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Honest Nation or Banana Republic? A Role Model at the Crossroads
Illinois Review ^ | October 29, AD 2020 | John F Di Leo

Posted on 10/29/2020 7:49:10 PM PDT by jfd1776

The United States proudly stands in its place as a “City on a Hill” – a beacon of honesty and fairness, for others all over the globe to emulate.

This isn’t new. It dates back to the nation’s earliest days, when our Founding Fathers railed against the corrupt deals that were core to the British system of empire.

Some of the colonies were deals between a king and a governing family, like the Penns of Pennsylvania. Both purchases and sales here in the colonies had to be managed by politically connected merchants in London known as factors. Whole industries were outright banned here, in order to protect the politically connected manufacturers back home in England.

It was a crooked system, and our ancestors opposed it.

While we are certainly not perfect, even today – nothing on this earth is, after all – we have made steady progress in many ways, since the early days of the Founding era.

We eliminated slavery, and set regulations to ensure safe workplaces. We expanded the franchise so that all adult American citizens can vote, regardless of color, sex, wealth or social status. We passed antitrust laws so that businesses can’t unfairly dominate an industry.

And we passed anti-corruption laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)... and encouraged other countries to pass their own versions of it, as we tried to spread the culture of honest business practices around the globe.

The UK’s Anti-Bribery Law, the EU’s Anti-Corruption Initiatives, and so many other such reforms have been part and parcel of our own effort to work toward a level playing field in world commerce.

And the rest of the world knows it.

There are countries who respect us for this position… but there are also countries who hate us for it. They think us pompous, self-righteous, hypocritical. We demand honesty, but they say “sure, Americans can afford to turn down bribes… they don’t know what it’s like in the third world, where you need to take that bribe if you want to succeed.”

Still, we rightly stick to our guns, and insist that it’s better for everyone, really it is. When a company wins an international contract through bribery, it’s not just his competitor who gets cheated; it’s the taxpayers, the constituents, the people of the country awarding that contract.

Look up the history of the FCPA sometime. It’s about honest American companies who kept losing bids in the third world to less scrupulous foreign companies; that’s the truth at the root of our long efforts championing these reforms. Again and again, American companies would bid on a project in Africa or Latin America or Asia, a quality job at a good price, only to lose the bid to the German company who bought the prime minister a Mercedes, or the Italian company who gave the Transportation minister a ski chalet, or the French company who treated the Treasury minister’s family to a vacation on the Riviera.

We have a reputation around the world. We need to live up to it.

And that reputation is put at risk by this 2020 presidential election.

Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 on opposing the culture of corruption in Washington DC and in many of our cities. He exposed the graft that went on in the permitting of buildings and hotels, the corrupt aldermen and mayors, the building inspectors out to cheat their public in exchange for a little cash.

And President Trump also exposed the Clinton Foundation, which took local corruption and brought it international. With the Clinton Foundation, foreign politicians, businesses, and oligarchs could write a check to a charitable foundation and get a favor from a US Senator in return. Or they could write a fat check to an ex-president to give a speech, and get a favor from the US Secretary of State. Or they could write an even fatter check and get an IOU for a great big favor when that Secretary of State became President.

The crimes of the Clinton Foundation (which raised all these millions and, outside of bankrolling a very nice standard of living for the Clinton family, didn’t seem to actually help the poor very much) were exposed, by writers like Peter Schweizer and by the Trump campaign, and the world took a lesson from this:

When the American people have the chance to choose, up or down, they make the honest choice. They turn down the grifter and they choose the anti-corruption zealot. The election of 2016 was a lesson to the world, and many governments thought it meaningful.

Fast forward to 2020.

We now have an opportunity for a do-over. The exact same choice is presented again… the anti-corruption statesman, Donald Trump, against the creature of the Swamp, Joe Biden.

When Joe Biden was vice president, he did it a little differently than the Clintons did. Instead of laundering the money through a pretend charity, he laundered it through relatives and friends.

Joe Biden’s brother, son, and daughter, his neighbors and associates, would start businesses or serve as consultants, in businesses in which they had no experience or knowledge – sometimes in countries where they didn’t even speak the language. They would collect millions of dollars, from corrupt politicians in Ukraine, China, Kyrgystan, and who knows how many others. They would find a way to be included in banking, real estate, or energy deals in Asia or Latin America or Eastern Europe, despite having no credentials in those industries.

They could give the impression that it was enough to be in Joe Biden’s orbit; that the senator, then vice president, didn’t actually have to do anything crooked.

As the money grew, such a claim became harder to believe… but the media doesn’t investigate good liberal politicians, so naturally they were safe from accusations. No matter how sloppy they may have been, without investigative journalists doing any digging, nothing would come out.

Until the "Laptop from Hell" hit the scene. With less than a month to go before the election, Hunter Biden’s laptop computer surfaced.

It turned out that law enforcement had been sitting on it for a year, trying to keep it secret, until it was exposed by the computer repairman who (totally legally, fortunately, due to the rules around abandonment) realized he had a moral obligation to bring it to the attention of the public.

There is no more room for burying evidence or making a pretense of plausible deniability.

The laptop contained evidence that was readily verified by multiple sources, making it clear, beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt, that Joe Biden was getting a cut all along. The people in his orbit were indeed paying him a share, and at least one of them was apparently rather bitter about it.

The New York Post started breaking story after story, day after day, as they made the most of this treasure trove of information. On top of the outright political corruption, there’s stuff on that laptop - sex, drugs, depravity - to make a tough vice cop blush and make a jaded social worker cry.

But the financial aspect is the globally damning aspect; that’s what we need to consider here.

We knew Joe Biden was a destructive socialist on policy. We knew he was old and likely failing, certainly not terribly bright, even as politicians go.

But this aspect – the blatant corruption, incomparably worse than any of the crimes that forced Nixon and Agnew out of office, orders of magnitude worse than the crimes that got four Illinois governors jailed in the past 50 years – this aspect is truly damning.

America has built a reputation – not a Republican or Democrat reputation, but a non-partisan reputation – as the world’s champion of good government. Our efforts in the UN and WTO, and our strict enforcement of the FCPA and similar regulations here at home, have all been aimed at spreading our example of honest government around the world, so that the people of all nations could someday enjoy the benefits of honest government.

We cannot destroy all that we’ve worked for over the past century, by electing a known criminal – not just any crook, but one who has shaken down foreign governments, abusing his office again and again over the years – to become President of the United States.

This election is about more than hairstyles or face masks, about more than rallies and basements, more than which of the two you’d like to have a beer with or attend a baseball game with.

This is our reputation we’re talking about. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for continued efforts to level the playing field, continuing to give the world a fair trading partner and a model to emulate. A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for corruption; it’s a vote for the machine politics of Chicago and New York, the local hoods elevated to the global stage.

The Democratic party had other options this year; the party leaders chose to anoint Joe Biden. Every rank and file Democrat voter in the country ought to join a class action lawsuit against their own party, for saddling them with this millstone around their necks.

America worked hard, for many, many years, to gain the reputation of the Fair Witness, the honest arbiter on the world scene.

On November 3, 2020, we can either proudly stay true to our reputation, or we can undermine a century of effort, and turn hypocrite by rewarding a corrupt pol, with the biggest prize of all.

How much damage could this man do in that office, knowing what he’s done with lesser offices?

Choose wisely, America.

Copyright 2020 John F Di Leo

John F Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance trainer, writer and actor. His columns have been appearing in Illinois Review since 2009.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: corruption; fcpa; hunterbiden; joebiden

1 posted on 10/29/2020 7:49:10 PM PDT by jfd1776
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Look at the institution that have been corrupted.

The F. B. I. Had a laptop showing Ukraine was in fact a scandal payola during impeachment and did nothing. Images showed a child in danger and they took no action.

Television and newspapers. All too corrupt to tell the truth. We have devolved to Pravda-level press in a nation that once valued free speech and freedom of the press so much to put it first in our bill of rights.

Watergate was an after the fact coverup of a pathetic small time break in.

2 posted on 10/29/2020 7:55:52 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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3 posted on 10/29/2020 8:50:43 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono
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FORCE Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports...Any Dem congressman who didn’t support this got kicked out by holding their primary in remapped districts.

Why aren’t those votes an issue in this 2020 campaign by the Republicans ?

.. Democratic candidate for America’s Vice President California and likely presidential replacement Sen. Kamala Harris sponsored a Senate bill that would that would force funding public schools to allow biologically male athletes who identify as transgender on girls’ sports teams.

In March 2019, Harris cosponsored the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls
.Also did this and this


.. And why there is no such thing as a Conservative Dem in Congress An example is Illinois 3rd district
Todays Democrats weren’t happy with this father then son votes against abortion and the son’s being the only congressional democrat to vote NO on allowing men to to call themselves a women and compete with women in college sports. To stop this the demoncrats decided to remap the areas which supported them for their 2020 primary.

The ward (the 23rd) and the congressional district formerly the 5th which they changed into being the 3rd Illinois congressional by taking ward areas which had areas dominated by hispanic fore names and placed them into the Louis Gutierez district.

In the reshaped 3rd Congressional district primary Daniel Lipinski lost because of this redistricting. Of a district which had previously included adjacent Chicago city wards to his 23rd. which was “re-mapped in 2012 after former alderman and ward committeeman now congressman William O Lipinski annouced his retirement and wanted his son for his congressional replacement .

The remap was replacing ward boundaries of the 14th known as the stockyards which had experienced extensive demographic changes. They chopped up and placed sections of streets and blocks that were not only in the 23rd but the of adjacent 12th and 15th wards and made them the 14th ward

Now because Chicago alderman oversee routing of such things as garbage collections and getting city services . Some have complained of seeing rodents since as well as complained of poor road maintenance on their block. Because with this remap if your residence was in one ward your neighbor across the street or a block down is might be in another ward

.. The 5th was a district in the 1950’s which was a part of the third largest school district in the country run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Those city wards were primarily composed of dozens of traditional value family oriented Catholic/Christian communities centered around their churches and their schools. Hence opposed to funding such things as abortion and LGBT activities rather for issues that dealt exclusively with city issues such as a subway L service and the Stevenson Expressway.

These Wards once were reliable supporters of Dan’s father, William O Lipinski. But after the 2012 redistricting the number of precincts in the 23rd were cut back to 39 and even their ward headquarters location was stuck in another ward.

And where many wards had areas with Hispanic last names those areas were redistricted and assigned to the Louis Gutieriez’s district. In areas where buildings were abandoned affected by the no money down home mortgages or had changed because of this. The ward such as the 14th known as Back of The Yards because of the former stock yards which has since relocated was remapped to include portions of other wards mainly the 23rd which Those results actually tear up the concept of a neighborhood and pit people against each other by using division.

In some of those wards areas of city blocks which were zoned exclusively for single family dwellings residents suddenly found their neighborhood having houses torn down and being replaced with multiple apartments with the units not required to furnish parking facilities and many renters were illegals. Much of which fit the plans for the suburbs

4 posted on 10/29/2020 10:21:04 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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A Role Model at the Crossroads


5 posted on 10/29/2020 11:26:53 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The pun is mightier than the s-word. Goy to the World!)
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