In yet another unprecedented event in American history, yesterday U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate the discovery of classified documents in three locations, including President Biden’s garage and home. This comes less than two months after Garland appointed another special counsel to investigate former President’s Trump. Again the basis for that investigation revolves around classified documents that were found in his Mar-a-Lago home.
This does not even consider the massive number of documents found in former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s home, where she installed a private server to “house” government documents during her tenure as secretary of state. The scope of these documents are unknown, as she infamously destroyed her hard drive with BleachBit.
Documents, Documents Everywhere
I have seen estimates that there are about one billion classified documents in this country. This would be about three classified document for every man, woman, and child. This is an astonishing number of “protected” documents. It represents just one example of the size and scope of our government. While it is beyond the scope of this piece, maintaining these documents is illustrative of the difficulty of maintaining an increasingly daunting federal bureaucracy. There is a correlation here that one can ponder.
For now, consider that in the era of “fake news,” “twitter files,” and thousands of “news” sources; there is remarkable connection to high level leaders retaining classified documents. While the statute protecting classified documents does not delve into the “why” or the motivation of those who are found with classified documents, this question may help explain these unprecedented circumstances.
So why? Two presidents, and one “almost” president, with very different political perspectives, having one big thing in common: housing classified documents in their private residences. One can safely say that “information” is increasingly part of the ideological war that we are facing. This “war” is for the hearts and minds of people. Like other kinds of conflict, those with the most “effective” ammunition have a great strategic advantage.
Ideology, Ideology, Ideology
Let’s cut to the chase. The information “war” is just one element of the larger ideological war happening all around us. Admittedly, most people do not see this. People tend to “see” things in more practical ways. People are corrupt. Power drives people. Follow the money. These are often used to “explain” why people do what they do. These are often accurate. My point, however, is that these are also often just the means to achieve an even larger quest. That is: what ideology controls the destiny of planet Earth. Here the “war” is between those who seek Globalism versus those who want to maintain sovereign countries, also know as Nationalism.
This quest is the underlying contemporary struggle. It is the proverbial “big picture.” It is what drives so many seemingly disparate events from defunding the police, to lawlessness, to climate change, to COVID “protections,” to a variety of WOKE themes, to neo-racism elements from 1619, CRT, BLM, and a host of other factors. One extraordinarily important means to win this war is by controlling information. Indeed controlling information is part and parcel of controlling language. We have all heard the adage that “history” is written by the victors. What we are seeing is this “in progress.” Said another way, we are witnessing the battle over hearts and minds being played on internet sites, cable channels, print and web news sites, social media, and yes–in classified documents. All have one common dominator: information. Here information is the driving force toward this ideological quest.
There is so much more that can be said. For now, consider my new book- You Say You Want a Revolution: A Compelling & Cautionary Tale of What Lies Ahead. Though I do not predict or even address the investigations of presidents, these investigations are part of the larger ideological war. This may sound like a big step. But check out the dots that I connect in my book. You can read it here: