by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
America was a great political experiment for which most of the Founders paid with their lives, and nearly all of the rest were impoverished and died penniless.
At the time warrantless searches, seizures of property without charges being proved, intentional lies used to obtain “general warrants” and imposition of taxes in the single digits were sufficient to compel men to pick up arms and shoot. Having a Redcoat ball removed from you, if you got shot, meant doing it with nothing more than a belt or two of whiskey for anesthetic and a stick for your teeth so you didn’t bite your tongue in half as a result of the surgical pain. There were no antibiotics either, so if you were shot in the gut your odds of evading a slow and horribly-painful death from septic infection approached zero.
Today we have taxes that total ten times the percentage rate over which the Colonists decided to drive the British from this land. We have seizures of property that are never returned from people never convicted of anything, and our Attorney General and President fully supports this, exactly as did the King of England.
And now we have proof that our own alleged “Justice Department” intentionally swore falsely before a judge to get a secret wiretap warrant against a US Citizen animated by personal animus toward a political candidate, motivated by money spent by his opponent with said motivation stretching all the way to the top of the other political party and its sitting President.
These five individuals all worked for the Attorney General and President Obama. Exactly what the AG and Obama knew at the time is not yet established in public, but I’m willing to bet there’s plenty of evidence, probably sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, to be found in the classified record which we, as ordinary Americans, are expected to “respect” and “not see.”
Let me be clear: This course of action was criminal in that every one of these individuals swore falsely by both omission and commission to a court in order to obtain permission to do an otherwise legally-impermissible thing. Each and every one of these individuals took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and obey its laws in the execution of their duties and intentionally violated both for the explicit purpose of destroying the political candidacy of a person they did not wish to win the 2016 election.
Then there is our Congress, which factually knew of this misconduct when it re-authorized Section 702 that allowed this abuse to take place originally. In other words, Congress, knowing that the FBI and DOJ had unlawfully sworn falsely to a judge on at least four separate occasions in an attempt to disrupt an election, re-authorized the very “law” that they knew was abused without doing anything material to both punish those who abused it and prevent it being so-abused in the future.
There is only one act that would be worse than what these five, and probably dozens more including Hillary and Obama, did — and that would be to not immediately charge all five with these evident and alleged criminal acts and remove them from office, including most-particularly McCabe who currently stands to collect over $2 million in pension and benefits as he intends to retire and has gone on terminal leave.
But that’s in fact what the White House has just decided.
In other words President Trump, having been elected despite this unlawful abuse, has decided that instead of prosecuting these unlawful acts he will use the very same power aimed at him for his own corrupt purposes in the future.
This makes Trump personally responsible for all of what came before, as he has explicitly refused to enforce the law, and that is a direct violation of his Presidential Oath of Office.
For what it’s worth there is exactly one Congressperson who has taken up this torch — Paul Gosar. Sadly, he misappropriates the use of the charge Treason, which simply does not apply (look at the Constitution, Mr. Gosar, along with US Code; treason requires certain very specific conditions and acts, which don’t apply.) Nonetheless his call for prosecution, which he ought to extend to the President himself as he has now refused to remove these people from office and have them indicted and prosecuted, is correct.
The tactics laid out in the Nunes Memo are nothing short of the crap that the KGB and other similar government “hit squads” in various corrupt nations employ on a daily basis. They have no place in American politics or American jurisprudence. AnyAmerican, and especially any American who happens to sit in an office that writes or enforces laws, including but not limited to our Constitution, who fails to immediately demand that the every person involved in the acts called out in the Nunes Memo be stripped of their office and immediately indicted is violating, on a daily basis, their oath of office and has forfeit through their direct action any claim to authority of said office and additionally has declared The Constitution void.
In short we no longer live in a Representative Republic governed by a Constitution and body of law. We now live in a thug-led dictatorship where even those who have said thuggery directed against them, once they assume power, intentionally leave said thugs in place and with power for the explicit purpose of using same against their enemies.
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