Another Reason to Study History

The study of history teaches us to make evidenced-based arguments. Unfortunately, in today’s culture, people do not seem to have a problem with making bold statements in public speeches and interviews that are not backed up by evidence.  Does evidence matter any more?  We need history more than ever.

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Just as an aside, I am continually amazed at how influential Bernie Sanders has been in this election.  When was the last time a POTUS candidate (especially a GOP candidate) tried to separate himself or herself from Wall Street money.

3 thoughts on “Another Reason to Study History

  1. 😉

    As you knew you would.

    Objection is mostly formal. Holt holds political candidate [who may well be right] to a higher standard than he holds his own news network. Further, Trump ends up in the dock rather than the actual wrongdoer.

    “Well first of all, she shouldn’t have had a personal server, OK?” Trump responded. “She shouldn’t have had it. It’s illegal. What she did is illegal. Now she might not be judging that way because, you know, we — we have a rigged system. But what she did is illegal. She shouldn’t have had a personal server—”

    So I object on historical grounds. A passing bit of rhetoric [which may well be proved right] pales beside an FBI criminal investigation. I think it’s difficult to argue the converse.

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  2. As an alleged journalist, Mr. Holt should be far more interested in Mrs. Clinton’s illegal server than what Donald Trump says about it. Historically speaking, actions trump words, and Mrs. Clinton is the first presidential nominee ever to be under criminal investigation by the FBI. [#HistoryMade, indeed!]

    Further, it is possible if not probable that Mrs. Clinton’s illegal server was indeed hacked. Trump is far from on shaky ground.

    From NBC itself!

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hacker-guccifer-i-got-inside-hillary-clinton-s-server-n568206

    The Romanian hacker who first exposed Hillary Clinton’s private email address is making a bombshell new claim — that he also gained access to the former Secretary of State’s “completely unsecured” server.

    “It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” Marcel Lehel Lazar, who uses the devilish handle Guccifer, told NBC News in an exclusive interview from a prison in Bucharest. “There were hundreds of folders.”

    Investors Business Daily:

    Charles McCullough, the intelligence agencies’ inspector general, found at least 1,000 classified documents on Clinton’s server, with some two dozen of those classified as either Top Secret or SAP. For those who don’t know, SAP is even higher than Top Secret, and involves the most sensitive secrets the nation has.

    We’ve gone through all the evidence before, and will again before this saga is through. But one aspect has been curiously left unexplored: the likelihood that Hillary’s email was hacked by foreign intelligence, leading to a possible major breach of U.S. security.

    The Clinton camp aggressively disputes this. As longtime Clinton aide Lanny Davis put it, “There is no evidence that Clinton’s private server was ever successfully hacked … All the dire and dark warnings from partisan Republicans about the secretary of state risking the nation’s security by using a private server are, in fact, all speculation — based on no facts whatsoever.”

    That’s a classic Clintonian response –smear the opposition, then issue a nondenial denial. Notice that Davis isn’t saying it didn’t happen, just that there’s no evidence — except for the fact that the Romanian hacker called “Guccifer” has already pleaded guilty to hacking Hillary’s server.

    Still, the FBI hasn’t released the findings of its own investigation yet, so we don’t yet know how extensive the hacking and penetration of Hillary’s server by foreign intelligence was. But John R. Schindler, a former National Security Agency analyst writing at The Observer, got an interesting quote from someone he described as a senior U.S. counterintelligence official who is “privy to some of he FBI’s findings.”

    If what the source says is true, Clinton is in big trouble.

    “We know (her email server) was hacked numerous times; it’s that simple,” the official said. “If I were Vladimir Putin, I’d fire the head of the SVR (Russia’s foreign intelligence service) if he didn’t get a good look at Hillary’s emails when they were sitting in plain sight online.”

    What’s funny is that this is the week that Hillary is using to launch herself as the clear superior to Donald Trump when it comes to … wait for it … national security.

    Beyond a reasonable doubt? No, or she’d already be in jail. But next to the outright slanders we’ve grown accustomed to in elections [such as Sen. Harry Reid’s charge that Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes], far from Pants on Fire.

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