FROM THE BACK DOOR IN THE ROSE GARDEN
Hillary on the Libby Commutation:
“Nonviolent offenders shouldn’t be serving hard time in our prisons!”
Ahh–here we go:
“Today’s decision is yet another example that this Administration simply considers itself above the law. This case arose from the Administration’s politicization of national security intelligence and its efforts to punish those who spoke out against its policies. Four years into the Iraq war, Americans are still living with the consequences of this White House’s efforts to quell dissent. This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice.”
Ya’ know, I wasn’t going to bring this up…but it’s bad enough that her husband sold the Riches a pardon for a $400,000
bribe contribution to the Clinton Library. It’s even worse that Hillary allowed both her brothers a cut of the pardon action, even though both have had trouble keeping their ill-gotten gains:
“Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother Anthony D. Rodham has been barred from accessing his bank account while a bankruptcy trustee demands that he repay more than $100,000 in loans from a carnival company whose founder was pardoned by President Clinton, filings in federal bankruptcy court in Alexandria show.
[Tony] Rodham, one of Mrs. Clinton’s two brothers, received $107,000 in loans from United Shows of America Inc. after its owners obtained the presidential pardon over the objections of the Justice Department. […]
Hugh Rodham, 56, also came under scrutiny for his role in Mr. Clinton’s pardons. A lawyer, he returned about $400,000 he received for lobbying for a presidential pardon and prison commutation for two clients. […]
United Shows’ owners — Edgar Gregory Jr. and his wife, Vonna Jo Gregory — won a pardon from Mr. Clinton in March 2000. They were convicted of bank fraud in 1982 for illegally giving loans to friends.”
So a family of carnival grifters in jail for writing illegal checks buys a pardon from another family of carnival grifters…and pays for it with more illegal checks!
Layers of irony. LAYERS.
An ethically-challenged, morally-retarded gnat could grasp why it’s wrong for in-laws to represent pardon-seekers before a pardon-granting brother-in-law. But this fine ethical point was evidently beyond the comprehension of the Clinton-Rodham Crime Family.
But even worse were the pardons granted at Hillary’s behest. For those pardons were not just sold, but traded for votes as well, corrupting both the electoral process and the criminal justice system.
In one case, Hillary had a crooked rabbi pardoned for the votes of his community, which were dutifully delivered on election day as promised. But at least the rabbi had asked for a pardon. In the case of the Puerto Rican bombers, they hadn’t even asked for pardons. They were in fact unrepentant and began setting terms and conditions on which they would accept pardons.
And why not? After all, the pardons weren’t for them–they were for Hillary, to acquire Puerto Rican votes in her Senate campaign. How would you feel if your loved one was killed by these bombers and they were being freed solely to advance a politician’s career?
The pardon power is a last resort for the prisoner, a chance to temper justice with mercy. Under the Clintons, that power was stood upon its head. Instead of a last resort for the weak, it became the first resort for the powerful to become even more rich and powerful, and a tool not for mercy to the prisoner, but for the selfish and self-serving ambitions of a politician; to wit, one Hillary Clinton.
Like I said, I didn’t really want to bring this up–it’s not my job. If we had a real press corps in this country, they’d grill her about it. But we don’t; we’ve got a bunch of sychophants and toe-sucking lackeys who would gladly trim Hillary’s toenails with their teeth and swallow the toe-jam.
So I guess its fallen to me to point out the Empress’ New Clothes.
So if I don’t do it perfectly, well, what can I say…