Ever wondered how elected officials who seem honest end up indicted?
When it all began . . .
Back in 1987 the left created what came to be known as the “politics of personal destruction” in an effort to prevent conservative judge Robert Bork from being nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. This tactic of seeking to destroy the person personally was chosen because he was so well qualified it was the only chance the liberals of the Democratic Party had of defeating his nomination. Because of its success, the tactic was called “Borking” someone.
Unfortunately, the tactic has become a mainstay for the left as a way to destroy a political opponent who has been effective at the ballot box and in the public policy process. Another example was Congressman Tom Delay, charged with illegal activity as a result of his political efforts in redistricting in Texas which resulted in the Republican takeover of the Texas House of Representatives.
Democratic prosecutors filed charges against him that, although highly suspect, were used to hound him into resigning his leadership position in the U.S. Congress and eventually his seat itself. It took almost a decade and millions of dollars of legal bills before Delay was acquitted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in a 8-1 ruling, but the liberals accomplished their goal of ending the career of a highly effective conservative leader.
The Tactics Continue
Today the term for this kind of legal harassment is called the “criminalization of politics,” and we recently saw a clear example in the charges filed against former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Felony charges were filed against him because he threatened a veto if an Austin District Attorney convicted of drunk driving did not resign–and then carried through with the veto. Charges were filed last August, and Perry has spent $2 million on legal expenses. One of the two felony charges has been dismissed, and while the other may be rejected by the courts eventually, their real purpose was to damage Perry’s political career, and they have certainly done that.
The most recent example of the criminalization of politics is the indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Some of the same players in the Delay and Perry cases are involved, and some legal experts even referred to the case against Paxton as “bizarre.” Since the issue happened before Paxton was Attorney General, he will have to pay for his own defense; and because he is not a wealthy man, this could have dire personal implications. One lawmaker said that if Paxton were not Attorney General, none of this would be happening. That is in all likelihood true; and as someone has said, this is an embarrassment to the Texas Criminal Justice System. Stories about voters thinking Paxton should resign is exactly what his adversaries wanted. Attorney General Ken Paxton is a man of character, and we hope and pray that justice will be done and that he and his family will not be destroyed in the process.
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