans have woken from their self-inflicted stupor and begun the long march towards active participation in our political process. These former sheep have thrown off the mantle of indifference and are standing up and being counted. Their numbers are impressive and give us hope for a more representative government. President Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg address, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Who will win the nomination for each party and who will be elected the 45th President of the United States remains to be seen, in every race there are winners and losers, but in the end it is the parties themselves that stand lose the most. One can only imagine the party elders sitting in their back rooms making side deals to circumvent the will of the people.  Have they convinced themselves that the newly awakened electorate will soon forget their nefarious attempts to decide amongst themselves who will win and who will lose? I for one believe that we have crossed into new territory where our citizens are not only smarter than the elites believe they are, but they will have a long memory. The motto for the activist group Anonymous is “We do not Forgive, We do not Forget”. While I personally believe in forgiveness, I will not soon forget the underhanded actions by my party.

The Democrat and Republican Party leadership would be well advised to remember that a Pyrrhic victory is no victory at all… You may win this battle by neutralizing the will of the people through underhanded tactics, but you are at risk of losing the war by alienating the new field of voters who may strongly prefer becoming independents rather than affiliate with a party that is out of touch and appears corrupt.

William Shakespeare’s immortal words from Romeo and Juliet about the dysfunction between their two families’ “A Pox on Both Your Houses” seems an apt warning for the Republican and Democratic Party’s, ignore the will of the people and you will suffer the consequences of becoming much more irrelevant than you already are…

Why Hillary’s Private Email is a BFD

A week after the story of Hillary’s email scandal broke, we finally heard from the former Secretary of State. In her address, Hillary gave a prepared statement full of snarky and sarcastic comments, then took a few questions from some friendly sources in the media, and hoped to move on. After all my friends, “what difference does it make?” to quote Hillary after the Benghazi scandal.

Madam Secretary, I suggest it makes a big difference. For example, if you’ve lied and destroyed government documents to protect your political career, then our citizens have the right to know and our government has the obligation of investigating and prosecuting if there is sufficient evidence.

From what we’ve learned thus far, Hillary established a private server in her home prior to her confirmation as Secretary of State. It has been alleged that she did so to circumvent the common sense requirement for security of communications and to preserve emails (correspondence) pursuant to federal regulations.

Hillary admitted that looking back, she might do things differently. She explained that for convenience sake she used her personal devices rather than have to carry and use two devices… The audacity… Most would agree that it’s more likely than not that Hillary planned on running for president in 2016 a few minutes after Barak Obama was elected in 2008. If she knew that sooner or later she would be running for the highest office in the land, one would think that she would have also decided then and there that she would lead an open and transparent life until it was her time to run.

Instead, it appears that Mrs. Clinton, regardless of what she or her surrogates might say, chose to violate several federal laws regarding retention of government documents, failing to secure secret documents and potentially perjury. All I can think is that it must have been sheer unmitigated gall, to believe that she is so far above the law that she can do whatever she wants without consequences.

Hillary and her surrogates insist that she has done nothing wrong and suggest that this is more about being treated unfairly because she is a woman. Beware my friends; she is using the same tactic that President Obama and his surrogates have used so successfully over the past six years. In his case, any disagreement with his policies is really because of his race. Hillary’s manipulative tactic to avoid any criticism is to claim gender discrimination. Anyone who disagrees is guilty of being anti-woman.

It’s hard to see the facts through all the noise but it appears that Hillary has broken several federal laws and even her friends have begun to sadly admit that this scandal isn’t likely to simply go away. I believe it’s time for an investigation by the Department of Justice.

There are rules and regulations governing how government employees, including Cabinet Secretaries must preserve records and documents, either paper or electronic. One can visit the National Archives site to read the regulations. http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/publications/agency-recordkeeping-requirements.html. Why not take a minute and read the preamble and description of the actual regulations regarding preservation and control of government documents.

If one were to believe the Clinton Campaign, “Everything is OK; Mrs. Clinton has not broken any laws that could result in potential jail time like retired General David Petraeus. Unfortunately, that assertion is meaningless and disingenuous because Hillary controls all her electronic documents, not the government.

To be fair, Mrs. Clinton did offer up nearly 55,000 emails, this clearly proves she is cooperative and has nothing to hide… Well, at first glance, 55,000 may seem like a lot of emails but when one breaks down the numbers, the results raise more questions than answers.

For example, how many emails a day do you suppose you might receive, 25, 50, over 100, more? As for me, I usually receive well over a hundred emails a day, some days, when there’s increased activity or a problem that needs my attention, the number is well over 200 a day.

If one divides the 55,000 emails that Hillary has turned over by the approximately 1,460 days she served as Secretary of State, then it appears Secretary Clinton only received or sent an average of 37 emails a day. 37… can you believe it? To be fair, Hillary indicates she deleted about 35,000 emails so perhaps in total, she received and sent about sixty emails a day… Her assertions are unbelievable, that’s why we need an independent investigation, let’s take the politics out of the equation and investigate the facts.

The Secretary of State for the largest superpower in the world and she only receives 37 emails a day? Well, perhaps things were really slow during her term as Secretary of State, perhaps the IG report disclosing Billions of Dollars of expenditures without documentation or lost records didn’t generate many emails. The crisis’s and debacles of Benghazi, Libya, the Arab Spring, Yemen, Boco Haram, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and ISIS suggest that there could have or perhaps should have been tens of thousands of emails on these topics alone.

As I watch this administration manipulate and at times desecrate our Constitution, and see how Mrs. Clinton has once again ignored the spirit if not the letter of the law, I almost want to pull the blanket over my head and simply stay in bed.

The truth is; we need to stand up and be counted. As citizens it’s easy to feel hopeless, after all, what can one person do? I say to you my friend that together we can do a lot, and we must.

The White House has created a website where citizens can sign a petition to the president. If one is successful in obtaining more than 100,000 electronic signatures then the president will publically comment on and possibly take action on the action proposed. I have created just such a petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appoint-special-prosecutor-investigate-hillary-clinton-violation-federal-laws-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors/tMpZDdwZ

If you, like me are fed up and frustrated with the way our elected officials have continued to act; then I propose you do a little homework and then cast your vote for the following petition;

We the undersigned respectfully ask the President of the United States to direct Attorney General designate Loretta Lynch to appoint a special prosecutor to fully and independently investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for numerous violations of federal law during and after serving as Secretary of State.

By taking the extra ordinary action to circumvent the US government email system that has more robust security protocols, it appears that Mrs. Clinton has violated numerous regulations regarding protecting and preserving government documents, secret or otherwise, and violating national security protocols.

A special prosecutor will help ensure there is no conflict of interest or undue political pressure.”

Will you take a few minutes, become familiar with the facts, and then if you agree that this scandal deserves an investigation, sign the petition?

Voting may not seem like a big deal… but it is! Together we can make our voices heard, we’ve had enough of the scandals out of Washington. Where there’s smoke there’s generally fire, it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate.

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JD Ludwig is the author of Overreach: Blood of Patriots and political commentator. (Link to Our Facebook page) (Our Website) ( Overreach a link to the Amazon page) (Please include the Jeff@jdludwig.com at the top with my picture)