Let Me Address the Ridiculousness Surrounding the Hillary Clinton Email “Controversy”

hillary-clinton-votingI’ve avoided writing about this topic as long as I could, but I just can’t take the stupidity surrounding it anymore. I haven’t seen a political non-story get blown this completely out of proportion in a while.

So, Hillary Clinton used a private email server while she was Secretary of State. Oh, by the way, so did Colin Powell – though if you listen to the media talk about this, you’d think that what Clinton did was unprecedented. I really am glad that I follow politics closely, because I can absolutely see why the typical novice American voter who only knows what they’re told on CNN or Fox News would think that this is some kind of “huge scandal exposing Clinton’s dishonesty.”

Hell, for good measure, let’s not forget when the Bush administration “lost” 22 million emails, or that Jeb Bush also used a private server while he was governor of Florida.

This is only being pushed because of a rule change in 2009 that dealt with how official documents were archived and preserved. Well, that and the fact that bashing Clinton in the media is great for business.

That’s it. 

All Hillary Clinton did was use a private email server, which was allowed prior to the adjustment of the policy. Even the Federal Records Act which changed how federal records are managed wasn’t signed until 2014 – two years after she was no longer Secretary of State.

Of course, she should have been aware of this rule change and she deserves to be called out for not being compliant with it. But let’s not act as if Clinton using a private email server was some calculated and nefarious act orchestrated to conceal her communications. Again, using a private email wasn’t unprecedented.

Now, did she delete around 30,000 emails? Apparently so, and that was a mistake made by Clinton and her team in not realizing the media frenzy that deleting thousands of emails could potentially cause. I understand why they might have been deleted (would you want your private emails in the hands of people looking for any shred of information to “leak” publicly with the hopes that it might bring you down?), but it was the wrong move no matter how benevolent those emails might have been. Either way, she most likely did not break the law by deleting them.

But the bottom line is, this whole thing is a giant sham. It all boils down to those who want to bring Clinton down over-sensationalizing something that’s essentially a non-story. It’s nothing more than propaganda that’s being hyped by conservatives who see her as their biggest threat, and (sadly) many Bernie Sanders supporters who are desperate to tear her down so he stands a better chance at winning.

When you get right down to it, this all traces back to a rule change in 2009 that she might have not fully followed, even though she handled her emails in a manner that was just fine prior to that change. It was a mistake, but it’s not a massive conspiracy or scandal.

If you want to criticize her for possibly not adhering to that rule change, go ahead. But this incessant fear-mongering suggesting that she put our national security at risk and used this server to hide her corruption and unscrupulous behavior is absurd. The last time I checked, Republicans sure as hell didn’t seem to care when Colin Powell did the exact same thing – and I’m not seeing any investigations into what he might have been “trying to hide.”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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