“Because You’re Famous, You Can Get Away With It”

Last fall was fraught with meddlesome activities. Hackers found their way into the emails accounts at the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s staff. Then 60 minutes or so after a news story about Donald Trump’s lewd conversation on the Access Hollywood bus broke, Wikileaks started dumping Campaign chair, John Podesta’s emails to the public. Thinking, he might be helpful, 11 days before the election, Super Righteous, Bald Eagle Scout, and Director of the F.B.I. James Comey decides to muddy the electoral waters some more and drops a letter into the laps of Congress that he is re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

As is well-known, the meddling has not stopped. Intelligence officials believe that Russians hacked the Presidential election in an effort to help Donald Trump. Trump denies their involvement. Trump ignored warnings that many of his staff had close ties to Russia. He has even defended Vladimir Putin on numerous occasions.

Trump names Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. Trump is warned by Obama of Flynn’s connections to Russia. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warns him of Flynn and she is fired. Trump has a blind date with Comey and applies some charming pressure to drop the case. Comey does not.  Comey is fired.

Russian spies and operatives are dropping dead all over Moscow. In the middle of the night, a Congressman investigating the situation is summoned to the White House to look at some intel. He unknowingly stands too close the window and is photographed. He lies about being there and has to resign.

How troubling meddling can be. To be a meddler is to accept a meddler. “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. “, our President said this in 2005. then he added, “you can even grab them by the…” This is the Merriam Webster definition of to meddle, to interfere without right or propriety.

Politics attracts those who meddle.  Many see it as power game.  Mostly the public thinks of it as an annoyance, but his time it went to the core of who we are as citizens  by threatening the integrity of our vote.

We were grabbed.


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