(this is too long and jumbled but I have to start somewhere) Wikipedia
Clinton’s handing of emails while she was Secretary of State has stirred the most controversy of her campaign. There’s one central question: Did Clinton to hide anything that would have hurt her legally or politically by keeping personal control of her work email (and wipe her server)?
- Maybe there are two questions:
- The political question you list above,
- And the regular person question:
- RPQ: Did Clinton do anything bad? (<= note how simple this is.)
- (If so, maybe I shouldn’t vote for here. <= this is why it’s important.)
- There are maybe two parts to RPQ
- Did she hurt anyone or the US
- Did she break any law
- (and was there a good reason too)
- Note that we can ask RPQ without knowing any complicated stuff — that’s nice because most people don’t.
She said: Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation.
They said: Two classified emails previously discovered on Clinton’s server contain top secret information which she denies.
The State Department says it remains unclear whether material in two emails should be retroactively classified. Clinton aides have maintained that nothing on her server was classified at the time she saw it, suggesting that classified messages were given the label after the fact.
Hillary Clinton insists she is in the clear over the email controversy and renowned civil rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz is in total agreement.He said on Newsmax TV that Hillary Clinton can’t be singled out for using a private email server and cellphone during her time as secretary of state since laws governing the issue didn’t exist at the time.
“She’s 100 percent right. The Constitution prohibits ex post facto laws and so she must be judged on what the rules were at the time she took her actions,” Dershowitz said. “You can’t apply retroactive classification or retroactive rules to conduct that occurred when there were no rules prohibiting it. From a legal point of view, she’s 100 percent right.” <==I think we can write this up simply and it will be strong
If this material’s being classified now, why wasn’t it classified then? It wasn’t her job to classify the material. It wasn’t the State Department’s job to classify the material,” he said.
Newsmax TV <==Good links. Thanks.
She said that she had turned over all of her work-related email to the State Department as requested in October 2014 and wiped her server of emails she described as personal in nature.
She said: A fact sheet released by the presidential campaign explains that the emails at issue originated on “the unclassified .gov email system”
They said: Clinton is the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Fox News said she might be, but in fact the Inspector General’s referral is not criminal and the FBI is not targeting Clinton. <= This makes an excellent bullet point.
Here’s a made up possible article:
Republicans Should Love Hilary’s Email Server
Really. They are just being hypocrites. If Carly or Jeb or Rubio did this, they’d love it. Here’s why.
- #1 They hate big bureaucratic government (like runs the State Dept. servers)
- The State servers were a pain in the ass to use — Republicans get this.
- The State servers were leaky — look at the billions of documents they lost — Manning and Wikileaks.
- Hilary just wanted to be safe and efficient — R’s love this.
- So she went Entrepreneurial — R’s love this (we do too).
- And it worked! She made Gov Work better ! — R’s want this.
- She had fast easy email, and did not get even one email leaked.
- In fact the R’s are still complaining the her server was too secure they can’t squeeze enough leaks out of it.
- Was it illegal. No. Fox lied about a criminal investigation.
- Did she have a top secret email on her server? Eventually, yes. Think about that.
- Say you don’t have Top Secret Clearance and you learn something that’s not top secret.
- But then they make it top secret.
- Are you now illegal because you know a top secret and you don’t have clearance.
- That’s just dumb. And it’s not illegal, because the constitution says — no ex post facto
- The R’s are just being hypocritical — they would scream bloody murder if they were Hilary
I did read that the State D. servers were a real pain to use.
There are some general principle here.
- We get trapped by the Rs because they use very high standards (often absurdly picky) to judge us.
- We buy into this because the left tends to have high picky standards.
- So we feel guilty and like maybe they’re right, and it’s very, very hard to prove you are perfect.
- Very general principle (how to be creative): try looking at things upside down and/or backwards, even though it seems wrong. Really try to make sense of it when viewed backwards — if it works it will take a few minutes to see way.
- Backwards #1: Look at it with Republican standards
- Backwards #2: They say it’s bad, we say “not so bad, but a little bad. wish she hadn’t done that.” — Try: What she did was terrific. (then try to think why.)
When brainstorming (like above) Do not use sentences. People don’t think in sentences. Do uses bullet lists. Try to say everything as short a possible and still be able to remember what you meant.