Assuming [Hillary] Clinton never has to offer a defense to the e-mails and server beyond the tortured lies she’s told in public, Americans must decide whether she, like her husband, is too big and popular for ordinary standards of justice.I would argue that ship has already sailed. I'd love to be wrong.
If she becomes president despite the high probability that she committed the same crimes that have sent others to prison or infamy, it will be certain that we have cut our roots to the Founders, and that John Adams was wrong.
“We are a nation of laws and not of men,” the second president said. Not anymore. We would now be a nation whose laws are void if your name is Clinton.
As before, there would be copycats in politics, business and society at large, but who would stop them and declare that the laws matter? There would be nobody left.
Once the people say integrity is optional, the nation is lost. An America that gives up on integrity would not be America anymore.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Michael Goodwin, explaining the stakes: