As if Americans don’t have enough problems dealing with the skewed views of progressives as to how the election of a president works and how that person operates in office – we are now looking forward (sort of) to the fact that a real traitor plans to run for the Senate. And it’s possible the left (read that Democrats) will support that candidacy and the individual might just win.

I can hardly wait to see how they’ll justify that. Then again, I can wait, and the whole scenario disgusts me.

There’s no doubt we live in a world that is changing around us and anyone who tries to hang on to “tradition” is fighting a losing battle. What was right is wrong. What was true is false. What was up is down. It never ends and just gets worse.

Treason used to be something regarded as reprehensible and, in fact, the guilty party was usually quickly dispatched, without too many, if any, formalities. There were no tears and no regrets.

The person, if referred to in history, did not have their life story burnished and changed for posterity. In those days, once a traitor, always a traitor.

It’s different now – case in point, Bradley Manning. Manning is an American soldier, a 21-year-old private first class, who, while serving in Iraq, stole thousands of classified files and leaked them to WikiLeaks and, in turn, to the Russians.

He was found out and charged with espionage, fraud and theft. He pleaded to some charges and faced trial on others, was found guilty and on Aug. 21, 2013, was sentenced to 35 years in prison, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge.

The end, right? Justice served, right?

Uh, no. Not in today’s world.

While in in midst of all those legalities, Bradley decided to go public with his belief that he was (is) transgender and wanted to have the government pay for his hormone treatments. Long story short, it happened. So now Bradley is no more, and in his place is Chelsea – a 5’2,” blue-eyed blond, female.

She was still in prison and garnering as many headlines as she was able to finesse – when the president at the time, Barack Obama, decided to put his two cents in and gain support from the transgender “community.”

On Jan. 17, 2017, Obama commuted her (his) sentence to time served (seven years) and, with that, Chelsea Manning was released from prison on May 17, 2017. She’s now 30.

So much for espionage.

That garnered a lot of headlines, and one might have thought that Manning would move along with her life and leave us alone.

Uh, no. Not in today’s world.

If you want to find out about her, Google the name. She’s there and described as – are you ready? – “an American activist and politician”! It does take your breath away.

What you also find out is that she has officially declared herself a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, the state where she now lives.

Manning is trying to unseat two-term Democrat Sen. Ben Carden, who has enormous support and, it’s said, a war chest of more than $2 million.

Manning is trying to raise money and has under $50,000, two “staff” volunteers and a large Twitter following. She has just released her first video commercial – a tough-sounding screed that says she focuses on criminal justice, immigration and health care. She presents herself as strong and tough, and she already has said, many times, that what she did with those stolen documents was “courageous.”

The word from Maryland is that Manning meets all the qualifications to run for the Senate seat, and there is nothing in the law that says an ex-con and traitor – even one who didn’t serve the full sentence and got released as a special favor from the president – is qualified to be a candidate.

This whole circus is just getting started, so keep an eye on it.

But, keep in mind that virtually every elected Democrat has trashed Donald Trump for everything he’s said or done, or not said or done.

They have accused him of just about every infraction of morality they can think of, to the point of trying to convince us that he is mentally ill. It is shameful.

Imagine what will happen if anyone makes reference to Chelsea Manning being transgender. Truth be known, that will not be “allowed.” In fact, any criticism of her will be framed as hate speech.

It’s bad enough that she’s running, that she is allowed to run, given her background. The worst of it is, if she were to win, it would be OK to have a convicted traitor to our country in the Congress of the United States.

If that day comes, we can kiss the country goodbye. We have enough crooks and scam artists there now. We don’t need to be electing people with public criminal records.

The standards for candidates need to be re-evaluated and changed as soon as possible.

The problem is, if Donald Trump or a Republican attempts to do it now, they will be pilloried.

And the Democrats don’t have the guts.

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