“It is the IRS, people in a position of public trust, who have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom. When you do that, you go to jail."
-- Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
A few questions for Mr. Jindal. Will you take the stand, please. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help you God? Swell.
What are the names of these "you" that you would like to see go to jail?
How many "you's" are we talking about here?
Do you have maybe a general idea how many of them there are, ballpark guess?
When you come up with their names, however many there are, are you aware if they've been arrested yet?
Have they at least been told of, say, the charges against them?
At the very least, have they simply been advised of their Miranda Rights?
Do you know if they have even had a chance to hire an attorney or have one appointed for them?
Have they been able to face their accusers?
Do you know the answer to even one of these questions?
As a governor, are you sworn to uphold the laws of your state?
Is one of the laws you've sworn to uphold the law of due process?
Do you believe in due process?
As governor, sworn to uphold laws and who believes in due process, do you think it's prejudicial and an irresponsible dereliction of your oath to call for the incarceration of people who you don't even know of yet who haven't been arrested or charged with breaking any laws or had a chance to simply defend themselves as the law requires?
How long have you believed that pandering so that you seem properly outraged is a good thing?
Okay, yes, I know that Bobby Jindal isn't the first public official to call for jail time for people who haven't been accused of anything, let alone people they don't even know who they are? But, hey, you've got to start ridiculing them some place...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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