The news of the indictment against Texas Governor Rick Perry on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official surprised the country and shook up the early presidential race for 2016. Debate ranged from how the charges would affect Perry’s chances at winning the Republican nomination and the White House to whether Perry would be convicted. A surprising number of liberals and Democrats have broken ranks to defend what many call an unconstitutional attempt to criminalize politics as usual. This is not the first time in recent memory that prosecutors have pressed charges against Republicans on dubious grounds. This harassment of conservatives is likely to worsen in the absence of penalties for malicious prosecution.
In Texas, the Travis County DA office has prosecuted other high profile Republicans. In 1993, Rosemary Lemberg’s predecessor, Ronnie Earle, indicted newly elected U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on charges of misusing her previous office of state treasurer according to National Review. Hutchison was originally elected in a special election and faced the prospect of running for reelection in 1994 with the indictment hanging over her head. She pressed for a quick resolution and, when the case went to trial, Earle told the court that he could not proceed without the admission of records seized from Hutchison’s office without a search warrant. The judge promptly ordered the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.
In the days since Rick Perry’s indictment on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official, many prominent Democrats have condemned the move by a Texas special prosecutor. As Perry’s attorneys announced on Friday, August 22, that he would seek to have the charges dismissed on constitutional grounds according to the El Paso Times, a large number of liberals oppose the Rick Perry indictment, saying that the governor’s actions were not criminal and were protected under the Constitutions of Texas and the United States.
Although Perry’s indictment was initially applauded by many on the left, the flimsy nature of the charges quickly led many liberals and Democrats to condemn what USA Today called a “bid to criminalize politics.” Even the New York Times called the indictment “the product of overzealous prosecution” and opined that “bad political judgment is not necessarily a felony.”
The very thought of requiring every American to own a firearm would undoubtedly make anti-gunners cringe. Those desiring gun control laws to be stricter continue to ignore the fact that criminals use gun-free zones as a killing ground because no firearms are allowed. Anti-gunners believe their gun-control agenda will keep Americans safe.
The debate between gun-control advocates and gun rights advocates, when it concerns the Second Amendment, is often a divisive one. Some anti-gunners continue to believe the only way to protect Americans is to ban the ownership of firearms. Would the complete banning of firearms keep Americans safe? Perhaps we can find the answer to that question by examining other countries that have taken away their citizen’s rights to own firearms.
It seems that in Obama’s America, only certain people are allowed to make their feelings known. During Wednesday’s edition of “The Kelly File,” Mike Tobin captured footage of a heated clash between supporters of Officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed earlier this month.
Two white Wilson supporters came out Wednesday to show their support for the officer, but this didn’t sit too well with Brown supporters who chucked bottles. Eventually, the two protesters were whisked away by police.
It seems Jay Nixon, the Democratic Governor of Missouri, doesn’t think too much of that whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing and has decided instead to call for a “vigourous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Not a vigorous investigation, mind you, but a vigorous prosecution. In other words, to hell with the evidence and the mitigating circumstances. Naturally, it doesn’t matter that over a dozen witnesses have corroborated Wilson’s side of the story.
On Monday, Alex Altman, Washington correspondent for Time magazine, issued a tweet showing men in National Guard uniforms of top of what was identified as a Schnuck’s grocery store in Ferguson, Missouri.
He claimed they were snipers, but the picture doesn’t show any weapons. A picture of what appears to be the same two men posted at the Gateway Pundit also doesn’t show any weaponry.
Joe Scarborough, the alleged “Republican” on MSNBC (a.k.a. the official network of insane liberal hate), decided Monday to falsely claim that the riots in Ferguson are giving unnamed “right-wing nuts” the ammo they need to attack politicians on both sides.
“These looters, some of whom may not even be from Ferguson, are giving right-wing nuts all of the ammunition they need to attack politicians on both sides who are trying to preach restraint, to do what, you know, Rand Paul said last week, and what — I bring him up just because Republicans are finally starting to talk out on this,” he said.
A few short weeks ago an Orthodox Jewish rabbi was brutally murdered on his way to synagogue in North Miami. A good man died…a man of the cloth…and nary but a few words were reported on this crime because there was NO rioting in the aftermath…NO call to violence…NO call for revenge. He was laid to rest peacefully and his story has faded from the public eye even though his death was indeed a hate crime as a swastika and the word ‘Hamas’ was found painted on the synagogue’s walls that he was walking to.
This week a thug in Ferguson, Missouri was gunned down by the police after committing a strong-armed robbery of a convenience store where he struck the cashier in the neck pushing him hard against the counter. Only 18 years old…and even his parents said he was NO angel…yet the media went into full damage control and is portraying him as such. References to the Trayvon Martin case abound amid cries of racism and revenge, and this city’s black population sees once-improving race relations purposely being setback yet again. Continue reading →
It’s bad enough the media is utterly biased. It’s even worse when reporters assigned to cover crime stories like the Ferguson shooting don’t even know the difference between earplugs and rubber bullets.
But that’s exactly what happened Sunday Morning when Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly tweeted this:
A video posted to YouTube on Thursday is said to poke holes in the story of Michael Brown’s shooting. More importantly, it seems to back up the story told to Dana Loesch by a woman who claimed to be a friend of police officer Darren Wilson.
What’s important about this video, spotted by the Conservative Treehouse, is a conversation heard in the background.