American Justice? Maybe

 

American Justice?  Maybe.

by Mustang

“That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” —Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

John Locke

 

The roots of such thinking was John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, wherein he argued that political society existed for the sake of protecting property, which is to say, life, liberty, and estate.  He also argued that a magistrate’s power must be limited to preserving an individual’s civil interests, which he reiterated as life, “liberty, health, and indolency of body and the passage of outward things.”

So the phrasing of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence relied upon this thinking to proclaim these goals on behalf of British colonists demanding (well, at least a third of them) their independence from the British Crown.

Through the years, Americans conclude that we are, therefore, entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness … happiness being to acquire and maintain property, which was back then, the source of all material wealth.

There ae no absolutes, however.  We may be entitled to pursue happiness, but the government has the power to take away our happiness for its own purposes.  In law,eminent domain is the power of government (local, state, federal) to seize private property while offering the landowner fair compensation —the word fair meaning “according to the government’s determination.”

This right of eminent domain may be delegated to private corporations when they are able to argue that their use of our property fulfills a public good—which also means “economic development” because it is assumed that land development is good for the public.  This may, in fact, be true … but should economic development usurp the inalienable right of citizens to their property?

Bush the Younger said no … he signed an executive order limiting federal seizures to public-use arguments, but his order has no effect on what states and local municipalities may do.  A state, country, city, or town may seize private property for their own purposes and pay the unwilling owner of the property a fair market value for that property.  Then they may turn around and sell that seized property to a developer, who then makes a fortune on land that he was never entitled to.

Pursuit of happiness?  Really?  Whose happiness?

This discussion fits nicely into the question of whether a citizen may sue the government.  The answer is, no … a citizen may not sue the federal or a state government without that government’s permission.  And the government may seize our private property, which is done more often than the average citizen may think.

You own a recreational vehicle and for ten months of the year, you lease it to others.  One of these renters is stopped for speeding along Interstate 10.  During the stop, police alert to the odor of marijuana.  A lawful search is conducted and not only do the police determine the presence of marijuana residue, they also find some quantity of another illegal substance.  Sorry Charlie … you just lost your motor home.  Federal, state, or local police seized it.  It will be auctioned off and you’ll continue making monthly payments.  Police can do the same thing to a house you’ve rented out to others.

Is this fair treatment, or does it fly in the face of our inherent right to happiness?

What does the good book tell us about justice?  “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”  — Deuteronomy 16:20.

 

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New Acting Attorney General Whitaker: ‘I would indict Hillary Clinton’

 

Yes, this should put a tingle in Hillary. There is a new sheriff in town. Big Bad John in the name of Matthew Whitaker who is taking over as Acting Attorney General for Jeff Sessions. Thanks Jeff for moving on. He is of the opinion that Hillary should be charged and penned such an op-ed several years ago.

 

WASHINGTON – Matthew Whitaker, who was named interim attorney general Wednesday after Jeff Sessions was fired, argued two years ago that Hillary Clinton should have been criminally charged.

In an opinion piece for USA TODAY, Whitaker disagreed with then-FBI Director James Comey that “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Clinton for handling classified documents as secretary of State on a private email server.

“I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted,” wrote Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney.

He penned the piece while serving as executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a conservative watchdog group.

Read the op-ed piece:

Meanwhile Comey must be sweating bullets just hoping that the new Democrat controlled House will save his sorry butt. Eric is in panic mode as well.

Top DOJ official to be fired this week – will it be Sessions?

 

Can anyone tell me why Trump’s new BFF is one Rod Rosenstein? Traveling companion on Air Force One was none other than that man. Comments such as:

The Hill (blog)
Trump said he had a “very nice talk” with Rosenstein aboard Air Force One, a meeting he called to discuss the deputy attorney general’s future ..

 

Meanwhile Nunes was left spinning in the wind on Laura Ingraham’s program last night. His committee hearing with Rosenstein concerning his remarks of “wearing a wire” was looking silly. Trump not releasing the FiSA warrants instead giving him to the Inspector General. Clearly it was giving him agida.

Nunes is a GOP from CA. He is up for re-election. Trump can’t leave Nunes out to dry while he is fighting for him. Nunes looks depleted. Warn out.

Could Sessions be the one on the chopping block? Rosenstein instead?

 

On ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Republican congressman from California addresses Trump’s decision not to declassify key Russia investigation documents. Laura Ingraham. Fox News: The Ingraham Angle

 

This week?

 

 

The American public was consumed with the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation crisis.
Tonight Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

And less than two hours later Sean Hannity warned his audience this is going to be another big breaking news week.

Sean Hannity: There is huge breaking news this week about the Deep State, let me put it this way. The damn is breaking. It’s going to be a massive breaking news week.

Sara Carter told Sean Hannity on Monday night the breaking news will involve a top official at the DOJ.

 

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Supreme nominee Kavanaugh – waiting for Rosenstein’s vetting report!

 

I’m waiting for an upcoming surprise with the Supreme court nominee.. so says Bunkerville. I’ll call this a sleeper. While the Dems are calling for tons of documents, meanwhile Rosenstein’s little Santa’s Helpers are pouring all over them. Back in July I posted

Rosenstein to unleash 300 Federal Prosecutors to vett Kavanaugh

Do we all think that the Dems have rolled over for this nominee? I just read that Collins and Murkowski are meeting this week with him. Look for a September surprise. Looking back:

Rosenstein says he needs these prosecutors to “review” the documents of Kavanaugh. Why is Rosenstein taking this over? Kavanaugh was vetted when he took his seat on the D.C.court. For the last two years we kept hearing how this fellow had been looked over by the attorneys and everyone else of consequence.

First, he was involved in the Bush Florida debacle of vote counting that went to the Supremes. Great. All those documents will be reviewed. Then we have all the years of the Starr investigation.

Lets do Whitewater one more time. Then all those opinions during the Bush years.

Now that will be rich going down that memory lane looking for Kavanuagh misdeeds. After all, that’s what prosecutors do. Hmm I wonder if the prosecutors will look into his handling of Vince Foster death?

We have years with the Bush and his position. All these documents!

A protégé of Kenneth Starr, Kavanaugh played a lead role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.[1] Kavanaugh also led the investigation into the suicide of Clinton aide Vincent Foster. (Yes, he was young but was willing to play the game, forget the morality of it and take the hit for the swamp.)

After the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, in which Kavanaugh worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount,

Kavanaugh joined Bush’s staff.Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Kavanaugh earned a one-year fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, Kenneth Starr, during which he worked on the Whitewater investigation.

Read more Here

There has not been one peep about any of this. Let’s see how the next couple of weeks go.

Back to the update:

 

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is planning a series of tough questions when she meets with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, she told reporters.

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will meet separately with Kavanaugh this week ahead of his Sept. 4 confirmation hearing.

The two are pivotal votes in the confirmation of Kavanaugh, a conservative pick who progressives say is a threat to upholding legal abortion and Obamacare.

Collins said she has been reviewing Kavanaugh’s extensive record as a federal judge, law school lecturer, and former Bush administration aide “for weeks,” she said.

“I’ve got extensive questions on a number of issues,” Collins said.

Read more Washington Examiner

Rosenstein Cleared/Exonerated Manafort 8 Years Ago Of Same Crime He’s Being Charged With Now!

 

As if this circus couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it turns out Manafort was exonerated for the exact same crimes Mueller is charging him with, just 8 years ago. Who was the lawyer that exonerated Manafort? None other than Rod Rosentien.

 

Apparently, Rod Rosenstein exonerated Paul Manafort of the crime he is being put on trial for. Paul Manafort’s attorneys are probably going to put Rosenstein on the stand! Unbelievable!

 

Jeff Sessions Laughs As Students Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ During Speech

 

 

I wondered if Sessions was still living on the planet…  Sessions tells the students he is sure they will “defend yourself for the values you believe in”. Which is a lot more than I can say for him. A total caricature of an Attorney General who lets the Mueller farcical attack on Trump and so many others go on by his own department. Who has personally allowed untold damage to our system of government. Snowflakes he says? Smiling all the way through. Glad to see he is a happy man.

 

Of course NBC brings you this clip and is outraged about the student comment “Lock her up”

During remarks by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit, students began chanting “lock her up.” Upon hearing anti-Hillary Clinton mantra, Sessions laughed and repeated a line.

 

 

 

Here we see CNN cut the clip so it appears that Sessions started the “lock her up” rather than reacting. It appears the commenter isn’t sold on it. The clip goes on to nonsense chatter about Eric Holder running for President.

I am surprised they didn’t have their “go to man” Clapper reacting.

 

NO WORRIES HILLARY!

Serving up a previous daily special post October, 2017:

Rosenstein to unleash 300 Federal Prosecutors to vett Kavanaugh

 

Let me give this story a post one last time. Rosenstein says he needs these prosecutors to “review” the documents of Kavanaugh. Why is Rosenstein taking this over? Kavanaugh was vetted when he took his seat on the D.C.court. For the last two years we kept hearing how this fellow had been looked over by the attorneys and everyone else of consequence.

Ah, but here is the story. Kavanaugh has a long rich history with years of documents to pour through and surely a little pay dirt can be found. Does anyone think this will get done in time for the fall election?

First, he was involved in the Bush Florida debacle of vote counting that went to the Supremes. Great. All those documents will be reviewed. Then we have all the years of the Starr investigation.

Lets do Whitewater one more time. Then all those opinions during the Bush years.

Now that will be rich going down that memory lane looking for Kavanuagh misdeeds. After all, that’s what prosecutors do. Hmm I wonder if the prosecutors will look into his handling of Vince Foster death?

We have years with the Bush and his position. All these documents!

A protégé of Kenneth Starr, Kavanaugh played a lead role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.[1] Kavanaugh also led the investigation into the suicide of Clinton aide Vincent Foster. (Yes, he was young but was willing to play the game, forget the morality of it and take the hit for the swamp.)

After the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, in which Kavanaugh worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount,

Kavanaugh joined Bush’s staff.Prior to his Supreme Court clerkship, Kavanaugh earned a one-year fellowship in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, Kenneth Starr, during which he worked on the Whitewater investigation.

After George W. Bush became president in 2001, Kavanaugh served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President. In that capacity, he worked on the numerous constitutional, legal, and ethical issues handled by that office. Starting in 2003, he served as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. In that capacity, he was responsible for coordinating all documents to and from the president.

Plus there are issues with the 9th circuit where he clerked for a judge that was forced to a speedy resignation. It will be claimed that Kavanaugh knew what was going on.

Few appreciates what this means.  This will turn the election into a total nightmare and kattie bar the door.

They will make sure there is dirt..

I am totally done…..where the heck is Sessions and why did he turn this over to Rosenstein?

The New York Times reported:

 Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, has asked federal prosecutors to help review the government documents of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times on Wednesday.

Mr. Rosenstein’s request was an unusual insertion of politics into federal law enforcement. While the Justice Department has helped work on previous Supreme Court nominations, department lawyers in Washington typically carry out that task, not prosecutors who pursue criminal investigations nationwide.

But in an email sent this week to the nation’s 93 United States attorneys, Mr. Rosenstein asked each office to provide up to three federal prosecutors “who can make this important project a priority for the next several weeks.” Names were to be submitted to Mr. Rosenstein’s office by the end of Wednesday.

For more see earlier post:

AG Rosenstein asks Federal Prosecutors to ‘help’ with Kavanaugh paperwork!! WTH!

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