HART: Obama administration’s selective prosecution of opponents

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 03:50 PM.

Never in our country's history has an administration used “our government” so aggressively against its enemies. It has attempted to harm opponents through selective prosecutions, thereby sending a message to anyone who might be in opposition.

Government, armed with layers of laws on the books, can arrest anyone in America it pleases. If a policeman follows you in his car from New York to Miami , he will find a reason to pull you over.

Consider a few of the recent contrived cases brought by Democrats against Republicans. I ask any liberal out there to show me a list of such prosecutions of Democrats by a Republican administration when the latter was in power.

Dinesh D’Souza: I know Dinesh, a kind and thoughtful man. He wrote “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” which did a masterful job of explaining the root cause of Obama’s contempt for traditional American values. He also gave us the movie, “2106: Obama’s America ,” before the 2012 reelection. That put him on the enemies list; he was prosecuted for causing a Dartmouth friend to donate $5,000 to the GOP opposition to New York ’s Senator Hildebrand. Never mind that the Supreme Court has ruled that violated the First Amendment. The Feds sought Dinesh out and got him on this dubious charge. He will spend 10 to 16 months in jail.

Even liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz says Dinesh was singled out, “I cannot help but think his politics had something to do with it … it smacks of selective prosecution.”

Phil Mickelson: A pro golfer who publicly lamented his tax rate of 63 percent, saying he might have to move out of California with its 13.3 percent state tax. Fast forward to a few weeks ago: The SEC is reported to have gone after him on a charge of insider trading. He supposedly got a third-hand tip from a Las Vegas bookie about something. It was a very weak case at best, leaked to the media to teach Phil a lesson.

Sheldon Adelson: The largest GOP donor and owner of the Las Vegas Sands Casino found himself the target of dual probes by the SEC and DOJ. (Of course, the probes were leaked to the press.) The Justice Department theory was that drug users’ money goes to dealers who pay Mexican drug gangs for drugs. The money then goes through Adelson’s Sands Casino to GOP candidates. Perhaps Dems are just mad they have been unwittingly funding Republicans.

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