The best-laid plans of mice and men …

The FBI has opened a new inves­ti­ga­tion into the Clinton Foundation and, in this case, as report­ed by The Hill’s John Solomon who broke the sto­ry: “[t]he Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play pol­i­tics or oth­er ille­gal activ­i­ties while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.”  Separately, the DOJ is also set to re-exam­ine Hillary Clinton’s infa­mous emails and the  —  what many con­sid­er crim­i­nal and scan­dalous in their own right  —  deci­sions that were made to do things like change “gross neg­li­gence” (a crim­i­nal offence) to sim­ply being “care­less” (not a crim­i­nal offence).

As Media Research Center NewsBuster’s Curtis Houck points out:

To the shock of no one (at least in the NewsBusters news­room), the “big three” net­works of ABC, CBS, and NBC ignored on Friday morn­ing the stun­ning rev­e­la­tion that the Clinton Foundation is under FBI inves­ti­ga­tion for pos­si­ble crimes while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

If I’m not mis­tak­en, the IRS also con­tin­ues to inves­ti­gate the Clinton Foundation and, very impor­tant­ly, these are only the inves­ti­ga­tions that we know of:  I don’t think it unrea­son­able to sus­pect that addi­tion­al inves­ti­ga­tions may already be under­way and/or on the way, and it cer­tain­ly isn’t out of the realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties that one or more secret grand juries have already been con­vened and are hard at work.  Not to men­tion the rather incon­ve­nient truth that the entire Russiagate inves­ti­ga­tion, over­all, seems to be lead­ing to Clinton and the DNC, more so than Trump and asso­ciates, on any sub­stan­tive mat­ters.

How does all this relate to the Robert Burns para­phrased line the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry?

Suppose, if you will, a sce­nario where­in the Clinton “cabal,” that has been both allud­ed to and dis­cussed by var­i­ous peo­ple for many years, sup­port­ed by the deep state and a heav­i­ly biased main­stream media col­lud­ed, plot­ted, schemed, scammed and com­mit­ted as yet pub­licly uncon­firmed crim­i­nal actions with what­ev­er intent and pur­pose, and all par­ties were assured of pro­tec­tion for and against their involve­ment in these activ­i­ties by way of what they were assured and reas­sured was a fore­gone con­clu­sion, the elec­tion of Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States.  Oh, all the talk of the most qual­i­fied polit­i­cal can­di­date in his­to­ry and of break­ing the (so-called) glass ceil­ing was all such sanc­ti­mo­nious music to their ears.

Now, what would you do if you were involved in some very seri­ous wrong­do­ing, or at least some very ques­tion­able doing, and the assur­ances about your pro­tec­tion from detec­tion and ram­i­fi­ca­tions of your involve­ment and actions (and pos­si­bly even crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion) was now com­plete­ly off the table?  How you and they could have pos­si­bly got­ten it all so wrong is a top­ic for anoth­er dis­cus­sion … For now, let’s just dis­cuss what you and your asso­ciates, and oth­ers in a sim­i­lar pre­car­i­ous posi­tion, need to do in order to elim­i­nate or at least mit­i­gate against what could turn into years or even decades in prison.

Distract and deflect is a tried and true method and, arguably, it can be employed pret­ty much any­where and in any sit­u­a­tion; it also doesn’t real­ly have any lim­i­ta­tions and it can be tak­en to extremes, if need be, such as start­ing a war and/or killing hun­dreds or thou­sands of inno­cent peo­ple, which can most cer­tain­ly divert the atten­tions of your adver­saries, the media, soci­ety … every­one and any­one!  Heck, the Clinton News Network CNN was dis­tract­ed by some­thing as mun­dane as President Donald Trump alleged­ly drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day while the New York City sub­way faced a ter­ror­ist attack.  And, the fact that the bomb did not det­o­nate prop­er­ly does not make it sim­ply an attempt­ed ter­ror­ist attack:  That is the sort of seman­tics employed by Islamist apol­o­gists.

Does any of this sound famil­iar?  The polit­i­cal left and the child­ish #resis­tance to Trump would like you to believe that it is Trump try­ing to dis­tract and deflect  —  near­ly any­thing he says or does, they argue, is an attempt to dis­tract from Russiagate.  No, they aren’t con­cerned about the econ­o­my (which is rel­a­tive­ly and com­par­a­tive­ly roar­ing under Trump, by the way), and indeed they aren’t much con­cerned with any­thing, real­ly, that isn’t part of the so-called pro­gres­sive ide­ol­o­gy and nar­ra­tive.

… if Trump cured can­cer the main­stream media would report the sto­ry as Trump puts THOUSANDS of can­cer doc­tors and nurs­es out of work! 

I’ve very much come to agree with a cou­ple of sen­ti­ments that I’ve recent­ly heard:  First is that if Trump cured can­cer the main­stream media would report the sto­ry as Trump puts THOUSANDS of can­cer doc­tors and nurs­es out of work!  and, sec­ond is that any­thing lib­er­als accuse you of, they are guilty of them­selves (and are try­ing to deflect, dis­tract and project onto you):  When they say they sup­port free speech, you can be assured they mean only speech they agree with.  When they say they sup­port the Constitution of the United States, you can be assured they mean only when it suits their needs.  When they say they are anti-fas­cist and anti-vio­lence, you can be assured that they and their allies are fas­cists and vio­lent.  To these peo­ple up is down and wrong is right … As long as it sticks it to Trump!

To any­one with a mod­icum of com­mon sense, intel­lec­tu­al hon­esty, and who is being hon­est to them­selves it is plain and clear to see that Donald Trump is not the prob­lem.  Yes, I read­i­ly admit and agree that President Trump often doesn’t help the sit­u­a­tion with some of his tweets and reac­tions.  But I think the real prob­lem will even­tu­al­ly right­ly be found, by psy­chol­o­gists and soci­ol­o­gists, as being a very good exam­ple of mass hys­te­ria, or some sim­i­lar type phe­nom­e­non con­sti­tut­ing abnor­mal and even dan­ger­ous psy­chol­o­gy on the part of a large and broad seg­ment of soci­ety.  At the same time, I think even­tu­al­ly oth­er researchers (e.g., legal and polit­i­cal) will deter­mine that anoth­er group was hard at work  —  a group actu­al­ly with very clear minds and, in hind­sight, clear motives and intent.  Nefarious, or at the very least high­ly uneth­i­cal and immoral motives and intent.

All the attempts to dele­git­imize Donald Trump’s pres­i­den­cy (and the will of the peo­ple)  —  whether it be Russia! Russia! Russia!, or misog­y­ny, ridicu­lous attempts at impeach­ment, men­tal health “con­cerns,” his father had Alzheimer’s, or Michael Wolff’s work of pulp fic­tion Fire & Fury (it’s true because it’s tit­il­lat­ing)  —  may all be, at their core, parts of a con­cert­ed cam­paign not so much to take down Donald Trump and his asso­ciates but to pro­tect Hillary Clinton and hers. 

 

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