Friday, March 16, 2018
Social Physics Laws - UPDATED
For every act of projection there is an equal and opposite, probing reaction.
I'm 64, pretty old, and I guess I've been politically aware, with varying degrees of intensity, for about 46 of them. I followed Watergate and to a far lesser degree the Iran Contra affair. The 2000 recount fascinated me. I've read about some pretty stupid political moves on both sides through the decades. I've seen corruption in office by both sides. In some of those cases justice was done and in others the corrupt politician skated.
But I have never witnessed an investigation blow up so devastatingly in the faces of the investigators.
I have held the FBI in pretty low esteem for a long time now. I think they are way too often long on arrogance and short on competence. But what is finally coming to light in the past year or so is very disappointing, to put it in its best light.
The go to guy for me about what's been happening has been former DOJ prosecutor Andrew McCarthy at National Review. He knows what he's talking about from experience and he is very smart. But even he had to confess that he had underestimated the malfeasance of the DOJ and FBI.
To paraphrase George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove: And although I hate to judge before all the facts are in, it's beginning to look like certain leaders in the FBI and DOJ are in need of a RICO prosecution.
McCarthy nailed why the bad actors thought they could get away with it. Everyone thought Trump would lose and Hillary would not only shield the bad actors from investigation but would actually reward their efforts to help her win.
But it didn't happen that way.
Had the bad actors gone back actually to trying to catch malum in se criminals after the election rather than double down on politicization of our federal investigative and prosecutory arms, I seriously doubt the low energy Republicans would have discovered the damning evidence we have been seeing lately. Most of the press was studiously ignoring Democrat bad acts, as usual. But they kept doing bad things including a transparently groundless investigation of Russian collusion by Republicans (there was Russian collusion by Democrats--didn't interest Mr. Mueller in the slightest), and the Republicans actually got off their butts and uncovered stuff, ugly stuff. See the second law of social physics above.
James Comey has been fired. Mr. McCabe was fired just today. Nobody in our bloated Washington bureaucracy used to get fired no matter how badly they acted. I hate to get my hopes up too high but I recall that the Watergate investigation took a full two years to start producing indictments. I do foresee a lot more firings. The future is too mist shrouded now to say if there will be indictments of FBI and DOJ personnel or of a past unsuccessful candidate for President perhaps. Probably not.
But there should be.
Karma can be pretty heartless, right?
UPDATE: In the great minds think alike department, here is Conrad Black on the subject: