Criminalizing Republicanism and conservatism

We’ve seen how Tea Party Movement, Sarah Palin and Talk Radio have been blamed for the shooting of Congress woman Gabrielle Giffords. But another event this week is also deeply disturbing–the sentencing of Tom Delay.  He has been convicted of money laundering and sentenced to three years.  I searched two pages of Google before coming across an NRO article that explains Tom Delay’s crime: he had soft money exchanged for hard money so as to elect Republicans in the state of Texas.  According to Republican strategist Ralph Reed, this commonly practiced and it is not illegal; he writes:

If DeLay’s operatives made any mistake at all, it was being too good at negotiating: They exchanged the funds dollar-for-dollar.This even exchange enabled prosecutors to later claim the funds were “laundered.” But money laundering requires an underlying crime. There was nothing illegal about supporting state House candidates with the funds so exchanged, and the transaction was reported publicly by both DeLay’s state committee and the RNC.

Reed says that this conviction will not likely withstand appeal.  And yet the judge in the case claims it is not about politics.  But it is about $190,000 of soft corporate money that was swapped for hard money sent to candidates in Texas.  That’s politics, isn’t it.

In my opinion, this is all about the Left, having lost the war of public opinion, using the courts and the media to destroy the lives of conservatives.  The criminal cases against Senator Ted Stevens, Scooter Libby, and Sir Conrad Black were of the same stuff.  This is a disturbing trend, which is more reminiscent of totalitarianism than of free countries.

I voted for a convicted felon

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was convicted last year during the election campaign of corruption charges in a federal court in Washington D. C.  I voted in the federal election, and I had to choose between the Republican Stevens and the Democrat Mark Begich, former mayor of Anchorage, whose father was the esteemed Congressman Nick Begich who disappeared in a 1972 plane crash while serving Alaska.  I didn’t know how to vote.  I felt that Stevens, an octogenarian should have ceded his place to a younger Republican because of the corruption charges; Alaska Republicans could have found a suitable candidate.  But he did not.  Nevertheless, I could not in good conscience vote for a Democrat.  So I held my nose and voted for a convicted felon for the first time in my life, realizing that, if Stevens won and his appeals were unsuccessful, Governor Sarah Palin would appoint a Republican interim senator until a new election could be held.
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