Hyperpartisanship Empowers Our Government to Embrace Corruption

House Republicans’ subcommittee to investigate the weaponization of the Justice Department held its first hearing on Thursday. The proceedings were greeted with fanfare from the right and wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left. But after all is said and done there will be one question that remains: How will the subcommittee’s findings benefit the American people?

The subcommittee was formed shortly after Republicans officially took over the House of Representatives last month. Its purpose is to look into alleged abuses perpetrated by government officials – especially in the FBI. Republicans contend that corrupt officials in the executive branch are using their positions to target conservatives as part of a politically-motivated effort to advance a progressive agenda.

The panel will look into how government agencies gathered information on citizens but also how they colluded with private companies to “facilitate action against American citizens.” According to the resolution creating the subcommittee, the panel will look at how these agencies “collect, compile, analyze, use, or disseminate information about citizens of the United States, including any unconstitutional, illegal, or unethical activities committed against citizens of the United States.”

Of course, Democrats are none too happy with the subcommittee, claiming that that group itself is a form of “weaponization” designed to bolster Republicans’ chances of winning future elections.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is leading the subcommittee, announced:

“Over the course of our work in this committee, we expect to hear from government officials and experts like we have here today. We expect to hear from Americans who’ve been targeted by the government. We expect to hear from people in need. And we expect to hear from the FBI agents who have come forward as whistleblowers.”

He added: “Protecting the Constitution shouldn’t be partisan.”

A former FBI special agent delivered an emotional and scathing testimony against her previous employer, telling lawmakers that she stepped down from her position because it had become “politically weaponized.”

Nicole Parker, who served in the Bureau for more than a decade, told the panel that she “embraced being an FBI special agent, until things changed.”

“On paper, the bureau’s mission remained the same, but its priorities and governing principles shifted dramatically,” Parker recalled. “The FBI became politically weaponized, starting from the top in Washington and trickling down to the field offices.”

“Although FBI employees have their first amendment rights, they are not at the liberty to allow their personal political views or preferences to determine their course of action or inaction in any investigation,” Parker continued. “Lady Justice must remain blind — those that do not uphold these responsibilities cause a negative ripple effect through the agency in the field.”

Parker also noted that it was “as if there became two FBIs.”

She added: “It’s as if there became two FBIs.”

“For me, distancing myself from egregious mistakes, immoral behavior, politically charged actions taken by a small but destructive few FBI employees became exhausting,” Parker explained, noting that she “no longer felt” that she was “the type of agent the FBI valued.”

Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI), the top-ranking Democrat on the panel, excoriated Republicans for forming the subcommittee in the first place, arguing that it was partisan.

“I’m deeply concerned about the use of this select subcommittee as a place to settle scores, showcase conspiracy theories, and advance an extreme agenda that risks undermining Americans’ faith in our democracy,” Plaskett said at the beginning of the hearing.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) took the opportunity to list examples of government malfeasance that occurred under former President Donald Trump.

“Weaponization is the right name for this federal subcommittee. Not because weaponization of the government is targeted. But because weaponization of government is its purpose,” Raskin said.

Jordan is right when he argues that protecting the Constitution should not be partisan.

But it is, which is why the only benefit the American people could possibly get from this subcommittee is that it makes them more aware of what their government is capable of. For those who still believe the state is full of kindhearted, altruistic individuals, it might be something of a wake-up call.

Other than exposing more government corruption, there will be absolutely nothing else that the country will gain from this.


Because America is far too hyperpartisan for any of these revelations to matter. The fact of the matter is that the FBI and other government agencies have been politically motivated and corrupt since their inception. Believe it or not, these agencies have been used to attack, surveil, and violate the rights of folks on both sides of the political divide – and they still are. They have done the bidding of the powers that be in order to keep some sleazy, malevolent people in power.

But the problem is that people only care about corruption when it affects those they like. It is only when someone on their team gets railroaded by the government that they will cry foul.

Make no mistake – Del. Plaskett doesn’t mean a word of what she said about the subcommittee being weaponized. If this were a matter of Democrats investigating the FBI for taking action against folks on the left, Plaskett and her ilk would be singing the praises of the subcommittee like a gospel choir on a Sunday morning.

On the other hand, many on the right did not seem to care much about the FBI’s corruption until its agents began targeting President Trump in 2016. It was only after they served a search warrant at his home in Mar-a-Lago that they began to shout “defund the FBI!”

But if you are a liberty-minded person, all government malfeasance should disturb you regardless of who it is being used against. There is no reason why this should be a partisan matter – government corruption affects all of us at one point or another.

Evil people in our government thrive because they know that only half of the country will be outraged if they are discovered to have abused their power – and even then, they know this outrage is not genuine, but politically manufactured. This will only change when people stop viewing things through the prism of right and left and start viewing them through the lens of right and wrong.


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