Skip to comments.Ted Stevens: The Left’s Original Blueprint on How to Destroy an Elected Republican
Posted on 04/13/2015 11:52:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
It has been almost five years since former Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens tragically died in a plane crash, and over six years since he left the Senate in humiliation. The left viciously targeted him when he was 84, abusing the legal system using classic Alinsky tactics until Stevens name and career were utterly destroyed.
Unable to beat Republicans at the ballot box as often as they want, the left now selectively targets Republicans who are less likely to be able to defend themselves, frequently using the Democrat dominated legal system to tie them up in court for years, destroy them financially and tarnish their reputations. Stevens came from a sparsely populated rural state, and so was an easy target not having the support of a strong conservative news source or powerful local conservative organizations. His takedown, along with that of Tom DeLay, have become prototypes on how to crush top influential Republicans using the legal system. Since the witch hunts against them, the left has copied that method to go after Dinesh DSouza, Bob McDonnell, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Rick Perry to name a few.
Contrary to the unethical perception that was created about him, Stevens came from an impressive, upstanding background. He flew planes in the Air Force during World War II, flying behind enemy lines. He graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced Western land and water use law. He tragically lost his first wife in an airplane crash. He became the U.S. Attorney for Fairbanks, then worked as an attorney for the Department of the Interior, where he was instrumental in getting Alaska admitted as a state. He became a U.S. Senator from Alaska in late 1968.
Stevens was justifiably criticized for the Bridge to Nowhere, a massive pork expenditure he slipped into a bill in 2007 to funnel $3.5 million to help build an airport on a remote Alaskan island. Only 100 residents lived there. Of course, there are few Republicans in Congress who do not sneak pork into bills; even former Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), who was one of the biggest fiscal hawks in Congress, engaged in the practice.
Stevens was a longtime proponent of logging, which angered the left, although he took less conservative positions on global warming and abortion. His lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union was only a paltry 64 percent. Nevertheless, the left saw him as a Republican threat, and pounced on an opportunity to take him out.
In 2008, partisan Democrat career prosecutors at the DOJ convinced a jury to indict a ham sandwich -er, Stevens for supposedly failing to list on Senate disclosure forms some goods and services he received for improvements made to his home in Girdwood, Alaska. He was billed $150,000 by a contractor for the work in 2002, and he paid it in full. DOJ prosecutors claimed the improvements were really worth $250,000, and that he had improperly failed to disclose the additional $100,000. The prosecutors interviewed the foreman on the job, who stated he believed the total work was only worth $80,000. Incredibly, the prosecutors failed to turn this exculpatory information over to Stevens and his defense attorneys.
The jury found Stevens guilty on seven felony counts, coincidentally just days before the 2008 election, causing him to narrowly lose reelection. Although the prosecution was initiated while President Bush was still in office, it was driven by partisan Democrat career prosecutors. Lead prosecutor Brenda Morris has a history of targeting prominent conservatives, including Jack Abramoff and Scooter Libby. Clarice Feldman, a former prosecutor in the DOJs criminal division, has written extensively about the targeting by Morris and the DOJ.
The federal judge who decided the case, Emmet G. Sullivan, was appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton, but found the prosecutions behavior so reprehensible he ultimately threw the case out in early 2009. The New York Times reported that Judge Sullivan, speaking in a slow and deliberate manner that failed to conceal his anger, said that in 25 years on the bench, he had never seen mishandling and misconduct like what I have seen by the Justice Department prosecutors who tried the Stevens case, repeatedly refusing to turn over documents to the defense. Again and again, both during and after the trial in this case, the government was caught making false representations and not meeting its discovery obligations, he said. Stevens defense team had this to add about the partisan prosecutors, They abandoned all decency and sound judgment when they indicted and prosecuted an 84-year old man who served his country in World War II combat, and who served with distinction for 40 years in the U.S. Senate."
Judge Sullivan named a prominent Washington attorney to investigate six of the prosecutors and determine whether they should be criminally prosecuted. Special Counsel Henry F. Schuelke performed the investigation and issued a 514-page report which found that Justice Department prosecutors never conducted a comprehensive review of evidence favorable to the Alaska Republican and failed to disclose to defense attorneys notes of witness interviews containing significant information. Schuelkes investigation involved examining over 128,000 pages of documents - indicating the mind-boggling depths prosecutors stooped to in order to try and convict Stevens, a horrendous abuse of taxpayers money.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, who ruled against Morris in another case, has said about her, "This is a prosecutor who needs to be removed, and I would hope the attorney general utilizes the same test of integrity as he did in the Stevens case."
Unfortunately, nothing happened to Morris, she was found to only have exercised poor judgment, which is not the same as misconduct. Most likely, she knew where the bones were buried and no one dared to go after her. Two prosecutors under her were suspended, probably low-hanging fruit, easy fall guys, but they were not fired.
Sadly for Stevens, his legacy is forever tarnished; most people outside of Washington, D.C., and Alaska remember him primarily for the criminal prosecution and his subsequent embarrassing election loss. His targeting remains one of the most vicious, comprehensive Alinskyite attacks using the legal system, which must be reformed to stop these abuses. The left shows no sign of slowing down and any prominent conservative or Republican is at risk.
Brenda Morris, another Obamabot/Holder DOJ criminal for a President Ted Cruz to have investigated, prosecuted and sent to jail for a very long time
Adequately describing the progressive Left in general.
May the country finally catch of whiff of their odious presence and scrape them off of the sole of the national oxford once and for all.
[ The left viciously targeted him when he was 84, abusing the legal system using classic Alinsky tactics until Stevens name and career were utterly destroyed. ]
Sounds like the same story concerning another Famous Alaskan.....
Lawyers feeding Lawyers.
Red Tape feeding Red Tape.
Corruption feeding Corruption >:(
And yet the DOJ couldn't seem to see the foot-high stack of felonies that Lois Lerner committed...
” even former Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), who was one of the biggest fiscal hawks in Congress, engaged in the practice.”
One of his favorites .... teachers.
” The prosecutors interviewed the foreman on the job, who stated he believed the total work was only worth $80,000. Incredibly, the prosecutors failed to turn this exculpatory information over to Stevens and his defense attorneys. “
I am not a lawyer and didn’t follow the case but this seems like something the defense investigators would have had in their pocket right up front.
The left was doing the same thing to Palin, too, until she sidestepped their tactics by resigning as governor.
I have always wondered since that time how many good, decent individuals are now unwilling to run for office simply to avoid the brutal gang rape that awaits them for professing anything that is remotely pro-American or conservative.
The difference between the Stalin terror and the current American version is really a matter of approach. Stalin just slaughtered people and put on show trials. In our culture, the left singles out enemies for embarrassment and humiliation, with communicates pretty effectively for everyone else how to behave and not to oppose the state. No reason to kill a million people when you can destroy the life of a single person and have it broadcast a million times. A genteel terror, perhaps.
God help us.
Let’s not forget that when you write, “the Left,” you mean the same people who first authorized “increased scrutiny” of “Tea-Party”-related organizations: the Bush Administration.
You know why she resigned, don’t you?
Stevens’ loss and the stolen election by Franken in MN allowed the Dems to have 60 votes in the Senate for the Obamacare bill. Without those 60 Senate seats, the Dems probably would not have initially dared to try to pass Obamacare.
This is where the Republicans have to step up and use the Left’s tactics against them.
It will get ugly. But, the left is engaging in scorched earth tactics, and it’s time to take the battle to them, rather than always being on the defensive
I’m not suggesting fabrication of charges, and bad behavior. I’m saying: the left is ALWAYS engaged in something shady, from political payoffs to vote fraud. Republican prosecutors should be going after them.
And, when they abuse the legal system, they shouldn’t stop at suspensions, they shoul be going for at least disbarment, and even jail time.
Being a member of the Senate for a number of years..
Making “deals”... can make you complicit in some nasty stuff..
Not making deals can make you seem to be intransigent..
hard headed even idealistic..
Must be why FEW want to get involved in the latrine in Washington D.C.
True enough---but let's remember the lock-stepping Dem vote for Obamacare bit them in the backside bigtime.....ten of the lock-stepping dems lost in 2014 midterms. As well, 2014 turned into an historic election....for Republicans....the Ocare atrocity loomed large in these victories.
"The 2014 Midterm Dem Demolition Derby" and down-ticket
state wins have yet to be fully- mined, but this we know:
<><> REPUBLICANS WON STUNNING HISTORY-MAKING ELECTORAL VICTORIES
<><> midterms were a massive and awesome rejection of liberals;
<><> Southern Democrats control not a single governorship, US senator or legislative chamber,
<><> Democrat losses stretch from the Carolinas westward to Texas,
<><> 110 Of 140 Southern States election districts went Republican.
<><> GOP's House majorities are so huge and solid NBC's Chuck Todd says Dems can't recapture losses until 2022.
<><> Some pundits say Republicans have a 100-year majority;
<><> when the next US Senate convenes, 30 lock-stepping Democrats who voted for Obamacare are gone.
<><> Ark and Ill (Clinton hometowns) have Repub governors---important in a prez race b/c guvs control party machinery.
<><> Unprecedented MINN 6th Congressional district---every single House and Senate district went Repub
<><> GOP now controls the MINN State House.
<><> Ohio's historic GOP statehouse takeover (Gun Control is toast)
<><> Ohio's Gov, Lt. Gov, AG, Secy of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer--all R---Sup/Ct - 6 R/1 D
<><> Britt Hume sez: "latino vote is zilch"---"over-50" is significant 30% voting segment.
<><> Republicans unified control: gov/legislature in 23 states (Ntl Conference of State Legislatures factoid).
<><> Repub governorships: Florida, Tx, Ill, Ohio, Mich, MD, Wisconsin, NC, GA, Mass.
<><> GOP holds every congressional seat in Arkansas; first time in 141 years...
<><> Environmentalists fogged out---suffered huge losses.
<><> Gun Control Candidates blitzed.
<><> "War on Women" became a ntl joke.
<><> Clinton's labeled politically useless---most candidates they flacked lost.
<><> Montana, So/Dakota and West/VA Dems were forced to retire; no hope of getting re-elected,
<><> Arizona House recount race went Republican.
<><> AZ Republican McSally wins last open House seat (Dem Gaby Giffords seat),
<><> Repub McSally's win gives GOP 5-4 advantage in AZ congressional delegation,
<><> Repubs hold 247 House seats (Dems 188), the largest GOP advantage since the Truman admin after WWII.
<><> 73 percent of LA's white voters say told they "strongly disapproved" of the president.
<><> Republicans hold the largest House majority in 83 years.
<><> Republicans holds 68 of 98 state legislative chambers.
<><> 2015 Republican grip on state government has not been seen since the 1920s.
<><> Republicans hold or share control in nearly every state (7 states' legislature and Governor are Dem-held).
<><> 12 states, including Missouri, Arizona, Arkansas, NC will push income tax cuts and fiscal reform.
<><> Illinois new Repub Governors top priority is reforming its nearly-bankrupt public pension system.
<><> Vermont Democrats allied w/ VT conservative Repubs to ward off voter backlash
<><> controversial and seemingly incompetent VT Democrat governor did not get the requisite votes to stay in office.
<><> VT poised to install Vermont's first Republican governor in over four years
<><> Republicans now control two-thirds of the state legislatures.
The Republican wave did not end in November 2014. Last week, Republicans expanded their majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 170th district. Expanding a legislative majority in a blood red state that twice voted for Barack Obama.
America has witnessed the tragic consequences of a generation inculcated with moral relativity and situation ethics. The ghost of Saul Alinsky lurks behind the Progressive Poison spewed by Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of their ilk.
The Dumbos clearly see themselves as "deconstructionists"----savagely committed to tearing down America's traditions. Every maniacal official govt act is dedicated to chipping away at the bulwark of American freedoms.
Obama put cadres of self-absorbed punks who are squatting in govt---imbedded in the Civil Service system. They are clearly disturbed and dysfunctional---obsessed with religious cleansing and kicking religionists to the curb.
Their motto: "Everything For Us--Nothing For You."
That same generation inculcated with moral relativity and situation ethics has segued into The Entitlement Generation---better known as "Pay Me--I'm a Victim.
The Obamas, The Clintons, and the rest of the Progressive savages, are ruthless predators w/ no empathy for others and no remorse.
They are anti-social psychopaths who recognize no moral boundaries--aggressively going after what they want, viscously rolling over anyone in their path.
Don't remember, exactly, but a Democrat Comrade moving in and spying next door probably had something to do with it.
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