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The Liberal Hypocrisy of Championing Chelsea Manning
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?
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...