The State Department's Office of Inspector General trashes Hillary Clinton's e-mail narrative...

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A European friend used to tell me how much he disliked Chancelor Merkel. And it wasn't her politics that turned him off, but what he saw as her naked ambition in every policy decision she made. He said Merkel was that consummate brand of politician who knows no principal other than popularity. If the wind is blowing in this direction, he sets sail for this direction, and if it blows in that direction, he cames about and sets sail in that direction. We here in the States who remember when Bill Clinton was in the White House know the type. President Clinton was known for turning on a dime, especially after an electoral defeat. He had no principles; only the most intense desire for popularity that I've seen in any politician in my lifetime which had a particular aspect we won't rehash just now.

Then, this past year my European friend told me he had somewhat of a change of heart concerning Chancellor Merkel. He said he had been amazed at her response to the refugee crisis. Despite her political base being opposed to the government allowing refugees into the country, Chancellor Merkel planted her feet and said she would not allow Germany to refuse these sojourners trying to cross their borders and make Germany their home. He was so proud of her.

If these United States elect The Donald as our next president, no one will have voted for him because they think he's a principled man. On the contrary... 

The Donald makes it clear his only principles are wealth and pride. So he's our perfect president, isn't he? He represents us well. We don't want to share our wealth with souls fleeing poverty and murder south of the border, so Donald's our man. And Christians here, like in Germany, justify this lovelessness by calling it "the rule of law."

If Secretary Clinton is elected as our next president, it will be an entirely different story. Every last person who votes for her will explain their vote as highly principled. Whereas The Donald will stick with "make America great again!," Ms. Rodham Clinton will never stop talking about her own moral superiority to every other human being. She'll demand people vote for her because she's fair, reasonable, an advocate for the poor, trustworthy, dependable, principled, a defender of children, a compassionate supporter of women's healthcare, selfless in her commitment to public service, and so on. Listening to her reminds us of the Pharisees who stood around judging Jesus. They were clean and Jesus was dirty. They were law-abiding and Jesus was a law-breaker. They were sons of Abraham and Jesus was a son of Belial. They condemned the poor and notorious sinners and Jesus ate with them and loved them.

In fact, the defining characteristic of every liberal and Democrat is their certainty that everyone else is blind and they see; everyone else is selfish and they're selfless; everyone else is sinful and they're righteous. Such moral self-righteousness oozes from Ms. Rodham Clinton's pores.

Which is the reason I find a presidency of The Donald more pleasant to contemplate than a presidency of Ms. Rodham Clinton. Both are extremely proud, and shout that pride from every forum and pulpit they occupy, but The Donald says "You betcha I'm proud!" while Ms. Rodham Clinton tries to get people to think she's humble. That she's merely a servant of the people. That she's running for the presidency only because of her lifelong commitment to do as much good as she can with her life... In other words, The Donald takes pride in his pride while The Rodham Clinton refuses to admit she has any pride at all and lies through her teeth about the moral superiority of her every motive.

Which is the reason her e-mail server may just be the end of her. Since it first came out that, during the years she served as the Secretary of State, Ms. Rodham Clinton flouted federal laws concerning the communication of material of a classified nature as well as State Department regulations concerning employees' e-mail, Clinton has refused to acknowledge her violation of those laws and regulations, and does so to this day. But this scandal is not going away just yet, and there's a chance it will be the end of Ms. Rodham Clinton's candidacy.

Today, another shoe dropped. As The Hill tells it, a report will be released tomorrow by the State Department's own independent and non-partisan Office of Inspector General. From The Hill's piece released today:

By exclusively using a personal email address routed through a private server, Clinton circumvented policies designed to follow federal records laws and might have jeopardized official secrets, the department’s Office of the Inspector General said in a report obtained by The Hill ahead of its official publication on Thursday...

And Clinton’s decision not to use an official email department email address “is not an appropriate method” of preserving emails under the Federal Records Act, the inspector general said in the hotly anticipated 83-page report.

“Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary,” it said. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

The conclusion is damning for Clinton...

I'm not sure who is more qualified to govern from the White House: a proud and immoral businessman who never stops blustering about his smarts and wealth, or a proud and immoral lawyerwoman who never stops parading her altruism and moral superiority.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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