This should be the “next big thing” — the talking point heard round the world.
Of course in the rushed times in which live, such key “talking points” usually have the “half-life” of a Mayfly …
Oh well ...
EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff
by Hunter Walker, www.rollingstone.com — Oct 21, 2021
“Our impression was that it was a done deal,” the [insurrection/rally] organizer says, “that he’d spoken to the president about it in the Oval … in a meeting about pardons and that our names came up. They were working on submitting the paperwork and getting members of the House Freedom Caucus to sign on as a show of support.”
The organizer claims the pair received “several assurances” about the “blanket pardon” from Gosar.
“I was just going over the list of pardons and we just wanted to tell you guys how much we appreciate all the hard work you’ve been doing,” Gosar said, according to the organizer.
The [insurrection] rally planner describes the pardon as being offered while “encouraging” the staging of protests against the election. While the organizer says they did not get involved in planning the rallies solely due to the pardon, they were upset that it ultimately did not materialize.
In their often limited wisdom the Founding Fathers thought giving the U.S. President far-reaching “pardon powers” — was a good idea. Of course, having never seen nor imagined a consummate con-artist like the “Celebrity Apprentice” — they must have believed, that anyone seeking the presidency, would actually respect the solemnity of the job.
Boy, were they wrong …
Trump Has Power to Pardon Mob That Attacked US Capitol
by Dora Mekouar, voanews.com -- Jan 9, 2021
The Founding Fathers gave presidents near-absolute pardon power as a way to soften the edges of inflexible criminal law, says Brian Kalt, a professor of law at Michigan State University’s College of Law.
“They debated it and they decided that the power could be abused, but it was important to be able to pardon, even treason, because as [Alexander] Hamilton argued in the Federalist Papers, there might be a rebellion going on, and it might be a good way to end it.”
“He can pardon any offenses against the United States, so that would include federal crimes, which they probably committed,” says Kalt. “I think President Washington's reason for doing it was that he wanted to tamp down the tensions and trying and executing [inciters of the Whiskey Rebellion] would have made things worse and not better. In this case, I don't think you could say that. I think pardoning those people [who stormed the Capitol] would make things worse and not better. It would have the opposite effect.”
I wonder if the Founders envisioned the kind of corruption Trump traffics in?
The guy was NOT interested in “tamping down” or bringing an “end to the ongoing rebellion” — hell he instigated it, gave them their marching orders, and then sat back and “enjoyed the show” …
If the Loser of an election can entice his die-hard supporters to
block “fight like hell” against the peaceful transfer of power — with promises of “blanket pardons” ahead of time —
Well that kind of short-circuits their quaint intent of establishing that “near absolute pardon power” in the first place, does it not?
Who needs elections — when you can declare yourself “de-facto ruler for life” — and then pardon anyone who dares to act out on your “declaration” …
For reasons unknown — the former corruption king of the GOP — failed to carry-out his reported “blanket pardon” for all involved in the Capitol Attack.
Probably because of the same reason he didn’t issue himself and his family “blanket pardons” as they vacated the building ...
An educated guess is that he wanted to remain “viable” in the long run, in 2024 — and he needed to maintain the fund-raising grift in the short-run — by playing the victim, to those gullible enough to believe him.
The question is will his “true believers” ever turn sour on a guy that promises pardons with one hand — only to take them away with the other, when his own political and financial future was on the line … on his way out the Capitol doors.
Whoops. There’s another one born every minute, didn’t some guy named DJ Barnum used to say ...