published Friday, July 4th, 2014

Hart: Obama administration’s selective prosecutions

By Ron Hart

Never in our country’s history has an administration used “our government” so aggressively against its enemies. It has attempted to harm opponents through selective prosecutions, thereby sending a message to anyone who might be in opposition.

Government, armed with layers of laws on the books, can arrest anyone in America it pleases. If a policeman follows you in his car from New York to Miami, he will find a reason to pull you over.

Consider a few of the recent, contrived cases brought by Democrats against Republicans. I ask any liberal out there to show me a list of such prosecutions of Democrats by a Republican administration when the latter was in power.

• Sheldon Adelson: The largest GOP donor and owner of the Las Vegas Sands Casino found himself the target of dual probes by the SEC and Department of Justice. (Of course, the probes were leaked to the press.) The DOJ theory was that drug users’ money goes to dealers who pay Mexican drug gangs for drugs. The money then goes through Adelson’s Sands Casino to GOP candidates. Perhaps Dems are just mad they have been unwittingly funding Republicans.

• Phil Mickelson: A pro golfer who publicly lamented his tax rate of 63 percent, saying he might have to move out of California with its 13.3 percent state tax. Fast forward to a few weeks ago: The SEC is reported to have gone after him on a charge of insider trading. He supposedly got a third-hand tip from a Las Vegas bookie about something. It was a very weak case at best, leaked to the media to teach Phil a lesson.

• The Haslam family of Tennessee: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s family gas station business was ceremoniously raided by the feds (FBI and IRS) last year.

• Gov. Bob McDonnell: A rare GOP governor in Virginia, McDonnell was prosecuted by the feds because his wife supposedly accepted small gifts from a businessman. The government “stretched the law to the breaking point” to bring this suit, said an attorney involved.

• Gov. Scott Walker: One of the rising stars in the GOP, who fought abusive unions in Wisconsin and survived a recall election they manufactured in 2012, is being hassled by the feds. That paragon of honesty, the most reverend Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton, said that Walker is the “center of a nationwide criminal scheme.”

This is the same “Honest Al” Sharpton who had to admit to being a New York mob informant. He says he is not worried about mob retribution, but he does ask his driver to turn down the bass in his Denali as they roll through Little Italy.

There is no way that the above dubious prosecutions of various conservatives are just chance. Add the non-prosecution of Democrats like James Clapper, who bold-face lied to Congress when he said the NSA was not spying on us. Why didn’t Eric Holder prosecute him?

The Democrats are in the majority and have been since 2008. Would you not think there would be an equal number of high profile Democrats prosecuted by the DOJ?

It would be nice to see a debate between Obama and someone on the right, like Stephen Hayes, on why this is happening. I think it’s because no one is paying attention, and the media is not covering the continued abuses. It could be like the Lincoln–Douglas debates and, like that historic event, no one would watch it on TV. Especially if the Kardashians are on.

Email Ron Hart at Ron@RonaldHart.com.

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inquiringmind said...

tsk, tsk, all these white collar criminals with good lawyers can't find a way out of a fix?

July 5, 2014 at 9:59 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Considering the size of the fraud perpetrated against its customers the idea that Pilot Oil was selectively prosecuted is idiotic. You don't pay 92 million dollars if you are innocent.

From today's press release:

Pilot has accepted legal responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, which caused more than $56 million in loss to its customers, and agreed to pay full restitution to every victim of the fraud.

Pilot further acknowledged the gravity of its employees’ criminal wrongdoing by agreeing to pay the United States a $92 million monetary penalty – an amount within the fine range recommended by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

July 14, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.
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