Well, Trump had his tapes coupled with a flurry of unverifiable allegations that fit the tape to a tee. This had mostly blown over. His virtues and vices are well known; and, while vulgar and a ladies’ man, there is no real credible claim to be made that he’s a predator, like Bill Clinton. Now Hillary has her encore investigation of emails, rather beautifully coming form her Arab adviser Huma Abedein’s pervert husband Anthony Wiener’s computer. He was under investigation, recall, for sexting a 15 year old, having earlier resigned in disgrace for doing so with someone only a little bit older.
FBI Director James Comey, whose rectitude was beyond reproach when he did not indict in July, is now scum, persona non grata, and devoid of all credibility for Hillary and her media corps. She has rather boldly demanded that the investigation’s current state of knowledge be disclosed. But there’s a problem with Hillary’s call for transparency: her own actions are why there’s no transparency. She kept an illegal email server that was not backed up through normal means, doing this to evade congressional and public scrutiny under FOIA, and now when new troves of emails from one party to those conversations turn up, they reveal the extent of her deception, which included deleting massive numbers of emails after receiving congressional subpoenas. In other words, she hid things, they were only imperfectly uncovered after a long investigation, and now more have been uncovered.
Hillary touts her skill within the system as a qualification, which Trump has dismissed as “bad experience.” She is experienced no doubt, and her experience coupled with her venality and penchant for secrecy is what brought about this entire email situation. But the claim of experience has an additional flaw. While she is clearly of low character, even if she were honest and authentic–like Bernie Sanders or Dennis Kucinich for example–it would not matter.
The goals she aims to achieve are bad ones.
She is hostile to the historic American people, our limited government traditions, our traditional distaste with empire, our desire for a less intrusive government, our unplanned and spontaneous and natural approach to family life, among other things. She is a leftist. And her experience and political skill, such as it is, recommends against her rather than in her favor, because the better she can accomplish her goals, the more we collectively suffer.
The appeal to experience by those in the middle is quaint and wrong-headed. There is no abstract notion of good government in an ideological age. We’re not running a homeowners association or a village deciding to pave with concrete or asphalt. What each side wants to do is quite different. While the GOP’s steady decline as an institution of conservatism masks this, the Trump campaign highlights the issues in full relief. She wants to take our guns, she wants to tax us into oblivion, she wants to flood us with hostile foreigners, she wants government run by people like her to run our lives, she wants neighborhood bakers and schools harassed into accepting transexual mental health sufferers, she wants eight month unborn children to be aborted without any impediment, she wants black criminals elevated above hard-working police, she wants us all dependent on an ever-growing and more intrusive government, and the better she is able to do any of these things, the worse off we are individually and collectively.
In a healthy society, the appeal to experience might have some weight. It has some value in local and even state elections, where the good is conceived less ideologically and more practically in terms of efficiency in bringing about noncontroversial government goods like public safety and public works. Particularly on a national level and cultural level, we are under attack by a hostile ideology and increasingly our identity itself is under assault by social engineering writ large in the form of mass immigration. Perhaps her manifest public corruption and criminality would give pause to those who think her experience is some kind of virtue. But whether her corruption amounts to a vice limiting her ambition or a “virtue” furthering her designs, it is the leftist content of those designs that chiefly disqualifies her from the presidency.
Hillary Clinton’s goals are unworthy of a free and moral people, no matter how fine her personal character may be. In addition to seeking to do political evil, she has the distinctly political vice of self-enrichment and corruption. This adds an additional harm to the nation as a whole, not least in normalizing behavior from which better men than she have been impeached. Nonetheless, her skills and instrumental moral virtues like prudence and courage would be rendered grotesque in the service of the ends to which she is committed. Our only escape would be her lack of skill and lack of ability. Like a trained assassin, her abilities and experience are to be feared.