When we elect our representatives to office, we also elect their personalities, likes, dislikes, and an assortment of other things that can cause them to either succeed or fail as individuals. No one person can relate to or otherwise identify fully with every aspect of our American lives. They just roll the dice and hope for the best.
Dealing with personalities can be a real groan at times, and I’m somewhat flummoxed over the fact that people don’t get that.
This whole deal with finding classified documents at or in various places with regard to our elected officials isn’t so surprising when you stop to consider just how long this sort of crap has been going on.
When you stop to consider personalities, the piece recently written by James Conner over on the Flathead Memo makes sense. Joe Biden is a different person than Donald Trump is.
Though the two men be different, the problem with this classified document thing isn’t.
Classified information in this country has probably been being mishandled for literally years, and by several of dozens of people.
Remember Hillary’s hammers and bleachbit? Yeah .. I sorta thought you would.
Officials leaving office with their full security clearance in tact just might give you a hint at how bad the problem might be.
Hillary still has her security clearance, George Bush still has his, Bill Clinton still has his, and even Jimmy Carter still has his. Then there are the countless others that helped service these administrations out there that very possibly still have their security clearances as well.
It’s been said that these people can keep their security clearance because they might be “consulted” later on with regard to world affairs.
I find it hard to believe that a person with a hugely failed foreign policy record could ever be consulted about anything relating to foreign policy, but yet, here we are.
So Biden turned the documents over immediately. Good on him. But we can’t ever forget how others handled it with their hammers and their attorneys — then also, we need to be thinking about how many more classified docs there may be out there that haven’t been, or have yet to be discovered.
We need to quit looking at the personalities and start looking more at the chain of custody, or rather, the lack of the chain of custody problem we have when it comes to our classified documents.
If the rules or the policy worked with regard to the chain of custody, we wouldn’t be sitting here using personalities as political talking points. It would be just one more headache we wouldn’t have to worry about.
Top Secret may not be as secret as we think as long as our chain of custody system remains broken and ineffective.