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Ah yes, “criminal schemes.”

The Weekly Standard reminds us that when partisan Democrats declare Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to be “at the center of a ‘criminal scheme’ in which Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated political activity with outside organizations,” they neglect the fact that two judges have already determined that the “case” against Walker is worse than bogus.

“Political coordination” seems to be an infinitely elastic category of pseudo-crime applicable to anyone a political apparatchik chooses to target. You “politically coordinate” if you’re a) political active, b) share political values with any other activists, and c) read the newspapers, talk on television. If “political coordination” is criminal, so is freedom of speech and freedom of association. It’s all the same species of delinquency.

Wisconsin district attorneys abused power to harass reformers like Governor Walker, my colleague Eric O’Keefe, and others into (what they hoped would be) silence and ineffectuality. Despite a gag order intended to shut up the victims, though, Eric has spoken out; and he’s sued Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm.

In May, federal Judge Rudolph Randa observed, for one thing, that the “theory of ‘coordination’ forming the basis of the investigation, including the basis of probable cause for home raids, is not supported under Wisconsin law and, if it were, would violate the United States Constitution.” Randa granted a preliminary injunction (pdf) to stop the probe.

I’m hopeful that the bad guys won’t win here. We still have the First Amendment.*

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


* Though, 44 U.S. Senators are proposing to repeal it.

 

By: Redactor

3 Comments

  1. JFB says:

    A fitting thought to be expressed on the birthday of Bastiat.
    The truth and such rulings will never be sufficient to stop a highly motivated partisan argument, for the truth in these situations is commonly the first casualty of the conflict. Sadly, nothing new.

  2. Lynn Atherton Bloxham says:

    Paul and JFB Well said!

  3. Jay says:

    BUT, IF ONE DARE CRITICIZE THE GREAT, ALL KNOWING ONE, AKA OBAMA, AND/OR HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL, HOLDER, ONE IS A RACIST.

    No matter that might disagree.

    Look at Holder’s statement 0I think a few weeks ago–“No attorney general—-blah blah” has had so many negative things said. (Sorry, cannot recall entire quote).

    What about the AG under Pres. Bush- the one from Texas (Hispanic ancestry)? John Mitchell under President Nixon?

    Meese under President Reagan?

    Oh, they were Republicans- perhaps that doesn’t count.

    Hypocrites.

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