On the benefits of having a lawyer for a president

Eric Garland Government Trends 1 Comment

Barack Obama is reportedly a lawyer by profession, one distinguished enough to have edited the Harvard Law Review and to have taught constitutional law at a major university.

He arrived in office in 2009 after one of the most lawless periods in American political history, with a variety of institutions having gone off the rails.

Regarding the war in Iraq, ginned up through the extraordinary malfeasance of government executives in the defense and intelligence apparatuses, he told the nation to “look forward, not back,” and chose to prosecute no one connected with the shameful torture regime that had been created under sham legal justifications.

The megabanks had just strong-armed the U.S. government into receiving a no-strings bailout to keep the global economy from collapsing. At the heart of the crisis were multiple criminal enterprises at major banks which could only be compared to Ponzi schemes or Mafia racketeering. Frauds full of failing loans were intentionally packaged as grade AAA assets. Black families in Baltimore and beyond were targeted by Wells Fargo for systematic pillaging of their home equity, forced intentionally into subprime loans and then foreclosed on illegally. Obama told us that the problem with the Crisis is that “we were all at fault, and nobody broke the law.” His Attorney General, former bank defense attorney Eric Holder, endorsed a program to steer banks toward “compliance” rather than prosecute them for laws broken. His head of criminal enforcement, Lanny Breuer, openly stated that he personally decided that to enforce the law would be too disruptive for society.

Recently in St. Louis, MO, the case of Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown has involved lawless behavior at every possible level of our institutions for months. The police followed none of the rules set out for collecting evidence in a crime scene, including allowing the officer in question to wash his hands off, to package his own firearm as evidence, and more. Wilson gave no statements (except to his attorney) and his police department filed a blank incident report. They embarked on a campaign of disinformation while the local County Prosecutor then “prosecuted” the officer in the worst possible faith, producing an utter fraud of a grand jury which he and the police then brazenly pretended was a jury trial which “exonerated” the officer.

Our law professor of a president warned the residents of St. Louis not to riot and mentioned not a single irregularity in the institutions ironically refered to as “law enforcement.”

So goes it under our president who is purportedly an expert in the law. Then again, perhaps I think too much of the judicial system. It was Socrates who said that, “Laws are like spider webs – they ensnare the small and weak while the strong pass right through.”

Is it to late to replace “In God We Trust” on our coins with “Might Makes Right?”