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Guilty Even When Proven Innocent

The Zimmerman trial came to a conclusion this week with a very predictable verdict of not guilty. To anyone that had taken the time to look at the case objectively, this could not have come as a big surprise. The facts of the case undeniably showed that Zimmerman did not commit second degree murder, and the prosecution never had a shot of proving that he did.

So, if the facts show Zimmerman to be innocent of the charges, why is the government still trying to find some way to re-try him on trumped up charges? The Department of Justice has gone so far as to set up an e-mail account to solicit “tips” from the public on ways to bring Zimmerman up on civil rights charges [1]. Not only are they trying to skirt the Double Jeopardy clause in the constitution, they are also using the Zimmerman trial to go after stand your ground laws, which weren’t even a part of the case. Our illustrious Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech to the NAACP stating that people who are being threatened have a “duty to retreat” [2], which means he thinks the only option for people being robbed or attacked should be to run away and hope for the best.

Just what is going on here? Does anyone really want to live in a country where the government can just keep retrying you until they get the verdict they’re looking for? Do you want to live in a city were a mugger can press charges against you if you defend yourself?  Does anyone actually believe that a home invader will wait nicely while you call the police to protect you and your property? Of course, the answer to all these questions is no.

Whether or not you believe Zimmerman to be a criminal, don’t let our leaders use this case to trick you into giving up your safety.

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Corruption, Government

 

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Rolling in Their Graves

Two Hundred Thirty Seven years ago, the Founding Fathers declared the independence of the American colonies from Great Britain, citing the tyranny of the King and the injustice of rule without representation, and making the declaration to the world that they valued their liberty more than their lives. They left us with a legacy of freedom, and they did everything in their power to ensure that our government would not turn into a tyrannical replica of the kind from which they had so recently been severed. Throughout the years, countless men and women have dedicated their lives, and laid them down when necessary, to safeguard our liberty and to ensure that our ideals continue in the future.

When I think of the sacrifices that our forebearers have made on our behalf, I can’t help but wonder if they would be pleased at the way we are treating their legacy. How would Thomas Jefferson feel about the government’s surveillance and record collecting citizen’s communications without probable cause? Would George Washington have approved of an Internal Revenue Service that used its near-limitless power to discriminate against the political enemies of the current administration? Would the Continental Congress have been willing to declare independence if they could have foreseen a future where the government they would create would someday seize journalists records and threaten to try them for espionage, or kill citizens without due process using unmanned drones?

I sometimes imagine, if the founding fathers were before me today, how I would explain the current state of affairs to them, and I feel a deep and abiding shame that we, as a people, have allowed the development of a government so similar to the one from which they fought to gain their independence. During this Independence Day season, pause from the fireworks and BBQs to remember the cost of liberty, and that it will not endure forever if not maintained.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Corruption, Government

 

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

By now, everyone must know about the shenanigans our government has been up to lately. The IRS has been very naughty [1], the Department of Justice has it in for the free press [2], and the current administration’s deceit regarding the Benghazi affair is finally being covered by the mainstream media. In addition, nobody in the administration learned anything about these scandals until they aired on the news [3], because they’re just plain folks like you and me.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that the White House doesn’t know about every little decision that every low-level functionary makes. It’s also possible that a big mistake may fail to come to the attention of the President and his advisors. But as they say, once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. There are simply too many disturbing examples of incompetence and overreach of power to buy the story that The White House’s only connection to them is that they watched them unfold on television.

But as chilling as these scandals are, the attempts at deceit are perhaps the worst part of the whole affair. Holder said that he recused himself from the DoJ’s seizure of reporter’s phone records, but it’s just come out that his signature was on the warrant [4]. Benghazi has been one lie after another, so much so that Bob Woodward, the reporter who covered Watergate, was reminded of Nixon’s selective editing of information to make himself look better [5]. Press Secretary Carney says that, yes, the White House knew about the IRS targeting, but that nobody told the President about it, as if that makes it any better [6]!

It’s bad enough if all these scandals are the result of administrative incompetence, but I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Obama gave a speech telling students not to believe stories about tyranny right before these examples of tyranny came to light [7].

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Corruption

 

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