Hillary Clinton's 'get out of jail free card' is everything that's wrong with America

America deserves better than the cynicism and dishonor of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton now represents the some of the flaws of the United States.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

Hillary Clinton's escape from any indictment for her email scandal — from any cost or consequence whatsoever — is a daunting reminder of the inexorable callousness with which those who should be our models of public spirit instead continue to gin up endless impotent rage among regular people.

It is a hard enough lesson that FBI Director James Comey spoke the truth in observing how Clinton's abuses fall below the accepted standard for criminal penalties. Rather than indictment, a senior official committing similar transgressions would characteristically face punishment in the form of "security and administrative procedures" — getting fired, getting demoted, and/or losing clearance for awhile or forever. Clinton, however, is not a garden variety senior official, but the presumptive next president of the United States, the matriarch of a family whose position atop the global elite has long squared poorly with its congenitally cavalier attitude toward what lawyers gently term "appearances of impropriety." For Clinton, "justice" looks much like this Photoshop creation:

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James Poulos

James Poulos is a contributing editor at National Affairs and the author of The Art of Being Free, out January 17 from St. Martin's Press. He has written on freedom and the politics of the future for publications ranging from The Federalist to Foreign Policy and from Good to Vice. He fronts the band Night Years in Los Angeles, where he lives with his son.