RON HART: Not a Sterling day for civil liberties

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

The story of Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling has all the elements of a titillating tale: Sex, lies and audio tapes —  plus politics and our Constitution.

What we should worry about here is why an 80-year-old, rich man can’t have an honest and private conversation with his 31-year-old mistress in the privacy of his and his wife’s home. What has become of America ?

The 30-something mistress, V. Stiviano, is a wretched woman, arguably worse than Sterling . She seems deceitful and duplicitous. She shortened her name to “V. Stiviano” because she gets sued so many times that Sterling et al v. Stiviano just saves court reporter time.

She’s running around with Magic Johnson — another solid decision. My theory is that Magic helped leak the offensive tapes, either for revenge or so Sterling would have to sell the Clippers at a distressed price to him.

Both Democrats and Republicans try to say Sterling is not one of theirs. He seems to have no deep political ties. He gives money to mostly Democrats, but you have to do that in California to protect yourself from the wrath of persecution. Under Obama, Democrats have used the power of government to go after enemies as never before. They cannot win arguments with facts and reason, so they seek to destroy those who dare to oppose them.

Sterling , an ex-plaintiff’s attorney, has all the traits of a liberal Democrat opportunist. He twice contributed to Democrats Governor Gray Davis, Senator Pat Leahy, and NJ Senator and ex-NBA player Bill Bradley. He gave so much to the NAACP that he was twice awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award. Knowing Sterling ’s long history of racist acts, the NAACP still took his money and honored him. Its moral high ground, like skyboxes at Clippers games, is apparently for sale.

Liberal elites will forgive Sterling because he will continue to give to liberal causes. Like church indulgences in the days of not-so-yore, Sterling can buy his way out of sin.

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