Columnist: If the Nation is More Important to Hillary Than Power, She Will Step Down

“It would be the most responsible thing to do.”

Conservative Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass has a suggestion after the recent bombshell dropped in the 2016 presidential election that the FBI is re-opening the investigation into E-Mailgate: If the nation is truly more important to Hillary Clinton than power, she should step down.

For all the talk about qualifications that Clinton and other Democrats have suggested a U.S. president have, mishandling national secrets is certainly one in which disqualifies a person from obtaining the highest office in the land and is also one in which the FBI has determined Mrs. Clinton guilty.

At the very least of the scandal-plagued life she has led so far, Kass believes Democrats have one noble thing to do in this situation:

If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process:

They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place. 

Democrats should say, honestly, that with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea…

The best thing would be for Democrats to ask her to step down now. It would be the most responsible thing to do, if the nation were more important to them than power. And the American news media — fairly or not firmly identified in the public mind as Mrs. Clinton's political action committee — should begin demanding it.

In a video accompanying the column, Kass asks, “Are you ready to have a president-elect, should she be elected, the subject of a criminal investigation?” And if Kaine isn’t the right person, he adds, then choose Bernie Sanders this late in the game. But as he wonders in his piece, “Has America become so numb by the decades of lies and cynicism oozing from Clinton Inc." that voters are still willing to give her a shot?

And of the political strife and division sweeping the country, Kass argues that it’s wrong to blame only Trump: “It's obvious the American political system is breaking down. It's been crumbling for some time now, and the establishment elite know it and they're properly frightened. Donald Trump, the vulgarian at their gates, is a symptom, not a cause. Hillary Clinton and husband Bill are both cause and effect.”

Of course, Clinton won’t step down because surrender is never an option for her family. It has always been about power, as Kass also concludes, and about “protecting fortunes already made by selling nothing but political influence:"

The Clintons weren't skilled merchants. They weren't traders or manufacturers. The Clintons never produced anything tangible. They had no science, patents or devices to make them millions upon millions of dollars.

All they had to sell, really, was influence. And they used our federal government to leverage it.

“If you take a step back from tribal politics, you'll see that Mrs. Clinton has clearly disqualified herself from ever coming near classified information again,” Kass continues. “If she were a young person straight out of grad school hoping to land a government job, Hillary Clinton would be laughed out of Washington with her record. She'd never be hired.”

But this isn't just any old government job, this is president of the United States. That position should be earned, not bought.

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