Here’s the thing about the failure of America’s elite class: it’s that the failure is completely obvious to everyone outside of it. For the past few weeks we’ve seen immense praise heaped on Jonathan Rauch’s cover story in The Atlantic – Chuck Todd was endorsing it emphatically on Meet The Press over the weekend – but the story it tells about the failure of our elites is essentially that they responded to populist pressure by handcuffing themselves, and that bringing back earmarks and taking steps to restore insider power is the solution. http://vlt.tc/2gjs  This is unadulterated nonsense. http://vlt.tc/2gjp  If you agree, you are wrong. There’s no other way to put it. The reason the American people have lost faith in government institutions in the past two decades is simple: those institutions have failed to do their jobs. They are not mad at them for an ideological reason. They are mad because the people running things have shown themselves to be stupid or corrupt. James Comey is just one more example of this. Washington insiders can sing their silly love song for a scandal free administration as long as they want – the people know better, and that’s why they want to take a sledgehammer to the whole thing.

John Davidson. http://vlt.tc/2gje  “The populist wave that elevated Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries has been pushed along by a growing sense that our elites do what they want and our institutions are unable or unwilling to check them. Institutional failure has perhaps played a greater role in this than the behavior of the elites themselves, who we generally don’t expect to behave well of their own accord. That’s why we have the FBI and the DOJ, and especially the Supreme Court. Americans increasingly feel that these institutions have failed, that they exist now primarily to serve the interests of their political masters and the whims of the administrative state.

“As Ilya Shapiro noted here back in May, Chief Justice John Roberts did much to shatter the confidence of conservatives back in 2012 and usher in the era of Trump with his majority opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius. By recognizing that Obamacare was unconstitutional, but rewriting the individual mandate as a “tax” to save the law in the name of judicial restraint, Roberts undermined the credibility not only of the Supreme Court but of public institutions across the board. If the Supreme Court is willing to tie itself in knots to uphold an unconstitutional and unpopular law giving sweeping new powers to the federal government, then what good is the court?

“Now Comey has done more or less the same thing. By detailing how Clinton broke the law, but concluding that no charges should be brought against her, he tacitly admitted political pressures influenced the FBI’s decision and perhaps undermined the rule of law. Comey even suggested the law might be applied differently to someone less important than Clinton. “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” he said. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”

“No, what Comey was deciding was much more important. He was giving Lynch, whose future as attorney general depends on the good graces of a Clinton administration, cover for not indicting Clinton.”

RELATED: Obama Calls Clinton ‘Diligent’ Hours after FBI Director Calls Her ‘Extremely Careless’. http://vlt.tc/2gj9  Speaker Ryan Says FBI’s Announcement on Clinton ‘Defies Explanation’. http://vlt.tc/2gjb Email Scandal Still Proves Hillary Is Unfit For Office. http://vlt.tc/2gjo   VDH on Hillary. http://vlt.tc/2gjt  Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought. http://vlt.tc/2gic Comey’s statement. http://vlt.tc/2gj0 Was Hillary’s FBI interview this weekend just for appearances’ sake? http://vlt.tc/2giq Trump on Clinton email probe: ‘The system is rigged.’ http://vlt.tc/2gix 2015: DOJ prosecutes a naval reservist for mishandling classified info without malicious intent. http://vlt.tc/2gir

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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