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September 25, 2013 Appellate Court Acquits Tom Delay in Texas
A Texas appeal court has reversed the guilty verdict against Tom DeLay for money laundering entered a couple of years ago by an Austin, Texas, trial court. However, instead of sending it back to the lower court for a new trial, the appellate court entered a judgment acquitting DeLay of the commission of a crime. There is a significant difference between an acquittal and the usual remedy in such a situation which is simply sending the case back for a new trial. The appellate court’s action was a complete repudiation of the trial court, thus confirming that the prosecution of DeLay was an example of the politicization of the criminal process.
It will be recalled that DeLay, a very powerful Republican who was the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress, was targeted by a Democratic Houston prosecutor named Earle, for purely political reasons. Earle was well known for indicting his political enemies and that included some who were Democrats. When Earle was unable to get a Houston Grand Jury to indict DeLay, the case was taken to Austin, the hot bed of leftists in Texas, where a left wing Grand Jury entered the indictment against DeLay for money laundering. The alleged crime consisted of DeLay’s sending some of the money in his campaign war chest to Republican legislative candidates in Texas. Some of the money in Delay’s campaign account consisted of entirely legal contributions from corporations. The Texas statute relating to campaign contributions prohibits corporations from contributing to political campaigns but does not apply to federal candidates such as DeLay. The practice DeLay was following was widely recognized as being beyond the reach of the Texas statute relating to political contributions.
The Texas money laundering statute makes it illegal for persons such as drug dealers to run their ill-gotten gains though legal bank accounts to sanitize them. The theory of Earle and his fellow leftists in Austin was that DeLay’s corporate contributors had run their contributions through DeLay’s campaign account to put them beyond the reach of the Texas political contributions act. Their theory was total nonsense. There was no evidence that any part of the money in DeLay’s war chest was intended for Texas political candidates at the time it was contributed to DeLay. Once in DeLay’s war chest it was, of course, mixed with the rest of the money already there. The money sent to Texas by DeLay was not ill-gotten in any sense, and not, therefore, covered by the Texas campaign contributions statute. No illegally obtained money had been laundered
The Texas appellate court recognized the Earle tactic for what it was, a contrived effort to politicize the criminal process by using a law to cover a situation it was never intended to cover. Nothing could be more destructive of our bedrock principle of the rule of law than the prosecution of DeLay in those circumstances. In fact our bill of rights was included in the Constitution as a reaction to the same kind of tactics used in England in the notorious Star Chamber proceedings. There can be no justice, indeed there can be no democracy, when those in power can corruptly use the criminal process to send their political opponents to jail.
The DeLay conviction was covered in a previous posting on this website. The action of the Texas Democrats in this case is just one of many examples of the fact that leftists are guided by only one principle and that is power. When one attempts to make this argument it is usually met with the response known as ‘a pox on both of their houses,’ in which it is asserted that there is no difference between the political tactics of Republicans and Democrats. While extensive research may find an instance where Republicans have been guilty of conduct similar to that of the Democrats in this case, it has to be contrasted with the ‘business as usual’ approach of the Democrats in similar circumstances. Another case that differs but little from the DeLay case, and was going through the courts at about the same time, was that of Scooter Libby who was convicted by DC jury of a crime that was never even committed. Libby’s prison sentence was commuted by President Bush, but that does not erase the conviction in the same way that a pardon would.
July 27, 2016 Random Thoughts
August 5, 2016 #245 The “Left Out” White Male
I hate to keep bashing Charles Krauthammer, but every time he has opened his mouth in the last few weeks, he has mired himself deeper in the elitist muck that he had emerged from earlier in his life. In his column in the last week of July he joined the rest of the elitists with the contention that uneducated white males are the only support for Donald Trump and, implicitly therefore, the only barrier to the nation uniting under President Hillary Clinton. It is the same message that forms the principal line of attack on Trump throughout the leftist press. They constantly cite polls that show white males without college degrees overwhelmingly favoring Trump, while every other demographic favors Clinton or only favors Trump by a narrow margin. It is done in a condescending way which suggests that the ignorant white male is the only thing keeping the elitists from completing their control of every institution in this Country and preventing them from delivering this nation into a paradise in which no one has to work, and there are free drugs and condoms available to everyone. Their condescension is subtly suggested by their emphasis on the ‘lack of college education,’ but it is made glaringly clear if one listens to the rest of their chatter in which words and phrases describing the hated ones, such as ‘clinging to their guns and religion,’ ‘over 40 and overweight,’ ‘masturbators,’ and ‘crackers,’ constantly pop up. If the kind of hate that is directed toward the white male was directed toward any other demographic, it would hysterically be labeled racist or sexist hate speech. For example, if the polls of young unmarried females who support leftist candidates by margins of up to eighty per cent, and do so on the basis of positions relating to free birth control aids and legalizing marijuana, were used to direct hate towards that group, the lefties would go crazy. And, I ask you, which of those demographic extremes (that of white males or young unmarried females) would be judged to be the more rational and socially responsible one? Compare the issues in those two demographic extremes. The white male formed the Tea Party principally on the basis of preserving constitutional freedoms. The young white female demographic emerged, at least partly, in response to the issue of Obama’s insistence on including Obamacare coverage of birth control pills even in health insurance policies paid for by Catholic institutions who were objecting because of strongly held religious beliefs which are protected by the First Amendment. Sandra Pluffe was the poster girl for it.
One problem with the criticism of the uneducated white male demographic is with the criteria for drawing the line between an educated and uneducated one. Sometimes the critics seem to emphasize the acquisition of a baccalaureate degree as the dividing line and at other times they simply use the word uneducated to describe the hated ones. Would they include those who acquire a two-year associate degree, or a professional degree such as one in optometry or a para professional. What about trade school diplomas? Another problem is that those making his distinction a basis for the hate that is directed toward this group is the failure to take into account the extent to which the white male has artificial barriers to overcome in getting an education; barriers which have been put in place by those who direct all this hate toward his demographic. One big barrier is affirmative action. Many white males are being denied access to educational facilities because the open spots are being filled by minorities and females who are less qualified than the white males who are being denied admission, and the number of those discriminated against in that way is not a small one. Affirmative action also discriminates against the white male in job applications and promotions. In addition, the white male is the target of fake rape charges in colleges and universities and in those cases only the female side is being heard before the educational institution imposes punishment on the male student. The cumulative effect of all this hate being directed toward him is to demoralize him and sap his will to advance himself.
Perhaps the major problem with attempting to define the group toward which all of this hate is directed is the lack of any firm or fixed idea of what it means to be educated, and that is particularly true in this tumultuous age. The last 50 years or so has been a period sometimes described as ‘the dumbing down of America.’ It is often said that today’s college degree is the equivalent of yesterday’s high school diploma, and even that may be an understatement of the extent to which the college degree has been devaluated. With grade inflation and the creation of courses such as black studies, women’s studies, etc., the college degree signifies the acquisition of less and less actual wisdom or knowledge on the part of its holder. In fact, the trend in today’s universities is to reject most of the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of the Western World as being worthless because it has been produced by dead white men and should, therefore be rejected. Even in the most disciplined times it is generally accepted that the university only points the way in which the student must go to educate himself and that most education occurs after the student leaves college. Many, if not most, of today’s college graduates have been given very little of the direction needed for completing the educational process. The disciplined white male is the last stronghold of the kind of stability, objectivity, intellectual curiosity, and work ethic that leads to acquiring a real education, and, as such, the white male, with or without a college degree, is likely, in his lifetime, to acquire more of the wisdom and knowledge that characterizes the educated adult, than most of the airheads that are coming out of the universities today.
The idea that an amorphous group, such as uneducated white males, can be designated for demonization because of their support of a candidate who shares their resentment of the treatment they have received at the hand of the mindless leftist/feminists, is totally absurd. It also seems somewhat strange that some of the anger directed at them seems to be based solely on the fact that the number of those expressing their resentment is such a large percentage of the larger group composed of white males generally. It seems to be suggested that there should be about an even political balance within any demographic and, when there is not, the imbalance raises suspicions of racism, sexism or some other evil motive. This is, of course, nonsense. What about the extreme demographics of young single females and uneducated black males. In both of those demographics the imbalance toward the left side of the political divide is probably more extreme than that of the white male demographic in favor of Trump, and, yet, no one ever raises an eyebrow.
In an apparent effort to cut into Trump’s support among the white males who have been hitherto demonized by them, the left has, euphemistically, begun blaming the plight of those unfortunate ones on their ‘being left out.’ Hillary Clinton used that explanation when campaigning in the rust belt states among unemployed former factory workers. It is as though society accidentally overlooked them, but that everything will be ok now that we know about them. This is pure nonsense. These people haven’t been accidentally ‘left out.’ They have been pushed out. When the factory jobs disappeared, due to trade agreements negotiated by the elitists, which sent their jobs overseas, and they tried to join those who were finding other jobs still left in our economy, they were excluded in order to give those remaining jobs to favored minorities and women. The exclusion was due to the operation of affirmative action, another leftist program which dictates that less qualified minorities and women be given preference over more qualified white males. Thus, left wing negtiated trade agreements sent the jobs of the ‘uneducated white males,’ overseas, and leftist programs such as affirmative action blocked those same white males from competing for the remaining jobs which would otherwise been available to them. All of these leftist programs, and others, conveniently bought the left the overwhelming support of young single females and solid black voting blocs.
In the meantime, leftist, activist, courts absolutely refuse to listen to any claims that these white males have been discriminated against on the basis of sex or race. This is done despite provisions of the U.S. Constitution, and state constitutions, which absolutely forbid discrimination on either basis. However, there may be one small glimmer of hope for these ‘left out’ people. A recent Federal Appellate Court reversed a lower court decision which had applied an iron clad ban on white males being able to defend themselves from this blatantly illegal discrimination against them. The trial court had upheld the suspension of a male student athlete by a university for a sexual assault on a female student. The university had refused to allow the accused to present any evidence in his own behalf which would have shown that the sexual encounter was consensual. The position of the university was that the female who makes such a claim must be believed, and, in taking that position, the university was acting pursuant to previous decisions, and even federal government guidelines to that effect. The outrageous flaunting of constitutional protections with respect to white males was apparently just too starkly presented for the Appellate Court to swallow it anymore. The Court didn’t make any decision on the merits. It simply sent the case back to the trial court with instructions to listen to the male students claims. The decision may not have any effect beyond the flurry of fake rape cases which have flooded the universities, but it may wake someone up with respect to the blatant deprivation of the white male’s civil rights in other areas also.