Charles Parker: Mrs. Clinton Shades of Richard Nixon?

By  //  March 11, 2015

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Charles Parker writes a weekly perspective column, Out On the Wire…Without a Net, on Space Coast Daily which appears every Tuesday.

Public Servants’ Emails Are Part of Public Domain

A couple of weeks ago, I got in a kerfuffle with the Opt Out Brevard folks on social media. This group is a small, but growing, number of parents who are trying to change education policy in the state by having their children refuse to participate in some high-stakes testing.

I knew when I chimed in on their discussion that I was probably making a big mistake, but I jumped in anyway. The kerfuffle was initially about email.

A parent had emailed her student’s teacher about something regarding testing and the teacher had responded. The parent then posted the text of the email on the Opt Out Brevard Facebook page for all to critique.

(Note that there has been a lot of confusion regarding state and district policy about opting out of testing. Teachers have been unfairly criticized about their knowledge or lack thereof of these policies.)

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

I commented that I found it a tad tawdry to post a teacher/parent email conversation. I felt that – in the least – the teacher should be informed that their communications might be posted for all of the world to see. I was met with a figurative chorus of boos.

“School teacher’s emails are public documents!” they cried. “Teachers have no right to privacy when communicating with parents!” they lamented. “Jeb Bush is…..!” (These are paraphrases, but reflect the gist.)

Okay! I get the point! Public servants’ emails are part of the public domain.

Wait…

So, yes, you guessed it. This column is not really about Opt Out Brevard or about Brevard teachers’ emails.

Revelations have come to light that the former counsel to the Watergate investigatory committee (she was fired from that job for skirting the truth) and erstwhile Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a private email account and a personal computer server while she was Secretary of State under the most transparent president in history, Barack Obama.

She helped bring Richard Nixon down and now she is turning into him.

The privileged privacy was uncovered by a current-day House investigatory committee. Not one about a two-bit break-in, but one about an attack on America and the subsequent murder of four American heroes.

A government employee – the one that is fourth in the line of succession to the presidency – kept her own email account. Hillary.com not state.gov.

She helped bring Richard Nixon down and now she is turning into him.

While it would be kind of fun to have the elderly Bill Clinton fumbling around the West Wing again, I’m not sure we want Nixon back. (AP image)

While it would be kind of fun to have the elderly Bill Clinton fumbling around the West Wing again, I’m not sure we want Nixon back. (AP image)

While some of us remember the 1990’s as a time of peace and prosperity, we also remember the famous one-liners.

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

“It depends what the definition of ‘is’ is.”

And now we have, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

This week, Mrs. Clinton had a controlled media event – explaining that she has turned over all the emails to the government (even though they belonged to the government in the first place), that she wants the government to release them all (even though she did this for the sole purpose of keeping them hidden), and that others before her have done it also (even though they haven’t).

While it would be kind of fun to have the elderly Bill Clinton fumbling around the West Wing again, I’m not sure we want Nixon back.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Parker writes a weekly perspective/opinion column, Out on the Wire…Without a Net, on Space Coast Daily which appears every Tuesday. 

He is a longtime resident of Brevard County and has been writing for various publications for the last 40 years – both print and digital. Parker covers space, politics, religion, and other news and special events for Space Coast Daily.

Charles Parker

Charles Parker

Currently, Parker is an aerospace engineering teacher at Merritt Island High School. He is also the director of both the da Vinci Academy of Aerospace Technology and the Academy of Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism at MIHS. He is a professor of Humanities and World Religions at Eastern Florida State College and Valencia College.

Parker has worked extensively in the tourism and aerospace industries in Brevard. He has also been a United Methodist pastor and director of a non-profit to help young adults aging out of foster care. He was formerly a board member at Brevard Achievement Center and the Childcare Association of Brevard. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Children’s Services Council from 1999-2003.

Parker earned a BA in Organizational Management from Warner University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married, has four children and one grandchild.

You can reach him at cpbrevard@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cpbrevard_scd

AUTHOR NOTE: These views are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Brevard Public Schools, Eastern Florida State College or Valencia College.


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