A Sober Analysis

I try very hard not to be a conspiracy theorist. I make every attempt not to be shrill in my commentaries. I seek to bring faith and reason together and deliver a sober analysis of events. The cartoons I use so often are the comic relief to illustrate my main points. It’s my genuine hope that fair-minded individuals will read these daily ponderings and acknowledge their honesty, at least.

So I want to make sure I’m not simply partisan when it comes to dissecting the latest news. If people on my side of the political divide—and let’s be clear, it is a huge divide at the moment—do anything wrong, I will be just as critical of them as I am of those with whom I disagree. Why am I saying this now?

Chris Christie 2In the past week, three individuals who are either conservative or Republican, or both, have been in the news for charges of wrongdoing. First, we had New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is being blamed for lane closures on a bridge causing a massive traffic jam; he supposedly did this for political payback to those who didn’t support him. He claims lack of knowledge of that action and has fired some of his personnel over it.

Bob McDonnellClose on the heels of that controversy, the just-retired Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell, now faces charges, along with his wife, that they committed fraud and gave out political favors to a man who lavished gifts and money on the McDonnell family.

Dinesh D'SouzaThen, just yesterday, came the alert that Dinesh D’Souza, the man who made the documentary 2016: Obama’s America, is being indicted for breaking the law with respect to campaign donations, that he orchestrated a behind-the-scenes scheme that allowed him to give over and above what he was allowed to contribute to someone’s campaign.

Let me be clear—a phrase used often by Richard Nixon and resurrected by Barack Obama—that if they are guilty, they need to face the consequences of their actions. At the very least, Christie should have known what his minions were doing. The McDonnells, if the charges are true, have exhibited a rather tawdry desire for material gain. In their case, however, tawdriness may not equate with breaking any laws. We’ll see. As for D’Souza, one might wonder about his ability to recognize right from wrong in light of his dismissal from the presidency of King’s College for being engaged to a woman while not yet divorced from his wife.

So, let the chips fall as they should.

Yet . . . yet . . . please excuse me if I have some nagging doubts. A traffic tie-up does not rise to the level of directing IRS agents to target conservative organizations. Taking advantage of political office to get loans and golf club outings is not as egregious as passing firearms to Mexican drug cartels. And seeking to give more to a campaign—this should be a free country with the liberty to support one’s political aims, right?—is hardly a Benghazi.

Why do I make those comparisons? In all three of these cases—Christie, McDonnell, and D’Souza—these are federal charges being brought. They don’t emanate from the three states where the offenses were committed, but directly out of the Obama Department of Justice, headed by one Eric Holder. This is the same man who refuses to indict anyone in the IRS for the targeting of conservative groups and who claims ignorance of Fast and Furious. This is the same administration, with Obama and Hillary Clinton at the helm of foreign policy, that stonewalls any investigation into the misdeeds and incompetence of Benghazi, and that spread a false story about an anti-Islam video being the cause of the September 11, 2012, attack.

Why the eagerness to prosecute those who may have committed lesser offenses and the complete unwillingness to take responsibility for the actions of those who work for them? This is evenhanded justice?

One doesn’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to believe there is something devious going on here. Christie was considered by many to be the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. That’s probably not the case now. McDonnell was a rising star in the Republican party; his political career is now over. D’Souza’s film devastated the veneer of moderation Obama tried to cultivate and revealed him as an anti-Western guy with radical plans for America.

So forgive me if I might view these investigations and indictments as somewhat less than honest law enforcement. Forgive me if I harbor thoughts of political payback and the destruction of those whom the administration considers to be its enemies.

This is my best and most sober analysis for today.