Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fisking of Katherine Eban

Daren Jonescu has an article today at the American Thinker that fisks the Fortune article about Fast and Furious. The article, entitled The Truth about "The Truth about the Fast and Furious Scandal" rakes Katherine Eban over the coals, and acknowledges the bloggers who brought F&F to the front burner:
Do any of the documents Obama invoked executive privilege over corroborate or elaborate on this intention? Is any MSM newshound besides CBS's Sharyl Attkisson curious? What a nuisance that woman has been for liberals who just want to tell the truth about the scandal. Meanwhile, continuing to do the work that American journalists won't do are the guys who broke the story, Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea, and Katie Pavlich and American Thinker's M. Catherine Evans.
Unlike paid "Authorized Journalists" (hat tip to David Codrea for the term) Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea are true concerned citizens. Mike doesn't get a dime from this, and I suspect David gets paid very little, certainly not what his contributions are worth. Katie Pavlich, of course, is a rising conservative journalist with, and has a book out on F&F.

As we contemplate the continuing loss of liberty, a paper cut at a time, we must understand that the Fast and Furious scandal is about more that "just" lawlessness by our government. In theory, our government, who makes the laws under which we all must live, should be the most fastidious about obeying those laws. When the government itself finds that breaking the laws is acceptable behavior, Americans are justifiably outraged. But more than that, the agenda, for which this particular example of lawlessness by the government was committed, represents our own government trying to steal great, heaping chunks of our liberties. Our ability to defend ourselves, whether from local thugs, or from tyranical government, is a fundamental right. It is inalienable, meaning the right can not be taken away.

I got into a discussion about taxes with a Leftist recently, and naturally we didn't see eye to eye.  He was focused on his definition of "fairness," and "compassion."  He accused me of not having any compassion, and not being sufficiently empathetic.  Well, I have a definition of fairness too.  To me, it is only fair that we all have to obey the same laws, rules and regulations.  It should be considered unfair that some may violate the law because of their position or title.  It is only fair that they be prosecuted, no matter whether one is the Attorney General, or a field agent.  I feel compassion for Brian Terry's family, and I am empathetic with his parents.  Parents should never have to bury their children, especially when the reason for that child's death was an illegal act by those charged with enforcing the law. 

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