If you haven’t yet figured it out, Hillary Clinton is the only logical choice for president of the two candidates from whom you have to choose.
The Clinton email scandal is a politically motivated distraction and not a scandal at all. FBI Director Comey was absolutely correct when he stated that there was no basis for prosecution for her handling of her emails.
He went as far as to acknowledge that much of the deletion of emails was consistent with routine management of emails and that there was no basis to interpret her actions as either illegal or intentionally dishonest.
Messy, yes, illegal, no. However, Comey also went on to do a grave injustice to her when he went far beyond simply sharing the decision not to indict.
Although the FBI investigation of her email use found no justification for indictment he then proceeded to try her in the court of public opinion by listing a litany of unindictable offenses without any due process and based solely on the opinions of the investigators and not based in law.
As a matter of fact, George W. Bush had literally more than 20 million emails deleted during his time as president in violation of federal requirements to maintain records, including emails, involving presidential decision-making and deliberations yet no Congressional inquiry.
Should her handling of emails, especially those involving sensitive information, been handled better? No doubt, as stated by Director Comey. However, the problem with the handling of classified information goes a great deal further than simply her handling of sensitive information.
As someone who, during my own federal career, had a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance and handled classified information, use of email for classified information, at least during my career, was never even considered.
We handled classified information as if it was the most fragile piece of crystal; we had it placed in clearly marked folders and hand-carried to the next party for review. Use of email to transmit sensitive information? Never!
Now, granted, I have been gone from federal service for awhile and the practices throughout the federal agencies may have changed since I left, but tightening up the process is what must be looked into regarding this quite serious weakness.
Clinton’s use of her personal email or her own server instead of a secure government server is not what jeopardized classified information because there is no such thing as a secure government server.
Ask the head of the Office of Personnel Management about secure government server hacking and how it left vulnerable the background investigation results of thousands of federal employees with security clearances such as me.
The point? Congress would serve a more useful purpose if it focused its attention, not on another purely politically motivated witch hunt as they conducted on Benghazi, but, rather, focus on tightening agency rules for identifying AND handling sensitive information.
So where does that leave us with the other candidate?
With all of the controversy surrounding each of the two candidates, the one question that each of us must answer before we enter the voting booth is which candidate do we feel brings the most experience and is in the best position to make responsible decisions regarding the issues we, as a nation, continue to face.
With that in mind, I present a comparison, not of two individuals as people, but, rather, of the tactics used by two demagogues, Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump, in their quests to rise to power.
Both Hitler and Trump used racism in an attempt to bring divisiveness to their respective countries. Both individuals favored mass deportations. Hitler promised to make Germany “great again” in the aftermath of the reparations imposed after the first World War; Trump has promised throughout his campaign to “Make America Great Again”, although is it unclear exactly how far back “again” is.
The assumption is he craves going back to the 50s, which would mean he actually is proposing “Making America White Again.”
While Hitler was an anti-Jewish fascist, Trump is an anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-Asian fascist. Hitler blamed Jews, just like me, for all of the ills of German society; Trump is similarly placing blame for all of America’s ills on foreign entities, especially immigrants and Muslims.
Granted, this is a somewhat extreme comparison and I want to emphasize it is limited to the similarity in the tactics used as both demagogues sought to rise to power. It is not intended to take the comparison any further than that. For anyone who does decide to read anything further into the comparison, it is on them, not me.
However, I provide this comparison now because the similarities are real and should be taken into consideration as we get closer to Election Day.
The choice between these two candidates is yours, but there are some areas for consideration that take precedence over other areas and email management, for me, does not rise to the same level as fueling people’s fears and hatred for the sole purpose of feeding one’s own ego by becoming the leader of the free world.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that my country would be in better hands with Hillary Clinton as president than, shudder the thought, Donald Trump. Size, indeed, does matter and the size of Hillary’s experience in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government should not be taken lightly.