Saturday, September 3, 2016

In Wasserman Schultz Case, Obama and Clinton Seem to Wink at the Law

Hardly only the Wasserman Schultz case. Let's count the ways. Obstruction of justice in the case of (admitted) torture, illegal aggression in the base of military operations against the objections of the sovereign government without a declaration of war. Check. They are both war crimes.

Subversion of the political process is not only un-America and illiberal to the extreme but it also borders on treason as attempted political "assassination" of a presidential candidate.

Any of these, and others not mentioned, are cause for impeachment.


Ryan Harris said...

My pacifica radio station uses a method of election called a single transferable vote which was supposed to overcome the deficiencies and divisiveness of the election system but it seems worse than ever. The whole pacifica network is in a constant state of near collapse with factions vying for slots and the quality of content suffering and ultimately listeners are lost in shuffle as our programs are discarded, moved to odd hours, and the foundation itself teeters on bankruptcy and the people who produce quality shows eventually just give up while the crappy stuff reigns.

It seems like unfettered democracy, where a $25 contribution buys a vote is as bad two-party government. Everyone knows why corporations can't lead, why dictators fail, but why democracies fail is less well understood. Or maybe I'm ignorant. Everything worthwhile has been thought about already. I'm dying to know what comes next even before we have a consensus on the need for 'next'. Even talking about what comes next reduces the possibility of 'next' because people like to imagine their own version of next. I don't know. Beautiful Sunny Sunday Holiday. That is what is next.

Ed Seedhouse said...

So why isn't George W. Bush in prison then? By any reasonable measure he did far worse than Obama and Clinton have done. And there is plenty of evidence that Trump would do even worse than either.

I think this screed just proves that there are loonies on the left as well as on the right, but the ones on the right present a much greater danger because they may be in power soon.

Tom Hickey said...

why democracies fail is less well understood.

Democracies are based on the prevailing level of collective consciousness. If that is low, then governance will suffer.

The Chinese Communist Party confronted this issue in an interesting way. First, party membership is unrestricted and people get choose to join the party. Then at that lower levels, leaders are selected more or less democratically, but with guidance from higher levels. Getting promoted up the China is (theoretically) based on performance, so the leadership is meritocratic. It works fairly well but like any human institution is adversely affected by cronyism and corruption.

But the basic idea is as sound one in that China is a very large country that is poor and rural. Democracy based on everyone voting would not be very manageable or effective.

Compare China's progress with that of "democratic" India where collective consciousness is similar to China, India being a poor country with a large rural population, too. Even though India is "democratic," it is notorious corrupt and infected with nepotism, like China.

Democracy is no panacea. It requires a foundation in collective consciousness.

Ryan Harris said...

"It requires a foundation in collective consciousness."

Until we get there, our benevolent 1% and their elite will have our backs.

Tom Hickey said...

Capitalism is actually sewing the sees of its own demise by increasing collective consciousness in order to improve the work force and well as expanding the middle class and providing greater access to the upper middle class. In addition, greater interconnectivity through the destination of communications technology will also affect collective consciousness. This eventually shows up as transformation of culture and institutions.

Then democracy will actually work, if liberalism remains reasonably intact. But as collective consciousness rises, it will also be more difficult to curtail liberal culture and institutions, since capitalism has come to depend on them.