In the movie “Clear and Present Danger”, a square-jawed Harrison Ford angrily confronts his deceitful CIA supervisor. The supervisor has lied to Ford’s character and to Congress, and has secretly authorized a guerilla war which leads to the death of several American soldiers. Upon discovering the deceit, Ford storms into his supervisors’ office and says “You’re going to jail, pal!”. The supervisor, with a smarmy smile across his face, waves a sheet of papers and says “I already have a Presidential pardon-you have one of these, buddy”? All Ford can do is leave the room. At the end of the movie Ford bravely testifies to Congress, knowing that he will be indicted as well, but honesty and truth will out, and Ford is a hero.
Absolute fiction. In real life, the smarmy supervisor not only will escape all justice, but be promoted, move into a high paying job in the private sector, and write a book that will make him millions. Few high ranking politicos or their smarmy appointees “go to jail, pal” and have not for many, many years. We have raised a generation of Americans for whom honesty, honor, integrity and decency are meaningless. It is no wonder that in nearby Sayreville,NJ a cowardly fellow named George Najjar, the “coach” of the football players who have now been arrested for sexual violence against younger players has remained absolutely silent. Why risk anything by speaking out? Why jeopardize himself by expressing sympathy for the victimized young men under his care? The smarmy guys have truly won.