is a wrist-slapper.
|Obama doesn't talk much about his views on crime and
punishment -- at least not in front of general audiences -- and for good
While his Web site says he's "a strong proponent of tougher measures to
his record tells a different story.
As an Illinois state senator, for example, he acted more as a friend to
criminals than to cops, legislating among other things:
• Curbs on what he called a "broken" death penalty system.
• A measure to expunge some criminal records and give job grants to
• Tougher handgun controls.
• A vote against making gang members eligible for the death penalty if
they kill someone to help their gang.
• Opposition to a bill requiring juveniles to be prosecuted as adults
for firing a gun at or near a school.
At the federal level, Obama would:
• Repeal "unfair" mandatory sentences for crack convictions.
• Provide drug counseling instead of jail time for some abusers.
• Rethink criminal penalties for pot.
• Ban profiling by federal law enforcement, even if it helps catch
violent criminals including terrorists.
• Strengthen hate-crime laws and beef up civil rights enforcement
against police chiefs who profile.
• Provide job training, drug rehab and counseling for ex-cons.
• "Re-enfranchise" felons denied the right to vote.
In addition, Obama, who once vowed to repeal the Patriot Act, still
talks about reforming it. He also once proposed banning executions
of inmates, arguing he was against capital punishment.
It's not clear where Obama stands on the issue now, but he does think
death row and the entire U.S. penal system are stacked against blacks.
While so far only alluding to racism as the culprit, his mentor Rev.
Jeremiah Wright minces no words in blaming "racist white America."
"The brothers are in prison" largely because of their skin color, he
And a racist white majority put them there, he believes, by "structuring
an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and
In Wright's conspiracy, personal responsibility plays no role.
This is the same adviser who told Obama that there are "more black men
in prison than in college" -- a statement that Obama parroted until he
was told that it was false.
Unfortunately, Obama listens to his preacher and buys into his
conspiracy theories. "In our criminal justice system,
African-Americans and whites are arrested at very different rates,"
Obama recently complained. "It has to do with how we pursue racial
He vows to pursue it with gusto, unleashing civil rights cops on police
chiefs and district attorneys who dare to arrest and prosecute criminals
who happen to be of color.
In last Tuesday's speech explaining his ties to Wright, he reiterated
his desire to do more to enforce civil rights laws.
He cites the Jena Six case as an example of racial injustice. But
one of the thugs he defends as a victim of Louisiana racism recently was
arrested again for assault. The 6-6 Bryant Purvis allegedly choked
and slammed a classmate's head on a table after helping five other
blacks beat a white student within an inch of his life.
Would Obama go soft on such brutal crime in the name of racial equality?
No justice, no peace? Obama for now speaks only in code, saying
he'll fix "a criminal justice system that's broken." But how
exactly is it broken? And who would he appoint to help fix it?
Who will he pick as his attorney general? His top civil rights
cop? Is his pal Rep. John Conyers on the short list? Rep.
What about federal judges? Will they be frustrated social workers
who go easy on criminals to "reintegrate" them into society?
More important, what kind of justices does Obama have in mind to replace
aging veterans on the high court, who decide the constitutionality of
capital punishment cases?
We shudder to think.
political history in Illinois shows that Obama has proven himself to be a nearly perfect
While in the Illinois State Senate, Obama is named Chairman of the
Health and Human Services Committee. His distinguished works include
passing bill to assist children and adults who cannot afford health
insurance; increasing funding for AIDS prevention and care; a law
requiring police to videotape interrogations for crimes punishable by
the death penalty; a law requiring insurance companies to cover routine
mammograms; legislation to curb racial profiling.
Obama opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times in
Illinois. The Born Alive
bill would have prohibited a baby from being born alive but left to die according to the mother's wishes.
Obama opposed this bill not once, twice, or three times, but four times.
Obama took almost $90,000 in bundled contributions from the Council for
a Livable World. The council is a well-known anti-defense organization.
Obama puts rigid ideology before what's best for the people of Illinois,
and presumably he would do that as President as well. He has on several
occasions made public his opposition to the NAFTA trade agreement and
his belief that it must be negotiated. All the while thanks to NAFTA,
Illinois exports $1.3 billion in agricultural goods to Canada.
Obama was the only member of the Illinois State Senate to vote against a
bill that prohibited early release for sexual predators.
Obama voted to make a criminal out of a homeowner who was forced to use
a gun in his own defense in his own home.
Obama refused to vote for a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would
have increased penalties for drug traffickers.
Obama voted against making it a criminal offense for convicts on
probation or on bail to have contact with a street gang.
Obama voted against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty
to gang members who murder first responders.
Obama's record on anti-gang legislation is simple; because gang members
are more often people of color, they shouldn't be singled out for
increased attention or special penalties by the law.
|An Avalanche Of Obama Investigations
says the last 24 hours have provided an explosion of new
investigations into the Obama administration and its allies.
National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy has
called for Republicans to investigate the
racial discrimination. The
FBI and the Labor Department
announced today they are
investigating Andrew Stern, the
head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for financial
improprieties. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC, is
warning fellow Democrats that a
new Republican Congress will investigate Barack Obama’s
birth certificate and
eligibility. Lt. Col.
Robert "Buzz" Patterson told
Obama bundler Jodie Evans could
(and should) be
tried for treason. And
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, today considered keeping open a House
select committee to
(Rep. Darrell Issa also
pledged to investigate this and
many other crimes in the new
year.) At a minimum, this confluence of coverage demonstrates the
gravity of the charges and abundance of the need for increased scrutiny
and potential legal action.
The investigation of the former SEIU president cuts
particularly close to the Obama White House. Andrew Stern is a
former New Leftist who spent $5 million of
SEIU union dues to buy into
George Soros’ Democracy Alliance and later took a seat on the executive
Americans Coming Together (ACT),
Soros’ get-out-the-vote organ. (Journalists recently learned that
ACT, which allegedly closed its doors in 2005, is still open and
paid $775,000 in "civil fees"
after Ralph Nader filed a Federal Election Commission complaint of dirty
tricks in the ’04 election.)
SEIU donated at least
$27.8 million to Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign, and in return Stern
visited the White House more than any other person.
Obama, in turn,
appointed SEIU lawyer Craig Becker to head the
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Stern remains
a member of Obama’s deficit reduction commission.
When Stern announced in April he was
suddenly stepping down as SEIU
president, no one knew why. Today’s announcement that the FBI and
Labor Department are looking into his finances seems to clear up the
mystery. The AP reported agents questioned Stern in May and June
about a $175,000 advance he received from 2006 Simon & Schuster for his
book "A Country That Works," which may have been
illegally fact-checked and promoted at SEIU expense.
Given Obama’s long and intimate relationship with the union itself and
Stern specifically, one wonders if the president had any knowledge of
the dealings -- and if he gave Stern the heads-up to quit the union
before the investigation broke wide open.
Jodie Evans is less concerned with helping herself to
forced union dues than in excusing Muslims who kill U.S. soldiers.
In April 2008, Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen revealed that Evans has
bundled "at least $50,000" in
donations for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. She and her college
both donated the maximum $2,300
allowed by law to Barack Obama. Evans is a co-founder of Code
I was the first journalist to report
that Evans and Code Pink delivered more than $600,000 in cash and
"the other side" in Fallujah in
December 2004. Several Congressmen -- all far-Left Democrats --
signed diplomatic letters facilitating their journey
to the recent battlefield and terrorist stronghold: Sen. Barbara Boxer,
Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and Rep. Raul Grijalva.
Evans had provided aid and comfort to the enemy before. Shortly
after the Iraq war began, she and several other radicals
established the International Occupation Watch in Baghdad
with the explicit goal of getting U.S.
soldiers to declare themselves conscientious objectors so they would be
sent home and the armed forces would collapse. One of the members
of her advisory committee, Tariq Ali,
wrote at the time, "There, it
is to be hoped that the invaders of Iraq will eventually be harried out
of the country by a growing national reaction to the occupation regime
they install, and that their collaborators may meet the fate of Nuri
Said before them." In August 2006, Jodie Evans
joined 11 others in a Code
Pink-sponsored trip to meet Iraqi "political leaders," an action one
team member called a
Such a trip is
potentially illegal, violating
the prohibition for private citizens to conduct their own foreign
policy. During the trip, Evans met a host of local pro-terror
activists, including Sheikh Ahmad al-Kubaysi, who once stated those who
fight American soldiers "are guaranteed Paradise."
Evans does not merely support others who want to kill
American soldiers; she justifies the slaughter herself. In a June
2008 radio interview, she agreed
Osama bin Laden had "a valid argument"
for attacking the United States on 9/11. In the same interview,
she likened military recruiting centers to "liquor stores and porn
shops." She claimed the American people "must begin by really
standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist,"
including by force of arms. Finally, she blurted out:
"You’re right! We were trying to
undermine the war effort!"
I wrote at the time candidate Obama should return the
cash. Instead, he returned the favor. Evans
visited Obama appointee
Buffy Wicks in the White House
on June 19, 2009. That such an individual is welcome in the seat
of government exposes how ideologically polarized, extremist, and
corrupt the present regime is.
These are but two of many Obama scandals desperately
in need of investigation. The
Black Panthers case, the
Joe Sestak scandal, the firing
Gerald Walpin, the use of
covert government propaganda, and many other
crimes all need to be exposed and removed from our body politic.
Legal sunlight will be the best disinfectant. As
today’s cascade of investigations prove, when it rains it pours.
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