Something’s rotten in Washington. We’re learning that government agencies hid evidence and obstructed justice in the aftermath of the 1993 siege in Waco, Texas a siege that left 80 people dead.
The apparent cover-up is a further tragedy on top of the grisly body count of women and children who were part of a religious sect that, whether good or bad, never harmed anyone else.
Who is to blame? Joseph DiGenova, a former independent counsel, says, “A fish rots from the head,” clearly implicating President Clinton for creating a climate that says the rules can be bent or broken.
How about Attorney General Janet Reno? After the death toll in Waco, she said she takes full responsibility. Words. Just words.
Not only is something rotten in Washington, much of Washington is rotten.
Attorney Gerry Spence says that the lesson from Waco is that if the government wants to get you, they will. That’s frightening, and the actions of the Justice Department and the FBI hardly refute the point. Even in a free country, the government can deprive us of our liberties, and even our lives.
But in a free society, when such things happen, our elected officials and those they appoint are supposed to be held accountable. And those who commit these acts are supposed to get prosecuted, not promoted. The situation will not change with the same political hacks who brought us to this pass.
There is a tide in the affairs of men. We need new people more than ever. Our Republic is at stake.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.