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The Liberal Hypocrisy of Championing Chelsea Manning

Updated on January 27, 2017
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Following repeated "suicide attempts" and a gender overhaul, Bradley (now going by Chelsea) Manning has been awarded a commutation to an extensive prison sentence by outgoing President Obama (ever the shameless ideologue...).

The anticipated criticism revolves around the very hypocrisy of such a move, as Manning is equally as culpable and I would actually argue, far guiltier than someone like Julian Assange. Although Wikileaks was indeed the platform that released the reports, Manning was the party that not only stole the classified information (750,000 pieces worth), but provided it to the controversial distribution website, who Obama himself has been a strong critique of in the wake of Hillary Clinton's defeat (see in full here).

Following the executive intervention, Manning's original 35 year prison sentence is now set to end on May 17. So I ask, why are liberals now championing the thief and source of the leak, but condemning the third party that distributed it?

Well I think that it is very obvious and can be summed up in one word, "politics." A little disclaimer: I'm not justifying any of these individuals, but rather illustrating the evident bias that exists. While seemingly clear as day, here are my examples of the double standards being preached by the liberal media, in attempts to assign blame for their failures and further the left's social experiments:

  • Bradley (Chelsea) Manning has become a sympathetic victim for the social justice warriors and left to prop up and rally behind, regardless of previously committed crimes. Although Manning's actions compromised our military and left them potentially exposed to hostile actors, thus violating the US Espionage Act (guilty in 20 of 22 charges), liberals will grant a pass. Between the sex change and information painting the Bush Administration in a negative light, what more can we expect from those hypocritically perceiving the world through the lens of ideology as opposed to rationality?

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  • Former NSA employee Edward Snowden, turned Russian defector has been wildly criticized for his massive leak of classified information in 2013. Exposing the United States' recording, collecting, and storing of data on its citizens and even other nations (some friendly), President Obama took a tough stance on Snowden. Does anyone doubt that it was partially due to embarrassing the President's over-sized ego? Even though I am not warranting this clear breach of US law, why is Snowden still deemed a villain, while the left is now romanticizing Manning as some kind of tragic hero? After all, Snowden exposed questionable actions being carried out by the United States Government, while Manning jeopardized the safety of our men and women serving overseas. Yeah, some serious duplicity and lack of lock going on here...

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  • Although not provided the same commutation as Manning, dishonored Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was yet another individual that the Obama Administration attempted to tout as a triumph. Having deliberately deserted his post with intent of seeking out the enemy, Bergdahl was held by the Taliban, until Obama agreed to a prisoner exchange. Widely criticized at the time and still packing the same sour taste, this decision will never be the legacy achievement Obama had been hoping for. Now facing desertion charges, Bergdhal submitted a pardon request (can you blame him the way they celebrated his return home?), but went unanswered.

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  • Once a hero among liberals and anarchists for damaging Bush's reputation, Julian Assange has recently fallen from grace, following a series of Wikileak releases that ALLOWED the public to see the rampant corruption displayed by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Now blamed with damaging Hillary's reputation enough that voters would abandon her in droves, costing the Madame Secretary the election (I know, nice nonsensical talking points), Assange and Wikileaks provided the truth (be it brutally honest) where the biased establishment media outlets purposely dropped the ball. More concerned with getting Clinton elected and an inability to acknowledge their own failures, Assange has become a scapegoat for Democrats, much as Russia has in the wake of Trump's victory.

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  • But the most appalling and downright egregious pardon requests to be overlooked, especially in the wake of Manning's commutation, is US Navy Sailor Kristian Saucier. Accepting complete responsibility for his actions, the new father has since been sentenced to a year in prison after taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. The six photos were apparently snapped so that Saucier could show his family what his duties entailed during his tour at sea as a machinist mate, but never shared them with unauthorized recipients. Prison-bound come October, the Obama Administration never answered the pleas from his family (mother has been a strong proponent of his case). The lack of compassion and hypocrisy is nearly sickening to think that a young man, with a newborn, will be expected to carry out his sentence because he is not a social justice puppet to be paraded about. How about Hillary Clinton's blatant disregard to similar laws (on a much grander scale!), where she even admitted to making mistakes... sound familiar? What an unacceptable and appalling double standard in our criminal justice system...

With Trump now at the ship's helm, hopefully the wrongs can be righted and this elitist mentality of having a set of rules for one set of people and another for another will vanish faster than Obama's failed legacy. After all, we are (or rather supposed to be) all Americans, equal under the blinded eyes of justice...

Update on Jan 26 from President Trump
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      Sanxuary 8 months ago

      You have to think in reality. How would Hillary have a clue what is going on in every embasy in the world? If you worked for the government you would know its to big to manage and key people walk around and think everything is taken care of before they even get their. How do you go from Senator to some staff position and even have a clue of the crap below you? I sincerely doubt Hillary had any idea what we had in Benghazi. I doubt she had any idea how many agencies were even their. Its luck that they called some team not even in the Embasy to come rescue them. It amazes me that politicians never defend themselves from what they do not know but it is also amazing that they take responsibility with out ever having any. You are caught up in side shows while your beloved President has rigged the election by worshipping money with the Russians. The Russians are smart enough to know money is worthless when your game is to destroy Democracy. Enjoy being never rich or above the cost of living as they fool you again with non-sense. We are smarter then Benghazi or some conn man who bought an election to make himself richer but owes Deutch bank 300 million dollars. Well its a good thing he does not have to worry about taxes and he sold a mansion for 95 million dollars to some Russian buddy of Putin. My hypocrisy is at its limits, really.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      "Obama was oppossed to what he considered to be harsh sentances and he pardoned a lot of people." - Obama clearly picked "Chelsea" for political reasons alone. Waving that social justice flag...

      Not sure how you got on the topic of Benghazi or Hillary Clinton, but....

      "I doubt Hillary even knew what was going on in Libya regarding the embassy." - Hillary's correspondence with Egyptian leaders and her own daughter dispute such an assertion.

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      Sanxuary 10 months ago

      I have no idea why it would be a Liberal Victory. What I do know is that Obama was oppossed to what he considered to be harsh sentances and he pardoned a lot of people. Every President has pardoned some nasty criminal that should have died in jail. Why do they always wait until they are leaving office to pardon them. I often think there is a lot more going on then we ever know. The Benghazi story is one of them. I doubt Hillary even knew what was going on in Libya regarding the embassy. She was the top leader but there are a lot of bosses below her actually running the show. What the hell are we doing in war torn Libya with an Embasy and less then a hundred people any way. It seems like no one considered security. I am guessing that Hillary probably knew little about it until after the fact. It was only political to attack her but I do not think she really defended herself. If it was me I would be asking the same quetions I have asked. I would have been very up-set if I did not know anything about it and a lot of heads would have rolled besides mine. The point is that no one really digs into the whole story. They are more concerned with making it political. Instead of identifying the problem and preventing it from happening again. Theres probaby someone still at the mercy of some poorly planned Embassy somewhere and some private dumping important information somewhere. The reasons are probably really dumb and some President will be pardoning them some day.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      I agree with most of your assessment of the two mentioned individuals, but stand by the notion that President Obama tainted each by playing politics, thus making them topics to be analyzed and debated as such. His attempts to politicize them in the name of the liberal agenda make it impossible for dissenting commentators such as myself not to provide subsequent push back.

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      Sanxuary 10 months ago

      The problem with making so many of these arguments political is they never solve the real problem. The problem with health care is no one can afford it and even if they can not someone is still paying for it. The problem with immigration is cheap labor brought most of them in legally and they never left. Bergdahl is a lot different then Manning but both of them should have never been in the Military. We should have never stopped executing Traitors who provide the enemy with information that threatens are other soldiers lives. Still why would we give a first term low ranking individual information that the rest of the military would never be allowed to see. He probably was never in the military long enough to even complete the clearance he was operating at. Right now in the nomination process they are dealing with that exact problem. In the name of politics it will be months before the red flags even appear. You have to have qualified people in the proper state of mind who are properly trained and also watched to protect the most vital aspects of security. Any red flag reflecting a change in character needs to be quetioned. In both cases there were red flags and they were not taken seriously. In both cases they most likely knew of the consequences of their actions. The problem they have not faced is what to do with the ability of an individual to transfer enormous amounts of information in a nano-second. Not giving such information to one dumb private with no history is probably a good start.

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      My Two Pennies 10 months ago from United States

      I disagree. Obama made it political and that of a left wing nature ("quantify as liberal...") when he politicized both Manning and Bergdahl, which I explain in this piece. They fit the liberal narrative and agenda, therefore will be treated differently than someone of a much lesser crime like Kristian Saucier, who should have received serious consideration for a pardon.

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      Sanxuary 10 months ago

      Why do people always have to make things political? I would have been alright if whatever it is gets lined up and shot by firing squad. Sadly every traitor has only recieved 4 years in jail at the most since the end of WWII. 35 years in these modern times is quite excessive. Its proof that privates in the military should not have access to such information. The same mistake was made with Snowden allowing civillian contractors be used as spies. Contractors were used to implement torture and a bunch of soldiers were dumb enough to be dragged into it. Its political but the problem does not quantify as liberal or right wing. Its just very bad buisiness and people are being chosen wrong for the job.