Topic category: Partisan Politics
Don't Blame the Russians for Your Lie, Donna Brazile
There's plenty for which to blame the Russians, but they are not to blame because former Democrat Party interim chair Donna Brazile chose to help the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton by lying about giving Clinton debate questions in advance.
That's all on Brazile.
Brazile protectively described herself as "a Christian woman" familiar with "persecution" and a Democrat "operative" and "strategist."
Does being a Democrat "operative" or "strategist" come with a license to lie in seeking political advantage?
I hope not.
Brazile obviously lied about the matter before Election Day 2016 for strategic reasons and waited to acknowledge the truth until nearly two months after President Trump was inaugurated and she was replaced as interim chair of the Democrat Party.
Did Brazile candidly admit that she had lied for political purposes?
Brazile said that she made a "mistake" that she regrets.
Would Brazile have regretted it if Clinton had won...or taken credit for Clinton winning?
Former Democrat Senate Majority Leader was mighty proud of lying about 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's taxes.
A mistake is "a wrong judgment" or "a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgment, inadequate knowledge, or inattention."
Lying is wrong, but so are other things not involving moral turpitude.
Was Brazile's repeated lie the result of "inadequate knowledge"?
No. Brazile was old enough to know that lying is wrong.
Was Brazile's repeated lie the result of "inattention?
Of course not. It was the calculated response of a very seasoned self-described" Democrat 'operative" and "strategist."
Was Brazile's repeated lie "a wrong action"?
"Wrong" means both "not correct or true" and "unjust, dishonest or immoral."Yes, it was "a wrong action."
It was wrong in both senses.
Brazile did not clearly admit that she lied and did not apologize.
People regret many of their actions that are not "unjust, dishonest or immoral."
As a self-described "Christian woman," politically savvy Brazile should take responsibility for her choice and be repentant about it, not merely regretful that it failed to elect Clinton.
Michael J. Gaynor
Biography - Michael J. Gaynor
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.
Gaynor's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.