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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.
February 17, 2018 #259 Zombies, Parallel Universes and more…
Almost everything you hear from the feminist left today is a lie. The current lies by people such as Congressman Adam Schiff about the Russian Investigation are prime examples. Their contention that those who deny the validity of the Mueller investigation are guilty of treason and are undermining our government for the purpose aiding a Russian effort to destroy our democracy. This is so blatantly false, and so totally unsupported by any credible evidence that it really should not be taken seriously by anyone. The stark reality of the corruption of those like Schiff is emphasized by the fact that they do this while, at the same time, defending Hillary Clinton’s actual efforts to use Russian-created false information to smear her election opponent, Trump, and influence the outcome of the election. It is remarkable anyone would pay even the slightest attention to them. Similarly, their contention that there is no difference between the sexes, or its alternative that there are 405 different sexes which, oddly enough, is being made by the same people, is as bizarre as their Russian claims. On another front is their continuous rolling out of examples of what are claimed to be police brutality against blacks. In every such case, all of which produce riots, burning down buildings, burning up police cars, and calls for the killing of cops, the pretext is just as false as anything in the Russian and sexual equality episodes, and the absurdity of their claims is demonstrated by trials in which juries uniformly acquit those claimed to be guilty. The list of examples could be expanded to fill up a thick volume. Indeed, even worse than any of the above is their effort to eliminate our national boundaries and destroy this nation. However, compiling such a list is not the purpose of this piece. The questions we should be asking are: 1) Are they aware of their dishonesty? 2) Why are they doing it, and 3) What is the impact of this insane behavior on our nation and our culture?
As to whether they are aware of what they are doing, it is probably true that most of the people in the movement are not. Most of them consist of the thundering herd that follows whatever winds of fad, fashion, and thought, blow across the land. The do not think. They just want to do and say whatever everyone else is doing and saying. In this age of the high impact media, those winds usually originate in the entertainment and TV industries, and they gather steam in the educational establishments and the print media. By the time they get down to the thundering herd their velocity is full bore. At the top of the movement, however, there is bound to be an awareness of exactly what is going on. A couple of statements by prominent leaders of the movement tend to so indicate. A Barak Obama video clip is an example. In it he is blaming Fox News for the public resistance to the leftist/feminist power grab. At one point he says: ‘Why, if I watched Fox News I probably wouldn’t have voted for myself.’ In that somewhat puzzling statement he recognizes the power of the media, and also an awareness that Fox News deals in truth rather than fantasy. The mainstream media would go nuts if Fox News ever made a false statement of fact, and they rarely are able to find any pretext to make such a claim. He also knows that the mainstream media does not report anything that is unfavorable to the left. His statement must be evaluated in that context.
Another example is a statement by Hillary Clinton, and it was also made while criticizing Fox News. She said: ‘If Fox News had been around, Bill might not have been elected.’ She also had to be aware that the momentum which led to Bill being nominated by the Democrats was based upon his being dubbed, by the media, ‘the comeback kid’ for winning the New Hampshire primary when in fact he didn’t. She also must have known that when CNN reported, on election eve, a claim by one of Bill’s close friends, another example of Bill’s bad behavior, the rest of the media lambasted CNN for doing so. Her statement also must be evaluated in the context of these lies of the media that supported him. Thus, the practice of lying by the left to support their cause did not begin with the outrageous lies coming out of the insanity of the current movement.
Some statements from the current storm troopers of the leftist movement also indicate that many of those below the upper leadership are aware of the dishonesty that is being perpetrated. One such statement came from a video clip shown on the Fox show, Waters World. In it Jesse Waters was interviewing a young white male leftist follower and was laying out some of the leftist positions as the setting for the questions to follow in the interview. I don’t recall if they were talking about gender equality or affirmative action or some other leftist issue. The young leftist said: “Those things may not be true now, but we are going to make them true.” He wasn’t talking about any concrete plans to accomplish the leftist goals. He was flat-out saying that the left was going to pretend that the untrue statements were, in fact true. He was, in other words, justifying the lies that were being told by the left, and his willingness to participate in those lies. Another quote similar to that of the young leftist on Waters World was to the same effect. I don’t recall what show or who was being quoted, but I think it was from an entertainer who said: ‘I spent my life learning how to lie for the good of humanity.’ Both of those quotes indicate the willingness of the left to lie for the sake of the cause. They also provide some insight into why they are willing to lie. It is their unbridled compassion for the downtrodden, or so they would have you believe. In fact, their pretense that their utopian goals are already true, and that there is no difference between the sexes and races, or that black violence or black teen pregnancy don’t exist, or that the unequal distribution wealth is already attainable, almost certainly guarantees that the leftist utopian goals in those areas will never be realized. No problem is ever solved by pretending it doesn’t exist. The pretense that there is no problem prevents the taking of any steps to actually find a solution.
At some point it becomes obvious that the left doesn’t want to solve the problems of society. They thrive on being able to promote hatred between the sexes, the races, and the rich and the poor. Therein lies the clue as to why they act as they do. Their only real goal is power, and to achieve that goal they rely on their ability to exploit those they claim to be the victims of the current cultural and economic structure.
Not only does the failure to recognize the existence of our current social and economic problems prevent finding solutions to those problems, it disqualifies leftists who seek power from being able to manage the institutions which currently provide us with the necessities of life, when, and if, they achieve power over those institutions. If you want examples think of Venezuela, Russian and China before they switched to an open market economy, Cuba and North Korea. Managing institutions in which people must work together and make judgements based upon the objective realities involved in creating and distributing the products and services necessary for a society of abundance to survive and grow is just not among the skills of those whose thought system has been fantasy-based subjectivity. I know not whether discussions of ‘parallel universes’ and ‘alternate reality systems’ have any relationship to the current leftist flights into fantasy worlds in which they believe their ideological goals are already a reality, but sometimes when we see zombies such as bug-eyed Adam Schiff reciting a litany of unreal events as though they were, in fact, real, we must wonder if there is some relationship. Those concepts (parallel universes, etc.) are from fantasy fiction, and we must remember that. Still, we must wonder if the entertainment world isn’t, somehow, displaying a little self-awareness of its own lack of contact with reality, and trying, by its widespread use of those concepts in the fictional worlds they portray, to cut us free from the real world and, thereby, facilitate their imposition of their unreal worlds upon us.
The above thoughts were inspired by a recent article on the business page of my local newspaper. In that article, the author was lamenting the current sad state of General Electric Corporation in which its dividends have been cut in half and the entire organization is being dismembered. It has not been long since General Electric was headed by Jack Welch and was the standard of successful corporate management. Welch was succeeded by a zombie named Immelt who was best known for his love of left wing movements. He was also a strong supporter of Barak Obama. I don’t know if this succession of events was just coincidental, or has a cause/effect relationship, but there is certainly reason to suspect that the latter to be true. When the heads of our largest corporations start mouthing leftist mantra, it is time to start worrying about the stability of our system.