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No whataboutism: Trump pardoned a scumbag

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We’ve all had our “walking tall” stories of local corruption. We’ve all seen various petty local officials caught with their hands in the till, their zippers down, their kingdom-building fiefdoms exposed. Some of these have been sent to prison.

One well-known case is the former city manager and other officials of Bell, California, who bilked this tiny city of millions. Robert Rizzo got 12 years, and nobody pardoned him. I’ve seen some local scumbags avoid prison, and even frame up others who got sent away. Politics is a blood sport and a lot of vampires play the game.

In what would have been just another high-profile petty political scumbag getting his comeuppance, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court charges in a politically charged case on how Arpaio defied DOJ orders on immigration enforcement. If that was all “Sheriff Joe” had done, I’d have been happy to see the octogenarian walk free.

But I was uninformed, like most people. I follow politics as part of my living, and I missed the back story here. Imagine how ignorant people outside of Maricopa County are about Arpaio’s corruption and scumbagginess.

Jon Gabriel, editor of Ricochet, whose pieces frequently get shared here at The New Americana, penned a scathing takedown of Arpaio in USA Today. Imagine if the local Boss Hogg in your community teamed up with President Trump, glommed on to the Trump Train in various public and sycophantic ways, and just when some scintilla of justice was about to dump on the local version of McNairy County Sheriff Al Thurman. the President of the United States pardoned him.

That would be an outrage.

We should be outraged that a man like Arpaio received a pardon. It doesn’t matter how political Obama’s immigration non-enforcement was. It doesn’t matter that Bill Clinton pardoned a tax-evading scumbag because the guy’s wife shoveled money at the Clintons. There’s no whataboutism that justifies an abrogation of justice.

Gabriel’s subheading reads:

Convicting Arpaio of contempt of court was like busting Al Capone on tax evasion. It was the tip of an iceberg of misdeeds I saw my longtime sheriff commit.

Arpaio was so badly regarded by locals that in the 2016 election in which Donald Trump won Maricopa County by 3 points, the sheriff was defeated by a Democrat who kicked him to the curb by a 10 point margin. The locals know best.

The locals knew that Arpaio was an ineffective sheriff who didn’t serve his county residents. The conservative Goldwater Institute–in 2008–detailed his years of waste and abuse.

The locals knew that Arpaio personally cost the county $1,102,528.50 in taxpayer money to pay off a man who was completely falsely accused–framed–for a 1999 murder plot against the then-sheriff.

We all know that scumbag politicians like Arpaio frequently stay in office for many years past their crimes, because people fear them, and because they’ve made many friends in exchange for various favors. I’ve seen it myself, and you’ve probably seen it in your own community.

The federal government is already too big, too powerful, and too corrupt. President Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C. But in Maricopa County, Trump dumped a metric ton of swamp water and sewage on voters’–his own voters’–heads. This is the thanks they get for supporting him.

Next, it might very well happen in your town, to your own personal version of scumbag Joe Arpaio.

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  1. Kelly Burke

    August 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    That was totally unconvincing. The reason he shouldn’t get a pardon is he lost the election? Or had a bad outcome in a case?

    • Steve Berman

      August 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Kelly, I’m not burning your straw man. I never said the president shouldn’t have pardoned Arpaio because he lost the election, or any other reason. I just said it’s an outrage for a president to pardon a scumbag. If I thought it wasn’t legally or politically justified, I’d have said it was a travesty.

      What is a travesty is that more people didn’t know about the decades of scumbaggery committed by Arpaio.

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Census case will demonstrate if the Supreme Court is political or not

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Census case will demonstrate if the Supreme Court is political or not

There is an unnecessary amount of controversy surrounding whether or not a citizenship question can be added to the upcoming United States census. But now that it’s here, the outcome of the case will say a great deal about the makeup of the Supreme Court and whether or not it has become a body that is driven solely by politics despite the intent of the founders to make sure it never would be.

On the surface, this case seems rather mundane. It’s just a question about the citizenship status of individuals. Some may be wondering what the big deal really is. In reality, it’s a very big deal. Census data is used to determine pretty much everything as it pertains to the relationship between the federal government and the states. Grant money, House of Representative seats, and district allocations are among the many changes that will all be determined by the census.

From a purely political perspective, this should be a no-brainer to conservatives. Of course the question should be included. It’s unfair for states who allow a higher level of illegal immigrants to gain more power as a result. These are not voters (at least they’re not supposed to be). It’s idiotic to give states a great incentives to bring in as many illegal immigrants as possible, so if the presence of a censorship question lowers the numbers reported, that’s not a bad thing.

Politically, the citizenship question is a winning play for conservatives.

But here’s the problem. The judiciary is not supposed to be driven by politics. Their job is to interpret the Constitution and the law of the land to determine how it’s to be enforced by the executive branch and whether the legislative branch is in line with the intent of the Constitution through the laws they establish. By those criteria, the Trump administration has a major problem with the citizenship question. The Census Act clearly states Congress is to be given notice of changes to the census three years in advance. They were not. The citizenship question was not part of the original list sent by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in March, 2017. It was sent in the March, 2018 list, but that’s not enough time for Congress to review if we’re going solely based on the letter of the law.

This is an insanely stupid aspect of the law; it shouldn’t take Congress three years to read a question and determine whether or not they need to make new laws as a result. But it’s the law nonetheless and Ross broke it by not including the question in his original list. It was a rookie mistake made by someone who really shouldn’t be in his position, but what’s done is done.

Part of my heart says the censorship question is righteous and does not violate the Constitution, therefore it should be allowed. But the other part of my heart longs for a judiciary that is truly apolitical, one that does its job as laid out in the Constitution. If that’s the measure of this case, then the Administration clearly did not meet the standards set forth in the law to add the question to the census.

Where I take solace is knowing the balance of political bias within the judiciary favors the left. If it’s impossible to completely remove politics from the judiciary, then any win for conservatism is acceptable just as any loss for conservatism is unwelcome. I desperately want the originalist perspective to prevail in our judiciary, but if such apolitical adherence is only possible when convenient or in a robotic utopia of a truly impartial judiciary, then I’m forced to defer to the side of my heart that says, “Take the win and move on.”

We need the citizenship question in the census, and though I would have preferred to have seen it handled properly by the Commerce Department, I’ll accept a victory on it even if it comes by the hand of conservative bias.

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Matthew 22:37 – ‘love the Lord thy God’

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Matthew 2237 love the Lord thy God

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. – Matthew 22:37 (KJV)

We’ve all heard this verse, but have we really contemplated it? This is a verse that sits in the middle of many different things happening. The Pharisees and Sadducees were questioning Him. His answers were profound and defining.

This important portion of this message is echoed three times: all. Love thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind. This is the most important Commandment according to Yeshua.

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Sign the petition demanding term limits on Capitol Hill

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Sign the petition demanding term limits on Capitol Hill

It’s time for term limits. This has been on my heart for some time, but I have held back because there are so many other important issues to cover. Today, I realized if I wait until more pressing issues are solved, I’ll be waiting forever. There are always going to be more pressing issues than term limits, but here’s the thing. Our representatives realize this, too, which is why it’s never given the attention it deserves. They use these other issues as cover to prevent them from having to address the one issue that will affect them the most.

This is my first petition on Change.org. I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of the site because it is mostly progressive topics on the table, but this is an issue that even progressives should be able to acknowledge as a problem.

Here’s what I posted:

Set term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators

Corruption is rampant in Washington DC. One of the biggest reasons this is the case is because lifetime politicians have become power brokers, making them the beneficiaries of favors, payoffs, and under-the-table deals. They live in a perpetual state of campaigning rather than focusing on addressing the problems that face Americans.

Term limits were never included in the Constitution because it was expected by the founders that those serving as our representatives in the legislative branch would do so as a duty to be fulfilled rather than a luxurious position of excess. They did not anticipate the electoral benefits of incumbents, nor did the realize the two-party system would polarize the nation to the point that positions could be made essentially permanent.

Power should not be accumulated over the length of a long career. It should be earned through action and earnestly held for a brief period of time. Today, too much power is consolidated in Washington DC, partially as a result of the extended lengths in which our representatives enjoy their tenure.

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate should be there because they want to serve their country, not because they enjoy being part of the DC Country Club. Term limits are very popular among the people, but Capitol Hill continues to ignore our will by failing to address it. Why should they? Only they can be hurt by it, and it does not behoove them to hurt themselves.

Instead, they continue hurting us.

We demand Congress immediately put together legislation that spells out term limits for themselves. Americans need to know who is willing to suppress their own power for the sake of the nation. This can only happen by bringing legislation to the floor.

Imagine Capitol Hill without the perpetual campaigning. Imagine forcing our representatives to work within a time limit instead of working to stay in the DC Country Club forever. It’s time for term limits in the House and Senate.

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