Monday, January 10, 2011

A Delayed justice system

Remember when you were a kid and you were punished when you did bad things? You couldn't just steal, lie, hit, spit, punch, grab, kick, scream or cheat without facing the consequences.
In the words of Lewis Black, "It's always the worst time to be a kid, because adults never know what the fuck they're doing."
Sad but true. Justice was supposed to be blind, impartial, a proud goddess of equality, truth and well, justice. Turns out that since hankering down in the land of opportunity some 200-odd years ago, the elegant ideals of Lady Justice have deteriorated into a a greed fueled whore-dom. Well, looks like some of her corporate buddies must've left some bills on her dresser.
Let's aptly transition to another corporate whore: Tom Delay. Not sure if you remember craggy faced Tom or not, but in 2002, he funneled $190,000 into Republican candidates for the House and Senate...well Tom, what do you have to say about that?
"I can't feel remorseful for something I don't think I did."
Reminds me a bit of Rumsfeld, being questioned before a tribunal: "I don't recall, I can't remember. Could you rephrase that question?"
Yep, he's a good ole boy - a contemporary and main supporter of Newt Gingrich and one of the deciding factors in the '94 turnover of the House and Senate. A shifty character, that in 2005, stepped aside as House majority leader, due to the conspiracy and money-laundering charges, only to evade trial, claiming the indictment was due to a partisan prosecutor. When you're that far right, everyone's partisan - there's a thick fog of bullshit, deceit, backstabbing and lies so you can't see two feet in front of you, not to mention, across the aisle.
And as he finally went to trial, a possible 99 years sentence for money laundering and 20 years for the conspiracy charge, he pranced off with 3 years and 10 years probation.
I'll take bets now on whether he'll even spend the whole year in jail. I'd love to bet you the nearly $8 million Delay claims to have spent on legal counsel so far. A counsel who claimed that the prosecution was basing their accusations on the redrawing of several Texas district lines in 2002 that cost many Democrats their seats.
Wow, that's a crap argument!
Even if that were true, how do you get from penciling in Republicans to bolstering their seats with nearly $200,000 of laundered money? Sounds like they tried to belittle his crimes to mere kindergarten levels.
And it worked.
Conveniently, Delay is also off the hook for his mysterious ties to Jack Abramoff, the model lobbyist who plead guilty to being a waste of life.
So kids, what have we learned today?
Well, whatever you want, as long as you have big brother corporation behind you. That's a cracker jack tale, isn't it? From Wall Street to Cell Block 8, the only message we're sending loud and clear is that corruption is only illegal if you're poor. Oh, and most of us will only get poorer, by the way...the economic forecast is cloudy with a high chance of cluster fuck pit falls. Grab your umbrellas!

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