Sunday, June 14, 2015

When Honor and Courage Mattered- The Sunday Collage

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
-Aristotle

The other day, I was reading more about Bill and Hillary Clinton's "Clinton Foundation" which is nothing more than a protected conduit for bribery. Rather than go into all of the criminality that is a way of life for the Clintons'- I've selected this item summary for your perusal. (It only relates to her scandals as Secretary of State) http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2566193?utm_content=buffer87642

It begs the question- how can an entire country seemingly look the other way? How does this translate to us?

Everywhere in America tomorrow, people will have opportunities to do great things. Most people will hardly recognize those opportunities, much less act on them.

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
-Calvin Coolidge

Throughout my life I have seen people who have acted with honor. I've found them in strange places. Often you will be alerted to an act of honor when suddenly someone deviates from our usual expectations because it will take some measure of courage to do so. You cannot predict when or where it will happen.

My all time favorite act of honor and courage came about during a very rare meeting between our district's judges, prosecutors, court clerks, and head law enforcement officials. Probably 20 of us. We had been called together to discuss problems we were having mostly as they related to the elimination of a burgeoning amount of arrest warrants and the transportation of  prisoners within the state. The problem was that our local Sheriff refused to spend the time and money to transport prisoners arrested in remote parts of the state and return them to our jurisdiction. By refusing to pick them up- people with warrants were habitually released because the arrest warrant had mileage limits on it. Thus people with outstanding arrest warrants never took care of them and the amount of warrants increased. I opened discussions that day with, "If we at the very least arrested these people and made them post bond- it could be forfeited and sent to the appropriate jurisdiction whether we picked them up or not." The Sheriff said no to this because some of the prisoners could not post bond therefore he and his men would have to go pick them up. He said it was not "cost effective" to spend 300 dollars in gas and mileage to pick up a prisoner with a 100 dollar warrant.

I had heard this line of reasoning before. I expected the usual silent agreement and nodding of heads every time this logic was offered up when suddenly a judge, clearly departing from Robert's Rules of Order blurted out- "Since when and who was it that decided that the criminal justice system must be cost effective?" "We are not a business. We administer justice in the state of Idaho. If we wanted to operate in a cost effective manner such as that- we should simply shut down the state prison and release the prisoners. That would be cost effective."

I nearly choked when I heard that. It took great courage to say that given the like mindedness of the people in attendance.

People will act selflessly with honor rarely or most usually- they will act selfishly with cowardice. Which simply means that people will usually do what is in their own self interests. They no longer care about honor or courage. They see those virtues as items which might kill their careers and paychecks. When an opportunity to act with honor and courage presents itself- cowards always remain silent. They secretly rationalize that what they are doing is the intelligent choice.

In a vacuum where honor and courage no longer matter- Bill and Hillary Clinton have found a place to call home. Apparently no amount of corruption, bribery, destruction of evidence or loss of life with it's associated lies about Islamic video graphers- will be enough to investigate or actually charge Hillary Clinton with a crime. All of those Federal prosecutors, state prosecutors, and local law enforcement officials with jurisdiction in the Clinton affairs are cowards and that of course includes the President. Void of any sense of honor, integrity, or courage in our leadership- our society is disintegrating in front of our eyes.

I know this sounds crazy- but I have actually considered making a citizen's arrest of Hillary Clinton having read a few statutes that I believe she has violated. Is that what it is going to take? Does a citizen have to get the ball rolling and if so, can you imagine how they would try to dissuade and smear you? It would be painful indeed. That's how nuts this country is becoming. We accept all of this piss poor performance just like the cowards in Washington who actually get paid to enforce the rule of law.

There will come a day when honor and courage are valued again. Call me a pessimist but I'm just not seeing it anytime soon.

I shall leave you then with this.

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
-Maya Angelou

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
-Aristotle








6 comments:

Anonymous said...

FRANKENSTEIN GOV'T AT ITS FINEST: THE CLINTON GANG


Her nasty treatment, her explosive temper and her imperious attitude toward those assigned to her detail have earned former first lady Hillary Clinton the title of the most detested person under the protection of the Secret Service, according to Ron Kessler in his explosive forthcoming book The First Family Detail, published by Crown Forum.




‘Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful,’ a former agent told Kessler.

‘Agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service. Being assigned to her detail is a form of punishment.’

She didn’t like law enforcement officers or the military, former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman stated. ‘She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.’

Glad-handing on the road on her Senatorial campaign, when they arrived at a 4-F Club in the land of dairy cows in upstate New York, she saw cows and people in jeans. That enraged her and she asked a staffer, ‘What the f*** did we come her for? There’s no money here’.

While Chelsea comes off as an angel, very cordial and sweet, Huma Abedin, Hillary’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and traveling chief of staff during her campaign for the presidency, is considered as vile and rude as Hillary.

‘Huma looked down on the agents and treated them as second-class citizens’, a former agent stated. If she wasn’t recognized, she would say, ‘Do you know who I am’?

I’m guessing that by then they knew exactly who she was.





In response to her rudeness, they let her carry her own luggage – and the first lady’s luggage as well. ‘She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door for you’?

PeterE said...

How, pray tell, do you think you could successfully execute a citizens arrest upon Hillary Clinton? Surely you would be stopped, taken away, assessed as mentally ill and locked away in short order. Your home would be raided, your terrorism plans found, your bags of cocaine held as evidence and all of the child porn you deleted would be unerased and used to put you away for a long time.

You would have more success wiping an elephant's arse with a piece of confetti. No?

Brian said...

It's an interesting possibility Peter and nothing in common law prevents it.

I think realistically, a person would have a lot more support than you might imagine. I think they (the Clintons) would try to sue and ruin you based on the amount of money and legal pressure they could bring- that would be their tactic and of course smear you in the process.

Brian said...

Btw, that's why the blog is about courage. Apparently there is a complete lack of it anywhere Hillary treads.

Anonymous said...

I say go for it Brian. I'll contribute to your bail and legal fees.

These people are disgusting.

When Condoleezza Rice headlined a 2009 fundraising luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, she collected a $60,000 speaking fee, then donated almost all of it back to the club, according to multiple sources familiar with the club’s finances.

Hillary Clinton was not so generous to the small charity, which provides after-school programs to underprivileged children across the Southern California city. Clinton collected $200,000 to speak at the same event five years later, but she donated nothing back to the club, which raised less than half as much from Clinton’s appearance as from Rice’s, according to the sources and tax filings.

Instead, Clinton steered her speaking fee to her family’s own sprawling $2 billion charity.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/the-clinton-foundation-non-profit-groups-fees-119030.html#ixzz3dEqaoOjO

Anonymous said...

Bottom Line, The Clintons represent the worst America
has to offer. Does anyone really have to wonder why our
society is so screwed up?