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December 31, 2010

Washington Post rightly assials "Mr. Obama's lackluster pardons"

Today's editorial page of the Washington Post includes this fitting attack on President Obama's pitiful clemency record.  Here are excerpts:

[There were] nine people pardoned by President Obama this month. The pardoned offenses ranged from illegal possession of government property to felony liquor law violations to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  Six of the pardons were for offenses so minor that they did not warrant time behind bars; six offenses were committed three decades ago, according to Pardon Power, a Web site that follows pardon and clemency issues.  In short, many who were pardoned are older and have lived productive lives relatively unhampered by their minor infractions.

We do not begrudge [these nine] their pardons.  But we had hoped that Mr. Obama would reverse the regrettable trend of using this profound power so timidly.

Pardons are meant to correct mistakes left unaddressed by the legislative and judicial branches.  They offer a second chance to those who have been wrongly convicted or disproportionately punished.  They provide an opportunity to bestow real justice that could significantly alter someone's life for the better.

Mr. Obama did not have far to look to find suitable subjects.  Thousands of people — most of them young, African American men — are serving inordinately long sentences for crack cocaine offenses.  Mr. Obama earlier this year signed into law a bill that significantly reduces sentences for future crack offenses.  Is the president not troubled that there are so many who continue to serve lengthy mandatory sentences under the old, draconian scheme?

Mr. Obama's skimpy use of the pardon follows President George W. Bush's eight years of neglect. Mr. Bush pardoned 189 individuals and commuted the sentences of 11 others — the stingiest record of any two-term president since World War II.  Without a serious course adjustment, Mr. Obama is on track to underperform Mr. Bush.  It is not a record to be proud of.

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Right, and when O'bama pardons the first black man, federalist, Bill, and the Republicans will be all over him as a commie wus in favor of criminals.

Posted by: anon1 | Dec 31, 2010 1:03:27 PM

Actually, anon1, I am not opposed to a judicious use of the pardon power, and I have said so repeatedly here. Governor Ehrlich well exercised his clemency power, and I praised him for it in these pages.

That said, Barack Hussein Obama is a real son-of-a-bitch. This guy ran his suck about things like Jena (a "schoolyard fight") and the "just us" system, and just recently, he whines about how felons "who have paid their debts" don't get a fair shake. But with all of that, Obama is penurious with his pardon power. Talk about "do as I say, not as I do". What's worse about his recent commentary on the Vick thing is the utter condescension of it. Obama wouldn't let felons anywhere near his family. Yet he looks down on society when it does the same thing. I wish someone would tell this goddamned scold to take a hike.

Posted by: federalist | Dec 31, 2010 8:47:16 PM

federalist, there is nothing O'bama could say or do to satisfy you. If he said 2 and 2 are 4 you would berate him for using Arabic numerals, betraying his Muslim heritage.

Posted by: anon1 | Dec 31, 2010 9:46:26 PM

I just wish he would use the awesome power he has to review wrongful convictions and unjust sentences that people are actually serving today.

Posted by: ek | Dec 31, 2010 9:49:40 PM

"federalist, there is nothing O'bama could say or do to satisfy you"---how is that relevant? I think the bottom line is that my criticism of him in my previous post is unassailable. It's not my fault Obama is a POS.

Posted by: federalist | Dec 31, 2010 10:34:11 PM

anon1 --

I have less than no interest in either Obama's religion on in the race of the people he pardons or declines to pardon. If you have evidence to the contrary, let's see it.

The ploy of accusing Republicans of being racist because they oppose Obama's leftist and spendthrift policies is as contemptible as it is absurd. It also speaks volumes about liberals' inability to justify Obama's governance on its merits, such as they may be. And that's why you don't even attempt a defense on the merits, preferring an irrelevant, phony and trashy ad hominem attack on federalist and me.

Is that the best you can do?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jan 1, 2011 11:03:31 AM

Hey, federalist. Why the emphasis on the President's middle name? Just curious.

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