Mike Hughes: We need more lawyers like these

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 03:46 PM

When I was younger, I used to think that political corruption only occurred in Third World countries and a few big cities. I still like to think that corruption in American government was the exception rather than the rule up until the 1990s. But the times have surely changed.
More and more Americans are willing to turn a blind eye to corruption as long as the redistribution of wealth is going their way or toward their favorite special interest. Just as many Americans have either given up on politics or never had an interest to begin with. Corruption at the federal level is now institutionalized.
If I believed that both parties were equally corrupt, or if nothing could be done about it, then I might give up too. But I don’t believe that.
I’ve used the word “corruption” a lot in my columns, and I try to back it up with provable facts and real-life examples, but I’ve never felt that I could do much about this corruption until recently when I decided to support Judicial Watch. I’ve been aware of JW for quite some time, but I never paid much attention to them until I first read their monthly publication, The Judicial Watch Verdict.
Liberals have the ACLU to fight for their causes. Small-government conservatives should have someone to fight for our causes too – and we do. We still need more, but I’m impressed with the accomplishments of this small group of dedicated professionals. Taking on the government isn’t easy. They obviously face an uphill battle, but each month they have quite a few significant legal victories to write about.
They also write a lot about corruption. The February issue of The Verdict includes their annual list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” along with a list of dishonorable mentions. As expected, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Harry Reid made the top 10.
Corruption runs rampant in the Obama administration. Around 80 percent of $20 billion in Energy Department loans “went to companies either run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers. …” Holder is “the first attorney general in history to be cited for criminal contempt of Congress[,] for refusing to divulge documents about DOJ lies to Congress about Fast and Furious.” Obama abused executive privilege to protect Holder, while Reid funneled millions of taxpayer dollars toward family members and himself.
Obama recently said, “This is the most transparent administration in history.” The truth is that Obama’s is the most corrupt administration in history. As stated in The Verdict, “with Benghazi-gate, bailouts, abusing the perks of office … his personal involvement in the Solyndra scandal … the federal government under Obama is off the rails and out of control.”
Liberals will claim that JW is biased, but JW has also gone after Republicans, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former House Majority Leader Tom Delay. Two Republicans made this year’s top 10 list. Dishonorable mentions included one Republican and disgraced general David Petraeus. JW does focus on liberal Democrats, but it’s the same rationale as why bank robbers focus on banks: That’s where the corruption is.

Mike Hughes is a Navy veteran who lives in High Point. His column appears here every other Sunday. To comment, visit www.hpe.com and click on local commentary. E-mail  him at mrmike27282@gmail.com. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.