A new perspective on Martha Stewart
I haven\'t really followed the Martha Stewart thing. I have heard she is a nasty lady and it always seemed to me like her company really knows how to overcharge for stuff she picks up in Europe and pretends she invented. So when I heard that she got caught making an inside trade, I thought she got what she deserved.
But, it turns out the issue is very complex. The last few years have revealed rampant American corporate crime, all at the expense of the American people. People like Ken Lay are responsible for ruining thousands of people\'s lives. Kenny boy was selling off his Enron stock while encouraging ordinary people to buy Enron. He is guilty of dozens of crimes on a grand scale that affected the entire country. But, he was George W.\'s number one campaign contributor and good friend. Ashcroft has refused to prosecute any of these crooked CEOs, because they are all friends. There is a huge conflict of interest in our government. All these billionaire Republicans are immune.
Meanwhile, there\'s Martha. It turns out Martha is a big Democrat. I didn\'t know this. She always seemed like a Republican to me. They dropped the inside trading charges because they had a VERY weak case. I thought they had a strong case. The judge threw out the big charges because they wouldn\'t have won those. Instead they nailed her on an obscure statue (1001). If you research 1001, you\'ll see that it\'s a pretty scary and undemocratic way for lawmakers to circumvent the law. Basically they nailed her for lying while not under oath.
I am not saying that Martha is innocent. I think it\'s disgusting the way that the rich and powerful have roped the ordinary guy into the stock market. When things go wrong the insiders get out with their cash, and the average guy takes the fall. What I am saying is that the Bush administration is protecting all of it\'s big sponsors from criminal prosecution. And there are tons of guilty ones. They play golf with Ashcroft and Cheney and are laughing at you. Martha\'s conviction is supposed to soothe the American people. She\'s not in their inner circle. She\'s a democrat. So they nailed her.
This fall there is nothing more important than voting out the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States. Tell your friends and everyone you meet. The most powerful person in the US is you. They don\'t want you to realize that.