One of the underlying values of our country has always been the belief in justice and fair play. Wait a minute. Not true, say many African-Americans, who have argued that justice has been denied them. America wears two faces, they insist. A double standard.
Fortunately, that period of time has been relegated to history. The notion that blacks are victims of a racist society may have been true prior to the 1960s, but this is a half-century after the civil rights movement.
“White institutional racism has disappeared from our society,” explains author Scott Greer in “No Campus for White Men .” African-American author Shelby Steele agreed during last week’s “Life, Liberty and Levin” on Fox News, saying “the oppression of black Americans is over with.” That means America finally has justice and fairness, isn’t that right? Unfortunately, no.
In the Age of former President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party decided to substitute conservatives for blacks. Now it is conservatives who are denied justice and fairness. If you agree with the liberal playbook, you get all the justice and fairness that money can buy.
But if you are a conservative and a Trump supporter, you are subjected to the wrong end of a double standard. Sorry. Justice and fair play do not apply to you. Nothing proves this double standard more than the existence of the “cover-Hillary’s-butt” team and the “kick-Trump-in-the-pants” campaign.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been protected consistently by the justice system, from the Benghazi scandal to the uranium deal to the Clinton Foundation’s money laundering scheme.
The Department of Justice and the FBI sank to a new low by absolving Clinton of guilt for violating the Espionage Act when she used a private email server to transmit classified information and then destroyed much of the evidence.
After spelling out her transgressions in excruciating detail, then-FBI Director James Comey told us in July 2016 — with a straight face — that no charges would be filed against Clinton because “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
But former campaign manager Paul Manafort (pictured above right), who may have done something questionable a dozen years ago, is placed in solitary confinement for months — without being convicted of a crime — because he is deemed guilty of being a Trump supporter.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson contends that two solid sources confirmed to him that Tony Podesta (pictured above left), brother of Hillary’s campaign manager, John Podesta, has been given immunity for the same alleged crimes for which Manafort has been charged. Manafort is being crucified, while Clinton and her cronies walk away untouched.
Dinesh D’Souza, an outspoken conservative and critic of Obama, was locked up with violent criminals for eight months because he violated a minor campaign finance law for which previous offenders received a slap on the wrist.
Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), Trump’s first national security adviser, was coerced into pleading guilty to lying by the FBI, even though Comey eventually said he did not believe that Flynn had lied. Once again, our respected FBI is complicit in the double standard.
And what about the campaign against Trump? No president in my lifetime has faced such a vicious barrage of attacks from Democrats, Republicans in name only, and the media. Obama, a socialist who hates America, never faced anything like this.
On the contrary, anyone who had the temerity to criticize Obama was automatically called out as a racist. Is this not a double standard?
“Russia collusion investigation” — are you kidding me? There is still no evidence for this, yet the nation has been torn apart by the unaccountable, partisan “special” counsel Robert Mueller appointed by the deep state to sabotage the Trump presidency.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) feels free to recommend that you should go out of your way to assault Trump supporters wherever and whenever possible. A disturbed supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attempted to massacre a baseball field full of Republican legislators. When you put it all together, the case for a double standard is unavoidable.
Talk show host Glenn Beck and many others, including the president, have accused the media of reinforcing the double standard. Could they possibly be correct? Of course they are. The media have abdicated their role as defenders of the truth.
They spend 90 percent of their time attacking Trump and his supporters in a contemporary version of McCarthyism. Every day, I have the misfortune of watching CNN when I work out at the gym.
All I see is speculation and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories on why Trump is a racist, misogynist, and tyrant. Anything he is for, they are against. It is impossible to believe anything that is broadcast on that channel.
Jim Acosta of CNN harangued White House press secretary Sarah Sanders because he is upset that the president referred to the media as an enemy of the people. If the shoe fits, Acosta, wear it!
It would be nice to believe that we have finally grown into our own set of values. That justice and fair play are indeed American virtues. In view of the double standard practiced by the Democrats, the deep state, and their media enablers, that is out of the question.
Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of seven books including his latest, “Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left Is Destroying America .”