- - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Although the words “status quo” will not appear on any ballots this election cycle, voters will nonetheless be forced to make the binary decision between doubling down on the status quo by voting for Hillary Clinton, or pivoting toward meaningful change and a course correction for the country by voting for Donald Trump.

There is a foundational disconnect between Washington, DC and the rest of America. Washington, DC operates on a different plain - with its own special rules and carve-outs and exemptions and backroom deals. Many in Washington believe that the rules and laws crafted in DC ought not apply to the people who occupy the well-connected inner circles of the Washington Establishment. This pervasive mindset - it’s a pathology, really - in Washington, DC is what accounts for the fact that everyday Americans are struggling to live under Obamacare and comply with its oppressive rules and regulations while Congress enjoys a special exemption from the law. It also explains the years-long IRS scandal, in which government employees engaged in an insidious and unconstitutional targeting of American citizens based on their political beliefs. And, to date, no one has been held accountable for the IRS’s extraordinary abuse of power.

Washington, DC is a city, after all, that sees nothing amiss about the fact that lying under oath, committing perjury, and tampering with evidence in criminal investigations are serious offenses in the rest of the country, but are so commonplace in DC, they hardly warrant a slap on the wrist.

Put simply, Washington, DC habitually makes a mockery of the rule of law. And Hillary Clinton is a product of, a beneficiary of, and, apparently, an astute student of the entire broken system that dominates in our nation’s capital. She isn’t merely a part of the Washington Establishment; she is the Washington Establishment.

Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email scandal is an important reminder to voters that she suffers from the Washington mindset that laws simply do not apply to the ruling elite. Her flagrant disregard for the State Department’s well-established email rules governing classified information compromised national security, and the entire scandal calls into question her personal judgment.

But even more revealing has been her callous response to the investigation into her illegal and inappropriate use of a non-secure Blackberry and a private email server. When asked if she had wiped her server clean to evade investigators, she coyly and flippantly responded: “With a cloth or something?”

Her contempt for the rule of law is only slightly eclipsed by her contempt for the American people.

On the policy front, Hillary Clinton has promised to expand upon nearly every single one of President Obama’s policies. Her campaign has recycled many of Obama’s failures, and she has made clear her intention to entrench many of his most disastrous policies, such as the unpopular healthcare law.

Hillary Clinton’s presidency would dangerously combine her personal penchant for disregarding the law with Barack Obama’s failed policies of the past eight years - a prospect that voters should carefully weigh before voting next Tuesday.

In stark contrast to Hillary Clinton is Donald Trump, who has never been a career politician. Trump’s campaign, when boiled down to the bare essentials, is about one thing only - disrupting the status quo and challenging the Washington Establishment.

Donald Trump offers the opportunity for a national course correction and for renewed commitment to the rule of law - whether in our immigration system, or in increased accountability with the IRS and out-of-control federal bureaucracy.

Americans dissatisfied with the ho-hum economy and the Left’s overreliance on government as the solution to every problem would do well to vote for Donald Trump and help usher in a new era in Washington, DC - one in which the Washington Establishment is held accountable to voters.

According to the latest Rasmussen polls, a mere 31 percent of Americans think the country is on the right track. An astonishing 63% of Americans feel the country is on the wrong track - and is it any wonder? For those 63% of Americans who are fed up with the status quo, Donald Trump is a clear alternative to Hillary Clinton, the standard bearer of Washington’s Business As Usual party.

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