Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were overshadowed, in part by a successor who refused to come in quietly, and in part by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.
It finally ends today. With the peaceful transfer of power in Washington from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, what might be described as our long national nightmare will be over.
Pardoning drug offenders by the thousand, many of them violent offenders and/or dealers. Commuting the sentence of a convicted traitor who released military secrets directly impinging on national security. Why does Obama do these baffling things? Is it because, as writer Ed Straker believes, “Obama decides everything based on identity politics. He doesn’t look at the nature of the crime; he looks at who he thinks committed it and how virtuous that person’s group is.”?
Apparently an 18-month election campaign with state primaries, public debates, slow elimination of candidates, op-eds, and ultimately a free and open national election by the American people is HORRIFYING!
This election will determine the fate of our nation. With Donald Trump we have a chance, and it is only that. Over the past few years we have learned to our shock and dismay just how corrupt and out of touch our elected officials really are. They have an agenda and it does not include the American people, except in extracting as much of our resources as possible. They are a powerful force. I don’t know if Donald Trump can overcome it, but I do know that no one else can.
When in the history of our republic has any United States AG ever declined to answer questions from Congress? “Pleading the Fifth [Amendment]”, which is American shorthand for invoking one’s right to remain silent as guaranteed by the Constitution, is normally only done in Congressional inquiries only by private citizens, usually those who have already woven a tangled web and have much to hide (Mafia leaders notoriously used this ploy often in the 20th century). Extremely rarely is this ploy used by government officials themselves, and never before has any Attorney General, the highest lawyer in land, refused to comply with congressional inquiries for information.