this blog develops the idea that a theory of man in history can be worked out around the theme that man's self expression in culture and society is motivated by the desire to find meaning in man's existence. i proceed by summarizing seminal works that provide insights into the dynamics of this process, with the view that the culmination of this exploration was reached with god's self revelation in jesus. i'll hopefully also explore the developments that followed this event.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Judge Sullivan Folds
I don't really have the heart to go through this. There's really not much to say that isn't contained in the CTH subject line: Disappointing – Judge Sullivan Folds, Accepts Mueller Team Non-Production…. Then again, what do you do to help a guy who insists under oath on saying that he's guilty of a non-crime? Repeatedly. I understand the pressure he was under, and hope that I'll never be under that kind of pressure, but ultimately God helps those who help themselves. Read sundance's patented War and Peace length post if you want the details.
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I never have believed that an inability to afford a legal defense was the reason why Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his telephone conversation with the Russian ambassador. I don't know what his reason was, but paying for a legal defense on that point was not an impossible expense for him.ReplyDelete
I also don't think that his son's legal jeopardy was the reason why he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about that telephone conversation.
Flynn's guilty plea -- his persistent guilty plea -- is a baffling mystery.
I think that Judge Sullivan wanted to acquit Flynn, but simply was not able to do so if Flynn would not cooperate with an acquittal at all.
One might hope Sullivan just vacates the charges in retaliation, but that is probably very unlikely.ReplyDelete
I don't have much to offer on this. The prosecutorial misconduct seems clear to me. We'll have to see.ReplyDelete
What is amazing to me is how willing these people are to utterly destroy the legitimacy of American institutions in order to acquire/retain power. One of the reasons only CNN hacks put any credence in Robert DeNiro's "1000 prosecurors" is that, from the Duke lacrosse through the Smollett case and Coupegate, the American people have been educated concerning the underlying rot/fickleness of the adjudication process, and it usually centers around the prosecutors. Without general faith in fairness in the process there can be no civil society. I would argue that that is the true underpinning of the American experiment, not Rule of Law. Tyrants' are notorious for being sticklers about the law as long as they can choose the conditions of application.ReplyDelete
Increasingly I am driven towards the conclusion that "they" intend, and indeed prefer, to rule through brute force, whether the mob or state violence, and intimidation (by "they" I mean the amalgamation of communists, socialists, Deep Staters, Democrats, and Republican Inc's that make up the Sociopath.gov grifter pool). What informs them that the outcome will be good is utterly beyond human experience (then again it depends on how you define "good").
I agree with your second paragraph. It's always been that way. If you want a glimpse of it as exposed by Plato, read his Gorgias. Not long, still a classic.Delete
Re your first paragraph and "rule of law," the difference between then (the American Founding) and now is that then "rule of law" presumed law to be founded in the law of human nature. Human nature, and all creation, was seen as expressing a divinely instituted order that was reasonable and discoverable to humans endowed with a rational nature. Law was the expression of that order within society, thus "rule of law" had a very specific sense. At the time of the American Founding and for some decades afterwards this understanding was maintained by the influence of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. Such ideas have long since been routed from virtually every law school in the land. As a result our institutions--including the DoJ and FBI--are staffed with lawyers who basically believe in law as power, and a stepping stone to advance their career. Blackstone's views are utterly foreign to their thinking, and we see the result in practice now.
I could be wrong but I'm pinning a lot of my hope on Bill Barr. He is one of DJT's best appointments; maybe his best appointment. You and I had the same thoughts about his testimony, namely that he was telegraphing that he was not afraid to take on this gargantuan task.ReplyDelete
Regarding Mike S's comments, there is so much that we still don't know about Mike Flynn, Judge Sullivan, etc. This movie has so many plot twists, dead ends, etc.
If this were to be made into a movie, it would be unbelievable. I guess truth really is stranger than fiction...
I'm thinking that truth is going to win out. Just a hunch. If not, it won't be the first time that I was wrong.
Absolutely. So many moving parts. Just the fact that I didn't know before that Gina Haspel was COS in London (for the second time) throughout the Russia Hoax and the beginning of Team Mueller ... That opens up new vistas, so to speak.Delete