She stands perched on her pedestal rising above the barren landscape. The copulation of lawlessness, of death, and of destruction has produced the iron lady. She dons a cloak that conceals her eyes, grasps her mighty scale, and proclaims to the world below that impartiality, above all, shall govern the judicial system. In the other hand, she carries a sword to smite the enemies of the eternal truth she promulgates: individuals share an intrinsic value that shall not be stripped away, no matter their wealth or power.
However, in the contemporary political climate, the message of Lady Justice drifts perpetually further from our minds. American society bears similarities to a body of land surrounded by endless seas containing ideas and philosophies that were once treasured and protected. However, the waves that have graced our shoreline for so long are quickly eroding away at our fabric. Fundamental principles that were once exalted by us all, that were universally seen as essential to protecting a free nation, are cherished by only those who are willing to elevate philosophical and moral consistency above a tribal loyalty to partisan figureheads.
In 2016, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in modern American history took place. Hillary Rodham Clinton was cleared of all charges regarding her use of a private server to transmit classified, top secret, and Special Access information through an online network that, by Former FBI Director James Comey’s own admission, was less secure than Gmail. This conspicuously constituted a violation of 18 US Code Section 793 (F), which reads, in part, “[W]hoever … through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed shall face a prison sentence of not more than ten years, and a fine.”
Both the grossly negligent withdrawal of these files from a protected location and their improper disposal through their mass deletion by Clinton and her staffers, met the standard of prosecution by the Justice Department. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation decided to recommend against legal action. This unleashed an army of cynics, a torrent of conservatives and nearly the entirety of the right, suspecting that the conclusion reached was tainted; that there was copious evidence to prosecute and that Lady Justice had her blindfold stripped from her and her scale and sword thrown to the floor. Labeled conspiracy theorists and crazies, the Democratic Party and media laughed off the notion and slept warmly in their beds dreaming of a Hillary administration.
However, on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States. And a year later, a report, since confirmed, emerged that Peter Strozk of the FBI decided with then-director of the agency James Comey, to change the language of his memorandum announcing the outcome of the investigation. This alteration was in the description of Secretary Clinton’s handling of information; the verbiage was changed from “grossly negligent” (a violation of the statute) to “extremely careless.” Facts emerged at last that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had indeed been corrupted by the powerful in this instance. And as the truth was salvaged from a junkyard of lies, Lady Justice would continue to stand tall.
Instead of resounding calls for a re-examination, those who cast ballots for the accused stayed, and continue to stay, silent. Among networks such as CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS: Nothing. The same from progressive groups and think tanks who for months have widely speculated regarding a collusion scandal to turn the election, between President Donald Trump and the Russian Government.
Many of those in the Republican Party, however, are not innocent of what they harshly (and rightly) criticize those on the left for. By pleading with President Trump and their elected representatives to stifle Special Counsel Robert Mueller from investigating ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians, Lady Justice is shoved aside in the same manner. The blindfold signifying that regardless of who is tried or inspected must be held to an evidentiary standard, is being willfully discarded in a hypocritical move. It is an objective fact that besides meetings that produced nothing conducive to a victory, and occasional transactions with Russia by the President’s advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, which predated the 2016 campaign, no empirical evidence of collusion has been found.
It is additionally a matter of fact that the actions of many in opposition to the President that has served the Special Counsel are troubling. However, although no equivalency can thus far be drawn between the actions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (and it is intellectually dishonest to do so), Lady Justice shall indeed be the determinant. If nothing is “there” involving coordination to swing the election with a hostile foreign power (which is currently how it seems), then nothing will be discovered. Nothing will enrage those on the left more than to know that they have wasted years of their lives chasing their own shadow.
The tides are turning in American politics. The common principles that brought together our exceptional republic are receding with the tides of conflict between two prevalent factions, as Hamilton warned. Only Lady Justice serves to unite us. But soon, she will be toppled from her pedestal and we’ll have nothing.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.