Veteran Clinton hired minion (I think that’s fair) James Carville’s reaction to the latest news about how Hillary used the State Department to reward Clinton Foundation donors (that’s a fair description too, and illegal) is wonderful in its way, as it comes as close to a perfect example of one of the most sinister and historically destructive rationalizations on the list, the Saint’s Excuse, as one is likely to see in a lifetime. It’s also useful, because if you find yourself finding his logic persuasive, then you are as devoid of ethics as James Carville is.
Trust me: you don’t want that.
[For various views on the emerging proof that, as honest journalists and analysts concluded many months ago, Hillary traded State favors for cash that went to Clinton Foundation initiatives and, incidentally, into her family members’ bank accounts, see these links: Fox News, Guardian, New York Times, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Washington Monthly, Washington Times,Politico, Power Line, Associated Press, Mediaite, BizPac Review and the Wall Street Journal]
Carville said this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that if the Clinton Foundation had decided not to accept foreign donations while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State —as the Obama Administration swore to Congress that it would not do, as government ethics rules and laws forbade it to do, and as anyone with the tiniest understanding of conflicts of interest knows it could not do,
“…you’d be out hundreds of millions of dollars that are doing good. What the Clinton Foundation does, it takes money from rich people and gives it to poor people. Most people think that’s a pretty good idea.”
Most people? If so, those “most people” are also the ones who are completely ignorant of what corruption is, and exactly the kind of people that Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Carville, happily recruit to prey upon the rest of us.
These exact words could have been uttered by every crook, con man, machine politician, demagogue, scam artist, robber baron and corrupt politician in history or fiction since the nation began. Willie Stark, Al Capone, Boss Tweed, James Michael Curley, Don Corleone, Jesse James, Roscoe Conkling, Bonnie and Clyde, Richard Daley, Boss Prendergast, Hughie Long…the list is nearly endless, and will crawl across the floor if you don’t stomp on it. All of them argued that the ends justify the means; all of them cleverly used high profile “good deeds” to cover for their own greed and sinister interference with fair and transparent government, if not the law itself. All of them, when accused of wrongdoing, would protest exactly like Carville, embracing the deadly Saint’s Excuse:
13. The Saint’s Excuse: “It’s for a good cause”
This rationalization has probably caused more death and human suffering than any other. The words “it’s for a good cause” have been used to justify all sorts of lies, scams and mayhem. It is the downfall of the zealot, the true believer, and the passionate advocate that almost any action that supports “the Cause,’ whether it be liberty, religion, charity, or curing a plague, is seen as being justified by the inherent rightness of the ultimate goal….The Saint’s Excuse allows charities to strong-arm contributors, and advocacy groups to use lies and innuendo to savage ideological opponents. The Saint’s Excuse is that the ends justify the means, because the “saint” has decided that the ends are worth any price—especially when that price will have to be paid by someone else.
It is particularly audacious for Carville to justify the pimping of the U.S. Government by the Clintons by saying that “it takes money from rich people and gives it to poor people,” when the Clinton Foundation’s primary function is to make the Clintons rich.
But Carville really is a courtier of corruption, and always has been. This is a full-throated endorsement of illegality, lies, pay to play and bribery, as long as “good” results. The ends justify the means, and among the ends are enriching and empowering the Clintons.
I can’t be any more disgusted with Carville, a mercenary snake, than I already was. Those who nod their heads in agreement with his character poison, however, have failed at the basic ethical duty of being a competent citizen and human being. They are truly disgusting.