Lets Arrest Some Democrat Criminals
The Republicans hold the Senate and the House and have won the last two presidential campaigns. No Democrat has gained a majority of the presidential vote since President Carter in 1976 (except Gore, who lost in the Electoral College). Yet it seems that whenever a conservative Republican attempts to follow through on this mandate by introducing some conservative measures, Democrats howl, obstruct and even try to criminalize political differences.
We have seen, over and over again, the examples of obstruction in the US Senate when President Bush puts forth a judicial candidate who does not have the single-minded obsession of killing babies. First they smear (remember Bork, Thomas, Roberts?). Then they use every tactic including the filibuster to prevent a vote.
Even more serious are the attempts by the Democrats to stymie any opposition by criminalizing their opponents, and destroying them personally. At the present time we have three prominent Republican conservatives fighting off criminal charges: former Majority Leader Tom Delay, Former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Lewis Libby and also Kenneth Tomlinson, former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Each has had to remove himself from his former office in order to defend himself against politically motivated charges whose ludicrous nature becomes more obvious every day.
And this is nothing new. Remember what these people have in common?: George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, William J. Casey, Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, Raymond Donovan, William Frist, Newt Gingrich , Lewis Libby, Robert McFarlane, Ed Meese, Oliver North, John M. Poindexter, Karl Rove, Kenneth Tomlinson, Caspar Weinberger. Answer: they are all conservative Republicans who have been accused by the liberal press and/or prosecuted for criminal acts under pressures brought by liberal politicians. All of them have been persecuted by the threat of legal action or by actual indictments for political reasons. None have been found guilty although some have had to go through the expense of an appeal process to clear their names.
President Bush, this is a nasty, dirty fight being carried out by nasty, dirty people. For five years you have tried in every way to reach out to these people and reduce the rancor. Each time you have done so they have bitten off the hand of friendship you have extended. The time has come when we must get down in the gutter with them and fight them on their own terms.
Let’s start by emulating the unprecedented action of former-President Clinton who fired every federal prosecutor on his first day in office to shut down the Whitewater investigations and give jobs to his buddies. Let’s fire any Democrat now serving as a federal prosecutor, and appoint friendly Republicans. Then let’s indict Senate Minority Leader Reid and House Minority Leader Pelosi on campaign finance corruption charges. We have plenty of evidence that they have broken campaign finance rules, so let’s use it.
“Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is among five lawmakers who accepted donations to their legal expense funds — in apparent violation of congressional ethics rules—from registered lobbyists and foreign agents, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity.”
“On March 26, 2004, the Federal Election Commission fined two "leadership" political action committees associated with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for making illegal contributions during the 2002 campaign.
Pelosi's committees violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Its limitations on contributions are the most fundamental tenet of campaign finance reform. Passed during the 1970s in the wake of Watergate, FECA is the long-cherished accomplishment of Common Cause.” Pittsburghlive.com
Lets also arrest Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota on corruption charges. Remember the classic statement by former Democrat Speaker of the House Tom Foley (who lost his job over the House Democrats’ check-bouncing scheme) that “it isn't whether there's any evidence that the charge is true, it's the seriousness of the charges that matters”, when referring to various investigations launched against Republicans?
Who Is Byron Dorgan?
By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Published 12/15/2005 12:07:04 AM
WASHINGTON -- All's well, Senator Byron Dorgan of the great state of North Dakota has done come clean. Senator Dorgan is the vice chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. In that capacity he accepted $67,000 in contributions from Indian tribes represented by the recently indicted Jack Abramoff, a fabulous fixer here in the capital of the Free World.
Abramoff, a Republican, has obviously been an equal-opportunity fixer, and apparently Dorgan was not above accepting his help, though Dorgan claims he never met the rogue and never backed any of his programs knowingly. Now there is an adverb to contemplate, "knowingly." The senator's aides admit that their boss did advocate some of Abramoff's programs while he was accepting the tribes' contributions, but he did not do so knowingly.
That is a good start on Senator Dorgan's road back to respectability. Yet there is another far more serious bit of funny business he has been involved in. He, along with several crafty Democrats, has been attempting to deny the public the contents of an Independent Counsel's report that is believed to contain evidence of serious corruption and misuse of the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department back in the Clinton Administration. In this cover-up the Democrats have had assistance from a few dubious Republicans. It is time to let the public see this report.
The report is the work of the staff of Independent Counsel David Barrett. He was tapped back in the Clinton days to investigate allegations that then Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros lied to the FBI and committed tax fraud in attempting to conceal money he had paid a mistress. Cisneros pled guilty back in 1999, and that would have been the end of it had Barrett's investigators not found serious misbehavior in Justice and in the IRS related to Cisneros' problems. Cisneros was a very promising Texas Democrat and the Clintons did not want him to come a cropper.
When Barrett completed his report the Clintons' lawyers led by that legendary Clinton pettifogger, David Kendall, tried to kill off the report either by gutting it with redactions or by getting it buried altogether. Kendall entered some 140 motions pursuant to this goal. The report has been ready for publication since August 2004 but Kendall's nuisance tactics have worked, and now what do we hear from the Clintonistas? They complain that Barrett has cost too much and taken too long. As they are themselves are the reason for much of the cost and delay, advocates of good government should be up in arms. This stratagem has been used too frequently by the Clintonistas to smear an officer of the court.
Barrett wants the report released in full. The reports of every other Independent Counsel have been released to the public in full, with only minor redactions where classified material might be revealed. There is a serious public-policy concern for releasing this report. It is the first independent investigation of the IRS by investigators armed with subpoena power. Civil libertarians concerned about the heavy-handedness of the IRS and its use as an instrument of political repression by the executive branch of the government know that this is very important.
Senator Dorgan has led the campaign to deny the report's contents to the public. Last April he attempted to end Barrett's funding. He was thwarted then, but more recently he tried a new ploy. With Democratic senators Richard Durbin and John Kerry, he bootlegged into an Iraq-war appropriations bill an amendment that would suppress the report completely. Some Republicans defeated this attempt, but Dorgan and his allies are clever. Into a later appropriations bill they got language that would suppress 120 pages of the report relating to Clinton Justice Department and IRS misbehavior. If the butchered report were published in this shape, they promised to do nothing further to delay its appearance. Amazingly key Republicans in these negotiations agreed, Senator Kit Bond and Congressman Joe Knollenberg. As things stand now, the expurgated report will appear and the public will be none the wiser as to how the IRS and Justice Department can be used to obstruct justice and harass private citizens.
Corrupt administrations in the future will have a free hand at playing politics the way they are played in a banana republic, or 20th century Arkansas.
And this Breaking News:
Democrats Benefited from Abramoff Contributions, Too
By Melanie Hunter
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
January 05, 2006
(CNSNews.com) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Wednesday that 40 of 45 members of the Senate Democrat Caucus have taken money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates and Indian tribe clients.
Abramoff pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion. He also plans to implicate a number of U.S. lawmakers and congressional staffers in a bribery scandal.
Among those named by the NRSC as the worst examples of "Democrat hypocrisy" for taking money from Abramoff and his associates are: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.) who received at least $79,300; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who received at least $45,750; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who received at least $68,941 and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who received at least $6,250.
Dorgan is among the lawmakers who have already returned campaign donations or given those donations to charity.
President Bush's re-election campaign plans to give away $6,000 in campaign contributions from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Associated Press reported.
Abramoff reportedly raised at least $100,000 for Bush's re-election campaign, earning himself the honorary title of "pioneer."
The White House said Bush does not know Abramoff personally, but it's possible the two met at holiday receptions.
Several Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), also announced plans to give Abramoff's campaign contributions to charity.