Yes Virginia, I am a RHINO

There appears to be a sense of entitlement in the Republican Party, the likes of which I’ve not seen in some five decades of my membership in the party. In large part, it was the beginning of the end for me with an (R) before or after my name, I simply could NOT stand by while I watched the very Conservatism that I believed in completely destroyed.

I chose to become an Independent because I’ll never be a progressive liberal, although some ideas are not altogether without merit. I tend, these days, to skew to the left more than ever, simply because the right has skewed so far off the charts that I can’t located it with my new and improved GPS.

The LAW, which is (generally speaking) reasonably clear has been muddied to such an extent by those in power these days that in the end, those of us with a reasonable mindset find ourselves arguing in circles because the right has simply perverted it.

I will give you an example.

This week, the SITTING President of the United States, made some very uncomfortable statements in an ABC News Interview. The statements were not taken out of context, or edited. They were aired, complete, and with all of the usual nuance, and it came out so blantanly WRONG, that even some on the right gasped.

Before the sun SET that day, those same people gasping were saying that, well, “Hillary did it, why can’t we?”

Ok, let’s address that, and SEE why it’s such an inane statement, because it is not only WRONG, but it’s DOUBLY wrong.

The LAW is very SPECIFIC here. VERY. There is no room for doublespeak, and every single legal scholar on planet earth would tell you this.

It is AGAINST the law, to RECEIVE, ANY GIFT OF VALUE, FREE, from any FOREIGN entity. PERIOD. It’s a paraphrase, just in case you decided to fact check, but it’s the absolute CORE of the law, and there can be no serious discussion otherwise.

So let us, then, EXAMINE, what has taken place here, and why the “Hillary” argument is doubly wrong, and in fact, STUPID.

First off, the President said, he would take, IF OFFERED, free “dirt” or opposition research, on a political Opponent.

Following on that, let’s be clear. The SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (SCOTUS) has ALREADY ruled that OPPO RESEARCH is a thing of value, and THUS, is covered under this statute.

So what do we NOW know? This “research” is a thing of value, and thus is EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED from being received in “free form” and thus MUST be reported to the FBI immediately. This we KNOW.

NOW. What did Hillary do? Her CAMPAIGN PAID for opposition reserch. Paid money to a US Company that then hired an Englishman with Russian ties, to generate data to be used by the campaign. SINCE THE DATA WAS PAID FOR, it was NOT received for “free” and THUS DOES NOT FALL UNDER THE STATUE.

PERIOD.

THAT’S THE LAW, AND NEITHER TRUMP NOR HILLARY MADE THE LAW, THEY SIMPLY HAVE TO FOLLOW IT.

BUT.

Let’s ASSUME, for the moment, that Hillary HAD broken the law. IF she had, would it REALLY then be OK for Trump to do likewise? If you get drunk and drive, and get away with it, is it then OK for ME to do likewise? Of course it is not.

TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT AND BREAKING THE LAW IS NEVER OK.

PERIOD.

Folks, this is simply NOT rocket science. It’s NOT.

More than that, the right has a standard response to EVERYTHING. HILLARY.

As you like to say Republicans, 2016 is OVER, get OVER it.

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