I was born in 1936 when many of the small towns in the South were controlled by two or three, and in some cases, one family. They owned many of the retail businesses, significant interest in banks and other entities that determined the ebb and flow of available credit in the area and exerted significant influence over local politics.
Not all were bad people. Some were philanthropic and worked for the good of the common man, but some were greedy, power-hungry, vindictive and never above seizing the property of an unfortunate who couldn’t make their payments on time, or forced a sharecropper off their land for whatever reason suited their purposes.
They froze trade unions out of their areas so the competition and price of labor wouldn’t go up, and they and their families got away with just about anything that stayed on a local level.
This always nauseated me to see the rich and powerful live above the law, seldom having to bear the penalties of their transgressions while the common folk had to toe the line.
Succeeding generations of heirs who sometimes squandered their inheritances or sold them off have, for the most part, broken up these mini-fiefdoms and watered down the political and financial power certain families once had, but the thought of the local elite skating on traffic accidents they were in fault of, and lording it over everybody who was not in their cliques still rankle, so, since the days of my earliest remembrances, I have hated two standards of justice.
During the Watergate years, I very much wanted to see the guilty held to the same standard of justice as the common folks. And in this one instance, it seems that it happened, as at least most of those at fault were rooted out and paid their debt to society in one way or another.
Now we are faced with a situation with far-reaching ramifications that go beyond what Watergate could ever have caused. We are faced with a president being accused of what amounts to treason, and if he were to be guilty, then chop the log and let the pieces fall where they will.
As an American who loves and values my country and its welfare far above the fate and fortunes of any politician or political party, if President Trump or anybody who has the ability to affect the security and prosperity of America has colluded with Russia or any other country in a way that would harm this nation, I want them tried, convicted and looking through bars for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, if Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, James Comey or anybody else in that camp has colluded, cooperated with, taken money from a foreign power, deceived the justice system for their own purposes, lied to, mislead or refused to cooperate with congressional hearings, then I want to see them held to the same standard.
So far, in eighteen long months, despite the unprecedented parameters Rod Rosenstein has granted Muller, despite the ever-changing direction of the investigation—and the proven fact that the whole investigation was instigated by the opposing political party presenting uncorroborated evidence to a FISA court—and despite the thousands of man-hours and millions of taxpayer dollars that have been expended so far, the only result of the panoramic investigation has been the charging of some minor players indicted on unrelated charges and what is now resembling the grasping of straws. The original “colluding with Russia” narrative has been long abandoned, and now it seems anything goes, from casting aspersions to brutally coercing people whose unrelated charges happened long before they had any relationship with the president.
I can’t prove it now, but I know enough about the situation to believe with all my heart that Hillary Clinton lied about not being able to get help to the besieged Embassy Annex in Benghazi. And I believe that when certain parties end their military obligations and are willing to talk about it, it can be proven that there were available military assets in the immediate area, equipped and ready to come to the rescue, but were not allowed to do so.
But I guarantee that if there were such an exhaustive investigation into the Benghazi affair, the obtaining of the FISA warrant, the Clinton Foundation, the unsecured email server that was hacked by foreign governments and many other things she has been involved in, enough dirt could be dug up to fill the Panama Canal.
Face it America, we are seeing two standards of justice, and it’s no different from the days of my youth when the well-connected got away with everything.
And don’t think that if this miscarriage of justice is allowed to continue that it won’t trickle its way down to street level, where we will see selective prosecution and partisan judgments.
It’s a scary thought that the power to detain indefinitely, to harass and coerce innocent people into confessing to crimes they didn’t do with threats of bankruptcy and harm to their families can be placed into the hands of someone with a political axe to grind.
If you dig back far enough and deep enough into anybody’s past, something can be found that could be embarrassing or twisted into something resembling breaking some minor law – even the ones who are doing the investigating.
When you stir up garbage, the filth splashes both ways.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.