The New Sheriff has led by example
President Trump and the Republican Congress have been diligently reversing the Obama legacy of slow growth, sluggish job creation, weak foreign policy and military leadership, and crushing government regulations. But one legacy of that era has been largely overlooked and is stubbornly “resistant” to reversal, yet they’re finally attacking it, too. It's the legacy of no consequences for irresponsible and even illegal actions if done in the service of advancing “progressivism.”
I know from reading my comments section that conservatives are disheartened about the investigation into deep state political corruption under Obama because they fear nobody will ever be held accountable. No matter how in-your-face the corruption might be, from the IRS targeting Tea Party groups to Wall Street bankers who helped crash the economy escaping with platinum parachutes; from FBI insiders working like termites to undermine Trump’s campaign and presidency to Hillary Clinton being allowed to skate away from charges of mishandling classified information that would have gotten anyone else thrown under the prison; from celebrities and politicians threatening violence against the President to migrant caravans openly vowing to invade the US en masse to Antifa thugs assaulting people and property while blue city police are ordered to stand down, it seems that if you are well-connected enough, rich enough or far-left enough, there are no consequences for any behavior, no matter how rotten.
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It got to the point that when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for perfectly sound reasons, and even though he had the power to fire him for any reason at all, Trump was the one put under investigation.
Well, the new sheriff has been in town for two years now, and his deputies have finally grown a backbone and started following his lead. The Kavanaugh hearings were the catalyst: Democrats blatantly assaulted the very concept of due process and innocent-until-proven-guilty in a way that finally shocked Republican politicians and many voters into realizing that if they would do it to someone with a reputation as spotless as Kavanaugh’s, then they would do it to anyone.
Now, at long last, Republicans are once again starting to hold people to account for their actions. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred sleazy attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation relating to a “potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress.” Grassley says the suspicious timing of the release of her dubious claim of Kavanaugh running a high-school “drug-and-gang rape” ring wasted Congress’ time and appears to be in violation of federal law prohibiting making false statements and obstructing congressional committee investigations.
Let’s hope this new resolve to enforce laws and to send the message that “if it feels good, do it” is over and harsh consequences for illegality are back has also filtered into Jeff Sessions’ sleepy Justice Department. He needs to deliver the message far and wide, from political hitmen to “migrant caravan” organizers -- and especially to anyone who thought it was acceptable to aim threats and violence against people for their political beliefs, whether they be “social justice warriors” attacking speakers on campus or whoever is behind mailing pipe bombs to Democrats.
Changes in attitude
On the subject of current events leading to welcome changes in attitude: Hillary Clinton has now decided that civility in politics is a good thing:
And just one day after printing a disgusting and irresponsible assassination fantasy about President Trump, the New York Times reacted to the pipe bomb story by pulling a 180 and calling for a return to civility. Interestingly enough, both pieces blamed the incivility in politics entirely on that awful Trump fellow. Just as CNN is already blaming Trump for the pipe bomb mailings, even though at this writing, authorities still have no idea where they came from. Well, I guess for some people, self-awareness comes in baby steps…
About that Arkansas lynching ad
I've long warned that the danger for Democrats in using identity politics to divide and conquer is that the groups they set against each other will eventually notice that the pandering to another group is coming at their own expense. I’ve pointed out the many ways in which the Party’s pandering to the LGBTQ movement has shoved women’s rights to the back of the line. Now, African-Americans are feeling understandable concern about the Democrats’ abandonment of due process and changing presumption-of-innocence to presumption-of-guilt in the MeToo era.
In Arkansas, a PAC called Black Americans for the President’s Agenda is running an ad on that very topic on black-oriented radio stations, to oppose Democratic Congressional candidate Clarke Tucker. In it, two African-American women talk about the Brett Kavanaugh accusations. One says, “If they can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court, with no evidence, no corroboration, and all of her witnesses, including her best friend, saying it didn’t happen, what will happen to our husbands, our fathers, or our sons, when a white girl lies on them?” The other responds, “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.” The announcer later adds, “We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to the bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences, and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”
Both Tucker and his rival, GOP Rep. French Hill, condemned the ad as “disgraceful” and “appalling” and called for it to be taken off the air. It is hard to believe that copy made it past the first draft stage. Invoking the horrors of lynchings in a political ad is so far over the line that you can’t even see the line behind you.
But the leader of the PAC, Vernon Robinson (an African-American who led a movement in 2016 to draft Ben Carson for President) is standing by it. He claims that in the black community, all mothers warn their sons that if they date a white girl and she gets angry, she may cry rape and “you’ll be toast.”
That may be blunt, ugly, unfair, politically incorrect to say, shocking to hear, and possibly racist and sexist – but it’s also undeniably true that the suspicion exists, and there’s historical basis for it. Black men have long faced false accusations of rape and racist legal systems stacked against them. Only about 12% of the US population is African-American, yet the Innocence Project reports that 60% of the wrongly-convicted prisoners they’ve gotten released with DNA evidence were black.
Even if this particular ad, with its offensive use of the word “lynching" and other incendiary language and the accusations of nefarious racial motives, is yanked, the fact remains that the black community has good reason to be wary of the left's attempts to undermine due process and the presumption of innocence. This didn’t start with Kavanaugh or even the MeToo movement: liberal colleges have for years been stripping away the due process rights of males accused of sexual assault. Some of the more famous cases include the Duke lacrosse team and the UVA frat slandered by Rolling Stone. In those cases, the race of the accused wasn’t even a factor: they were all treated as guilty until they proved themselves innocent.
Until Democrats learn that we should respect and defend the civil rights of all Americans and not strip them away from one group to benefit another, they must expect that playing identity groups off against each other for political gain is a dangerous and divisive tactic that’s likely to come back and bite them.
At last, a little bipartisan agreement: President Trump said, “I agree 100% with President Obama” on the problem of unchecked illegal immigration. Of course, he was actually referring to what Obama said about it when he was an Illinois Senator who wanted to be elected President, not what he said after he actually became President. Proving once again that the Internet is the “permanent record” your school guidance counselor warned you about, times 100.
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