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Pulling Their Clearances Is Only the Start Its Time to Stamp out Elite Privilege
Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 08/19/2018 11:00:59 PM PDT by Kaslin

Help, I’m being oppressed! My freedom of speech was been utterly stripped from me because when I retired from the Army those fascist monsters took away my TOP SECRET security clearance. See, a security clearance is a special privilege I should be entitled to exploit for as long as I want to because… well, shut up peasant, that’s why. I learned this in my Con Law class, right after we studied the Constitution’s text enumerating the rights to abortion, wedding cake baking servitude, and to be called by the bizarre pronoun of your – I mean “xir” – choice.

Oh wait, all of that – except the giving up my clearance part – is utter nonsense.

But John Brennan, that hack, and his elite pals are supposed to get the special privilege of keeping it. Why? As a professional courtesy. See, security clearances are things you pass out as favors or rewards, I guess, at least among the elite. Courtesy among them, nothing for you, though. You aren’t special. You’re just some guy serving his country and not turning it into a profit center on the outside. Like a sucker.

I got my clearance for the same reason you readers who got one got yours –because I needed it to do my job in the service of our country. And when I stopped needing it because I was no longer doing a job in the service of my country, I didn’t get to keep it to inflate my value as a pundit or “consultant.” Mine went away. As did yours, I’ll wager. The chances are pretty infinitesimal that you are one of the special somebodies who get handed power and privilege not to serve our country but as a perk for being part of the in-crowd.

Being a colonel was just a job for me, and doing what you did was just a job for you. But for a lot of these retired generals and senior bureaucrat timeservers, it’s a lifestyle. I always saw my eagle as leased; they think they hold the pink slip on their positions. Oh, and do they ever have contempt for Normals like you.

Security clearances get pulled routinely when the holder no longer needs access because the fewer people with access, the safer the info is – pretty basic stuff. But hey, we’ll take the chance on classified info spilling if it means elite jerks can get to bask in the warm light of being In The Know. It’s not like any of our betters ever got caught up in classified info shenanigans. Not Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit. Not that Towering Doofus James Comey. Not David Petreaus. And not his mistress.

Oh, wait – all of them totally did. But, of course, these elite malefactors are all in jail, because you or I would be if we did what they did. Aren’t they?

Oh, right. They aren’t. They’re special. More professional courtesy. More special rules for special people.

Now, we’re also told that these special somebodies need to keep their clearances in case someone actually in the government who is actually doing a government job (instead of raking in bucks as a “consultant” or pundit) wants to ask their sage advice. How would that go with John Brennan?

Hey John, it’s Don. Yeah, no hard feelings. Anyway, I needed to pick your brain about some stuff that you have a unique perspective on. So, how do I lie to Congress and get away with it? How about leaking to the liberal media – any pro tips? Oh, and how do I get 30 of our sources in China caught and shot? Yeah, I know you weren’t in charge of the CIA then, but you can tell me how you repaired the damage when you were Director. Oh. You didn’t. Awkward.

If we had a real media and not the world’s most pompous Democrat transcription service, the CIA’s blown Chinese spy ring disaster would be front page news but hey, Omarosa! In any case, the only consulting anyone should do with the members of this class of unmitigated failures whose incompetence brought us 9/11, Iraq, Libya, ISIS, and a future where we would all be wise to learn Mandarin, is to ask their opinion and then do the opposite – Costanza style.

Let’s look at our elite’s track record of success. Don’t worry – it won’t take long. We’re still chasing bandits in Afghanistan after nearly 17 years, the Navy can’t stop running into other people’s boats, and our best and brightest in the FBI are texting each other like teens while they try to undo the election. They can’t be bothered with things like, I don’t know, following up on warnings about psychotic freaks who get online and announce their plan to shoot up schools. Oh, and remember the 2008 economic collapse? I’m thinking you weren’t the one making bad bets with billions of dollars that brought it all tumbling down. By the way, guess how many people the feds tossed in the pokey for the 2008 meltdown that cost you and me a trillion bucks? One. Uno. A single dude.

If you lifted $50 of Coors Light from a 7-Eleven fridge, where would you be?

Our elite is a failure that is fixated on its own privilege and avoiding accountability. As my upcoming book Militant Normals: How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracywonders, is it too much to ask that our elite actually be elite? Is it too much to ask that we have one standard of accountability?

The liberals are right about something – privilege is destroying our country. But it’s not privilege based on what hellhole your great-great-great grandfather escaped from or the kind of biological plumbing you were born with. It is privilege based on your membership in a selfish, feckless, unaccomplished caste of schmucks that fancies itself our betters yet rejects, with the help of a complicit liberal press, any kind of accountability for the mess it’s made of everything.

You know why you got Trump? Because Donald Trump, with all his quirks, is exponentially more competent, capable, and trustworthy when it comes to running this country for the benefit of Normal Americans than the sorry collection of Ivy League-credentialed dimwits, progressive poohbahs, and Fredocon enablers that masquerades as America’s elite.

Pull their security clearances? Yeah, but that’s just a start. Strip them of all of the privileges they haven’t earned, then ship the whole useless bunch of them off to a desert island and see if they can survive eating their own smugness.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: atheist; elite; jihadist; johnbrennan; liberals; muzzie; privilege; securityclearances
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1 posted on 08/19/2018 11:00:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

That is one fun article, thanks for posting.

America was so much better when it was God we trusted instead of the Ship of Fools.


2 posted on 08/19/2018 11:29:35 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Kaslin

Brennan is not a very likeable person. IMHO.


3 posted on 08/19/2018 11:31:09 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: Kaslin
Until those criminals are prosecuted, found guilty, and put in prison for a long, LONG time, there will be no prevention of these kind of criminal actions within our government !
Punish them by fining and confiscating every asset they have, and then sentence them to LIFE WITH NO PAROLE in prison, and to hard labor for all of their natural born lives !
4 posted on 08/20/2018 12:15:46 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's SIMPLE ! ... Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Kaslin

I enjoy this. Thank you for posting.


5 posted on 08/20/2018 12:56:52 AM PDT by Norski
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To: Cowboy Bob

Well, he’ll be the idiot the triggered the mass purge of security clearances.

“I lost my clearance because of... Brennan”

“If Brennan just STFU, I’d still have my clearance”

“Damn that bastard, Brennan. I lost my #ing clearance”

“WTF was that idiot thinking? No thanks to Brennan, I lost my clearance”


6 posted on 08/20/2018 12:57:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 08/20/2018 12:59:01 AM PDT by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
You know why you got Trump? Because Donald Trump, with all his quirks, is exponentially more competent, capable, and trustworthy when it comes to running this country for the benefit of Normal Americans than the sorry collection of Ivy League-credentialed dimwits, progressive poohbahs, and Fredocon enablers that masquerades as America’s elite.

Now that's a quotable quote.

8 posted on 08/20/2018 2:14:31 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Progressives are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Kaslin

Great article

Thanks for posting :)


9 posted on 08/20/2018 2:15:19 AM PDT by redinIllinois (Pro-life, accountant, gun-totin' Grandma - multiplayer issue voter)
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To: Kaslin
If we had a real media and not the world’s most pompous Democrat transcription service..." --- Kurt is so awesome!
10 posted on 08/20/2018 2:21:37 AM PDT by 4Liberty (Where are the Obama-Creamer audio tapes?/GM bondholders: America's SAfrica White farmers...)
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To: Kaslin
I can understand needing a security clearance to discuss a national security situation, but wouldn't a former CIA agent be able to answer questions, hypothetical or not, from a current CIA agent or official about their thoughts/opinions without having to be read in? Assuming, of course, that the former agent is reliably a patriot and not a Deep State lackey.
11 posted on 08/20/2018 2:48:14 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Kaslin

I love this guy.

L


12 posted on 08/20/2018 2:55:29 AM PDT by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: skr

No. Anyone with a clearance discussing classified topics with someone not holding a clearance is breaking the law.


13 posted on 08/20/2018 3:17:21 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Kaslin

I can’t share this enough. Thank you.


14 posted on 08/20/2018 3:43:08 AM PDT by MarMema (John James for US Senate. Dump Debbie!! Let's Fly Michigan.)
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To: Gene Eric

My dogs are trying to figure out why I am laughing so hard.
Thanks for your post!


15 posted on 08/20/2018 3:44:25 AM PDT by MarMema (John James for US Senate. Dump Debbie!! Let's Fly Michigan.)
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To: Kaslin

Great article — lots of good points, and done with humor & sarcasm. This one’s a keeper!


16 posted on 08/20/2018 4:06:14 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Hey, what happened to my clever tag line?!)
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To: Kaslin

Great article — lots of good points, and done with humor & sarcasm. This one’s a keeper!


17 posted on 08/20/2018 4:08:44 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Hey, what happened to my clever tag line?!)
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To: DJ Frisat

It was so good, I apparently had to say it twice... (sorry)


18 posted on 08/20/2018 4:09:27 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Hey, what happened to my clever tag line?!)
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To: 4Liberty
Well, I can forget my copy buffer - you win.

Great line, huh?

19 posted on 08/20/2018 4:15:24 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Closed for repairs)
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To: Kaslin

BTTT


20 posted on 08/20/2018 5:34:30 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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