In her book The Smear, Sharyl Attikisson mentions a particularly seedy aspect of the Bill Clinton impeachment.
After the House voted to impeach the disgraced President, it was up to the Senate to either convict or acquit.
And when the impeachment went to the Republican-led Senate, Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt sent out a bounty.
From Attkisson’s book:
Flynt bought a full-page ad in the Washington Post brazenly soliciting ammunition for the smear. He offered a toll-free number and promised up to a million dollars in cash to anyone who could prove they’d had adulterous sex with a current member of Congress or high-ranking government official.
Two thousand phone calls flooded in.
The plan worked like a charm.
As Attkisson put it:
Flynt’s targets at the time weren’t just sitting politicians. Hustler editor MacDonell told reporters the hit list included pundits “who go on TV and keep attacking Clinton.” It was a warning shot across the bow. Speak out against the president and you’ll pay the price. Guilty-minded commentators began self-censoring. Suddenly some of the television analysts weren’t so hard on Clinton. In fact, some of them switched to defending him. In February 1999, the Republican-majority Senate voted to acquit Clinton.
[Excerpts from Apple iBooks version of The Smear]
Given what we’ve learned over the last few days, this all makes sense now.
Congress has become a blackmail smorgasbord.
Could you imagine the treasure trove of blackmail material that must exist inside the halls of our government?
In fact, yesterday, Stefan Molyneux posited a rather interesting theory.
NDAs for Congressional sexual harassment settlements means potential blackmailers have far more information about Congressmen than voters. Did the Awan brothers – who had access to Congressional computers – know the details of the settlements? Is that why they were not fired?
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) November 21, 2017
Yes, that certainly would explain a lot with regard to the Awan brothers, wouldn’t it?
I imagine job security is guaranteed if you are privy to the dark underbelly of our citizen legislators.
Keep in mind, members of Congress are claiming that the phony Trump dossier made our President a target of blackmail.
But who really is a target of blackmail here?
If the mere threat if exposure got the Republican-led Senate to acquit Bill Clinton, Congress must be hiding some really nasty stuff.
And I’m guessing it’s been going on for decades.
I mean, come on. The things we do know are bad.
Ted Kennedy drove drunk off a bridge and left a young woman trapped in his car. Rather than call the police or even try to save her himself, Kennedy scurried off and met with lawyers to concoct his defense.
And while he saved his own skin, Mary Jo Kopechne ran out of oxygen and drowned.
That’s just the one we know about.
Could you imagine what they’re keeping from us?
Good heavens, it must be bad.
Molyneux asks a legitimate question.
The Awan brothers burrowed into files they had no business seeing.
And here we were just worried about classified documents.
But let’s be honest. Would the Democrats shield these guys just because they accessed classified documents that would compromise the security of our nation?
Come on. Like the Democrats care about national security.
No. The only reason they would go to such lengths to protect these guys is if the information gathered was of a more personal and damning nature.
I imagine the Awans must’ve felt like they bellied up to the all-you-eat Blackmail Café.
And Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the other Democrats who are protecting them are doing so to save their own asses.
If Congress is actively preventing voters from knowing the facts about their own Senators and Representatives, they are – to use a much-love Hillary phrase – undermining our democratic process.
I don’t care what elected officials did thirty or forty years before they were elected. But once they are in office, voters have a right to know if any of them are acting in a way that is immoral, unethical, or illegal – or all three.
We have the right to know if the man or woman running for office is a platter at the blackmail smorgasbord.
After all, the blackmail money is coming from our wallets.
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