Sen Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Should Not Be Above the Law
Clinton is above the law; the republic has fallen.
"It is a felony for anyone entrusted with lawful possession of information relating to national defense to permit it, through “gross negligence,” to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed. “Gross negligence” rather than purposeful conduct is enough. Yet Mr. Comey appears to have based his recommendation not to prosecute on the absence of “clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information”—though he did say in the same sentence that there was 'evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.'
As an example of the kind of information at stake, he described seven email chains classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level. These were the emails that the government had said earlier are so sensitive that they will never be disclosed publicly. Mr. Comey went further, citing “evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.” To be “extremely careless” in the handling of information that sensitive is synonymous with being grossly negligent."
Clinton Makes the FBI’s Least-Wanted List
Comey's statement of fact is sufficient when applied to felony law to warrant felony prosecution.
"Classical republican writers maintained that to be free means to not be dominated--that is, not to be dependent on the arbitrary will of other individuals. The source of this interpretation of political liberty was the principle of Roman law that defines the status of a free person as not being subject to the arbitrary will of another person--in contrast to a slave, who is dependent on another person's will. As the individual is free when he or she has legal and political rights, so a people or a city is free insofar as it lives under its own laws. [...]
Classical republican theorists also stressed that the constraint that fair laws impose on an individual's choices is not a restriction of liberty but an essential element of political liberty itself. They also believed that restrictions imposed by the law on the actions of rulers as well as of ordinary citizens are the only valid shield against coercion on the part of any person or persons. Machiavelli forcefully expressed this belief in his Discourses on Livy (I.29), when he wrote that if there is even one citizen whom the magistrates fear and who has the power to break the law, then the entire city cannot be said to be free. It can be said to be free only when its laws and constitutional orders effectively restrain the arrogance of nobles and the licentiousness of the people."
Republicanism by Maurizio Viroli
The Republic has fallen. Clinton is the elite, one of the ruling class, yet she is above the law. The shield against coercion has been corrupted, and has failed. The nation which began modern republicanism, is fallen. The only option is for Americans to take back their republic, to throw down the elite, and to storm the ramparts which they use to protect themselves from us.
I do not know whether it is time to pick up the pike pole, address this with tar, and feathers, or to simply vote, but it is time, and changes must be made if the republic is to stand.
Ultimately, it is We The People who must stand against tyranny, not others. The time is at hand.