Ed Rendell governor Pennsylvania elucidated the core principals of the democrat party recently when he said of the Sestak scandal “We need to put this made up controversy behind us so that we can focus on the things that are really important”. He further went on to state, “no crime was committed, this is just politics as usual”.
In this respect Ed Rendell is incontrovertibly correct, violating
18 U.S.C 600 is politics as usual for the democrat party.
Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Former President Bill Clinton indisputably violated the letter of the law as well as the spirit when at the behest of the Whitehouse he attempted to seduce Congressman Joe Sestak to drop his already announced bid for the Senate seat held by Arlen Specter.
The Whitehouse confirmed that President Clinton violated 18 USC 600 on their behalf when they issued this statement.
Uncompensated Advisory Board Options. We found that Congressman has publicly and accurately stated, options for Executive Branch service were raised with him. Efforts were made in June and July of 2009 to determine whether Congressman Sestak would be interested in service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board, which would avoid a divisive Senate primary, allow him to retain his seat in the House, and provide him with an opportunity for additional service to the public in a high-level advisory capacity for which he was highly qualified. The advisory positions discussed with Congressman Sestak, while important to the work of the Administration, would have been uncompensated.
White House staff did not discuss these options with Congressman Sestak. The White House Chief of Staff enlisted the support of former President Clinton who agreed to raise with Congressman Sestak options of service on a Presidential or other Senior Executive Branch Advisory Board. Congressman Sestak declined the suggested alternatives, remaining committed to his Senate candidacy.
Now re-read what 18 USC 600 says.
Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity
Are you following this? The Whitehouse (Whoever) by way of former President Bill Clinton indirectly offered Congressman Joe Sestak a position and or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit as an inducement to cease his bid for the Pennsylvania Senate seat held by Arlen Specter.
Ed Rendell and the Whitehouse offered as defense for their actions the first recourse of every criminal, “Everybody else has done this”. As if this somehow makes their actions legitimate. On the contrary, the single and solitary thing this statement does is epitomize the values of the democratic party.
For the democratic party, breaking the law, lying, abusing their authority and deceiving those that elected them to faithfully represent them, is politics as usual. If the Democratic party has a pure embodiment of their moral and ethical priorities it is “The end justifies the means“.
Sestakgate does not lead to former President Bill Clinton, Rahm Emanuel or even Whitehouse counsel Robert F. Bauer, no, just as Watergate led to Richard Nixon, Sestakgate has only one stopping place, it stops at the desk of the President of the United States, Barrack Obama, who either directly or indirectly approved of the violation of 18 USC 600 in an attempt to influence Congressman Joe Sestak.
This is corruption of the most foul and disgusting nature and it emanates from the very top down. It is a corruption so systemic and pervasive that Democrat’s like Ed Rendell can no longer even recognize the putrid stench for what it is and embrace it as a valid and completely acceptable political practice.
This is a crime that unquestionably raises to the level defined by the Constitution of the United States of America as “High Crimes and misdemeanors”. It raises to this level because it demonstrates the full extent of the Democrats abuse of authority and their willingness to violate every single precept of the US Constitution in their quest to obtain and retain power, not for the sake of those governed, but for the sake of obtaining and retaining power itself.