Book review: Obstruction of Justice by Luke Rosiak
How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats (February 12, 2019)
- Disclosure: Regnery reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing this book, due to my reviews of Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump, and Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. I had not heard of this book before then, but I probably would have read it without their having sent me a review copy.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s platform included three big promises: Build a wall, end Obamacare on his first day in office, and drain the swamp. Although he probably was elected due to his stances on border security and ending the dreadful Obamacare, this book makes clear that his first priority on assuming office should have been to drain the swamp.
Everyone knows or should know by now that despite the veneer of respectability and gravitas politicians try to give themselves, much of politics — even down at the local level — consists of an unseemly blend of corruption, self-dealing, prevarication, demagoguery, back-room logrolling, and out-right lies. Having read extensively about this hidden side of politics, and even witnessing some of it first-hand, I thought I was prepared for the revelations in Luke Rosiak’s Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats. Boy, was I wrong.
In reference to this scandal, President Trump tweeted, “Our Justice Department must not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook. The Democrat I.T. scandal is a key to much of the corruption we see today. They want to make a ‘plea deal’ to hide what is on their Server. Where is Server? Really bad!”, proving he has mastered the art of understatement.
What seems so much worse about this scandal is that it cuts across many different lines. Even if you don’t agree, it’s easy to understand the president’s people protecting the president. It’s easy to understand Democrats protecting other Democrats. It’s easy to understand various agencies protecting their own. In this case, however, it seems as though everyone was protecting the worst of the worst, even when the miscreants seemed to be in “out-groups” from those doing the protecting. These days, it’s not surprising to find the mainstream media protecting the Democrats. But Paul Ryan protecting Debbie Wasserman Schultz? Jeff Sessions protecting Democrat functionaries who have done far worse than anyone in Robert Mueller’s crosshairs? Democrats protecting abusers?
“This is the story of a cover-up, manipulation, and the subversion of justice, and it is a true one in a world where true stories often don’t have happy endings. But one conclusion seems clear: The DOJ, Democrats, and some establishment Republicans are all on the same team. One where insiders go along to get along.”
“If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that the so-called ‘Deep State’ isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans, it’s about entrenched insiders and the lengths they’ll go to to keep their hold on power.”page 286
“This swamp is too big to drain.”page 283
I fear he’s correct, but let’s hope he’s wrong. Because if he’s correct, we are headed to tyranny or a bloodbath — or both.