When we think of crime families, Vito and Michael Corleone come to mind.
Yes, they killed people – mostly other gangsters and mob leaders. They were wealthy and powerful and dangerous to those who crossed them, but they were make-believe characters.
Let me tell you about a real-life crime family more wealthy, more powerful and more dangerous not only to those who cross them, but to the very fabric of our nation and its precious remaining liberty and what still exists of the rule of law.
Meet the Clinton crime family.
I have more than 20 years of experience with Bill and Hillary Clinton. I was numbered at the very top of their enemies list in the 1990s among media people. They didn’t mind hurting their enemies – and they used the power of the state to do it. They are only too willing to let their friends and supporters pay for their crimes, as top fundraiser Peter Paul can attest, after serving more than a decade behind bars for campaign finance violations coordinated by Hillary herself. They used the Internal Revenue Service to go after their enemies, their critics and even ex-lovers who posed a threat. They bullied, harassed, intimidated, and, though no one likes to talk about it in polite company, there is indeed an impressive trail of inexplicable death that has followed in their wake. The famous “Clinton Body Count” even persuaded Monica Lewinsky not to make unnecessary trouble for the “family.”
It’s not surprising that a few of their old adversaries have “seen the light” and decided the Clintons really weren’t that bad after all, concluding cooperation and even praise was better for their careers than the alternative.
After Hillary’s 2008 electoral debacle, some of us thought they would be satisfied to wreak havoc on America through bad policies and bad ideas. We thought perhaps they would content themselves with getting richer at the public trough and through the illegal use of their “family foundation.” Maybe their time was over.
But just like two bad pennies, they’re back.
The corruption we read about in Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash,” is nothing new for the Clintons. It’s been going on since their Arkansas days. It’s what Whitewater was all about. It’s what cattle futures were all about. It’s what the Rose Law Firm was all about.
When they surprised even themselves by reaching the White House in 1992, they took a little of Arkansas with them, tarnishing the hallowed presidential quarters forever – insulting Marine guards, humiliating FBI and Secret Service agents, fooling around with interns and abusing the power the American people mistakenly gave them for eight years.
They survived impeachment thanks to the gutless Republican Senate under the leadership of Trent Lott. One can only imagine who among the Republican leadership got an offer they couldn’t refuse.
They courted foreign money throughout their “co-presidency” and got plenty of it after they left office.
Scandals surrounded them through the Clinton administration and ever since. But, somehow, they never really paid a significant price. They had too many friends in high places – in government, in politics, with the high and mighty who helped engineer their rise and, most of all, within the media who found in them something that reminded them of the days of Camelot.
Now they’re getting ready for their third term in the White House – and they will not be denied. Already consumed in scandal once again, they count on fooling the people, again. After all, it’s their turn.
So let me just state clearly what they represent for those who still, more than two decades later, haven’t figured it out.
The Clintons are a crime family that somehow achieved immunity from prosecution more than 20 years ago – and, until recently, even immunity from criticism from the so-called “mainstream media.”
They know it. That’s why they have continued to flout the law and operate by their own set of rules – often sending other people to prison, or perhaps worse, for their own crimes.
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