What will Hillary Clinton’s server scandal mean a year from now? 5 years from now? Despite Comey’s decision to refrain from requesting that Hillary be charged, his explanations of what Clinton as Secretary of State did wrong, or by implication, lied about, have enraged and energized the GOP. Comey agreed to visit to the House of Representatives to do some s’plaining on the details of the investigation and the reasons for his decision. And that took about 24 hours to put together.

The system is rigged. How dare Trump say that! Right? And say it he did, and is still saying it, more loudly than almost anyone save Bernie Sander. Who is saying much less these days. The wording of Comey’s statement on Tuesday has been parsed endlessly by many. And there is frustration and confusion on the inherent contradictions in those words, beyond those who would be accused of merely wanting to keep the issue alive.

The thing is, this is no longer about just Hillary Clinton. Or her husband. Or specific Supreme Court rulings. Or executive action. Or GOP senators turning their backs on those who voted them in, all in the name of “discipline” or “comity.” Or unelected administrative bodies like the Iowa Civil Rights Commission issuing regulations forcing shared use of bathrooms and showers, with only a self-declaration of gender necessary to enter the bathroom you choose.

This is aloof, non-intermingled (to use David Brooks-style terminology) elite rule by fiat. Where radical theories of who we are, and how we should behave, are placed into action by administrative guidelines; or Supreme Court rulings that upend precedent and rewrite the constitution or defy it; or by legislation decided in Washington with careful consideration given to well-financed special interests, and then poured down in increasing torrents over local communities.

Trans identity was a barely understood puzzle of Lesbian and Gay culture barely a few years ago. It is now a categorical imperative, an unconditional obligation. With debate replaced by violent accusations of prejudice for all who disagree or are just plainly uncomfortable with the idea of trans bathrooms for their daughters and sons. And it became so, because politicians looked at the issue from a media and polling perspective and thought: we can make this work for us. And so a dive into the unknown with little or no debate, and even less legislation. From screaming students in the Yale quads to detailed guidelines in Iowa. In a matter of months.

Immigration has become an issue of racism, hurled at anyone who wishes that borders mean something in America. And that people who enter the country do so legally.

Security is a matter for elites. Islamic State is not that big a problem. The president says so. The mainstream media echo chamber repeats the stories and similar ones – regarding Iran’s credibility as a partner in a nuclear deal, for example. The FBI can’t keep track of a terrorist’s wife, but they do a great job. Because their director says so.

Privacy is more important than security. Encryption is a god to be kneeled down before. Decryption is a low, base intrusion into our private virtuous worlds. The FBI here is on the other side of this debate: but it is still a debate between elites. On the one side the technocrats, on the other the FBI and other intelligence agencies. And us mere mortals who only want our information reasonably private and our bank accounts secure, can only watch while the encryption and decryption gods battle it out over a dead terrorist’s iPhone.

So the GOP – especially the House – will do what they can to question Comey’s decision not to ask for charges to be laid. And hopefully, they will keep in mind their constituents who may be wondering why Naval Reservist Brian Nishimura was charged with 2 years probation and fined thousands of dollars, for doing remarkably similar things with classified information to what Hillary Clinton did with her private server.

But Nishimura is a Reservist, who merely served in Afghanistan, rather than dealing in careers and reputations in the House of Imperial Cards on the Potomac.

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