Posted on October 4, 2016
Aristotle wrote in The Politics that those with the most virtue make the best rulers. He noted that since the purpose of government was to instill and encourage virtue in the citizenry, the rulers must obviously be quite virtuous. However, he also cautioned against such “exceptional virtue” existing in one person or small group of persons.
“If there is one person so outstanding by his excess of virtue – or a number of persons, though not enough to provide a full complement for the city – that the virtue of all the others and their political capacity is not commensurable…such persons can no longer be regarded as part of the city”
In fact, such a person “would reasonably be regarded as a god among human beings” he noted.
I couldn’t help but think about Aristotle’s “god among human beings” statement when reading this:
Immunity deals for two top Hillary Clinton aides included a side arrangement obliging the FBI to destroy their laptops after reviewing the devices, House Judiciary Committee sources told Fox News on Monday.
Sources said the arrangement with former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson also limited the search to no later than Jan. 31, 2015. This meant investigators could not review documents for the period after the email server became public — in turn preventing the bureau from discovering if there was any evidence of obstruction of justice, sources said.
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee fired off a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking why the DOJ and FBI agreed to the restrictive terms, including that the FBI would destroy the laptops after finishing the search.
I don’t think many people today would consider people in power in our country as possessing “exceptional virtue” or any virtue at all. But, there is virtue in getting elected, after all. It takes making promises, having personal virtues, and then acting on them. Even Germany’s Heinrich Himmler had virtue, although I doubt anyone would consider it an admirable virtue to murder millions of Jews and “lesser” races. But, he stayed true to his integrity and did what he believed was right in his sick, warped mind.
As someone who worked as a Counterintelligence Special Agent for the last 16 years of my military career, this had me floored. I worked closely with FBI around the country (mostly in the southeast) and never imagined the agency could sacrifice its integrity so brazenly. When we investigated Soldiers for similar violations of sending/receiving/mishandling classified information, there is no way we’d agree to this. Our job is to protect the classified information, not those in possession of it beyond the extent of providing the tools necessary to protect it. Heck, we prosecuted Soldiers for forgetting to secure classified information when done with it or accidentally sending it on an insecure server. Sound familiar? We had separate servers for unclassified, secret, top secret, and even SAP materials. Soldier’s went to jail, lost their clearances, and/or were dishonorably discharged for far less.
It is plainly obvious that Hillary and Obama believe themselves to be “gods among human beings,” possessing unworldly virtue that is unmatched in society. Obama’s Justice Department has not only bent over backwards to Teflon coat Hillary’s candidacy, but he’s twisted it into a contortionists pretzel to get her elected. There is no valid, legal, or justifiable reason why the Obama administration would agree to DESTROY evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation unless it were covering something up or protecting someone. Every day, it becomes more and more obvious that both are likely true.
To help you better understand, think about it this way. Police pull over Kim Kardashian while driving down the highway during a rainstorm. She has two friends with her and they all have enough crack cocaine in their possession to be charged with trafficking and intent to distribute. Kim was able to throw some of it out the window without the police noticing. In the process of the Obama/Comey “investigation,” the FBI agreed to inspect the crack cocaine of Kim’s two friends under the condition they get immunity and their crack cocaine be destroyed so it couldn’t be used as evidence. Comey agrees and all that’s left is Kim’s small amount of crack cocaine in her possession. However, because it’s Kim Kardashian and they know she has “power” and influence, the FBI says that what she did was irresponsible, but shouldn’t be prosecuted since what she had in her possession wasn’t that bad. The police release her and she gets robbed at gunpoint after whining about guns.
This is the kind of “the law for thee, but not for me” government corruption we are now living with. The government is setting a precedent that has the potential for causing anarchy. After all, if Clinton can get away with it, why not the rest of us? Why should troops be held accountable for mishandling classified information if our other government officials aren’t? Don’t they represent us? Don’t we enjoy “equal protection under the law” as well?
Perhaps the Obama/Clinton administration misread that part and thought it was “equal protection from the law.” How many more lies, conniving, scheming, and smoke and mirrors will it take before we wake up as a country? Aristotle also recognized that the law isn’t always unbiased. In fact, he recognized that it is only biased to those that disagree with the regime in power since the law is created with the biases of the those in power.
This is why those on the right can support the statist policies of Donald Trump and those on the left can support the statist policies of Hillary Clinton. It’s because they agree with the bias of their candidates and ignore the fact that both believe themselves to be “gods among human beings” and will legislate according to their desires and not what is best for liberty or necessarily the country.
This is why we have laws though. The laws and constitution are designed to prevent people like Clinton or Trump from getting away with lawlessness. Since the laws are already in place, they are theoretically impartial to those in office because they should hold their power in check. Aristotle says that no matter which regime is in power, they should subscribe themselves to the law, otherwise the power of men will corrupt and lead to civil war. Ruling according to one’s own set of rules is what he defines as tyranny.
The fact that the FBI made this deal to shield Clinton and her cronies from prosecution should be evidence enough that we are being ruled by tyrants. The political elite in this country believe that they can do as they will. While I disagree with Trump on many of my “deal breaking” issues and won’t be voting for him, at least we won’t be getting a career politician in office if he is elected. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will end rule by people who see themselves as possessing “exceptional virtue” who are “gods among human beings.”